University: Northeastern University Degree and Major: B.S. & M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Work Experience before Tufts: Draper Lab Fellow
Where were you in your career and what drove your decision to go back to school?
I am currently a project manager (technical director) of multiple projects at Draper. Coming from a technical background, I haven’t had a lot of business experience. I was looking for a program that could help me develop valuable leadership skills that would help me succeed in future management roles.
Why did you choose to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts?
I chose to purse an MSEM over an MBA or another program because of the relevance MSEM has to my day-to-day work. The professors all come from industry, not academia, which means they are all teaching from decades of experience. I find this much more valuable than traditional book-learning. I have been blown away by the wealth of knowledge of the professors.
How have you been able to apply aspects of the MSEM curriculum at work?
The curriculum is so connected to my day-to-day job and I have already grown in my current role. I have already made use of the skills I've learned - both hard and soft skills - to manage professional situations and become a better leader for my teams.
Favorite MSEM course so far: Business Strategy
What scientific or engineering innovation would you like to see in the next 100 years? Definitely autonomous cars, even though it is still a long ways off. As a society, we also need to look at a "smart grid" infrastructure and regulations needed to make the autonomous car market a success.
Advice for future MSEM students: Think of the work as an opportunity to grow. All of the class discussions, readings, and assignments are an opportunity to try new things and challenge yourself.