A Big Red Congratulations

By: Lisa Gerber

Before “zoom” became a verb and “asynchronous learning” was entrenched in our vocabulary, Engineering Management launched a distance learning program for working professionals to earn a Master of Engineering degree part-time. This Spring, the program will celebrate its first graduating cohort.

Launching our Distance Learning program with such a talented inaugural cohort has been amazing and has greatly enriched our program overall. As a program, we deeply benefitted from the richness of this cohort’s diverse professional experiences and their collective dedication to addressing so many of the critical challenges facing us today.” - Patrick Reed

EM students in law library
Engineering Management students visited Cornell's campus in April, 2022.

These students applied to the program in 2019 and officially joined in June 2020. While the program allows students to complete their coursework at a distance, we never anticipated that work, school, and social interactions would all move online due to a global pandemic. Students logged hundreds of hours online to hone their skills and actively participated in coursework and projects with the campus community while balancing their work and family commitments. They have so much to be proud of and worked hard to complete their degree. Our Distance Learning students are curious, creative, and driven to make a positive impact at their organization. Their high level of engagement and competency with technical tasks makes them ideal leaders who nurture a culture of inclusion and innovation.

The diligence, hard work, and active participation from our first distance cohort was an instrumental part of the inaugural program running so smoothly.  It was a great pleasure to work with, teach, and learn from, such a terrific group of professionals.  I have no doubt that they will be successful in their future and endeavors, and I know that our program was made better by their contributions and feedback." -Robert Newman

We applaud this graduating class for all their accomplishments and especially celebrate their adaptability, can-do spirit, and thoughtful approach to building community during a challenging time (also qualities of a great Engineering Manager!). 

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