Testimonials-Integrated Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Testimonials

Master of Science in Software Management

Mark Tan“One’s story represents the sum of hard work, brainpower and grit. This interdisciplinary program enabled me to harness all these skills, unlock my potential and deepen my expertise in the software development industry. It enabled me to identify the specific domain that I would like to focus on. It also opened a lot of opportunities to connect with the top leaders in the tech industry. After this program, I was able to expand my network and continue to grow my career as a mentor, entrepreneur and tech leader. The best is yet to come, and I’m excited for what lies ahead.” 

Mark Joseph L. Tan (MS SM ’13)

Sr. UX Product Manager, Amazon

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Claud Wang“The MS in Software Management program at CMU is simply wonderful. Not only because it prepared me fully with all the product management skills I needed in my everyday job, but also because of its great alumni network at the center of Silicon Valley. Through this network, I was able to connect with other product manager leaders from other major companies in the software industry and innovate ideas to collaborate together. Joining the MS-SM program was definitely one of the best decisions I have made in my career."

Claud Wang (MS SM ’14)

Product Manager, Uber

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Francis Kurupacheril"The Master of Science in Software Management program at Carnegie Mellon University helped me learn software development and related management from both theoretical and practical perspectives.  I had several courses to imbibe and exercise contemporary Agile methodologies.  I also had the opportunity to create a start-up from within the program. It was a thorough Silicon Valley experience and I am an ardent fan of it's multidimensional approach. The program was invaluable and continues to help me as I grow my career, building innovative products and growing companies."

Francis Kurupacheril (MS SM '13)

Senior Director Product Management, InFocus

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Jarek Wilkiewicz"In my experience it is very important to regularly get outside of your comfort zone and constantly challenge yourself. I am a runner, and my performance degrades very quickly without regular workouts. The CMU Software Management program was one such workout, only for my brain, and more like a marathon rather than a sprint. The program enabled me to reboot my career and helped me find a path back to my true passion for machine intelligence."

Jarek Wilkiewicz (MS SM '09)

Technical Program Manager, Machine Learning, Google

 

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Alok Rishi"The MS-SM program served as the training ground and launchpad for my first start-up, Yunteq. It [helped me] navigate the complex triad of technology, business, and people challenges in starting a tech company. Building a product at lightning speed, while raising funds, forming the team, finding and serving customers, fending competitors...requires a strange mix of delusion and foolhardiness. This is where the program's 'learn by doing' approach fused principals from multiple disciplines and brought real-world experiences from faculty, entrepreneurs, VC's, lending confidence and de-mystifying the 'start-up' ecosystem for me. [E]very aspiring entrepreneur should take a close look at this unique program... before stepping out into the melee and magic of Silicon Valley."

Alok Rishi (MS SM '09)

Co-Founder & CTO, Khaylo Inc.

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (MII-PS)

Anshuman Kumar"My year-long experience with MII-PS laid down pivotal concepts in design and design-thinking, entrepreneurship, communication, management and leadership. Through the degree, the Integrated Innovation Institute provides a potent amalgamation of course work, projects and experiences which any budding entrepreneur will highly benefit from. I was able to channelize my learning in the program into founding and leading a highly interdisciplinary team of 50 CMU students for the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, which is now competing very successfully at an international level. The continued support of the Institute's management, the faculty and my classmates enabled me to have an experience that brought me life changing epiphanies and has left me feeling like I've truly evolved as a professional and a member of the modern society."

Anshuman Kumar

Mechanical Design Engineer, Power Electronics, Tesla Motors Inc.

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Andy Lee"My experience at MII-PS program has been invaluable in my career because it has provided me with a foundational framework for creating new products, experiences and services. The program's multi-disciplinary approach of cross-pollinating design, engineering and business has helped me understand how to identify the most important problems to solve by understanding needs in a deep, meaning way. I've also found the program's collaborative philosophy to be successful in moving teams and organizations to deliver innovative solutions. MII-PS is a unique program that's taught me how to think, act, work and create in a radically new way- one that is necessary to bring innovation to life."

Andy Lee

Program Manager- Disruptive Innovation, Lowe's Home Improvement

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Beth Herlin"The interdisciplinary nature of the MII-PS program at Carnegie Mellon augmented my design skill set into that of a well-rounded product developer. Experiencing the entire development process, interacting with clients, learning from responsive faculty, and engaging with incredibly diverse, maker-minded peers transformed the way I work. The program provided me a framework that I use daily to translate user-centered research into strategic solutions for important healthcare problems."

Beth Herlin

Product Designer, Involution Studios

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Jason Wilkins“The MII-PS program at Carnegie Mellon was an ideal turning point in my design career. It allowed me to build on my existing engineering background and work experience, while providing me with a unique understanding of how an interdisciplinary team of designers can leverage the design process to create innovative solutions to a wide variety of problems. The real-world design challenges we worked together to solve exposed me to the entire design process, from early phase concept development through detailed engineering design. I was able to work closely with industrial designers, communication designers, business students, and other engineers every day - those skills have given me great confidence in my ability to contribute to a wide variety of projects in my current role at IDEO.”

Jason Wilkins

Design Lead - Mechanical Engineering, IDEO

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Alicia Lin"Deciding to get the MII-PS degree at Carnegie Mellon has been the best decision of my life thus far. This degree helped me to explore my interests in product conceptualization, design, user research, and more. This program opened opportunities for me to pursue my passions in creating products that positively impact society at a great company. I use what I learned during my time at CMU to this day and because of it, I've been able to start a small team at LinkedIn to make the 'LinkedIn Students app' that helps college students figure out their career paths based on what alumni like themselves have done. I'm excited that I've been able to combine my passions with work, and that's all thanks to this program."

Alicia Lin

Senior UX Designer, LinkedIn

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Philip Marchetti"While I thought that MII-PS would help me make the jump from architecture to product design, I didn’t realize just how broad the cross-disciplinary training would be and how much that would help shape my early career. The program not only provided the frameworks for how to solve tough design challenges through an emphasis on user-centered design and design thinking, but it pushed us to consider the entirety of the new product process—how does the product or service impact the market, what does it take to build it, and how can we build and iterate so that users gain the most value. The foundational training I received at the Institute equipped me with the tools to make meaningful contributions when tackling problems in social impact and internal corporate innovation."

Philip Marchetti

Product Strategy Consultant- Open Innovation, Verizon

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Catherine Sun"There are few institutions that can provide depth in Design, Business, and Engineering at the graduate level like CMU. For me, the MII-PS program offered a unique combination of educational excellence in all three fields with a passionate, exceptional student base at an university that has a deep history of fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration. Since completing the program, I've been an absolute believer in a user-centered design process and its ability to shape the definition of impactful products and services. Wouldn't have gotten there without the program + I love what I do now."


Catherine Sun

Global Design Innovation Director, PepsiCo Design & Innovation Center

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Doug Mahoney“The MII-PS program has jump started my career in product development. I now have a strong understanding of business and design principles on top of my depth in engineering, which puts me at a great advantage. Whether you hope to be an entrepreneur or an innovative mind within an established company, the MII-PS experience will teach you how to work in teams to make successful products that people love.”


Doug Mahoney

Design Engineer, SRAM

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Luke Fromowitz

"Creating impactful consumer products that are both marketable and manufacturable is a relentless endeavor and while technological advances have made it easier than ever to rapid prototype concepts, now more than ever its harder to fight through the noise to market entry. To do this successfully you must understand how to extract consumer pain points and translate them into a product opportunity gap that aligns with consumer, market and technology trends.  Carnegie Mellon’s  MII-PS programs is one of only a handful in the world that provide this foundation."

Luke Fromowitz

CTO & Co-Founder, Chronos Wearables

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Megan Neese"The sheer amount of real-world experience that the MII-PS program provided enabled me to quickly translate academic concepts into professional context. I still leverage concepts from IPD in everyday work, for example, the class shaped my expectations for great interdisciplinary collaboration which has helped me to re-frame project collaboration models and continuously grow as a manager."

Megan Neese

Senior Manager in Future Lab, Nissan Motor Limited

IDSA Board of Directors, Chair-Elect, 2016-2017

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Julia Costa"The core strength of the Master's of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services is that CMU has world class programs in design, engineering and business as well as the fact that interdisciplinary learning is at the core of the University's mission. The MII-PS program gives you the knowledge and tools to be able to design innovative, delightful products, whether that product is an RV or a website. I have been able to apply the methods that I learned in the program directly to problems that I have encountered at my job designing cutting-edge interactive web environments."


Julia Costa

UX Architect, American Eagle Outfitters

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John Widdifield"The MII-PS program is all about the methodologies and skill sets behind delivering new products and services in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Our class worked on everything from household kitchen products to speech recognition software helping us to understand how these methodologies can be applied across different industries. What surprised me the most, though, is how quickly the program transformed my problem solving approach. After just a few months, I found myself thinking about business and engineering considerations I would never have thought of previously. The MII-PS program is ultimately what gave me the knowledge, skill sets, and resources which got me to where I am today."

John Widdifield

Podium Technologies, Co-Founder

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Aaron Pavkov"While there are plenty of excellent courses available to students in the MII-PS program, I love that Integrated Product Development (IPD) is at its core. IPD gives students real-world problems to solve and prepares them for collaborating and being innovative in the workplace. Students get practical tools to manage and solve big, open-ended problems. It helped me make a successful transition from "traditional" mechanical engineering into consumer product development, so I can't recommend the MII-PS program highly enough."

Aaron Pavkov, 

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Bresslergroup

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“The MII-PS program at Carnegie Mellon gave me a unique opportunity to explore and lead every part of the end to end product development process, from initial product research through engineering and marketing. My skills were put to the test through a rigorous course load including real-world project work, taking concepts and theories out of the classroom and putting them into practice. Through these experiences in the MII-PS program I developed a cross functional skill set which prepared me to become a leader in today's workplace.”

Michael Reese

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Samsung Electronics America

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"The MII-PS program was a powerful experience that not only allowed me to shift my career into product development, it helped me to change the way I think and solve problems.   It gave me the tools to eventually found my own product development firm and have success in the industry."

Tom Kubilius

Principal, Bally Design

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