MCCC Is Essential Stepping Stone for
Brian Fraze's Career in IT


Analyzing issues in the complex world of systems engineering and information technology, Brian Fraze is part of a team that provides cutting-edge solutions to U.S. government customers. As a strategic sourcing analyst for QinetiQ North America in McLean, Va., Fraze works with program managers, engineers and technologists to help address challenges in national defense, homeland security and information access.

Fraze thrives on keeping his fingers at the pulse of innovation. At QinetiQ North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of QinetiQ, one of the world's leading defense technology and security companies, he interacts daily with QinetiQ management and key personnel whose clients include defense and intelligence customers as well as those in NASA and other civil agencies.

Reflecting back on his days at MCCC in the mid-1990s, where he studied business and liberal arts, Fraze credits the college for giving him the academic jump start he needed to strengthen his critical thinking skills and overall zest for achievement.

Brian Fraze

"MCCC was a great stepping stone for my success," said Fraze, who earned 35 credits at Mercer before transferring to the University of Maryland in 1997, where he pursued a dual major in History, and Government and Politics. "Mercer made me appreciate the importance of getting a good education and it helped me get on track academically. I particularly recommend Mercer to anyone who is not ready to leap into a four-year college or university right out of high school."

Fraze's career proceeded on course as he landed positions of increasing responsibility in the field of technology consulting in the Washington, D.C., area. "The D.C. area is a great place to work," said the West Windsor Plainsboro High School graduate. "So much action takes place here since this is the center of the federal government. With stiff competition for jobs, I have the extra motivation to constantly improve myself." Fraze said that this was a pattern set at Mercer, where he learned to push himself further than he thought he could go.

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