2012 M.S. in Engineering Management Graduation Celebration
2012 M.S. in Engineering Management graduates gathered
on May 9 to celebrate and commemorate the completion of
the two-year master's program.
2012 Graduation Celebration Photo Gallery
Director of Tufts Gordon Institute Rob Hannemann opened
the evening by congratulating each of the students on
their accomplishment and encouraged them to chose and
follow a passion that is sustainable and provides value
to the world.
Following Hanneman's remarks, Professor of the Practice
Mary Viola and Engineering Management Program Director
reflected back on the student's first semester
experience when they are required to give inspirational
speeches and compared these to the polished
presentations and speeches they able to give now with
conviction and confidence.
"What I have observed is a transformation. The mental
models of an engineering leader you brought into the
program when you entered two years ago have completely
evolved. You have the skills and the knowledge and now
it's your decision to decide to lead. The world needs
you. And I encourage you to not forget what you've
In her closing remarks Viola read a quote by Steve Jobs
from his commencement speech at Stanford after first
battle with cancer in June 2005. "Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be
trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of
other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others'
opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most
important, have the courage to follow your heart and
intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want
to become. Everything else is secondary."
Professor of the Practice Charlie Rabie presented the
MSEM Distinguished Student Awards to recognize
individuals' academic performance and leadership
qualities. The award recipients included:
Tiffany Poon, Project Coordinator at the Broad Institute
Muhammad Shloul, Maintenance Facilitator, AstraZeneca
Catherine Mitchell, Senior Director Technology Services
Edward Fan, Product Specialist, Instrumentation Lab
Jun Beom Kwon, Senior Researcher, LIG Nex1 Co., Ltd.
Bill Siopes, Senior Engineer, Product Development, NP
Jonathan Sugerman, Mechanical Engineer, Honeywell
Professor of the Practice Sam Liggero then presented the
MSEM Outstanding Student Award to recipient Jennifer
Sloan, Quality Assurance Manager at Pfizer. Jennifer
earned the award by showing excellence in all aspects of
the program — thought leadership in class assignments,
in team projects and in her individual leadership
project. Liggero mentioned that Jennifer really embodies
the mission and values of Tufts Gordon Institute noting
that Jennifer and her team at Pfizer are working on a
drug that will change the lives of millions of people
around the world. Jennifer concluded the night by
graciously accepted the award and recognizing students'
significant others and families as well as the faculty
and staff for their support.