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Name Jaclyn Porsolt, MSEM ’16
Position Regulatory Affairs Specialist, DePuy Synthes
Education before Tufts B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University
Work experience before Tufts Consumer Study Research Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
After graduating college with an engineering degree, I pursued a position that was relatively non-technical. Now, in my current role, I interact with engineers and scientists on a daily basis. Pursuing a graduate degree in Engineering Management provided me with the opportunity to hone those skills I had learned during my undergraduate work. I realized that I needed an advanced degree to reach the levels of my organization that I aspire to. In addition to refining those technical skills, I wanted an opportunity that would help me enhance my leadership skills and provide me with the tools to inspire others.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I was interested in Tufts before I had even relocated up to Massachusetts. The MSEM program at Tufts was the perfect fit for me because it blended an M.S. in Engineering with an MBA at a well-renowned university. The professors bring years of professional experience and offer extremely valuable insights. The modules offered provided an opportunity to refine my technical skills and develop the business acumen I need to succeed in my career. In addition, the program was extremely flexible offering both weekend and night options. The ability to choose the cohort allowed me to tailor my learning in a way that best fit into my life.

What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
I really enjoyed working on the semester project for the New Product Development module. The project required teams to create a new product concept and corresponding marketing, financial and production plans. This experience took me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to apply skills that I had learned throughout my first year in the program. It was exciting to create a new product from scratch and develop an entire business plan around it.