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Gary Mullen

Gary Mullen, SF ’09

Before landing at MIT Sloan, Gary Mullen, SF ’09, served in the U.S. Navy as a flight surgeon for the Blue Angels. Overseeing aero-medical safety and the overall care of the Blue Angel troops, Mullen was also charged with watching and critiquing every air show they performed.

“I provided feedback and ways to make improvements to each show, because the Flight Surgeon leads the two-hour debrief of each 35-minute show,” he says. “We would go through all the air show maneuvers, and I would tell the pilots what I saw and what I thought the crowd saw. Then I would share what I thought the pilots could do to improve the show as far as symmetry, timing, altitude, and how far away from the crowd the maneuvers were.”

After he left the navy, an anesthesiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston led Mullen to consider MIT Sloan. His program director at the hospital, an MIT graduate, encouraged Mullen to look into the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

“What was appealing to me about the program—and everyone in the program agrees with me about this—is the entrepreneurial spin on all the learning. The strength of the program is also the quantitative nature of it,” Mullen says. “I'm enjoying everything I'm learning.”

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