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Cinque Terre, Italy

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Love and Basketball

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Name Alla Epshteyn, MSEM ’16
Position R&D Engineer, Draper Laboratory
Education before Tufts M.S. Material Science and Engineering, University of South Florida; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tufts University
Work experience before Tufts I have been at Draper since 2007 when I started as a student intern while at Tufts!

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
When I applied to TGI, I had been working in high tech R&D for 7 years as an Engineer and was looking for an opportunity to build on my natural tendency to think big picture. At the time, I had already gotten my Materials Engineering MS while working full time, so I knew I’d be up for the challenge. I always planned to shift focus from technical work to business application and thought the MSEM was the perfect opportunity.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
Draper Laboratory has a long tradition of selecting promising engineers to go through the Engineering Management program at TGI. I sought out the opportunity to get on the nomination list and was really humbled and ecstatic when I was selected to attend the MSEM program through Draper. The MSEM program at TGI is really well respected in my organization and as I go through the program I can attest to the program’s pedigree. I really enjoy the professors’ rich industry knowledge and the teaching structure – which is discussion based.

Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?
The courses on leadership have defined the value in the TGI program for me. The courses have really challenged me to reconsider my mental model of leadership and have pushed me to evaluate how my natural tendencies measure up. Gaining awareness via introspective exercises has been very powerful to my growth both professionally and personally.