Case Western Reserve University 2018 commencement.
The Case School of Engineering now offers a faster master’s degree for professionals looking to climb
The Accelerated Master of Science programs at the Case School of Engineering offer alumni and industry professionals the opportunity to gain technical expertise and the tools needed to lead in growing fields—in less than 12 months. Programs available include Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in translational health, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.
The masters in BME, a joint program with the School of Medicine, combines aspects of bioengineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, bioregulatory affairs, ethics and experimental design. Case alumnus talked with two young professionals who joined the program to add new skills and a Case degree to their portfolios.
Tim Walker earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Toledo in 2016. He was working at NASA’s Glenn Research Center as a test engineer through a private contractor when he enrolled in the program and is now a graduate student in the Case School of Engineering.
Nick VanDillen, MS ’16, earned his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Dayton in 2014. After a couple of years in industry, he joined the accelerated master’s program and today is a Program Manager at RBC Medical Innovations in Kansas City.
Q: What drew you to the accelerated master’s degree program?
A: Tim – The masters in Biomedical Engineering at CWRU is self-directed. The faculty really give you the opportunity to figure out what you want to do. If you’re driven and you have an idea, there is no better program than this one to get you to where you want to go.
A: Nick – Translational Health Technology is a specialization that most Biomedical Engineering masters programs don’t offer. That skillset is not niche in the industry, but most people come out of school lacking that knowledge. Our program includes it in classes and through hands-on learning.
Q: How did this degree program prepare you for your next step?
A: Tim – When I started the program I met like-minded students who wanted to do big things. They jumped on board with me and after a few months, we had a company started. Professionally, depending on the success of my start-up, we could be self-employed. If not, we have a great skill set to go out and find fulfilling work in the industry.
A: Nick – Faculty were open and I was able to get involved in a variety of projects where I gained a lot of experience quickly. This helped springboard the next steps in my career.
Q: What does it take to be successful in this kind of program?
A: Tim – It’s tailored to students who want to build their own future. If you’re driven and have an entrepreneurial mind, there is no better program for this type of outcome.
A: Nick – It’s good to have an engineering background as well as passion and determination.
Q: What was the most valuable outcome from your Case experience?
A: Tim – One of the most exciting things was the connections I was able to make while in the program. I was surprised by the reach that the faculty has and the drive of the students I was able to work with. No matter what problem we had, someone could connect us with someone to solve it.
A: Nick – This program gives you the skills to become a contributor in the developing medtech field, whether it’s in business or engineering. The program helped give me the knowledge, experience, and skills to quickly make an impact in the industry and helped put me in a position to lead large-scale medtech projects in a short period of time.