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Solving big challenges requires different perspectives and diverse thinking. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds from electrical, chemical, environmental, computer and mechanical engineering, to human factors, biology, and economics.  This year about half of the class is from outside the U.S. and 42% of the class is female. Read more about all the Class of 2019 student profile statistics.

James Aronson

Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Background: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “There are a number of business schools at which I could learn finance or take leadership classes, but the MSIM program distinguished itself by placing the Innovation Sprints at its center. Each Sprint provides us with an environment in which failure not only carries little risk but actively bolsters understanding.”

“I plan to graduate from the MSIM program with a viable business under development.”

Sophia Atik

Treasure Island, Florida

Background: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Dance
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: "This program is made up of intelligent individuals with common goals and engaging faculty that are willing to help in any way possible. It is an extremely encouraging environment that allows for ultimate creativity. I value how this program will allow me to harness my imagination and develop a product that could positively change society.”

“This year, I hope to gain the tools I need to launch a startup!”

Anastasia Budinskaya

Keller, Texas

Background: B.S. in Bioengineering; M.S. in Bioengineering Biomechanical Systems (Tufts University, expected 2019)
Undergraduate: Syracuse University

Why MSIM: “I chose the MSIM program because it is a degree geared toward people who want to solve problems that matter. The MSIM Sprints encourage non-incremental innovation and force you outside of your comfort zone. I’m excited to explore topics like conflict resolution and product innovation.”

Alex Christenson

Scituate, Massachusetts

Background: B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “I want to deeply understand the process of how innovation happens, from finding a problem to implementing and scaling a solution.”

“This program has left an incredible first impression. All of the members of my class bring interesting and unique perspectives to the table, and I am very excited to be able to work on Sprint projects with them. The faculty not only have a lot of experience practicing in their fields but also are genuinely excited and interested in helping us reach our goals.”

Nadia Ferrer

Chicago, Illinois

Background: B.S. in Engineering Psychology
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM:“I'm excited to learn more about the holistic perspective of taking an idea to a product and how to place that product on the market.”

“We are being trained to make an impact through our ideas and leadership abilities and not to just increase our capital. And all of the people in the program are amazing! Most of us don't have a whole lot in common, and I think that's what drives our conversations the most.”

Michael Geiger

East Amherst, New York

Background: B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate: Union College

Why MSIM: “MSIM allows me to pursue my passions of problem solving and innovation, and combine it with my engineering background – MSIM brings everything together."

“In the future, I hope to work in product management and consumer tech. That would allow me to be on the forefront of technological developments that improve everyone's way of life.”

Chad Goldberg

Agoura Hills, California

Background: B.S. in Engineering Psychology
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “I chose MSIM for its unique course offerings and incredible faculty. The Sprint projects are extremely beneficial for developing a unique and varied skill set. The program encourages risk-taking, coupled with a ‘fail fast and fail often’ approach that I think makes for an incredibly challenging, fun, and rewarding experience.”

Beverly Kodhek

Nairobi, Kenya

Background: B.S. in Computer Science
Undergraduate: University of Nairobi

Why MSIM: “In my time at Tufts, I look forward to learning how to extract great insights from customer research, develop products that delight clients, and build scalable business models that investors are excited to fund. Every challenge we experience in the program translates into an endless array of possibilities.”

Tyler Leong

San Francisco, California

Background: B.S. in Biology, Entrepreneurial Leadership
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “Having taken Entrepreneurial Leadership classes as an undergraduate here at Tufts, I was amazed by the insights from professors who were CEOs by day, and professors by night. The MSIM program gives me the opportunity to become even closer to these same professors and soak of more of their insightful and practical knowledge.”

Lulu Li

Wheaton, Illinois

Background: B.S. in Integrative Biology, Minor in Computer Science
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Why MSIM: “What drew me to the MSIM program was the shared passion that I saw in each individual to come up with creative solutions that will have a strong and positive impact in different fields. I hope to learn as much from my diverse classmates as I will from my classes. The multitude of experiences that everybody brings to the program provides so many opportunities to learn and master teamwork and leadership skills that can be applied in both professional and personal settings.”

Wei Hsun (Rodney) Liao

Taipei, Taiwan

Background: B.A. in Business Administration, with specialties of Economics & Management
Undergraduate: National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Why MSIM: “I chose MSIM because I want to develop skills and insights to be able to serve society and influence technology that is going to make enormous and revolutionary impacts on our lives. I hope to bring my humanistic perspective to the technology industry.”

Jake Lombardo

Brick, New Jersey

Background: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Undergraduate: Union College

Why MSIM: “Coming from a biomedical engineering background, I was looking for a program where I could take innovative ideas to a new level and learn everything about developing a business.”

“I'm really impressed with the diversity of the people in the program. Hearing all of these different perspectives from around the world, and having us all together in one classroom collaborating, I think really helps to generate innovative get a better understanding of the people that we’ll be solving problems with.”

Firas Mouasher

Amman, Jordan

Background: B.S. in Engineering in Industrial & Operations Engineering
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Why MSIM: “Every course we take incorporates our Sprint Projects in a challenging way. This program does a great job of teaching us both the academic principles of building a business and the leadership and management skills needed to grow and sustain one.”

Alfred Naayem

Beirut, Lebanon

Background: B.A. in Economics
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut

Why MSIM: “I am excited to build relationships with the fantastic like-minded people in the program. Together, we can combine our determination with our diverse experiences, skills, and backgrounds, to build something innovative that will leave a lasting impact on our community.”

Ottillia Ni

San Francisco, California

Background: B.A. in Physics
Undergraduate: Williamette University

Why MSIM: “I appreciate how the Tufts MSIM program pushes its students to continuously ask questions that stimulate curiosity and innovation, while bringing together students of various backgrounds and experiences. This year, I hope to be pushed outside of my comfort zone.”

Julia Novakoff

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Background: B.S. in Engineering Psychology
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “There is no such thing as a bad idea in the MSIM studio, and I love how much support we get to pursue our passion projects.”

Nico Pollack

Arlington, Virginia

Background: B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “This program promotes creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. I hope to round out my technical background with business acumen. I find a profound importance in having both to do great things in today’s tech world, and I’m excited to work with people that want to do great things.”

Chunting Song

Dalian, China

Background: B.S. in Physics
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University

Why MSIM: "The MSIM courses were very attractive to me, as they would help me develop more business and interpersonal skills that can combine with background in science. I’m confident Tufts MSIM will prepare me well for my future career, wherever it takes me.”

Kushant Sunkara

Cincinnati, Ohio

Background: B.A. in Biochemistry; M.A. in Bioethics
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Why MSIM: “I chose the MSIM program because of its innovative hands on project-centric teaching style instead of traditional lecture-based courses.”

“I hope to achieve a strong business acumen and have the knowledge to make key strategic business decisions. I hope to come out of the program as a strong leader."

Laura Taraboanta

Cleveland, Ohio

Background: B.A. in Biochemistry, M.A. in Bioethics; 3 years of work experience as a Phase I Clinical Research Specialist in Oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Why MSIM:  “MSIM stood in clear contrast to other graduate programs due to its focus and commitment to the quality of support for its graduate students. From learning directly from industry experts, to one-on-one dedicated career development, the MSIM program delivers on its promise to equip students with the necessary tools for the careers they envision and to support you well beyond the classroom setting.”

Amanda Wang

Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Background: B.A in Economics and Finance
Undergraduate: The University of Hong Kong

Why MSIM: “I want to hone my skills in management and leadership, develop the mindset of innovative design, and launch my career in data-driven marketing and brand management in high-tech companies. Everyone here is encouraged to be bold, pursue their true calling, and always be an empathetic change-maker.”

Jun Hyung Yoon

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Background: B.A. in International Relations
Undergraduate: Tufts University

Why MSIM: “I hope to launch a socially-minded business that supports refugees.”

Ted Yuan

Loudi, China

Background: B.E. in Electronic Engineering
Undergraduate: Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Why MSIM: “Boston is a great place to study, live, and work. I am so happy that this program encourages us to pursue our passion and truly values diversity.”

Danhui Zhang

Zhengzhou, Henan, China

Background: B.S. in Chemical Engineering; A.B. in International Studies
Undergraduate: Lafayette College

Why MSIM: “When I was working with start-ups, I discovered that I really like working with people who are extremely passionate about what they do. Here at MSIM I feel that I’m surrounded by a group of people that is so diverse in their backgrounds and yet all so driven in paving their own paths. I am hopeful that we will all build one another up and together we will create meaningful ventures.”