Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education

The Tufts University School of Engineering

The Tufts University School of Engineering Master of Science in Engineering Management (MESM) Program emphasizes managerial and leadership skills, product innovation and development, and communication and teamwork skills. The goal of the program is to educate students to be engineering leaders who can apply technology to meet societal needs.

In the past, engineering graduate students were generally faced witha choice between pursuing either an MBA or an advanced technical degree, neither of which provides the combination of management expertise and advanced technical knowledge necessary for engineering leaders.

The Tufts MESM Program was created to fill this void. It is designed as a two-year program, that provides students with a dedicated window of time to focus on their studies, and, at the same time, minimizes the loss to companies of their most valuable employees. The curriculum is structured in modules designed to expose students to important topics early in their studies and integrate their learning experiences into a cohesive body of knowledge as they progress. Organized into 40-person "cohorts" that move through the program in parallel students are encouraged to share information and ideas and challenged to think in real time and work in teams

The emphasis is on real-world projects that give students opportunities to apply principles they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems and thereby demonstrate their capacity for technical leadership. The combination of a modular classroom curriculum and real-world projects produces graduates who can not only conceptualize and analyze, but can also implement real-world solutions to the kinds of challenges that arise in the current business environment.

Today, MESM graduates hold leadership positions in technology-drive companies in a wide range of industrial sector. They continue to make bold decisions, motivate teams, manage new technologies, and develop new products that meet the needs of a rapidly changing global economy.