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Dan Raymond, MSEM '13

Vice President of Engineering
ProTom International

Undergraduate University: University of Massachusetts
Degree and Major: B.S. Electrical Engineering Engineering

Current project at ProTom International:

Raymond and the company are trying to make proton radiation more accessible to cancer patients and doctors. “We have developed a next-generation proton therapy system that produces proton radiation for treating cancerous tumors. The technology has been around for 50 years – our product is the next generation of the technology.”

Raymond describes proton radiation as “an invisible pencil beam” directed precisely at the tumor site. Patients lie comfortably in a treatment room while protons are accelerated to a specific energy level and magnetically guided to point locations within the tumor site area.

Proton radiation is very effective in targeting cancerous tumors that are close to vital organs or critical structures. Traditional photon radiation destroys both the bad cells and good cells in the radiation path, which leads to secondary effects.

“With proton radiation, we can control precisely where the radiation is hitting, as well as the depth, which is very key,” Raymond says. It is especially effective for treating young children with tumors in difficult-to-reach or small sites.

How MSEM has helped his career:

“Typically, in the technical world, you come to the point in your career where you have to decide whether to go down the path of being a technical guru, or go down the path of technical management and leadership,” he says. Raymond chose the latter path, which led him to the Tufts MSEM program in 2011. He says the courses on Leading Teams and Organizations as well as Humanistic Perspectives on Leadership have been particularly helpful in his career.

The coursework has helped Raymond overcome some of the challenges in expanding the reach of ProTom’s product. For example, he leads a team of suppliers that are based all over the world, and must work across many different languages, cultures, and time zones.

“As a VP of Engineering, if you ask what drives me every day, it’s about having a successful outcome as a team,” Raymond says.