Emma P.

MBA, Business Administration

Emma joined WPI’s MBA program looking for a career change – having already earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT, she knew that she wasn’t in a role she wanted to stay in long-term. In thinking about going back to school after being out for more than a decade, Emma felt it was important to move from a purely technical background to one that encompasses business skills. 

She’s currently a Market Analyst in Innovation Business Development at United Technologies Research Center, a job that she really enjoys. Her group looks to monetize inventions and innovations that the company develops into new markets and applications, which is a great combination of her technical background and her newly acquired MBA skills.

Emma Palmacci

Walpole, MA

  • Having the courage to try something completely new and not be afraid of change
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
Working with students from different industries and different ages on projects has been incredibly educational. I get to work on challenging projects with a team that expands my views and approaches to problems.
You get out of the MBA program what you put into it, like anything else in life. WPI gives you incredible opportunities, but it's ultimately up to the student to get the most out of it.
I think the WPI process gives students real-world, hands-on experience, so they know the theory and also how to apply it to everyday problems.