"During my first conversation with the Biotechnology advisor at the School of Engineering, I spoke at length about my desire to avoid the tedium of lab work. I was interested in the business side of science, and the Masters in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship appealed to me for that reason. Fresh out of undergrad, I was ready to learn how to apply all of the principles and theories that I had crammed into my brain over the last four years at Yale.

The School of Engineering did, in fact, change the way I think about science, but not at all in the way I anticipated. Through the biotech courses, I learned about the latest innovations in health care practices, pharmaceutical development and biosensor design, all of which expanded my understanding of the practical applications and techniques in modern biology. In business, management and legal courses, I grew to appreciate the role of research in the broader context of the scientific world. As I gained a more holistic understanding of the industry, the research life that I had previously abhorred, suddenly seemed vibrant and exciting. While before, I had conceptualized bench research as endless tedium punctuated by brief successes, I had come to view research as an opportunity to test the collective wisdom of scientific literature against the limitless challenges presented by the unknown.

After completing my Master’s degree at the School of Engineering, I began work at Avatar Biotechnologies, a biotech start-up focusing on next-generation HIV vaccines. The opportunity to not only contribute time and effort to the research, but also to have my ideas and suggestions considered and implemented has been truly invaluable. Without the experiences and knowledge I gained from the School of Engineering, I would be merely a competent technician. Now, I am poised to contribute meaningfully to the research and development of my company, not only scientifically, but taking business and legal matters into account."