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5 Things On My Mind in the Second Year of the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program

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... more »

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Startup Corner: Putting the “Smart” Back into Smart Things

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... more »

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A Guide to Boston for New RCs

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.

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Moving to the Lower 48 from Alaska for my MS/MBA

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... more »

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STAN CHANG: “A GUIDED EXPERIENCE INTO THE WORLD OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP”

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.

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Palo Alto event showcases Harvard tech startup scene

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.

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Gift of Financial Aid to Support Joint Degree Program Students Announced

“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.”

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Minimal viable products for new technology ventures

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... more »

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7 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY VENTURE IMMERSION

The first half of TVI is dedicated to hardware-focused product design. We kicked off with a whirlwind of ten electrical and mechanical labs in just 48 hours—ranging from designing a Bluetooth-enabled remote control for a motor to constructing a wooden beer case. For many of us, those first two days were an opportunity to dust... more »

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THE MS/MBA PROGRAM: ENGINEERING, DESIGN, BUSINESS

I witnessed my classmates’ engineering prowess this January during the Technology Venture Immersion course, when in just 48 hours, every team built a working electro-mechanical product—some of which boasted computer vision and iOS apps. The following week, we honed decks and pitched startup ideas to panels of VCs and tech leaders.

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Passion, skills and aspirations converge in the MS/MBA Program

Emily Batt loathed math class in high school, yet when it came time to pick a college major, she settled on physics. “My philosophy was to pick the thing that I would be least likely to teach myself,” she said. “I ended up loving physics because it is fundamental to so many other fields and... more »

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10 THINGS I LEARNED DURING MY FIRST MONTH IN THE MS/MBA PROGRAM

I arrived in Boston on an unusually-hot Monday morning and was rushing to get settled in since I only had one week before classes started. On August 6th, I entered Pierce Hall on the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) campus to start the program. It’s been just over a month since my... more »

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MEET THE MS/MBA CLASS OF 2020

The inaugural MS/MBA cohort of 29 students arrived at Harvard on August 6th and they’ve already completed their first (intense!) course—System Engineering. With access to a host of entrepreneurship resources and labs, the ability to engage closely with faculty and alumni advisors, the chance to experience five design cycles, and the opportunity to tap into Harvard’s vast network of... more »

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WHY I WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO THE MS/MBA PROGRAM

We recently sat down with entrepreneur and HBS alumnus Robb Fitzsimmons (MBA 2016) to talk about the new MS/MBA program – and the ways it will benefit future leaders of technology ventures. Here’s what he had to say.

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A DECADE OF GROWTH AT SEAS

SEAS’ physical expansion to Allston is a key part of the School’s future growth. The new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) there will feature both wet and dry laboratories, maker spaces, student spaces, and classrooms. It is located in the middle of a dynamically innovative section of the Harvard campus, close to both the Business... more »

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What Makes Boston’s Startup Scene Special?

Jeff Bussgang presents an overview of the Boston startup scene to incoming Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan students.

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THE DIVERSE COMMUNITY AT HBS

Before I came to HBS, I worked at Disney in a consumer insights role with the Corporate Brand Development and Studio Marketing teams. Tracking evolving consumer behaviors in entertainment was part of my job and I was fascinated by the speed at which media was (and still is) changing. As someone with a liberal arts... more »

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What Does an Aspiring Founder Need to Know?

Alice, an outstanding 24-year-old engineer working for a top technology company, wants to launch her own startup within the next five years, but she doesn’t yet have a venture concept. What knowledge and skills does Alice need to lead a technology venture? And what’s the best way to acquire that know-how? Should Alice go to... more »

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Rolling toward a user-friendly commute

Harvard faculty-led startup pioneers human-centric urban travel

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Q&A WITH FACULTY CO-CHAIR ROBERT HOWE

Professor Rob Howe has been thinking about the intersection between business and technology for a number of years now. Before joining the SEAS faculty at Harvard (where he focuses on robot and human manipulation and the sense of touch) he worked as a design engineer in Silicon Valley and then founded the BioRobotics Laboratory at Harvard.

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Q&A with Faculty Co-Chair Tom Eisenmann

What was the the impetus behind creating the MS/MBA degree, what kind of candidates will it attract, and what should its graduates be expected to go on and do? Here’s what Professor Eisenmann had to say about the new joint degree.

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SHOULD YOU CONSIDER AN MS/MBA?

The founding professors of the MS/MBA program sat down to give an interview about their thoughts on the new program. Tom Eisenmann and Rob Howe take part in this podcast about the benefit of the interdisciplinary offering.

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