Project Management Professional (PMP)® Student Profiles:

Student Profile: Jerry Fausz, PMP

profile picI have a BS, MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering and began my career with the Air Force Research Lab in 1992 as a DOD civilian.  I managed projects in the development of advanced technologies for space vehicle guidance and control for 14 years. After that I left government service and went to work in the private sector. 

I manage projects for SAIC for 6 years focusing on the areas of special projects for the DOD and the intelligence community, including contracts with AFRL, USSTRATCOM and DIA.

I am currently working for Boeing as a senior analyst supporting the Missile Defense Agency.  I also teach project management related courses online for SNHU.

This doesn’t leave a lot of free time, but in what spare time I have I enjoy building electronics projects, running Magic: the Gathering tournaments at a local comic store and volunteering at my church.

The first thing I tried to read on my journey to become a PMP was the PMBOK guide, 5th edition.  It was somewhat interesting, but I knew I wasn’t going to get far studying for the PMP exam that way.  So I got started with the PMP Prepcast and started watching videos.

On the day of the PMP exam I did not do any last minute review, I followed the advice of Mr. Fichtner and others who have posted on the forums and I finished my studying two days before the exam and did not do any last minute review the day before nor the day of the exam.  I am really glad I followed that advice. I don’t think that last minute studying would have accomplished anything except making me more tired and anxious when I was taking the exam.

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