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Favorite book:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Favorite movie:
Legally Blonde

Best place you’ve visited:
Switzerland

Name Emily C. Shay, MSEM ’13
Position Program Manager, United States Air Force
Education before Tufts B.S. Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
Work experience before Tufts Industrial Engineer, UPS
Medical Device Manufacturing Engineer, Johnson and Johnson

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
First, I was drawn to Tufts MSEM program because it has both a technical and managerial focus. I considered getting an MBA, but I decided that I did not want to lose my technical edge. Second, I loved how the TGI program really understood the needs of working professionals and made the administration aspect of going to school so convenient. Finally, I appreciated that the program is classroom-based and not online. Online classes do not suit my learning style; I prefer to meet people face-to-face and have an in-person discussion. I believe that a lot of learning happens outside of the classroom, during breaks and after class discussions with classmates and professors, which is missing with online classes.

What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
I loved so much about this program – it is hard for me to pick just one! One of the best parts of my experience at Tufts MSEM was getting to know and learn from my professors and classmates. TGI became like a big second family. I am amazed at how supportive everyone was of one another. I also loved that the program gave a completely different way of looking at situations and solving problems. I learned how to think like a leader.