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Meet the new wave of innovators. Whether you aspire to be a product manager, work in technology strategy, build sustainable cities for the future, help support clean tech startups, become a data scientist or launch your own business, Tufts M.S. in Innovation & Management prepares you to innovate and have impact in a variety of roles. Check out what some of the inaugural MSIM class of 2017 are up to after their first year in the program. 

Maren Brenninkmeijer

Delft, Netherlands

Background: B.S. Architecture
Undergraduate: Delft University of Technology, 2016

Strategy Consulting intern at Roland Berger in the Netherlands

“One of the things that made this year so impactful were the personal connections I had with my fellow students, professors, and the Gordon Institute staff. Everyone was so open to sharing ideas to help us accomplish our goals.”


Yongtao Ding

Wuahn, China

Background: B.E. in Software Engineering
Undergraduate: Wuhan University, 2106

Operation and data analysis intern at MassChallenge

“The Applied Data Science course inspired me and has guided me to a career as a data scientist. My classmates and the Tufts community were very collaborative throughout the year and continue to be a great support network.”


Sarah Drury

Toronto, Canada

Background: B.S., Neuroscience
Undergraduate: McGill University, 2016

Interning in the mental health field

“I loved how this program shapes you as a whole person, whether through discussing ethics and literature, solving problems as a team, drawing out your creativity, or challenging your understanding of how the world works. This is not a place where you just come to memorize facts and take tests; this is a place where you can throw yourself into a learning experience with the support of wonderful peers and mentors.”

Edith (Yihan) Hu

Shanghai, China

Background: Bachelor of Business Administration
Undergraduate: East China Normal University, 2016

Continuing 3rd semester at Tufts. Taking coursework in computer engineering, financial modeling, and statistics

“I was surprised by the diversity of my MSIM classmates. They are an extremely intelligent and dynamic group from all different backgrounds. I learned so much from them about communication, styles of leadership, and the spirit of learning new things.”

Benny Kim

Santa Ana, California

Background: B.S., Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University, 2016

Greentown Fellow with Greentown Labs, the nation’s largest clean technology startup

“My main task will be to establish a strong relationship between Tufts University and Greentown Labs by connecting students, faculty, researchers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers in the clean technology field. I will also focus on global outreach and identification of international opportunities.”

Hirosei Kuruma

Tokyo, Japan

Background: B.S., Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University, 2016

Research Associate, Lux Research Emerging Technologies Group

“We produce research reports for industrial clients on emerging technologies. I am contributing to the wearable electronics and autonomous systems teams. I am producing research and insights on trends and the state of the market, while also helping clients with their business strategies. I could not have qualified for this job without the MSIM degree.”

Barton Liang

Hong Kong, China

Background: B.S., Civil Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University, 2016

Continuing coursework for 3rd semester at Tufts in urban policy. Future plans to pursue work related to the built environment, from construction to development.

“New Product Development had the biggest impact on me because I was taught a whole new way of holistically approaching problems, including how to find and address a potential customer or other stakeholder’s (spoken or unspoken) needs. I was able to apply these skills not only to my sprint project and the start-up that followed, but also to my summer internship at a multinational construction company.”

Trish O’Connor

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Background: B.S., Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University, 2016

Engineer at iStrategyLabs, a digital marketing agency in Washington, DC

”iStrategyLabs designs engaging and inspiring exhibits, commercials, media, and shows for major brands that leverage leading edge hardware and software. My Sprint experiences taught me user-centered, rapid prototyping techniques that I’m able to apply in my work. I came out the program ready to lead and collaborate in the workplace.”

Rebecca O’Connor

Neponsit, New York

Background: B.E., Biomedical Engineering
Undergraduate: Stevens Institute Technology, 2016

Area Manager, Amazon

“The skills developed in the MSIM program apply to so many different fields. It was great to have classmates, now friends, with different backgrounds and career interests come together and learn from each other. My focus at Amazon is on the inbound logistics of the operations – seeing the whole process during the first week of training was really amazing.”

Gulin Olcer

Istanbul, Turkey

Background: B.A., Psychology
Undergraduate: Koc University, 2012

Entrepreneur, Sustainability consultant

“I’m the co-founder of a sustainable denim school project based in Aegean region of Turkey. We train clients on sustainable practices in denim-design and production while creating new employment opportunities in rural areas.”