Sasha Cassidy

Sasha Cassidy
Class Year: 
2015
Job Title / Company: 
Senior Consultant, Appian Corporation

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor's of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

I minored in Engineering Management in undergrad at Vanderbilt University, and wanted to explore the field further. I wanted to continue my studies while staying technical. I liked the classes offered and felt they focused on the most important topics for the work that I wanted to pursue after graduation.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

I completed the MEM in 2 semesters. I came in with 2 years of work experience from a healthcare IT company, so I was able to leverage this to relate to the topics being discussed in classes. I also lived on campus as a graduate RA for undergrads on Central Campus. I was President of the MEM Program Development Committee and a representative for MEM in the Graduate & Professional Student Council.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

The degree helped accelerate me towards the software delivery and implementation field, where I had no experience before. I also met a ton of people during my MEM from various backgrounds and keep in touch with many of them today. They've become great professional resources.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?

Take the classes that you're interested in, not the easiest ones. I took 2 classes at Fuqua during my MEM, and though they were challenging, I learned more about the fields of study that I was truly interested in.

What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?

Duke has great campus life, and Durham is a fun foodie-city to explore. The MEM program will introduce you to new people, ideas, and experiences that will open many doorways during your time at Duke and beyond.