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Name Ilan Levin, MSEM ’15
Position Staff Scientist I, Raytheon BBN Technologies
Education before Tufts B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Work experience before Tufts 9 years at Raytheon BBN Technologies

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose to pursue the M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts because I felt that it fit with my short and long term career goals very well. I was looking for a program that respectful of my full-time obligations to my job but was also very aggressive and covered a wide range of topics useful to an aspiring technical leader. I wanted to learn the management skills required to succeed as I climb the corporate ladder and also wanted to get some good experience and training in the soft skills and social interaction components of leadership. Since I can travel a lot during the week for work, I also appreciated the weekend classes that only met every other week. This made it less likely that my academic and professional obligations would conflict. The “one stop shop” atmosphere was also very desirable to me. My time is very precious and I appreciate how the program caters to me and my company to make registration, tuition payments, and textbooks easy and effortless.

What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
I have greatly enjoyed working while being in the program. In undergrad, you were learning a lot but were unable to apply your knowledge to your future career. With the Tufts MSEM program, things I learn on Friday or Saturday I can start applying to my professional life on Monday. This is a major advantage over getting a graduate degree without being in an active professional position. Discussions in lectures regularly have real life examples from classmates. Specific questions are brought up and we are able to examine each other’s professional situations and work through solutions and improvements.