Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
R&D program to develop next generation head protection systems
Jay McNamara, MSEM ’15
Engineering Psychologist, NSRDEC (US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center)
Education before Tufts
B.S. Engineering Psychology, Tufts University
Work experience before Tufts
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I decided to go back to school because I was at a crossroads in my career. Until recently I have been focused on improving my technical skills, and taking on roles of increasing responsibility. Now I am at the point where I can either take the path of a Human Factors Subject Matter Expert, or I can move into more of a Project Management role. The project management side is more interesting to me, and I decided to go back to school to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to reach my professional goals
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose the Tufts MSEM program for a number of different reasons. First and foremost were the recommendations of co-workers who had previously graduated from the program. Everyone I talked to spoke very highly of program, and said that the course work was relevant and helped them transition to leadership roles within the organization. I was sold on the program after I attended an information session. I was impressed by the caliber of the faculty, all of whom have extensive real-world experience as engineers and engineering leaders. I was also impressed by the efforts they go through to continuously improve the program, keeping the course work relevant and focused for professionals working in technology industries.
What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
My favorite part of the MSEM experience so far has been the camaraderie fostered by the cohort structure. Unlike most other programs, the same group of students attends every class session together for the entire two years. In addition to the class sessions, each semester you are assigned to a different team of students to complete a team project. My classmates are engineering professionals from a variety of different sectors (Pharma, Computer Software, Defense, etc.) and are employed by both start-ups and huge multinational corporations. This provides a unique networking opportunity, as well as access to an incredible wealth of knowledge.