BOSTON—One medical doctor and nine engineers are the 2015 recipients of the Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellowship at Harvard Business School (HBS). All are entering first-year students in the School's MBA program.
Established in 2008 to encourage students with life sciences backgrounds and career interests to attend Harvard Business School, the Kaplan Fellowships enable HBS to award $20,000 each to ten incoming MBA students who meet these criteria. Credentials may include academic achievements, recognition from outside organizations, and professional accomplishments. Preferences are given to students who are planning careers in science-related businesses or organizations. Awards are for only the first year of the Harvard MBA Program and do not affect the recipient's eligibility for the School's need–based fellowships.
These awards were created through the generosity of Robert S. Kaplan (MBA 1983), formerly a Professor of Management Practice and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations at HBS.
The Kaplan Fellowship Program reflects Harvard Business School's continuing commitment to trying to solve the array of problems facing the healthcare sector. In 2005, for example, HBS launched the Healthcare Initiative, a multidisciplinary program that brings together the extensive research, thought leadership, and interest in the business and management of healthcare that are now key parts of the School's agenda.
The 2015 Kaplan Fellows are:
Erik Engstrom, who spent the past several years supervising two orthopedic departments for Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for all aspects of manufacturing operations. Before that, he held several officer positions in the U.S. Army. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Matthew Fischer, who was most recently an operations manager for W.L. Gore & Associates, a medical devices manufacturing company in Maryland, where he helped create a new product development process. He had previously held several engineering positions, also with W.L. Gore & Associates. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Laura Hatton, who was a bioengineer with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, which specializes in cell therapy and regenerative medicine. She helped redesign the supply chain for cell therapy products and conducted financial analysis of clinical stage business development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Sewanee, a bachelor's of science in biomedical engineering from Columbia University, and a master’s in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers.
Anita Gokhlay, who spent the last four years with Johnson & Johnson, where she most recently was managing the supply chain for their pharmaceutical division to ensure delivery of clinical supplies for global clinic trials. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Cornell University.
Ryan Jones, who most recently held positions in the engineering and research and development departments at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he invented and implemented a purification process for producing uniformly sized hydrogel beads. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biophysics and history, with a minor in mathematics, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Lam, who was a project leader with Baxter Healthcare, where he led a senior management team tasked with launching new products efficiently. He also worked on a team of engineers responsible for investigating a quality issue, a project that effected changes in the manufacturing process. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.
Meghan Murray, who most recently worked as a production manager and manufacturing engineer for MicroVention, a medical device company in California. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Matthew Posluszny, who spent the last four years as a manufacturing engineer with Johnson & Johnson, where he developed next generation orthopedic products and designed innovative instrumentation to streamline medical procedures. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Adam Rago, who spent the last eight years as a scientist with Arsenal Medical, Inc., where he directed pre-clinical research in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Brown University.
Robert Valentine, who was a manufacturing and production engineer for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he designed manufacturing facilities and model software applications as alternatives to commercially available software. He holds a bachelor of science in bioengineering from Lehigh University.