A celebratory event showcasing the innovative work of students from the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences program. The event featured a poster fair displaying student projects and four student speakers highlighting either their summer work or current tech ventures.
After demonstrating exceptional math and computer science talent at Duke University, and more than three years of service as an applied research mathematician in the Department of Defense, Mollie Breen took the next, not-so-obvious step: as a reality television contestant on Girl Starter, a women’s only start-up competition that ran on TLC and Discovery Channel in spring 2017.
One of my favorite things about the joint degree program is that despite the intensive curriculum to finish two degrees in two years, we have the summer off to pursue either our own startups or an internship. I spent my summer at Facebook as a Strategy Intern, helping Facebook scale its data center capacity effectively and efficiently. My summer internship was a great opportunity to try something new before committing with a full-time role.
Mollie Breen (MS/MBA ’20) launches her startup Breen Technologies. “I knew I still wanted to have a positive impact on our country and continue to innovate in cybersecurity, and I realized that I could do that as an entrepreneur. I turned to business school as a way to learn more and create a support network to turn my idea for Internet of Things (IoT) security into reality.”
Emily Batt (MS/MBA 2020) gives us a primer for exploring the city. Emily was previously a design engineer and product manager in hardware and software technology companies.
Moving anywhere is hard – but moving halfway across the world can come with even more challenges. MBA students come to HBS from every corner of the world, some with families, and some having never left their home country or state before. Kate Grosch (MS/MBA 2020) shares her experience growing up in a small town in Alaska – where wilderness survival and fishing were necessary parts of her childhood education.
An engineer by training, Stan Chang, MS/MBA 2020 candidate in the SEAS/HBS joint degree program, came to Harvard to “balance a business curriculum with an advanced engineering education. When I saw the curriculum here and the focus on ways to help people start companies, I knew that this was the best program for me.
Zittrain, faculty director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, was in Palo Alto, Calif., delivering an energetic presentation on the ethical responsibilities of tech companies toward consumers in the era of artificial intelligence.
“This generous gift will support future leaders who will bridge the worlds of business and engineering, spurring innovation and the commercialization of new discoveries to address many of society’s most exciting opportunities.”
Lying in bed each morning, listening to the water run as her roommate took a seemingly endless shower, Emily Batt felt a mixture of frustration and exhaustion. She wanted to be able to sleep until the shower was free, but had no way of knowing when her less-than-considerate roommate would vacate the bathroom.
Those frustrating mornings served as motivation during a team project in the Technology Venture Immersion (TVI) program, a unique, two-week course in the University’s new MS/MBA program, jointly offered by the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Harvard Business School.
Batt’s team created a connected device and app that delays a smartphone alarm from sounding until the shower is empty. During the first week of TVI, the team buckled down during a series of fast-paced work session in the SEAS Active Learning Labs, developing electronic sensors, crafting a watertight chassis, designing WiFi components, and producing an alarm-sounding app.