2011 News


2011 Tufts Gordon Institute Annual Report now available online

Our mission at TGI is to provide our students with the knowledge, leadership and innovation skills, and creativity that they will need to excel in their professional careers. The world is changing at a breakneck pace, and to ensure that we fulfill our mission, we need to understand that world and continuously improve our programs to meet the challenges that we face.

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Tufts Gordon Institute Engineering Management Director and Professor of the Practice Mary Viola presents white paper: “A Leadership-Focused Engineering Management Master of Science Program”

Tufts Gordon Institute Engineering Management Director and Professor of the Practice Mary Viola presented a white paper entitled, “A Leadership-Focused Engineering Management Master of Science Program” at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference focused on engineering education in Vancouver in June.
Paper abstract:
Engineers are currently underrepresented both as thought leaders >> read

M.S. in Engineering Management Class of 2011 Graduates

“2011 is a vintage year.” Those were the remarks provided by Professor of the Practice Sam Liggero at Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI) M.S. in Engineering Management (MSEM) graduation celebration. More than 100 MSEM students, their families, Tufts Gordon Institute faculty and staff gathered at Alumnae Lounge on May 17 to commemorate the completion of the two-year program.

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ELS Summer Grant Recipients Learn the Value of a Start-up Environment

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Summer Grant Program gives students the chance to experience the trials and triumphs of a start-up enterprise. Every year, students apply for summer grants to work with entrepreneurs and gain experience for their own future enterprises.

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Seven Tufts Teams Finalists in MassChallenge $1 Million Start-Up Competition

As MassChallenge moves into the final phases of its $1 million competition, seven teams comprised of Tufts University alums or students prepare to make their visions a reality.

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Tufts $100K Business Plan Competition Winner Roof for Two Plans to be First to Market with Motorcycle Product

The first place winner in the classic track of the Tufts $100K Business Plan competition,Roof for Two, started out as a class project for seniors Andrew Altman, David Chen, Maxime Pinto, Karan Randhawa and junior Justin Ferranti. According to Pinto, the idea came out of the “reject pile” from Professor Felice Shapiro’s ELS101 class (Introduction to Entrepreneurship).

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Saathi, Runner-Up in Business Plan Competition, Supports Women in Rural India with Unique Concept for Feminine Hygiene

Saathi, a social venture to provide sanitary pads to the working class women of India, recently won second prize for the social entrepreneurship track in Tufts annual $100K Business Plan competition. Tufts sophomore Nithyaa Venkataramani is the youngest member of team and describes the venture as more than a winning idea.

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KAYAK co-founder candidly speaks on importance of building a solid team

“When I think about building a company I think: team first, customers second, profit third,” KAYAK co-founder and chief technology officer Paul English said to a crowd of Tufts entrepreneurs on April 12, 2011. English, the featured speaker of the inaugural Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, brought the same high energy and wit that helped him form his company to his talk.

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Tufts names $100K business plan competition winners

Mass High Tech details this year’s winners from the $100K business plan competition sponsored by Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

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New York Entrepreneurial Alumni Event Unites Booming and Budding Entrepreneurs

On March 28, 2011, the Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ELP) hosted a Tufts Entrepreneurial Alumni event at the historic Lambs Club in New York. Charles Auster (A73), chair of the ELP advisory board, hosted the event, which featured a panel discussion on “Entrepreneurial Pathways in Money, Media and Nightlife”.

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No April Fools: A Rundown of Babson, BU, Tufts, Harvard, and MIT Business Plan Contests

Xconomy gives a rundown of business plan competitions happening around Boston including Tufts $100K competition. This news also appeared in Boston.com.

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“Raytheon helps U.S. subs stay in touch”

Tufts Gordon Institute alum Steve Moynahan (MSEM ’05), a senior Raytheon engineer, is working on low-frequency “deep siren” system that would enable the Navy to communicate with submarines at any depth.

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“Human Capital: People on the move”

Jeremy Halpern, lecturer in Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, joined Boston law firm Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP as a partner and director of business development for the firm’s emerging companies group.

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Senior Technology Leaders Discuss the Challenges of Operating on a Global Scale

More than 100 M.S. in Engineering Management (MSEM) graduate students & alumni, Tufts undergraduates and Fletcher students gathered on Friday, February 18 for a roundtable discussion entitled, “The Next Stage of Globalization: Leadership, Strategic and Operational Challenges Facing Technology Companies.”

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Better Place targets terrorism with campaign for oil independence

On Wednesday, February 9, Michael Granoff (A91) delivered this spring’s Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture as the Head of Oil Independence Policies for Better Place —an Israel based sustainable transportation company. Better Place aims to eliminate oil dependency worldwide by providing networks — such as battery switch stations and charge spots — to support electric vehicles.

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Tufts Gordon Institute Prof. of the Practice Partha Ghosh to Participate in Event, “Reactivating U.S. – Japan Relations in a Changing Asia”

Tufts Gordon Institute Professor of the Practice Partha Ghosh is participating in a panel discussion on February 9 at the event “Reactivating U.S. – Japan Relations in A Changing Asia.” The event will feature speakers from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest graduate school of international affairs in the U.S., the U.S. Japan Research Institute (USJI), a collaboration of five Japanese universities, and the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP.

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“Tufts Journal People Notes”

John F. Hodgman, Professor of the Practice, at Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, was elected to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd).

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