MET around Town

Featuring Q&A with alumni living and working around Boston

Adam Arakelian

Director of Engineering at Dell/EMC
Part-time faculty member, MET Department of Computer Science

Adam Arakelian
  • Title Director of Engineering at Dell/EMC
    Part-time faculty member, MET Department of Computer Science
  • Education MS in Computer Information Systems, Security concentration

What is great about working in Boston?

I grew up in Boston, for me it is home. I love the seasons, the fall the most; in Boston it is absolutely fantastic. I also love being in such a hub of technology.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

Coaching soccer for my two children. I have a boy, AJ, who is 8, and a girl, Tess, who is 10. I've been their soccer coach since they were 4, and I’ve coached their soccer teams since then. It's absolutely one of the best things in the world to watch them grow, play, and have fun.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

Boston University opened up many, many connections for me—not just locally, but with their online programs, across the globe!

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

A long time ago, someone told me it’s always important to work on the right things. Hard work is important, but can be fruitless if you are not working hard on the right stuff!

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Have fun! Don’t think of what you are doing as getting a degree. Think of what you are doing as gaining experience. Do the best you can, don't focus on the grade, which will come with hard work, perseverance, working on the right things, and listening to those who are guiding you. M

Matt Englander

Director of Tax Policy and Communications, City of Boston Assessing Department

Mark Englander
  • Title Director of Tax Policy and Communications, City of Boston Assessing Department
  • Education MS in Administrative Studies, Financial Economics concentration

What is great about working in Boston?

Being at the intersection of history, innovation, and rapid development creates a certain buzz and invites so much opportunity for the sharing of ideas. The diversity of industry in Boston only enhances the working experience.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

I still cling (for dear life) to the weekend warrior routine—I even met my wife playing softball 10 years ago. I also have the rare opportunity to play softball with my father, Mo, who recently turned 82. He was the subject of NBC’s Nightly News and Today segments last fall.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

Among the most valuable aspects of my BU experience were the connections I made with MET faculty members. Most notably, John Sullivan continues to be a tremendous mentor to me. He is someone for whom I have incredible respect.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

“Have a plan.” I try to set realistic goals for myself that play to my strengths and/or interests.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Take the opportunity to get to know your professors and to learn about their experiences outside the classroom. By choosing to go to BU, each student makes a conscious decision to invest in the future. Squeeze every little bit out of this experience. You won’t regret it! M

Jillian Baranger

Assistant Director, Lowell Community Counseling Center, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Jillian Baranger
  • Title Assistant Director, Lowell Community Counseling Center, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
  • Education Master of Criminal Justice

What is great about working in Boston?

I’m actually in Lowell—a thriving city with a lot of great history and a very tight-knit community. There are a lot of positive community resources in Lowell. It is also a plus that I am only a short ride from all of the great things Boston has to offer.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy playing pick-up basketball and travelling all over the world. I am also an avid fan of the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

My degree has definitely helped me make connections not only in Massachusetts, but all over the country. Everyone is familiar with Boston University and it is a great conversation starter when you are looking to introduce yourself to someone.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

I was once told: “A boss says ‘go!’ but a leader says ‘let’s go!’ Be a leader.” I am a firm believer in team work and leading by example to inspire others.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Reach out to your professors for advice and networking; be sure to stay in touch even after you graduate. The faculty is extremely experienced and resourceful and can provide a wealth of knowledge. Also, be sure to network in your everyday activities—you never know who you could bump into! M

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