Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on:
Polymeric encapsulation of small molecules for drug delivery
Mike Fitzpatrick, MSEM ’16
Engineer, Global Manufacturing Sciences, Biogen Idec
Education before Tufts
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut
Work experience before Tufts
Process Engineer, Biogen Idec; Manufacturing Engineer, Ocular Therapeutix
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I was about 4 years out of college and felt that it was a good time to go back. I have always had the desire for continuous learning and felt going back to get a graduate degree was something I wanted to accomplish. I saw graduates of TGI go on to have great success in companies and when talking to them they attributed their success to the foundations of learning that they achieved at TGI.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
When I was looking at programs, I was split between whether I wanted to go back for a tradition MS in an engineering discipline or get an MBA. This reflected the crossroads I was also in at the time in my career, whether I wanted to focus more on the individual contributor track or management. Coming out of college with an Engineering degree, I’ve always had a knack for the technical subjects. I felt that pursuing an MBA might pull me from those roots. TGI’s MSEM program does a great job in harmonizing technology and business principles to give a great holistic view of the fundamentals, operations and strategic priorities of today’s high tech companies.
What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
I think it has been meeting and collaborating with my peers in class. We all come from such diverse backgrounds and it great to see how other people in other industries approach and solve similar problems. I think the willingness to share and the trust the cohort has in each other has been our strongest asset.
Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?
It’s hard to point out one professor in particular that is impacted me significantly. I think that Ewa Winston’s Humanistic Perspectives of Leadership class and Mary Viola’s Learning to Lead class has had a big effect on me. Coming from an engineering background, we aren’t privy to humanities and the psychology of leadership and business. I think those course really help make us well-rounded leaders.