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Favorite website:
www.core77.com

Favorite place you’ve visited:
Mt. Kilamanjaro

Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
portion pack machine design for the new Keurig “Bolt” product

Name Jonathan Press, MSEM ’15
Position Mechanical Design Engineer II, Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Education before Tufts B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont
Work experience before Tufts Reiser & Keurig/GMCR

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
After several years of job experience and working to become a contributor with significant responsibilities, I felt I was at a crossroads in my career. I could pursue either an in-depth technical path or a broader, more diverse skill set from a management degree. Because I knew advancing my career in either direction would require more than on-the-job experience, going back to school was an easy choice.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose to attend Tufts because I felt that it gave me the highest value for the degree I would be receiving. It was the best combination of curriculum, school and faculty reputation, length of the program, and all at a fair price. I looked at several other programs and while they all had some attractive features, none offered a comparable blend of benefits like Tufts did.

How do you balance the demands of work/family/school?
I needed to be honest with myself that I wasn’t going to be able to ski or play as much basketball as I wanted to and I was ready to do that. While I have found a little bit of time for these, there are a lot of activities that I have put on hold while I focus on school.

Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?
I knew going in this program leadership was an area that I needed to work on and I’ve already learned a great deal, not just about myself but about other people as well. A large part of the reason I have learned so much is that Stacy Lennon is a great professor. She is able to engage the entire class, facilitates strong discussions each time we meet and is able to push people out of their comfort zone for the sake of learning but in a way that people feel safe in doing so.