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What makes Tufts Gordon Institute's MSEM program unique?

The mission of Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI) is ingenious: preparing engineering leaders who will bring new and important value propositions to the world. In light of the of the historic challenges humanity is faced with - energy, ecology and equity (widening divide between rich and poor) - we need superb engineers that aren't merely technical experts, but also know how to lead, communicate and make our planet a thriving place. We encourage students to visualize the big picture while still being rooted in the nuts & bolts of their technical disciplines, to become real creators and transformative leaders. This is particularly important at a time when the world is looking for new paradigms.

What is the focus of the Fundamentals of Economics module you teach?

It is important for students to know the evolution of thought leadership in economics beginning with Aristotle & Plato on ethics & fairness, to pioneering work done by thought leaders such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, to present day confusions on Wall Street. The purpose of the module is to help students develop a robust understanding of both macro and microeconomics as an art of structuring and making economic choices. By the end of this module students are able to analyze the emerging economic issues and offer their point of views on how the emerging economic problems could be addressed. During the class sessions I often draw on my years of experience as a consultant during which I had the privilege to serve and work with heads of states and heads of companies in more than 20 different cultures to address complex strategic issues leading to national and international policy shifts.

What do you hope students take away from the Global Strategic Management course?

Whether our graduates are working on complex global engineering problems, taking on executive roles at corporations or starting their own business, they need to be prepared to handle the complexities and cultural differences of global socio-economic, business and political issues. The culmination of the four course modules - business strategy, technology strategy & innovation, fundamentals of economics and globalization & multinational strategies - provides students with the framework to develop a business strategy and to operate a global technology company. We want our students to be transformative economic leaders. We encourage them to look beyond the current constructs and find new ways to solve problems.

How do you know you've done your job effectively as a teacher?

It is always rewarding and encouraging when alumni tell me first hand the impact the program had on their career. For example, recently an alumnus who works at a major biotechnology company was asked to transfer to Belgium. She said she had absolutely no hesitations and felt she was well prepared for the move as a result of her experience at TGI and her exposure to global strategic issues.

What topics are you focusing on outside of the classroom?

The topics that I am most passionate about are leadership, innovation, strategic management, the green economy/sustainability and globalization. One particular cause that I am dedicated to is The Boston Pledge - a nonprofit organization that I founded with a group of outstanding professionals. The mission of The Boston Pledge is to address base of the pyramid issues by offering less privileged individuals entrepreneurship workshops and in turn help them identify opportunities to better their lives and become self-sufficient. In addition to covering these topics in my classes at TGI, I often speak at various universities including MIT and Harvard as well as at various industrial associations and conferences.