Craig S. Silverman T'14

“I now have an expanded understanding of what it takes to run a business and can more effectively collaborate with my colleagues across functions.”

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Why Tuck?

Coming into business school, I wanted to establish lifelong friendships with my classmates and build a great professional network. During my admissions visit to Tuck, I noticed that my tour guide said hello to every person that we passed in the hallways. I remember that she pointed out that Tuck is a relatively small school where you get to know everyone in your class. She also talked about a tight-knit community where students come to learn for two years and make great friendships. I knew that Tuck would be the perfect business school for me.

Pivoting Professionally

Prior to business school, I worked as a medical device engineer. I knew that I would need to develop my general management skill set in order to reach my career goal of running a business in health care. Tuck has been a great way to make that transition. The first-year core curriculum introduced me to a wide range of subjects, such as accounting and operations, while my second-year electives have allowed me to dive deeper into specific courses, such as brand management and innovation strategy. I now have an expanded understanding of what it takes to run a business and can more effectively collaborate with my colleagues across functions to succeed.

A New Perspective on Health Care

For my First-Year Project (FYP), I worked with a medical device entrepreneur to determine if there is a market for a novel medical implant. While my background in new product development was useful, this was the first time I helped develop a business plan. My FYP team evaluated the target patients, the target physicians, and the ideal workflow for the new medical product by interviewing physicians and nurses at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I enjoyed trying to find a product strategy that would benefit the most patients and not disrupt the routine workflow of health care providers. I also really appreciated the opportunity to look at health care from a completely different perspective.


    Duke University, BSE


    Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, Calif., 2008-2012, senior quality engineer


    Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy


    Tuck Health Care Club, co-chair; Tuck Jewish Club, co-chair; Tuckmasters, co-chair; Tripod hockey, captain; Admissions tour guide


    First-Year Project consulting for a medical device entrepreneur to evaluate market for implantable device


    Japan Fun Trek, Spring Break 2013


    Summer consultant for global life sciences consulting firm Trinity Partners, Waltham, Mass.


    Small Group Dinners with classmates and faculty


    Genentech, commercial rotation development program, San Francisco, Calif.


    Tuck allowed me to develop amazing relationships with my classmates and professors. I love being at Tuck. I absolutely love it.

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