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Lee Raymond, MSEM '16

Infrastructure Services Manager

Nuance Communications

Undergraduate University: Tufts University

Degree and Major: B.A. Economics

Work Experience before Tufts: Tufts University, Manager of Enterprise Systems & Services and IT Project Manager


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

Ultimately my decision to return to school was fueled by a few complementary needs. First, I knew that I wanted to focus on leadership and play a motivational role for the team members I worked with and I wanted to hone those skills. Second, I saw a need for a technical degree in order to propel my career based on my industry background.

After delaying a few years, it became apparent to me that my convictions around #1 were growing stronger and #2 could only help me progress from management to leadership roles.

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

I chose the MSEM program since my discussions with other alums of the program (those that work in my division, and not) were incredibly positive. In many cases they referred to efficient work ethic, strong networking opportunities, challenging coursework, and the experience of completing a challenging. The information session was useful, but honestly the end of semester presentations are to me the most motivating portion of going to this program as you get to have an opportunity to see the finished work product of the course.

Favorite book: Ender’s Game

Favorite place you’ve visited: Vietnam

Company you admire: Google