Undergraduate University: Northeastern University Degree and Major: B.S. in Computer Engineering Work Experience before Tufts: Release Engineer, dataxu; Release Engineer, Attivio; Integration Engineer, NEI
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I was about 10 years into my career and I started to realize that I had been spending many years building up my technical skills but not improving my soft skills. I noticed that many other engineering leaders executed projects through personal leadership skills that made them more effective employees. I realized that in order to catch up, I would need to accelerate my learning in these areas.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I had looked at MBAs in addition to the MSEM, but what made Tufts stand out was the opportunity to work on and solve real world business problems. The flexible schedule built for working professionals was also very appealing.
How have you been able to apply aspects of the MSEM curriculum at work?
I have already received two promotions during my first year in the MSEM program. I have been working to bring my learnings to work, mostly when it comes to managing people and understanding their needs. I am now starting to plan out larger projects which will affect the whole organization, so I anticipate using many of the lessons from the Operations modules.
Favorite MSEM course so far: Humanistic Perspectives
What is a company or organization you admire? Github, recently purchased by Microsoft, is a source code management tool. They have always done their best to maintain a culture of caring and creativity which allows for the employees to be helpful and innovative. It shines through in their product. It will be very interesting to see how the more corporate structures of Microsoft will affect them going forward.
What advice would you give to future MSEM students? Make sure that you are at a point in your career where you will value the courses and are able to make time to have the material make an impact on your life.