MBA 2020 | Operations and Technology Management


Conrad Farner graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Ecological Engineering and a Minor in Sustainable Engineering. Upon graduation, he accepted a role with GE Power’s Operations Management Leadership Program. During his two years in the program, he spent rotations in Maine, New York, and Texas in various operations and supply chain roles, primarily focused on Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS). Conrad was able to accomplish a variety of environmental projects, including a sustainability campaign that resulted in annual savings of $110,000 and 313,000 gallons of water. Each role successively increased in responsibility, including successful management of a $1.0MM waste program in a construction environment. After graduating, he was promoted to an EHS Leader position with GE Healthcare.

Throughout his time with GE, Conrad was able to apply his systems thinking mindset and problem solving skills to environmental and supply chain issues. He gained extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and their application, and honed his soft skills with daily interactions in both union and non-union environments. All the while, he was able to find or create environmental opportunities to improve GE’s bottom line.

Outside of work, Conrad enjoys staying active through sports and exercising, watching his favorite teams and athletes, and playing guitar. He also likes exploring new cities and attending as many concerts and festivals as possible. He is excited to pursue both his MBA at the Wisconsin School of Business Erdman Center for Operations & Technology Management, and his Energy Analysis & Policy certificate through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Through this combination, he will further increase his business acumen and project management skills, as well as his understanding of energy markets and sustainable technology implementation.