UPOP was one of the first experiences at MIT that exposed me to the need to be thinking about the 'business" side of things and not just technical solutions to problems. The exercises on learning to deal with conflict and managing technical and business constraints together were invaluable. And while some other programs (e.g. Leadershape) were just as critical and formative for me, the opportunity to network with alums from industry while still a sophmore was the other main differentiator for UPOP.
Class of 2005 UPOP alum