Favorite place you’ve visited:
The Na Pali coast on Kauai’
Company you admire:
Shire. Being Brave for our patients!
Patrick Mulcahy, MSEM ’16
Senior Research Specialist/Lab & Tech Operations, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Education before Tufts
M.Sc. Biotechnology, Worcester State University; B.S. Cell Biology, Boston University
Work experience before Tufts
Harvard School of Public Health, Stryker
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I had recently returned to an academic environment to pursue a career and start my ScD. Although I loved the environment, it was the nature of academics to get my salary from continuously refreshed grants. Grants are unreliable and after two years we lost funding that paid my salary. Taking a position in private industry and using the benefit of tuition reimbursement, it was best to earn another degree from Tufts that was directly applicable to my career in private industry. The MSEM at Tufts is a fantastic fit to my current career advancement.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I’ve obtained experience in university, private industry, earned my Master’s in Biotechnology and I’m smart enough to know that I still have a lot to learn. Three day programs and certificates are not enough to show the dedication needed to obtain the skills for leadership and management. The MSEM program at Tufts offers a curriculum taught by experienced industry professors. The faculty, curriculum design and logistics of weekend/weeknight classes truly define a program that is calibrated for optimal value for students that are working professionals that know they need a program that supports a workers desire for an advanced degree that will keep them on the path to success.
How do you balance the demands of work/family/school?
I constantly think of the phrase, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.” I have to implement all the skills I’ve learned about organization, scheduling and tasking. There are times you have to realize that asking for assistance from fellow students and coworkers is not a weakness, but an effective means to your goal. When you setup meetings for case work studies, it’s not surprising to see how many of your fellow students will also give up their Saturday morning to make the next weeks classes more successful.
What is your favorite part of the Tufts MSEM experience so far?
The teamwork that I’ve been a part of in the first and second semester is fantastic. When a group of leaders combine their skill sets with a common goal, the quality of work that is done is excellent.