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.

Ellie Azolaty

LGO '20 interning at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA, United States

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree B.S. in Architectural Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

Company before LGO Accenture

 MIT Integration

There are amazing activities happening every day at MIT. There’s never a shortage of ways to get plugged into innovation. In fact, MIT has a broader connection to opportunities globally with other schools, as well. In the Fall of 2018, a team of us (3 students) advanced to a finalist stage in an international case competition that took us to Barcelona to team with another group of 3 students from the ESADE business school and develop recommendations for FC Barcelona Innovation Hub as part of the Creativity for Business Innovation Challenge hosted by the ElBulliFoundation. This has been one of my favorite experiences at MIT and a challenging but exciting opportunity to present in front of FC Barcelona Innovation Hub leadership and Ferran Adrià.

Partner Companies

Our Domestic Plant Trek was by far my favorite method of interaction with LGO partner companies. It’s a great way to learn more by directly visiting their operations but also a chance to engage with all levels of their organizations whether through leadership panels, conversations with plant personnel and networking events. It helps provide some real insight into what a day-in-the-life of an LGO graduate working at a partner company would be like.

LGO Life

Life at LGO is nothing short of amazing. Over the course of the summer, I quickly realized the LGO community is a family and full of inspiring empathetic leaders. It’s beautiful to reflect on how quickly lifelong friendship bonds developed even though we all have a different path that brought us here.

Curriculum

There are a lot of inspiring faculty that I’ve come across whether as guest lecturers or through course work. Professor Amos Winter and his Global Engineering class had a great set of lectures into developing engineering solutions for emerging markets. One of my favorite lectures at MIT was a guest lecture in his class by another visiting, Professor Kathleen Sienko, about  “Global health technology case studies and implications for engineering design education and science.”

Ali ElSeddik

LGO '20 interning at National Grid in Waltham, MA, United States

Engineering department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Undergraduate degree BS in Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University

Company before LGO Black & Veatch

Why LGO?

I am an engineer a heart. I wanted to come to MIT to pursue my passion for solving electrical engineering problems, but quickly learned the value of the MBA program. At LGO, I can be both a techie on the cutting edge of research and innovation and a business-minded entrepreneur bringing those innovations to markets.

MIT Integration

The MIT campus is a bustling place with a lot going on. Every research lab and every department can feel like its own hive of activities. As a graduate student, I have had incredible access to these resources and always have my calendar full of conferences, hackathons, speeches, and social events to go to.

Partner Companies

The partner companies are an incredible resource to LGO. The Domestic Plant Trek was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to how leading companies run their internal operations. Coming from a particular industry with a narrow focus, the breadth of experiences and industries the partner companies cover is outstanding. It truly is an opportunity like no other to learn from the best.

Curriculum

Classes at MIT and Sloan are very hands-on. They require working collaboratively in teams solving real world problems. One of my favorite classes last semester was Energy Ventures where I was working with a group of MIT Sloan Fellows, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Engineering School students to develop a business model for a startup based on a novel electric storage battery technology. The class was based on MIT’s Bill Aulet’s 24 steps of Disciplined Entrepreneurship where in our assignments we pitched our ideas to venture capitalists, cold-called potential customers, and scoped out financial plans for our startup. Classes like this truly put you in the driving seat, simulating the decisions you would be making after LGO.

MIT Network

The MIT network is extremely wide, diverse, and accessible. In my short period of time at MIT, I have connected with multiple MIT alums just by shooting them an email or a LinkedIn message. One of these was with Noel Zamot (eMBA ’16), the Revitalization Coordinator at the Financial Oversight Management Board for Puerto Rico. After emailing him one day, he met with our class while we were there on the DPT, visiting partner company Amgen.

Adriane Turner

LGO '20 interning at Nike in Memphis TN & Portland OR

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara

Company before LGO ACD LLC

Why LGO?

Before LGO, I worked in engineering sales, selling equipment to the energy industry in Southern California, and project engineering, managing cryogenic pump and turboexpander jobs. After working with power, paper, semiconductor, gas, and OEM industries, I saw an immediate opportunity to improve process efficiency in heavy manufacturing. I searched for MBA programs that could jump start me into a position to pursue process improvement, and found LGO. Both the program curriculum and the compatibility with my fellow students proved to be a perfect fit to learn how to become an effective leader and stimulate change inside of organizations.

 MIT Integration

There are countless ways to get involved with other students in the MIT community. As an athlete, I joined the MIT rowing club, where I met students pursuing PhD and master’s degrees from MIT and Harvard. I also joined the MIT climbing team, where I got to meet undergraduate and exchange students with a shared passion for the outdoors. The most memorable experience of the semester was when my climbing team went on a camping and climbing trip to New Hampshire in November; it was 20F outside and snowing, but we laughed and climbed anyways! There was no other group I would have rather been with. The MIT culture provides ways to integrate with any community you could ask for, and it’s nice to get outside of the MBA bubble.

Partner Companies

The LGO partner companies provide insight on what life is like in the industry and at the company. This kind of in-depth view of a company is an unmatched and invaluable experience, especially for students interested in switching industries. The partner companies are readily involved in the program: attending classes, organizing socials, speaking at the LGO Monday seminar series, hosting coffee chats, and connecting with the students individually. I have found value in attending all of these events to determine how I would fit into the company culture. These events show how important knowledge in operations is and how committed the partner companies are to making sustainability and efficiency changes inside their organizations.

Ankur Amlani

LGO '20 interning at Amazon Robotics in North Reading, MA

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree Chemical Engineering, UCLA, 2012

Company before LGO Chevron

Why LGO?

While working in manufacturing prior to graduate school, I developed an interest in emerging technologies & how they can be used to solve companies’ operational challenges. Thanks to its strong relationships with the MIT School of Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management, and partner companies, the LGO program has been perfect for exploring that interest further. Beyond the coursework (which includes classes in data science and operations management), the six-month internship and associated graduate thesis offer a unique opportunity to become familiar with a real-world problem and make business impact in a technically rigorous manner.

 MIT Integration

The school has many resources for supporting student-run initiatives, so there are always interesting talks (like the Martin Trust Center speaker series), competitions (like the MIT 100K), and conferences (like the MIT Energy Conference) happening on campus. I had the pleasure of working with other students to organize a conference about robotics & AI deployment strategies. Various departments within MIT helped to sponsor the conference, and several faculty & on-campus offices helped find attendees, speakers, and corporate sponsors by reaching out to students, alumni, and industry contacts.

LGO Life

The entire class (all 48 of us, along with several wonderful faculty and staff members) went on Domestic Plant Trek during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January of the first year. We visited 13 LGO partner companies, traveling over 12,000 miles in under three weeks! It was an intense experience, and we all got to know each other incredibly well; playing board games together while waiting to get on a plane after a three-hour bus ride (after having seen some of the coolest technology in the world while on six hours’ sleep) promotes camaraderie in a way that many other experiences cannot! Everyone was quite sad when the trip was over; I will definitely look back on it as one of my most treasured memories during LGO.

Michael Ross

LGO '20 interning at Vektek LLC (LFM Capital Portfolio Company) in Emporia, KS

Engineering department Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate degree BS Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Company before LGO United States Marine Corps

Why LGO?

Over the years, I would often find myself stuck in front of the TV for hours watching ‘How It’s Made.’ While in the military, I learned that I loved operations, from process improvements to optimizing manpower. So in my post-military career, I knew I wanted to get into manufacturing operations, an area that is both engineering and business. When I found LGO, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to learn about both. But ultimately, it was the program’s emphasis on leadership that convinced me that it was the right program for me.

Faculty

LGO has a legendary set of instructors to include Arnie Barnett, Colin Fogarty, and Sean Willems. In particular, Sean’s teaching style and class during the Summer Curriculum, Introduction to Operations, has had such an impact on me that I chose a manufacturing/lean optimization heavy internship and I am currently applying the lessons he taught us to my partner company.

LGO Life

I fell in love with LGO the second I stepped on campus and attended the Preview Day in the fall. The humble, helpful, and compassionate attitude that every LGO student had was so attractive that I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of this family. I learned in the military that it is always the people that make the experience worthwhile and I can honestly say that the best part of LGO is the people. Furthermore, the LGO family extends beyond your time here at school as I’ve been able to reach out to LGO alumni for career advice and mentorship.

Curriculum

After being out of school for almost a decade, I was concerned that the curriculum was going to be too much to handle. But my classmates’ selflessness to help out eased that worry while I was adjusting back to the student life. After just a few short weeks, I was back into the groove and began returning the favors on academic areas that I was strong in. In class, I’ve enjoyed learning from my classmates’ experiences as there is always someone in the class that has experience in the topic we’re discussing.  My favorite class experiences so far have been leadership discussions and learning about creating and managing innovation in a business.