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.

  • PRIOR EDUCATION

    Duke University, BSE

  • PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

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

  • TUCK ELECTIVES

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy

  • ACTIVITIES

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

  • EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

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

  • GLOBAL EXPERIENCES

    Japan Fun Trek, Spring Break 2013

  • SUMMER INTERNSHIP

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

  • KEY TUCK ENCOUNTERS

    Small Group Dinners with classmates and faculty

  • AFTER TUCK

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

  • MY TUCK TRANSFORMATION

    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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