Michael Schaeffer

Michael Schaeffe

M.S. in Management and Systems
Alumnus, Class of 2011

Michael Schaeffer wanted to work in the information technology field. "The problem," says Schaeffer, whose previous experience was managing operations in a wholesale plumbing company, "was that I didn’t have an IT background."

He enrolled in the M.S. in Management and Systems program while continuing to work full time. As part of his studies, Schaeffer and a team of fellow students created an app that allows iPhone users to connect to the NYU home page—a project that greatly expanded his knowledge base. Schaeffer eventually decided upon database technologies as his concentration. One of his assignments involved creating an interactive music database. In addition, his culminating research project, which examined the factors affecting medical centers’ decisions to institute electronic medical records systems, won him the program’s Best Thesis Award.

"My professors brought real-life experience to class and were always available to advise me," he says. "I will utilize the professional network I developed at NYU throughout my career."

Having graduated in January 2011, Schaeffer is now a project manager for Usablenet, Inc, a technology company that enables websites to be viewed from any type of device. "I’m applying many of the technical and business skills I learned in school on the job," he says. "The Management and Systems program provided me with the background I needed to pursue the career I wanted."