Creating high-impact solutions requires more than technical expertise and creativity. That’s why the MSIM program is centered around building four core skillsets through Innovation Sprints. Each sprint, you’ll immerse yourself in a semester-long, team venture that goes through the entire innovation cycle so you can develop and demonstrate these innovation skills.
The four skillsets that empower sustainable innovation:
Along the way, you’ll also gain fluency with data science and other underlying capabilities necessary for modern innovation.
Created by four 2017 MSIM students, OnGuard is a concussion warning system that provides instant impact alerting, data tracking, and analysis. Using what they learned during their Innovation Sprints, the team conducted in-depth interviews to create both a customer profile (coaches/athletic directors) and user profile (athletes). So far, the results are promising: OnGuard placed second in the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition as part of the Healthcare/Life Science track.
A team of MSIM students created multiple prototypes of a handheld device that can detect breast cancer, the biggest killer of women under 39 years of age. The team combined research from two Tufts faculty members: one using infrared light to detect malignant cancer cells and one creating a microchip with infrared sensors. Using 3D printing, the MSIM student team developed several prototypes and tested them with radiologists and other potential customers.
A team of MSIM students are looking at how membrane filtration technology can be applied to offshore oil drilling companies. Based on research from Tufts Professor Ayse Asatekin, the filtration technology’s possible applications include treating waste water or enabling industrial oil clean up solutions. By speaking directly with offshore drilling companies, the MSIM team is looking at where to insert themselves into the supply chain and whether it is more sustainable to sell directly to the end user or to suppliers of filter technologies.
"I came out of the MSIM program ready to lead and collaborate in the workplace. My Innovation Sprint experiences taught me user-centered, rapid prototyping techniques that I’m able to apply in my work at iStrategyLabs, which designs engaging and inspiring exhibits, commercials, media, and shows for major brands that leverage leading edge hardware and software."