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Favorite place you’ve visited:
Cape Cod National Seashore

Best technical project you’ve worked on:
Summer Practicum at EMC on go-to-market strategy for cloud storage management

Company you admire:
Google

Name Thomas Klejna, MSEM ’13
Position Senior Solutions Architect, IS&T Enterprise Architecture Boston University
Education before Tufts B.S. Computer Information Systems, Bentley University
Work experience before Tufts Solutions Architect, Citizens Bank; Consulting Systems Architect, EMC

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I have over 30 years of professional experience in Information Technology working in a number of industries in both an individual contributor role as well as in management. I was at the point in my career where I knew I would benefit greatly, both personally and professionally, by obtaining a M.S. degree in a technical field. In addition, obtaining a Master’s degree has always been a personal goal for me.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I looked at several schools that offered a more traditional MBA program but I really like that the M.S. in Engineering Management from the Tufts Gordon Institute is designed for technical, working professionals and that it combines business management and engineering topics. I enjoy the ability to work collaboratively on project teams with my cohorts. An important point of consideration for me in selecting TGI is that the program’s faculty members are subject matter experts in their fields and have held executive-level positions in their respective industries. The TGI course curriculum offers a balance of technical, business, humanistic and leadership learning opportunities which makes it really attractive to me. The evening program provides the flexibility I need to help balance my family, work and school responsibilities which is really important to me. Based on my positive experiences at TGI I am convinced that I made the right choice in selecting the Master’s Program in Engineering Management.

Was there a professor or module that particularly impacted you and why?
The professors at TGI were world-class instructors and had hands-on experience in their respective fields. They truly practice what they teach. I was especially impressed with Professor Sam Liggero and the unique personal perspective and strategic insights he provided to me. He enabled me to really appreciate the critical role of technology and how to creatively apply it to solve real world engineering problems that can result in providing tremendous benefits to society. The Learning to Lead and the Humanistic Perspectives modules were critically important to me in understanding what it really means to be a leader. They inspired me to do what is right despite the obstacles – not what is easy or expedient given the situation.