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George Lee, MSEM '14

Associate Director Program Management
Unum Therapeutics

Undergraduate University: Boston University
Degree and Major: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Work Experience before Tufts: Engineer at TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D division

What impact did the MSEM credential have in obtaining a new job?

I had been working at Pfizer as a product development scientist/engineer while I was in the MSEM program at Tufts. During the two year period while enrolled in the MSEM program, my manager had frequently commented on the significant growth she continuously observed in me both as a technical professional and leader. After my first year in the MSEM program I was assigned a technical leadership role for a challenging and complex project. Shortly after taking on the leadership role I was promoted. Since graduating from the MSEM program I took on roles as R&D program manager at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Senior Manager at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals and now, most recently, I'm Associate Director, Program and Alliance Management at Unum Therapeutics.

The MSEM credentials and skills that helped me advance both at Pfizer and subsequent companies are the cross-functional technical leadership, communication, conflict negotiation and technology and business operations management skills.

What is one thing that surprised you about the MSEM experience?

The one thing that surprised me about the MSEM program was that I was able to take a lot of the leadership and soft skill training and apply it not only in my daily job, but also in my family and community life as well.

Favorite movie:
Good Will Hunting

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Hawaii

Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
Grand Challenges in Global Health project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in developing a thermal stable measles vaccine for third world countries