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TED

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Who Moved My Cheese?

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Shawshank Redemption

Name Gary Marinelli, MSEM ’15
Position Manager, Supply Quality, Raytheon
Education before Tufts B.S. Business Administration, Northeastern University
Work experience before Tufts The Kraft Group, Information Technology

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
As a middle manager I’m responsible for a team of engineers and wanted to learn more about effective management of both people and processes. I was looking for further growth and wanted to improve my leadership skills so that I could take on roles of greater responsibility. I decided to go back to school to accelerate both my personal learning as well as my career. My goal was to find a program that could teach me both the engineering / technical side of things as well as the business management skillsets which are needed to run a company in today’s business environment.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
While looking at MBA programs I discovered they weren’t really the exact fit I was looking for. I wanted a program that develops leadership skills but in a technical or engineering environment – the Tufts MSEM does just that. In addition I appreciated that the faculty at Tufts are accomplished leaders who bring real world experience to the classroom, instead of just teaching theory. These professors teach based on examples and situations they’ve actually worked thru in their companies. Finally, the Tufts MSEM is structured perfectly for the working professional. The staff at Tufts makes it easy for you from an administrative point of view by providing everything a working professional would need.

What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
The program really has taught me to fully understand myself and my preferences in order to manage others effectively. I’ve learned more about myself in a year than I’ve learned in a long time. The greatest part about it is that others have already noticed changes that I’ve made based on what the program has taught me. Additionally I’ve gained an extensive network of industry peers, including both my classmates and professors, who each have unique experiences to learn from.