MSPE Field Trips

  • We concluded the academic year with a spring break trip to Washington, DC (March 19 – 24). Students attended presentations by the World Bank, Federal Trade Commission, International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank. 
  • For the first fall trip, students traveled to Moline, IL to visit the world headquarters of John Deere. Established in 1837, John Deere manufacturers agricultural, construction, forestry machinery diesel engines, drivetrains for heavy equipment, and lawn care...
  • On February 24th, the MSPE students attended a presentation by Deloitte in Chicago. Midori Nakamura, an August 2007 MSPE alum, organized the presentation. Both Midori and Dr. Nicola Lostumbo talked about their work in the group who consults companies on...
  • Our third visit was to the International Monetary Fund. The presenter highlighted the IMF history, organizational structure, missions, and its developments over time. 
  • Our second visit was to the Federal Trade Commission. Our visit began with a presentation about history, structure and activities of the FTC as an agency responsible for promotion of consumer protection and the elimination and prevention of anticompetitive...
  • Our first visit was to the World Bank. The presentation began with an overview of World Bank history, organizational structure, and missions. The speaker talked about different phases that the World Bank has gone through, starting as a reconstruction bank...
  • Our final visit was to the Inter-American Development Bank. The event started with an overview of the IDB group followed by a presentation about Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) activities in support of...
  • The final fall trip was to the Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington on November 4. The IFB is an association of farmers, which was formed 100 years ago to further farmer interests. Presentation topics included eminent domain, the IFB as a private sector membership...
  • On October 21, the MSPE students visited the world headquarters of Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company located in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto products include agricultural and vegetable seeds. The day included a tour of one of...
  • The first fall field trip was to the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) on September 16. CBOE is the world’s largest options exchange and the leader in product innovation, options education, and trading volume. Mr. Kevin Davitt, Sr. Instructor for the Options...
  • The highlight of the academic year was the spring break field trip to New York City (March 20 – 25). Students attended presentations by the United Nations, Council on Foreign Relations, Standard & Poor’s, and TIAA-CREF. As in the past, students were also given time to explore the city.
  • The second spring field trip was to visit Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, Illinois. The visit began with a bus tour of the ADM facilities. Mr. Parry Dixon, senior economist, then gave a brief overview of ADM where students learned that since 1900, ADM’s net...