“I always tell visitors to watch how 90 people can feel like a much smaller group.”

Responsibility: overseeing one hundred employees building the thrust reversers that ensure the uneventful deceleration of aircraft on airport runways. With two summers at General Motors in Detroit and six years at General Electric, Kyle Bisutti knows what it means to take responsibility for people and products for high-stakes manufacturers. “It was a great experience,” Kyle says, “to see manufacturing at its finest.”

The MBA had “always been in the back of my mind,” Kyle says about his motivations. “I’m looking to make a bigger impact and need to have a broader perspective on how to grow the manufacturing base in the U.S.” While other schools may have a greater reputation in operations, Kyle chose HBS for its general management curriculum. “The diversity in both people and skills will help me later in my career – you never know who or what you’ll need to know.”

A different kind of learning model

For Kyle, the most visibly distinctive characteristic of HBS is its teaching and learning model. “It’s very different from what I had experienced before,” he says. “The high engagement level in the classroom leads to deep learning. It’s changed the way I prepare for exams: everything I review, I already know deeply because of the intensity of the case experience.”

As the Admissions Representative for his section, Kyle gets to share his enthusiasm with potential HBS applicants. “I always tell visitors to watch how 90 people can feel like a much smaller group. The way everyone gets so involved – it brings us all together.”

In a much smaller group setting, Kyle and his FIELD 3 team are working on a tasty start-up as their entrepreneurial venture. “We call it Midnight Kitchen,” Kyle explains. “Research shows that a lot of people eat after ten p.m. We’re talking with a Harvard nutritionist to create food that satisfies late night cravings without making you feel bad about it in the morning.”