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Lyndsey York, MSEM ’15
Lab Manager, LabCentral
Education before Tufts
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tufts University
Work experience before Tufts
Process Engineer, Quanterix Corporation; Ekteino Laboratories, Research Technician
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
My aspiration to transition my career past a purely technical role was a key force that drove me to enroll in the MSEM program. Working at a start-up company has afforded me the opportunity to work and interact with many groups across the company, thereby allowing me to actively apply of my education at the workplace. Leveraging my MSEM education at Quanterix has supported my desire to contribute to the growth of the company in new ways, and has provided me with an understanding of how the company works from a different perspective.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
One of the main reasons I chose to pursue the Tufts MSEM is the program flexibility and structure. By designating two full days to school every other weekend, I feel like I am able to limit distractions and focus my energy on learning. It is refreshing for me to trade work for class and I often approach the upcoming work week excited and wanting to apply the new concepts I’ve learned at Tufts over the weekend. Compared to other master’s degrees, the MSEM is the most desirable graduate program to me because the curriculum is tailored specifically to unique challenges of technology centered business environments. I should disclose that I have a strong sense of “Jumbo Pride” having graduated from the Tufts School of Engineering in 2010, and I am really excited to continue my education at Tufts!
What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
After completing my first semester, my favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience has been interacting with the professors and my fellow weekend cohort. The cohort is a highly motivated group and individuals are genuinely interested in their own self-improvement and create productive and supportive environment. Since I am relatively young in my career, I appreciate the experiences that my professors and classmates have shared because it adds another dimension of learning. The interactive format of classes and collaborative exercises and projects leverages the diverse backgrounds of the cohort. The encouragement to take risks and step outside of my comfort zones has helped me become more open and assertive and has given me confidence to ask for more challenging work and become more proactive about my career development.
Since graduating from Tufts MSEM program in 2015, Lyndsey has become the Lab Manager at LabCentral.