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Nikki Labo, MSEM '17

Industrial Engineer
Lockheed Martin

Undergraduate University: Northeastern University
Degree and Major: B.S. in Industrial Engineering
Work Experience before Tufts Manufactoring Planner, Lockheed Martin

Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?

“My decision to go back to school (the timing) was mostly driven by my personal life. I had no major commitments (other than work) so it seemed like a good time to tackle grad school.”

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

“Once I decided it was a good time to go to grad school, I started to think about what degree program I should apply to. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in management (instead of a technical SME path), so I immediately started researching Engineering Management. I happened to stumble upon the Tufts program, and knew it was the perfect fit. I love the flexible class schedules and the upfront costing structure. I also knew I wanted to attend classes in person (rather than online), and the location was very convenient for me.”

How do you balance the demands of work/family/school?

“This entire program is a great lesson on time management. The teachers are very good about providing schedules and assignment due dates at the beginning of the semester, so for me it’s all about being pro-active. If I know there are a lot of assignments due at the same time, I make sure to start them early and spread them out. This keeps me from stressing out and allows me to still make time for friends and family. I’m fortunate that my work is very understanding and supportive of the demands of grad school, so I haven’t had an issue with conflicting priorities. I’m able to schedule work trips around class days and take time off if I need to catch up on assignments.”

Favorite book:
Harry Potter
Favorite place you’ve visited:
Northern California
Company you admire:
Google