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  • Tuesday, October, 2021| Today's Market | Current Time: 01:09:13
  • Biotech/life sciences new trend in MMA employment opportunities

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy ,a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, hosted an in-person career fair on campus on Thursday, September 30. 

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy had more than 120 businesses and organizations present.  In addition to the mainstay industries typically present at previous MMA career fairs, this year’s event featured many organizations focused on the biotech and life sciences industries.  Participating organizations included 42 North Solutions, LLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Marine Biological Laboratory, Organogenesis, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., among others.

    Academy alumni are also taking prominent roles in the fields of biotech and life sciences.  Robert Coughlin, MMA class of 1991, is the immediate past president and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and Rob DeCoste (B.S. 2003, M.S. 2008), and Dan Ramsey (B.S. 2005, M.S. 2008), serve as principals of 42 North Solutions, one of New England’s leading life-science service providers.

     “The biotech industry is a hidden gem for us in terms of workforce development and training, even though people don’t generally connect that field with the Academy,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We do, however, have a large presence in the biotech and life sciences fields, and while it is scientists who perform the research, it is the engineers, health and safety specialists, and emergency preparedness workers who support the industry.  Without them, it could not exist.

     “Given this, we’re so glad to see this expansion of opportunities for our students and alumni, and look forward to building more workforce relationships like these in the future,” Rear Admiral McDonald added.

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosts a Career Fair on campus each fall and spring.  With an average of 120 organizations in attendance, it is an excellent opportunity for students to discover career paths and opportunities, learn about employers that hire our students and graduates, and become educated about the many different industries in which MMA alumni work. 

    The Spring Career Fair is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022.