Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
Helped to re-launch a mechanical clock that Chelsea Clock last made in the 1920s.
Dan Der Marderosian, MSEM ’15
Manager of Engineering / Assistant Plant Manager, Chelsea Clock
Education before Tufts
M.S. Mechanical Engineering. University of Washington & B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
Work experience before Tufts
Product Test Engineer, Ford Motor Company &
Engineer, Robert Bosch Corporation
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I am at a mid-point in my career, with 20 years of experience on significant engineering projects in the automotive and consumer products industries. I decided to go back to school primarily because I came across the MSEM program at TGI. I was previously unaware that it existed and this came at a time when I knew I wanted to enhance my current skill set in the leadership and business areas. I also wanted gain formal recognition for the skills and subjects in which I was already experienced.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
The program curriculum almost spoke for itself for me and, being an alumni of Tufts, made it all the more attractive to return. After attending the information sessions and a class, it confirmed that this was a great fit for me both professionally and personally. The opportunities to work with professors and peers from other technical industries makes every class and team effort a learning experience. Because books, meals, and registration are all coordinated for us, and free parking is available, these are all big pluses that support my busy schedule. I only briefly considered an MBA program, but immediately preferred the technical scope and lower cost of the MSEM program.
Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?
Mary Viola and Sam Liggero have both introduced to me the topic of leadership and how it differs from management, and begun to impress upon me the skills to be mastered as well as need for more technical leaders in society. Both artfully relate to the strength of our technical backgrounds and guide us toward a higher purpose through the lectures, readings, and assignments.