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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.