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Favorite book:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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Barcelona, Spain

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Name Smith Louis, MSEM ’16
Position Partner Manager, Spotify
Education before Tufts B.A. Music, Wesleyan University
Work experience before Tufts Manager – Data Management Group, Eze Software Group

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I had recently transitioned to a new company, the Echo Nest (which was later acquired by Spotify). In my new role, I began to work more closely with customers and our business development team. While I had strong technical skills from my experience at Eze, I found that I still had room to grow in terms of my business knowledge and leadership skills. I hoped that going back to school would help me develop these skills so that I could push my career forward.

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I had been contemplating getting an MBA, but I chose the M.S. in Engineering Management program at Tufts for many reasons. During my application process, I sat in on a class that was very engaging. After that class, I enjoyed speaking with the students that were enrolled in the program at the time. They had great insights and were very positive about the program. The curriculum also tackled subjects that I thought would be helpful in my professional development. I greatly enjoyed my interview and the conversations that I had with the faculty. When I reviewed all of these factors and experiences, it was pretty clear to me that the MSEM program at Tufts was the perfect fit for me.

Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?
I’ve greatly enjoyed Professor Ewa Winston’s Humanistic Perspectives on Leadership. The class has done a great job building on the topics of mindfulness that we began exploring in the first semester of Learning to Lead. We’ve had interesting discussions on values, success, and leadership that were filtered through the lenses of literature, film, and our own personal experiences. It adds a good balance to this program and has allowed me to better understand what I think is necessary for me to become a good and effective leader.