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Alumnus John Starr (90 E SC) recently visited with students in the Senior Design and Senior Research and Design Project II classes. He shared career advice and his "secrets to success," including how to build global teams.

Shortly after graduating from Penn State, John was offered a position with Westinghouse Electric in the Engineering Manufacturing Professional Development Program. He later worked for Respironics, Inc., where he earned six U.S. patents and eventually became director of an engineering and business development group. John earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996.

In 1999, John began working for a dot-com company now called Ariba. He is currently vice president of Global Sourcing Operations for the company, which is an industry-recognized leader in spend management.

John and his wife Margie and father Richard manage a herd of certified Hereford-Angus Beef Cattle on their 275-acre family farm, "Starr Valley Farm."