The Catcher in the Rye
Au Revoir les Enfants
Company you admire:
|Name||Jeremy Jo, MSEM ’13|
|Position||Project Manager, Zagster|
|Education before Tufts||B.S. Mechanical Engineering; M. Eng. Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University|
|Work experience before Tufts||Co-founder & Product Engineering, BeTH – Benevolent Technologies for Health; Senior Engineer, Digital Product Development, DENTSPLY Implants|
What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
The assortment of courses, relevance of the course material to my work, and diversity of my fellow classmates made the entire duration of the TGI program enjoyable. The program aims to develop leaders by providing students with a broad array of knowledge in key business areas. These courses provided me with a better understanding of my company’s operations and inspired me to ask questions regarding the goals and logistics of our business. Discussions revolving around my company’s supply chain, product technology road map, and business model pushed me to obtain a higher-level understanding of how we work. As an engineer, it’s often easy to become captivated by the details of a technical project. However, this program pushes individuals to think beyond the technical aspects and provides the knowledge and tools to do so.
My cohort at TGI also made the entire experience enjoyable. I was continuously amazed by the intellect, backgrounds, and experience that every student brought to the program. After spending two days a week for the past two years with the same group of individuals, I could not have asked for a better group to call my classmates. Whether it’s debating the merits of business models before class or arguing over sports at a bar after class, I’m fortunate for the friendships I built during this program.
Was there a professor or module that particularly impacted you and why?
Sam Liggero, professor of the New Product Development (NPD) and the Technology, Strategy, and Innovation courses, was a strong mentor during the Tufts Gordon Institute program. I entered TGI knowing that I one day wanted to start my own company and experience the startup world. The idea of developing something from the ground up and sharing that vision and product with the rest of the world motivated me. Sam’s vast experience from his time at Polaroid and at a small tech startup was immensely insightful, providing information on the road map to starting a company and how to catch the eye of an investor. Through Sam’s guidance and support, I entered the Tufts $100k Business Competition with several team members, submitting a project developed during Sam’s NPD course. We ultimately placed second and also took this experience one step further by entering the MassChallenge startup accelerator program. We only reached the semi-finals in the MassChallenge competition, but this experience was invaluable and reaffirmed my desire to one day start my own endeavor. I cannot thank Sam enough.
Since Jeremy graduated he participated again in the Tufts $100K competition and came in first place in the classic track of the 2014 competition. The company he co-founded, Benevolent Technologies for Health (BeTH), focused on creating low cost, high impact healthcare solutions by introducing the world’s first adjustable prosthetic liner aimed to increase amputee comfort, while reducing fabrication time and overall costs. Read more about Jeremy winning the 2014 competition. Jeremy is now Fleet Manager at Zagster, a bike sharing company.