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Spotlight on Tufts Gordon Institute
Name: Amanda Brady
Degree: M.S. in Engineering Management
Faculty mentor: Professor of the Practice Kevin Oye
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Pursuing an engineering degree for my undergraduate studies left me little room to take non-engineering courses. Upon going into industry, I began to see the value in understanding things such as financial statements and business strategy. Originally looking at traditional MBAs, I came across the MSEM program at Tufts. I was excited for the opportunity to take business classes with an engineering approach. Additionally, the flexibility to work full-time and complete the program within two years allowed me to gain a master’s degree while still growing my career.
Favorite thing about living in the Medford/Somerville and Boston area?
I love the closeness to the city with the small-town feel of Somerville. The flexibility to walk around the corner to a "mom-and-pop" breakfast joint, or head into the city is great. Also, there are an infinite number of companies and industries in Greater Boston that provide so many opportunities for career growth.
Any advice you’d give to prospective students or new graduate students?
The more you open your mind and invest into the program, the more you will take away from it. The self-exploration and discovery through the leadership classes were unexpected, but some of the most important skills I obtained.
Name: Kevin Oye, Executive Director of Tufts Gordon Institute and Professor of the Practice
About Professor Oye:
Kevin Oye has 35 years of experience leading product development, corporate strategy, and merger and acquisition teams. As a board member, company officer, execution, and an engineer, he led initiatives where new products and technologies drove industry transformations in both startups and large corporations. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held various engineering and management positions in digital communications systems, including being a member of the founding team that built the flagship enterprise communication system that went on to achieve over $1B/year in revenues. He was named executive director of Tufts Gordon Institute in 2019.