2010 News


Drew Endy examines ethical side of biotech

Stanford Professor Drew Endy spoke at the inaugural Knox Lecture in Engineering Ethics on the ethical implications of synthetic biology. Prior to the lecture Tufts Daily interviewed Endy.

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VP of Business Process Excellence Don Linsenmann Discusses DuPont’s Journey to Six Sigma

On October 28, Tufts Gordon Institute and The International Business Center at The Fletcher School hosted Don Linsenmann, Vice President of Business Process Excellence and Corporate Six Sigma Champion for DuPont. Entertaining and engaging both engineering management and Fletcher graduate students, Linsenmann’s talk detailed the role Six Sigma has played in the company’s transformation from a cyclical chemical company to the “world’s most dynamic science company.” A business management strategy initially started by Motorola, Six Sigma is now employed by hundreds of consumer and technology companies throughout the world including Fortune 500 companies Raytheon, Target Corporation, Bank of America, General Electric, Dow Chemical and, of course, DuPont.

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Engineering consultant calls team management essential

Pamela McNamara (E’81), President of U.S. Operations at Cambridge Consultants spoke to students at the annual fall Lyon & Bendheim lecture series about her experience as an effective engineering leader.

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“Advancing the Promise of Globalization: The Road Ahead”

Students from The Fletcher School and visiting students from HHL – Leipzip International School of Management, one Europe’s top business schools, gathered on Friday, September 24 to hear Professor of the Practice Partha S. Ghosh speak on the future of globalization and the opportunities that lie ahead.

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2010 Summer Internship Grant Recipients Gain Entrepreneurial Experience

On September 24, forty grant recipients – all Tufts undergraduate students- presented their summer internship experiences at a poster session in the Dowling Library. Five of these students were recipients of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Lunder Family Foundation grant for internships in entrepreneurial ventures. Profiled below are those five students’ experiences.

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M.S. in Engineering Management Degree Gaining Popularity

Recent articles in U.S. News & World Report and the Financial Times point to a growing trend of individuals seeking out Master in Science in Engineering Management Degrees. Rebecca Knight from the Financial Times writes, “A MEM (Master in Engineering Management) is becoming the interdisciplinary degree choice for those wanting a career that spans both operations and technology.”

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Students Serve as Consultants for Companies including WGBH and Parkland Medical During Practicum Projects

This summer a record 60 graduate students from Tufts Gordon Institute’s M.S. in Engineering Management (MSEM) program consulted for a variety of local New England-based companies. Sponsoring companies for this year’s practicum project included E Ink Corporation, Illume Software, Inc, Parkland Medical Center, VA Medical Center and WGBH.

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Tufts Gordon Institute Lecturer John Hodgman Appointed as Professor of the Practice

Tufts Gordon Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hodgman, Entrepreneurial Leadership Lecturer, to Professor of the Practice. A valued member of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program faculty, Hodgman has taught entrepreneurship courses at Tufts since 1997. In addition to teaching Entrepreneurship & Business Planning Hodgman serves as a mentor to students seeking to launch new ventures.

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MSEM Class of 2010

The MSEM class of 2010 joined their families and the Tufts Gordon Institute faculty on the evening of May 19, for a graduation reception to celebrate the students’ collective accomplishment. Reflecting on the two years, Director of Tufts Gordon Institute Rob Hannemann remarked on the difficulties of completing the rigorous two-year program, but added, “your work isn’t over yet, as there are a multitude of issues in our world that need the leadership of engineers.”

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Tufts names business plan winners

Boston.com covers the winners of the 6th annual Tufts $100K business plan competition sponsored by TGI’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program. This news also appeared in the Somerville Journal online.

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“Proximity Health takes top spot in Tufts biz plan challenge”

A team of three Tufts Gordon Institute MSEM students won the Class Business Competition prize in Tufts $100K Business Plan Competition. The team hopes to develop a new screening device to treat hospital-acquired infections.

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“Tufts Journal People Notes”

fts Gordon Institute Lecturer John F. Hodgman was appointed to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council.

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“Everyone’s Business: Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Offers Students Real-World Opportunities”

Tufts University’s Parents Program profiles Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program – the University’s fastest growing minor.

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Spring 2010 Lyon & Bendheim Lecture Series Welcomes Ellen Kullman (E78), CEO of DuPont

Each semester, the Lyon & Bendheim lecture series invites prominent alumni to share their experience with Tufts students. On February 4, 2010, more than 130 students and faculty welcomed back Ellen Kullman (E78), CEO of DuPont, to hear her journey from “the hill” to becoming CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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“In Depth: 15 Big Small-Business Contests”

Forbes profiles 15 of the biggest university-sponsored business plan competitions, including Tufts $100K Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

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Tufts Gordon Institute Lecturer John F. Hodgman Appointed to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council

On January 20, 2010, Tufts Gordon Institute Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Lecturer John F. Hodgman was appointed to Governor Deval Patrick’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Established last October, the Council’s goal is to build public support and increase Massachusetts’ students’ interest in pursuing careers in the STEM fields. Members include both public and private sector stakeholders involved with STEM planning and programming.

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Tufts Gordon Institute Hosts Engineering Leadership Seminar

Students, alumni and members of the Tufts Gordon Institute’s community gathered on January 16 for a lively panel discussion titled, “Bridging the Engineering Leadership Gap: Pathways to Leadership” in the ASEAN Auditorium. Director of Tufts Gordon Institute Engineering Management Program Mary Viola welcomed more than 100 attendees to the seminar. She opened her remarks by invoking a shared passion across the global technology community; “We are all united in helping engineers and technologists become leaders to affect positive change in the world.”

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“Dr. Partha Ghosh, global strategist and problem solver on the current global economic crisis”

Tufts Gordon Institute Professor of the Practice Partha Ghosh is interviewed by Chemical Industry Digest about the economic crisis and specifically it’s impact on the chemical industry in India.

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