Press Release

Northeastern University and EMC to Recognize Onsite High-Tech MBA Graduates

Congressman Richard E. Neal, Northeastern University President Richard M. Freeland, and EMC Executive Chairman Michael C. Ruettgers, among others, to laud graduates

Franklin,, Monday, May 6, 2002 - 

Northeastern University and EMC Corporation will recognize the first onsite high-tech MBA program by saluting the first graduating class on Monday, May 6, at EMC's Franklin facility. Twenty-three Northeastern University students, all EMC Corporation employees, will be lauded by school officials, members of EMC's senior management and local government officials.

Northeastern University's high-tech MBA program stands as the premier program in New England for fast-track managers in high-tech product and services industries. It is a comprehensive MBA program designed for managers who not only need to continue working full-time, but wish to use the program to achieve advancement and promotion in their companies and industries. The onsite program at EMC, which kicked off in October 1999, follows the same curriculum as the Boston-based program. Students attend classes taught by Northeastern University academic staff at EMC's Franklin, Massachusetts, manufacturing facility.

The charter graduates will be recognized by the following guest speakers: Michael C. Ruettgers, EMC Executive Chairman; Dick Lehane, EMC Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing; Richard M. Freeland, President, Northeastern University; Ira Weiss, Dean of Northeastern's College of Business Administration and Richard E. Neal, U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Massachusetts Congressional District.

Members of EMC's executive staff, professors from Northeastern University and business leaders, including Alan Macdonald, Executive Director of the Mass Business Roundtable, Richard Lord, President & CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts and James T. Brett, President & CEO of The New England Council also will attend to congratulate the graduates on their accomplishment.

"The partnership between EMC and Northeastern reiterates our continued commitment to academic excellence and real world, hands-on experience," said Richard M. Freeland, President, Northeastern University. "We admire these EMC employees for their dedication inside and outside the classroom. They have shown a true commitment to enhancing their professional capabilities."

Mike Ruettgers, EMC Executive Chairman, added, "The onsite high-tech MBA program Northeastern and EMC have pioneered may well become a model for other institutions and companies to follow. Together we are providing EMC's promising leaders with a sophisticated curriculum of cutting-edge technology and management practices taught by first-rate professors and delivered in the workplace. I applaud our newly minted MBAs' hard work, tenacity and hunger to learn, and I value Northeastern's role in helping us prepare EMC's future leaders for tomorrow's challenges."

"Northeastern University congratulates EMC's first graduating class of our increasingly popular high-tech MBA program," said Ira Weiss, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University. "We are thrilled to partner with such a successful group of business people who truly value and support the importance of education and career advancement. By implementing the high-tech MBA program onsite, EMC has proved that it values its employees' time and busy schedules," he continued.

Northeastern's high-tech MBA program works closely with regional companies - from Fortune 500 corporations, such as EMC, to start-ups - in the systems and software, financial services, healthcare and biotechnology industries. During the program's first year - 1999 - it was ranked the number one techno-MBA in the United States by Computerworld magazine.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing the information infrastructure for a connected world. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at

About Northeastern University

Northeastern University, a private research institution located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a world leader in practice-oriented education. Building on its flagship cooperative education program, Northeastern links classroom learning with workplace experience and integrates professional preparation with study in the liberal arts and sciences. For more information, please visit