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Favorite movie:
The Doctor

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Salzburg, Austria

Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
ACL Replacement Graft

Name Rachel (Pratt) Dow, MSEM ’14
Position GM & Director of Operations at Silk Therapeutics, Inc.
Education before Tufts B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Work experience before Tufts Medical Device Engineer, Serica Technologies, Inc.

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
Upon graduating from RPI, where I completed my undergraduate work in biomedical engineering, I knew that I eventually wanted to go back to school for an advanced degree in order to make myself more competitive in the job market. The question for me was not whether I should go back to school, but what degree made the most sense for my future career path. After three years of working in the medical device industry, I began to see my desired career path more clearly as well as the obstacles that stood between where I was and where I wanted to go. There was no doubt in my mind that a master’s degree was the next stepping stone.

What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
The New Product Development course offered a tremendous hands-on learning experience around taking a product from conceptualization to successful commercial launch. My group continued with our product idea after the class was over. We built upon what we learned throughout the course to develop a business plan which we entered into the Tufts $100K Business Plan competition. Our group took second place in the classic division and then went on to reach the semi-finals for MassChallenge. Our professor for this class, Sam Liggero, who eventually became our advisor for the business plan competition, was a great mentor dedicated to our learning and overall success. There is no better way to learn then experiencing first-hand the challenges and excitement of trying to create your own product/company.