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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

Name George Lee, MSEM ’14
Position Associate Director, Program Managment at Unum Therapeutics
Education before Tufts B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University; M.E. in Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University
Work experience before Tufts Engineer at TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D division

If you have changed companies or industries, 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 have taken on the role as R&D program manager at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

The MSEM credentials that helped me advance both in Pfizer and currently at Ironwood are but not limited to the cross-functional technical leadership, communication, conflict negotiation and technology and business operations management skills that I had learned at TGI.

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.