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Name Isaac Blanchard, MSEM ’16
Position Lead Engineer, GE Aviation
Education before Tufts B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont
Work experience before Tufts Artisan Industries, Chemineer Inc.

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
After graduating with a BSME I set out to build a career by gaining experiences in the real world. It wasn’t until recently that my career began to transition from a purely technical role to one where I would drive results by leading. To be successful in these roles I felt it was necessary to learn business and leadership skills not easily taught within the engineering profession. Pursuing a master’s degree, specifically in engineering management, provides the skills I had been lacking while becoming a more-well-rounded engineer.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose to enroll into Tuft’s MSEM program because I felt it aligned with my professional goals and the structure was accommodating to a busy and dynamic work schedule. Early on in my decision process I attended an info session where I had the opportunity to hear from faculty and alumni. I was impressed by the resume of several of the professors in attendance and believed learning from their experiences would help in my development. In both the cases of the alumni, the Independent Leadership Project (ILP) enabled them to take on a role within their organization they wouldn’t normally have been able to. This aspect of the program really spoke to me as I felt this would be a good way to complete a stretch assignment in an area I am interested in. Outside of the ILP, I liked how the program is structured to deliver business skills and ideas while maintaining a technical approach.

What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
My favorite part about the Tuft’s MSEM program thus far has been the cohort structure and the sense of teamwork it creates. The relationships built during semester projects and dinners have enabled a safe learning environment to test out the techniques being taught. Forming these connections early has made my transition into grad school much easier. I have also really enjoyed learning from my classmates. Their professional background allows for a unique learning experience as each can offer different perspectives.