Zack Schiller, MSEM '19 | Tufts Gordon Institute
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Zack Schiller, MSEM '19

Lead Software Applications Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

Education: B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science, University of Maine
Work Experience before Tufts: Technology Director, Regional School Union 26, Orono, Maine; NASA Intern, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

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

I have two technical degrees, and I decided to go back to school because I wanted to learn more about leadership, business, and strategy so that I could understand what it takes to run a company and more easily transition to upper-management positions in the future. 

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

I chose the MSEM program at Tufts for many reasons, but chief among them was the glowing first-hand accounts from alumni about the program, what they learned, and how it positively affected their career.

How have you been able to apply aspects of the MSEM curriculum at work?

Although I am only halfway through the program, I have already learned a lot from the TGI curriculum. At work, I find myself approaching problems, interactions, and leadership from a different perspective than I have in the past.

Favorite MSEM course so far:
New Product Development

What does leadership mean to you?
A leader must have vision to see the path ahead, but he or she must also understand why this path is the right one to follow. The key to becoming a leader is inspiring others to walk along this path with you.

Advice for future MSEM students: 
Instead of worrying just about grades, focus on what you are learning and taking away from the program - you are gaining so many valuable skills that you will be able to use for years to come.