Author: Ryan Stirling

Ryan Stirling

Ryan was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Bachlors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He worked in the Aerospace and Defense Industry for the past 8 years doing both Mechanical and Systems Engineering on many different programs and then became a Lead Hardware Engineer and finally a Program Manager. His focus at MIT Sloan is Entrepreneurship and Tech. Ryan documents his Sloan experience week-by-week at his Instagram feed: ryanstirling

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The Best Phone Call of My Life

It was Wednesday, December 16, 2015, MIT Sloan decision day. The Admissions staff would be calling those who were admitted to Sloan and sending emails to those who didn’t get in. I took the day off from work so that I could spend it with my wife, Erica; I had … Read more 

From Zero Sailing Experience to Champion Sailor in 40 Days

40 days! My entire sailing career was only 40 days old and I had championship hardware to show for it! MIT Sloan has so many amazing opportunities to take advantage of and they come in all shapes and sizes. This is the story of how I went from zero … Read more 

‘Learning by Doing’ is at the heart of MIT

MIT’s motto “Mens et Manus” translates literally to “Mind and Hand.” The best way I can explain is to learn by doing (getting your hands dirty). Taking the theory and education you learned in the classroom and putting it to use in real-world environments. MIT Sloan offers many opportunities to … Read more