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Favorite book:
Love in the Time of Cholera

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Favorite movie:
Braveheart

Name Dave Sieling MSEM ’13
Position Senior Systems Engineer II, Raytheon Company
Education B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Messiah College
Work experience before Tufts Power Design Engineer, Raytheon

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
When a colleague of mine attended TGI’s MSEM, I found myself drawn to the material that she was assigned to read. We’d have long discussions about the content and what was discussed in class with her cohorts, and I began to discover that the curriculum was the type of content I was looking for as it was unique in its own way from other Master’s programs. I also appreciated that the faculty are accomplished leaders in their various disciplines — they are not purely academic but bring their real-world work experience into the classroom, which garners immediate respect.

What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
Personally speaking, I greatly enjoyed the interaction between my fellow cohorts both in and out of the classroom. The different perspectives and experiences that each person brought from their various fields of expertise allowed the classroom discussions to be enlightening and engaging. With the weekend class, we developed a sense of camaraderie whether that be going to a Red Sox game, parties at different classmates’ houses, singing karaoke together or simply ending up at our favorite watering hole after a long day of class; in the end, the relationships you develop outside of class allow you to see the person and all the experiences that made them who they are, instead of being just a name in a class.

Was there a professor or module that impacted you and why?
Sam Liggero was one of the best, if not the best, teachers or professors that I’d ever had. His enthusiasm for his subject matter, how he projected himself in class and the respect he had for each of his students (and the respect that is equally returned) is inspiring and impressive.