Senior Mechanical Engineer
United Technology Aerospace ISR and Space Systems
Undergraduate University: University of Rochester Degree and Major: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Work Experience before Tufts: Mechanical Engineer, Raytheon Company
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
Before Tufts I had been working as a Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon for about two years. I was really looking for an opportunity to learn and grow my technical background, but with a management perspective in mind. Having not taken any management or business related classes in undergrad, I was excited for the opportunity to evaluate the work I was doing from a new perspective.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
Tufts MSEM program sparked my interest after I went to an on-site admissions event at Raytheon. The flexible schedule, diverse curriculum, and cohort experience really set the program apart from others. The staff and faculty take extra effort to ensure a smooth transition from work to school and take a lot of the extra effort off of the students' hands by registering you for classes, pre-ordering textbooks, and providing a direct contact for any tuition payment questions or financial aid support.
How have you been able to apply aspects of the MSEM curriculum at work?
I have learned so much about the importance of having good soft skills in the workplace, and understanding the needs of different individuals. Providing constructive criticism and being more receptive of feedback, as well as knowing people on a personal level to understand how they will react to situations, are all skills I have taken with me in my day-to-day work. Additionally, I have been focusing on finding my own voice, and improving my self-confidence in the work place.
Favorite MSEM course so far: Operations Management
What scientific or engineering innovation would you like to see in the next 100 years? Continuous improvement of gene editing to the point of curing and eliminating genetic diseases.
Advice for future MSEM students: Allow yourself to become fully immersed in the experience and don't hold back!