Alumni Profiles


Favorite book:
Into Thin Air

Favorite movie:
Apollo 13

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Belfast, Ireland

Name Katie Kopycinski, MSEM ’13
Position Senior Supply Chain Planner, Biogen Idec
Education before Tufts M.A. in Biology, Clark University
Work experience before Tufts Scientist at Wyeth Biotech and Dyax

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I had been perfectly content working in the laboratory until a project exposed the business side of the Biotech industry. Although not ready to leave the engineering and science behind completely, my interest in a different aspect of the industry was piqued. The fact that Tufts MSEM program focuses on business and leadership from an engineering perspective made it the perfect fit for me. I could apply the leadership and engineering classes to my work right away, and I knew the business oriented classes would provide opportunities for the future.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
Although eager to go back to school, I wasn’t ready to put my career on hold to do so. The Tufts MSEM program was, therefore, an obvious choice. The MSEM program provided the flexibility to continue working while earning a degree at night or during the weekend. While daunting at first, Tufts did everything they could to ensure that the transition back to school is seamless and their students were successful. Whether something as simple as providing dinner before class, or working with an individual to reschedule missed classes, the MSEM was perfectly compatible with a full time job.

What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
I loved the summer practicum! There were so many amazing opportunities to choose from involving interesting companies and exciting projects. My team worked with the U.S. Army Natick Solider RD&E Center as they tried to tap into the Boston Innovation Network. The team met with entrepreneurs in the Boston area and even got to tour the labs in Natick and learn about all the amazing research they are conducting. The summer practicum was a perfect complement to the teachings of the previous year and a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experience.