Strong Start for MS in Technology Management Class of 2016

By Keith Harrison, Class of ‘16

It’s finally here!

Our graduate program started this past weekend with an introduction to the MS in Technology Management program–and to our fellow classmates.

First impression: it’s going to be a fast moving train, and they are definitely setting the tempo. Fortunate for us, we have a diverse group of professionals who appear ready to jump in head first and get moving!

Teamwork. From left, Keith Harrison, Ashis Dasgupta, Brad Moldenhauer and Kristen Westergaard.

Teamwork. From left, Keith Harrison, Ashis Dasgupta, Nick Bogden and Kristin Westergaard.

Orientation started bright and early on Saturday morning with the usual introductions, photos and some basic administrative tasks, but the icing on the cake was getting registered for the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) highlights some of the new and emerging technologies coming to the market and covers everything from headphones to cars. We get to go to Las Vegas to witness firsthand some of these amazing technologies as they are being introduced.

After breakfast we jumped right in and started to get to know one another. One of our first presenters, Dr. Michelle Marks, Mason’s vice provost for academic affairs, got us working together in groups. She provided a case study for us to analyze and to provide a recommendation. Her energy was contagious, and everyone was engaged.

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More Teamwork! From left, James Bouse, Robert Henry and Jackie Gomez.

After lunch, we completed some more group exercises, however this time we focused on academic writing and the topic in question was artificial intelligence.

Then we had the pleasure of finishing the day with Program Director J.P. Auffret and his emerging technologies presentation, which was a great way to end day one. After a long, interesting and productive day, we got to spend time networking not just with each other but also with the senior classes of MS in Technology Management and MS in Management of Secure Information Systems. They provided some helpful hints and gave us a brief glimpse into what to expect.


At an end-of-day reception, Marcus Defazio (left), Class of ’15, and Spencer Watts (right), Class of ’16, chat with Dean Sarah Nutter.

It’s not only going to be a challenging 16 months, but incredibly rewarding. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the class and to getting a world class education with relevant topics and courses. Let’s get this party started!

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Mary Crowson

Mary Crowson is a program operations specialist for the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative within George Mason's School of Business.

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