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Favorite movie:
The Big LebowskiFavorite place you’ve visited:
San FranciscoBest engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
Technical transfer of a product line from one bioreactor suite to another.

Name Mike Call, MSEM ’13
Position Manager Quality Systems and Compliance, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Education before Tufts B.S. in Graphic Communications, Rochester Institute of Technology
Work experience before Tufts Sr. Quality Systems Engineer, Genzyme; QA Specialist, BD Biosciences

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
My career path had taken me into process improvement and quality roles, where often you are part of larger projects, which span across different organizations including engineering, R&D, compliance and manufacturing. I recognized quickly, that in order to be successful, these roles demanded not only a certain level of technical ability, but also required leadership and management skills. Since most projects I deal with have a technical aspect to them, I wanted to further my education in a technical field while also developing the leadership skills necessary to succeed. I chose the Tufts’ MSEM because it offered that balance between engineering and leadership.

How did you balance the demands of work/family/school?
Being that I have two small children, a wife who works nights and weekends, a demanding job and a one-hour plus commute to and from Tufts, this was one of the bigger challenges I faced in going back to school. To balance this I needed to adopt better time management and reprioritize how I spent my time outside or work. In all, I did not need to sacrifice the important things such as time with family, time for relaxing, or time for work. Instead I found that after I managed my time better there was plenty of time in the day to attend class, meet with teams and complete assignments.