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Carlos Benitez, MSEM '17

Principal Research Associate
Sanofi Genzyme

Undergraduate University: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Degree and Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Work Experience before Tufts: Process Development Engineer, OPK Biotech

Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?

“Regardless of the degree I believed I needed to obtain, I knew that I had to go back to school and either enhance what I’ve already learned in engineering or learn new skills, such as leadership and management. I felt that if I got a technical degree, like an M.S. in engineering, it would keep me behind the bench as a research associate. I didn’t think that would equip me with the tools I felt I needed to succeed in my industry as a leader. At the same time, I didn’t want to rack up $80-100K in graduate school debt getting an MBA. And then I learned about the Tufts MSEM program. For me, it was the perfect balance between the M.S. in engineering and an MBA, without the crazy price tag. In my view, the value of the MSEM degree was unparalleled. All of the facets of this program were very appealing to me. I really wanted a cohort experience because I knew I would get so much more out of the learning experience. The fact that I could have this and not have to quit my job or take a leave of absence was key for me.”

Has there been a professor or module that has impacted you and why?

“The Humanistic Perspectives on Leadership module, led by Ewa Winston, has impacted me significantly. I’ve never taken a leadership/humanities course like this before. We dive real deep in this class about what it means to be human and all of our triumphs and failures as humans in society. I’ve adopted a very keen curiosity for the subject matter in this module. What are the values that drive our behavior and decisions? From a leadership perspective, what is ethical and what is moral? I’ve asked myself these kinds of questions and have pondered them on my own. Now I have the privilege of discussing these topics with my cohorts, who come to each of these discussions with their unique perspectives. This has been one of the best experiences for me so far.”

Favorite place you’ve visited: Costa Rica
Best engineering/technical project or product you’ve worked on: Developing a platform process for the manufacture of gene therapy drug product
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy