Tom Kraeutler

Tom Kraeutler

Class of 2023

I was born and raised outside of Asbury Park, NJ, but prior to coming to Ross I lived and worked in small towns across the South and Midwest as an Environmental Engineer at a handful of different Pulp & Paper Manufacturing sites (as well as a brief stint working with lumber mills). While in those positions, I was an Environmental Engineer mainly dealing with environmental "compliance" – that is, making sure we met all the legal requirements to manufacture our paper products. Dissatisfied with the impact (or lack thereof) with my work, I decided to apply to business school knowing that I wanted to focus on sustainability. From my outsider perspective, I knew that "business" was the vehicle through which I could catalyze positive environmental change in this world, but I had no experience in the business world. I didn't have any resources in my network for how or where to pursue an MBA, so I cast a wide net and searched the country for programs that could mix my passion for sustainability with a strong academic reputation. I wanted a place where I could be my true, authentic, and occasionally weird self and interact with others who were just as passionate about their career interests as I was with mine. Ross checked off all the boxes for me from the day I started researching to the minute I stepped on campus for interview day and fell in love. My dog, Kenny, and I moved to Ann Arbor in August 2020 and I'm validated every day that I made the right decision to come here. Currently I'm a third year dual degree candidate (MBA/MS) with the Erb Intitute and Tauber Institute, and ready for one more year of excitement!

Undergraduate Education

Boston College

Areas of Interest

Ambassador Type
Student ambassador
Undergraduate Major
Prior Industry
Operations/Supply Chain Management