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|Name||Tejal Mehta, MSEM ’13|
|Position||Quality Assurance Manager, Lubrizol|
|Education before Tufts||B.S. Chemical Engineer, Drexel University|
|Work experience before Tufts||Lab Services Associate, Jones Lang Lasalle; Supervisor Process Expert, L’Oreal USA|
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose MS in Engineering Management at Tufts University because a professor told me that this program is for people who want to change and become better leaders. I wanted to make myself a well-rounded person and I did change. Choosing to go to TGI helped develop my confidence in being able to vocalize my thoughts towards business decisions at work. I started to understand and appreciate the reasons as to why my managers made the decisions they made on issues at work. As I gained more self-confidence, I was able to develop my career path. I also received great support from my professors at TGI when I was faced with difficult times at work. They showed me how to leverage my skills to get what I needed. In my second year of school, I started a new job as a manager and was able to get back into the technical field.
Was there a professor or module that particularly impacted you and why?
The leadership and humanities classes had the greatest impact for me. I am an introvert and definitely do not like to speak if I don’t know my environment. I was forced to speak in these two classes and my grade depended on it. These classes brought me out of my shell. The tools for my leadership journey that were provided in both classes were very impactful. I became more aware of my surroundings because I learned how to listen to what people are trying to tell me.
What was your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience?
My favorite part about the MSEM experience was the support from the friends and professors that I met thought this program. My husband and I come from two different states and we had no family or friends up here to support us. We were on our own and it was difficult. The support provided from the various teams that I worked with at school really gave me confidence. Through the leadership class, each team is required to learn how to understand different personalities. This aspect of the program became very useful for me, in my everyday work and life.