As a contract specialist in a three-year training program, Victoria Russo ’16 buys major weapon sustainment systems for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Operations Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Her work draws on her Bryant education in supply chain management, legal contracting and procurement, and real-world problem solving.
Seeking a top-notch business-focused university with a challenging curriculum, Russo transferred to Bryant University after her freshman year elsewhere.
“I knew I wanted to find a niche, an up-and-coming sector of business,” says Russo. “I found Global Supply Chain Management and immediately knew that was it.”
Bryant also helped her build an academic path that would fulfill her desire to work for a cause she believed in. Although a family friend sparked Russo’s interest in pursuing a government position, she credits Bryant faculty for supporting and reinforcing that decision. Associate Professor of Marketing Michael Gravier, Ph.D., who had a career in logistics with the Air Force, shared his experiences with her in numerous conversations.
“He was truly my mentor,” Russo says, “Dr. Gravier pushed my passion to work for a cause like helping our country.”
Russo’s coursework also helped her discover how she could best make a difference. In her Supply Chain Capstone Practicum, Russo’s team identified ways to optimize warehouse operations at Banneker Industries, a company whose primary customers are defense contractors.
Russo uses that same mix of creative and analytical approaches in her current position, writing, analyzing and awarding contracts to contractors ranging from small businesses to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
Her supervisors have commended her diligent and proactive approach. “My work with the government sets me up for success and I know I can get there,” said Russo. She’s grateful that Bryant, has provided her with the foundation to be a highly respected and valued professional.
Russo hopes that more Bryant students follow her lead. “A career in government is a great career path.”
Bryant University Society of Supply Chain Management
• Member of a group that connects Bryant Supply Chain Management majors for networking opportunities
Marketing and Promotions Intern, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Worked NFL Play 60 events and games promoting the NFL team and was a promotions team member within the marketing division.
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