UPOP is one of the most extraordinary programs MIT has to offer to its students, and plays a vital role in launching their professional careers. UPOP is unique as compared to other academic programs because it integrates what we would call MIT's best: the distinguished alumni and their network, employers and businesses drawn together because of MIT's reputation, and the engineering acumen of MIT with effective leadership and communication skills, and most of all the expertise of faculty who have worked in both academia and industry. It is fair to say that a similar program would not succeed and thrive at any other university as it has at MIT. The need for UPOP-type workshops is becoming more and more dire in today's increasingly fast paced world.
Class of 2009 UPOP Alum