Meet Our Students

LGO students come from a variety of undergraduate institutions, industry experiences, and career goals. Together, they forge lifelong friendships during the program. We’ve asked current students to explain their experience below. Why do a dual degree? Why study engineering and business at the same time? What unique opportunities does the LGO program, MIT courses, and MIT students offer? Even while completing two degrees, MIT still has flexibility for students to pursue what is most interesting for them.

Kunal Sanghani

LGO '22, Interning at AIP

Engineering department Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate degree Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Company before LGO Amazon

Why LGO?

Before LGO, I was working at Amazon, an LGO partner. I knew I wanted to do something different and learn how to build my own company. Being an international student, I always dreamt of studying at the best institutions in the world and MIT was the perfect place! LGO provided a great balance of staying close to my engineering roots and exploring the business world with the MBA degree and therefore, it was a no-brainer for me to choose MIT LGO and get the opportunity to explore operations, analytics, engineering and entrepreneurship.

MIT Integration

My experience with the MIT community has been wonderful and I didn’t realize how much I missed school until I got here. Having the opportunity to meet 400+ people and make new friends was the best part about the MIT experience. I’ve been involved with the larger MIT community through clubs including the Soccer, Tennis and the South Asia Business Club (SABC). As the co-president of SABC, I have been able to build community and educate my colleagues about business in South Asia.

Curriculum

Having the opportunity to take classes in both the Engineering and MBA departments has been a revelation. One of my favorite classes was a data science and machine learning class I took over the summer term with Professor Amr Farahat who did a wonderful job in explaining the various methods of ML and gave practical examples of its uses in the real world. I also enjoyed 15.390 New Enterprises which took me through 24 key steps in launching your own business.

Action Learning

In the Fall, I took Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), an action learning class, and my work has the potential to impact millions of low-middle class families in Kenya. I worked with a startup called Copia and I was thrilled to apply what I had learned in LGO to bring innovative disruption in the African supply chain.

Hunjoo Kim

LGO '22, Interning at MR

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree Physics and Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley

Company before LGO NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Why LGO?

I was at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before LGO. I had worked as a spacecraft mechanical engineer for 5 years, and was looking to further my education in both engineering and management in order to be a better project manager and leader. LGO was the only program I applied for, as it uniquely combined these two aspects of development.

Partner Companies

I will be starting my internship this summer with one of the LGO partner companies, Maschinefabrik Reinhausen, located in Regensburg, Germany, where I will be working on implementation of Industrial IoT. This is such an exciting opportunity for me, as it gives me a chance to explore a field completely outside my background, while getting a professional and cultural experience in a foreign country. This type of arrangement is only possible thanks to LGO having such a diverse and strong connections with the partner companies.

LGO Life

I entered the LGO program during the worst of the COVID pandemic. The experience was obviously very different from what I was expecting: we missed many annual events, and did not get to explore the Boston area much. Yet even through this, the LGO community still formed a strong bond that will last us a lifetime. From online happy hours and game nights, sharing memes, to small group gatherings, we did what we could to bond and have fun. It also helped that I live with 2 other LGOs in the Alamo, one of the official LGO houses.

Curriculum

One of the highlights of LGO program is that you get to choose from such a wide variety of classes, both from the School of Engineering side and Sloan side. The LGO Summer curriculum was a fantastic experience for me, switching from deeply personal leadership talks with Professor Leigh Hafrey, to talking about the awesome topic of supply chain with Professor Sean Willems, and then getting a chance to brush up the technical skills in linear optimization with Professor Daniel Freund. Classes are definitely demanding, but the professors make the experience incredibly enjoyable, and you have your classmates, some of the brightest and most hardworking people I’ve met, to work alongside with you.

Action Learning

In the Fall semester, I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab). Our team worked with Angel Ventures, a VC located in Mexico City, and looked at exit strategies for various portfolio companies. The experience was enlightening as it was my first exposure to VC, as well as looking at startup scene in LatAm. In normal times, the class would have involved travel to the company, but due to COVID pandemic we were not able to make the trip. However, the relationship we formed with folks at Angel Ventures was invaluable, and they were kind enough to send us some delicious Mexican candies. Fantastic experience overall!

Sravani Yajamanam Kidambi

LGO '22, Interning at Boston Scientific

Engineering department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Undergraduate degree Computer Science, San Jose State University

Company before LGO Ford Motor Company

Why LGO?

Before joining the LGO family, I worked in the automated driving sector for three years. I loved the tight knit vibe on our team, as well as the autonomy my supervisors gave in diving into technical and leadership projects. I was passionate about exploring AI/data science and knew that I didn’t want to be a software engineer in the long run. I wanted to explore other industries and LGO was a fantastic program to test the waters. I also value building close relationships, so given that the LGO program had a small cohort, I knew it was the perfect fit for me 🙂

LGO Life

Due to family circumstances, I needed to stay in CA and take classes remotely for the first 8 months. Summer was like a rollercoaster ride for me. They really tested our abilities to be game ready! I found it challenging to manage my time between academics, extracurriculars and social life (all on Zoom). Although I frequently got Zoom fatigue, I gradually learned to pace myself and had incredible support from LGOs. One day, I was stuck on a PSET and reached out on WhatsApp. My teammates immediately hopped onto Zoom (even though it was 12 am EST!) to get help me through it. Now that I’m here in Cambridge, the support remains equally as strong! On top of everything, it helps to be involved with some LGO committees to see more faces. This year, I’m co-leading the LGO Playbook Podcast (we launched a few episodes so check them out!) and the LGO Seminar Committee.

Curriculum

Outside of LGO summer core and MBA core, I have a few favorite classes! On the engineering side, I love taking 6.859 Data Visualization with Arvind Satyanarayan. He taught us key visualization techniques and integrated exciting hands-on projects. On the business side, I have loved taking 15.900 Competitive Strategy, 6.936 StartMIT, and 15.S74 ID Lab. Competitive strategy introduced frameworks that were so helpful to me, even applicable in other Sloan classes! During IAP, I wanted to explore the entrepreneurship space and worked on an Ayurvedic skincare idea with some MIT undergrads (who are absolute geniuses and so much fun to work with!). I’m currently taking ID Lab with a cohort of ~30. It’s a touchy-feely class that allows us to reflect on our professional and personal journeys to craft our leadership style (bonus – we get cool swag!). We also work with executive coaches every month which I found incredibly valuable!

Faculty

So many amazing professors come to mind but if I had to choose my favorites, it would be the summer core professors Sean Willems (15.761 Intro to Operations), Amr Farahat (15.087 Statistics/ML), and Arnie Barnett (15.086 Probability)! During the first week of class, I had trouble logging into Professor Willems’ office hours and later that day he called me to clarify my question! He’s known for going out of his way to care for students and spent many months getting his intricate Zoom setup ready for our summer cohort! Professor Farahat’s known for clarity – he explained concepts really well and frequently addressed ethical considerations. We also had the privilege of learning from Professor Barnett (search for the Facebook page “I Heart Arnie Barnett” – so many students love him!) He has been in the industry for decades and has incredible stories to share (some are featured on our Playbook podcast episode 1!)

Jen Amlani

LGO '22, Interning at Amazon

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Company before LGO Bristol-Myers Squibb

Why LGO?

I chose LGO for two primary reasons. First, I wanted to be part of a smaller cohort within an MBA program with a meaningful alumni network, in order to maximize my support system both during school and after graduation. Second, I was interested in an MBA program that would help me build capability in data-driven approaches to business decisions, and covered topics like machine learning and data analytics. LGO has been the perfect fit for both of these priorities!

Faculty

I absolutely adored our summer term professors – for example, Intro to Ops Professor Sean Willems is both an operations & supply chain legend and incredibly thoughtful person in general, with plenty of life stories to drive both points home, and Statistics Professor Amr Farahat did an amazing job linking statistics and machine learning concepts back to ‘real life’. Because the LGO summer school cohort is small and intimate, it is very comfortable to ask questions and build relationships with the faculty in a way that I didn’t feel was possible in undergrad.

Action Learning

I am in the Spring ’21 Ops Lab class, working with MGH as a host company. My team is looking to help improve the intraday efficiency of the MGH Da Vinci Robotic Surgery program – so far we have had the opportunity to interview many members of their staff (nurses, doctors, administrators, and more) and even watch a robotic surgery! This class has been a great way to get a hands-on introduction to healthcare delivery as a way to explore fit for future career opportunities.

MIT Network

The LGO network is incredible. Due to covid, this past winter our class had an extended IAP period and DPT was cancelled, leaving us with about 2 months off of school. To make the most of this unexpected extended down time, I reached out to several MIT start-ups, and was able to complete a mini-internship with LGO-founded med-tech start-up Podimetrics doing a data analytics project. I learned so much about start-ups in general, med-tech as an industry, and good leadership practices from the LGO leaders that made the experience possible.

Lauren Sakerka

LGO '22, Interning at Boston Scientific

Engineering department Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate degree Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Company before LGO ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

Why LGO?

Before LGO I worked in traditional chemical engineering roles and realized that I had a passion for operations but was not passionate about chemical engineering. Upon personal reflection, I decided I wanted to pivot into operations within healthcare. When considering graduate school, I was concerned getting an MBA would take me too far from the technical work I loved, but I knew I needed to gain knowledge of the business fundamentals in order to make a career pivot. The LGO program is the perfect fit for my interests because it enables me to gain the business fundamentals and healthcare experience at Sloan while also broadening my technical skills through the LGO core and supply chain analytics classes in the CEE department. Additionally, many of the LGO partner companies are in the healthcare industry, and I am looking forward to working at Boston Scientific this summer!

MIT Integration

I am very passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and about learning more about the healthcare industry while at LGO. I joined Sloan Senate as a member of the DEI committee and will be a co-chair of the committee next year, where we are helping to implement DEI Task Force recommendations at Sloan. I am also a co-chair of the LGO Alumni committee and helped organize our annual Alumni Conference and plan a panel on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging comprised of alumni and management from partner companies. These activities are helping me develop my own leadership skills and determine what approaches work best to develop and drive DEI initiatives and make lasting changes in organizations. On the healthcare side, I am a member of the Sloan Healthcare Club and helped plan the Healthcare and Bioinnovations Conference. In this club I am able to learn more about the industry and network with Sloan 2 year MBAs, EMBAs, and alumni.

LGO Life

While I came to LGO for the education, by far my favorite part of the program so far has been the LGO community. We are a cohort within a cohort, having ~50 students within the larger Sloan 2 year MBA class. Because we start a semester early, everyone is able to really get to know one another and build up support networks before everyone else starts school in the Fall. A great example of this was when we used Slack to make a ‘Struggle-bus’ channel for those of us having challenges with the summer core material. Here we could virtually provide tutoring to each other during COVID-19, replicating the environment that naturally occurs in the LGO student lounge. We also made a virtual, weekly cooking night to replicate small group dinners. The community is so supportive, encouraging, and helpful!

Curriculum and Action Learning

MIT and LGO have provided countless opportunities for me to learn more about the healthcare industry. This semester I am taking 15.363 Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences which is helping me understand how to frame scientific investments from the management perspective and learn more about the drug development process. I am also in Operations Lab and am working with Boston Medical Center on a project to Optimize and Analyze Virtual Appointments in order to determine the amount of telemedicine appointments they should offer post COVID for equitable care. I have gotten to interview a lot hospital staff for this project, learn more about what operations at a safety net hospital is like, and apply the framework I learned in 15.761 Intro to Operations. I also plan to take 2.782 Design of Medical Devices and Implants as my product design class to learn about healthcare from an engineering perspective.

Juliette Chevallier

LGO '21 interned at The Boeing Company

Engineering department Aero/Astro

Undergraduate degree Applied Mathematics, Wellesley College and Mechanical Engineering, Olin College

Company before LGO Starry, Inc.

Why LGO?

Before coming to LGO, I worked in the self-driving car industry for nearly five years. Through my experiences at various companies, I found that I loved the intersection of business and technology. As my background was in engineering, I wanted to return to school for a business degree, while also becoming more of an expert in engineering. I was drawn to dual-degree programs and LGO was the best fit where I am able to dive into technical knowledge in robotics and autonomy. I believe that LGO is the best program to set me up for what I want to do in the future: start my own robotics company.

MIT Integration

One of the greatest parts about LGO is that I am truly a business school student as well as an engineering Master’s student. On the business school side, I’ve been able to be a part of different clubs and meet a variety of people from different backgrounds. On the engineering side, I’ve been able to be a part of a research lab within AeroAstro and work on interesting, complex problems with some of the most impressive PhD students in the world.

Partner Companies

LGO has given me the opportunity to meet amazing alumni at all of our partner companies. Through summer company days as well as my own experience at the LGO Alumni Conference, the LGO alumni network has left me impressed and honored to be a part of it. Alums have supported me through scholarships as well as helping me land the perfect internship. I couldn’t be more grateful from what I’ve been able to gain from the LGO network already.

LGO Life

One of my favorite things about LGO is that we are a family, through and through. We support each other inside and outside the classroom and we have begun to build bonds that will last us a lifetime. As we all individually went to our engineering majors for the semester, it’s been easier knowing that I have this support group that is there for me, no matter how hard things get.

Curriculum

In the LGO summer core, we took a variety of classes, both business and engineering. I really enjoyed taking Operations Management, a case-based course taught by Sean Willems, who made every class enjoyable with his fantastic humor and his deep knowledge on the subject. During my first fall semester, I took Visual Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles as my engineering course. Although it can be an immense amount of work, the satisfaction of solving seemingly impossible problems every week is indescribable. I’ve been able to grow in my theoretical mathematical knowledge and my C++ coding skills, reinforcing that MIT was the right choice for me.

Faculty

I am lucky to have a fantastic faculty advisor, Olivier de Weck, who understands my goals and supports me in every possible way to achieve those goals. He pushes me to think outside of my own work and consider how my research and my goals can affect different parts of society. He pushes me to not only dig into the details but to also step back at times and see the larger picture. I know that I am incredibly fortunate to have a one-to-one relationship with such an impressive MIT professor.

Felix Dumont

LGO '21 interned at Amazon

Engineering department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Undergraduate degree Computer Science and Mathematics, McGill University

Company before LGO Oliver Wyman

Why LGO?

Prior to joining the LGO program, I worked as a digital consultant and had to alternate between strategy and hands-on data science. I really enjoyed the balance of business and technical work and started looking at ways to strengthen my knowledge in both. When I came across the LGO program I realized there was no better combination for me. MIT Sloan offers the flexibility and breadth I needed while the Electrical and Computer Science Department goes in exceptional depth. The opportunity to integrate our learning in a six-month internship was also critically important to me.

LGO Life

I am still amazed at how quickly we have been able to build incredibly strong bonds over the first summer. We had the campus to ourselves and had to collaborate on nearly every assignment and project.  LGO students are intellectually curious and humble, and come from a great variety of background. The community extends naturally to significant others which was another important element for me since I moved in Cambridge with my wife.

Curriculum

The breadth of classes available in both Sloan and the engineering departments is phenomenal. I knew I was going to focus on applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence and was able to choose from multiple applied classes in natural language processing, computer vision and modeling. On both the Sloan and engineering side, I was pleasantly surprised by how many classes are project-based and rely on real, practical situations. I have also noticed that collaboration between departments is extremely frequent and often leads to new perspectives in many classes.

MIT Network

I am constantly surprised by how far the MIT name goes and by how tight the alumni network is. In fact, just mentioning the school has open countless doors in the planning of the LGO International Plant Trek in Central America. The MIT network has also been incredibly helpful for an entrepreneurship class I am currently taking as we had to reach out to graduates across the world working in business, engineering or venture capital roles. The strength of this network is clearly amplified within partner companies where simply mentioning the LGO program can go a long way.

David Pedroni

LGO '21 interned at AstraZeneca

Engineering department Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate degree Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Company before LGO The Boeing Company

Partner Companies

The partner companies are an integral part of the LGO experience.  Throughout the program we interface with our partner companies in a number of ways.  Over the first summer, the partner companies provide tours of local manufacturing facilities and insight into operations in diverse industries.  The program includes working with the partner companies to shape internships that fit the class interests, create projects for action learning classes, and plan treks to tour plants both domestically and internationally.  In addition to the company support from the partners, the alumni network has been very helpful to our student base through both financial assistance and mentorship.

LGO Life

The LGO community has been instrumental in encouraging, inspiring, and transitioning into a new environment.  As classmates, we support each other in working together on class projects and in extra-curricular activities including intramural sports, hiking, climbing, and skiing.  Knowing we have a network of support has encouraged me to undertake more challenges and foster a space to grow lifelong friends.

Curriculum

The curriculum of the program has exceeded my expectations since the first day of courses.  The summer is spent on core engineering and business concepts, and the level of rigor sets the cohort through providing an analytically challenging curriculum.  Since selecting classes this fall, I have been impressed by the variety of classes available in Sloan, my engineering major, and the school at large.  To list a small fraction of available options, our cohort is involved in designing the automated control systems, tackling computational problems faced by major league sports teams, and developing novel device technology to improve our healthcare systems.  Currently, I am especially enjoying a course on logistics systems. We have been analyzing differing strategies for executing last-mile delivery as well as the airline industry where differing faculty and industry leaders visit campus to present on their field of expertise.