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Favorite website:
xkcd.com

Favorite place you’ve visited:
The fjords of Norway

Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
Automating defect classification at IBM

Company you admire:
RedHat

Name Jennifer Braggin, MSEM ’14
Position Senior Member of Technical Staff, Draper Laboratory
Education before Tufts M.S. in Engineering Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University
Work experience before Tufts Entegris, Inc. – Applications Engineering and Assignee to Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center; IBM – Microelectronic Division

Since you’ve graduated how have you been able to apply what you learned in the MSEM program to your career?
One of the most valuable aspects of my MSEM education was the ability to take risks in class. Through these exercises I recognized that I was ready to take a risk and leave the industry in which I had spent my entire career. Not only did I have new tools at my disposal that were attractive to a new employer, but I also had the confidence and support of my cohort and professors to make a change.

What is one thing that surprised you about the MSEM experience?
I never expected to form such close bonds with other busy working professionals, including my cohort and the professors. In the 2 years of the MSEM program our entire cohort formed a very strong team and I expect us to get together for years to come to reminisce on our experience and support one another.