An Overview of MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sam M. Hwang received both a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, with a concentration in bioengineering and entrepreneurial management, and a master of science in materials science and engineering. Currently, he serves as the chief executive officer of New Pathway Education & Technology Group, which he also founded. During his time at MIT, Sam M. Hwang participated in its Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP).

Established to help students design their careers and succeed in the professional world beyond school, the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program is a full-year, for-credit program comprised of five different sections spread from the beginning of a student’s sophomore year to the fall of junior year. Fall sophomore semester begins with a focus on professional communication, including resume and cover letter writing, and training for job interviews. Then, in January, students engage in a small group Team Training Camp, where they not only are mentored by industry alums but also gain networking experience. Spring semester includes practice in professional etiquette and a learning-by-doing look at the job search process. Next, the longest section of the program is an internship experience with three reports and an on-site visit from a UPOP staff member. Finally, during the fall semester of their junior year students report on their time in the program and take steps toward beginning their careers.


The New Pathway Education & Technology Group

Sam M. Hwang attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006. He remained at MIT and earned his master’s degree in materials science and engineering in 2008. Sam M. Hwang now serves as chairman and CEO of New Pathway Education & Technology Group, a company he founded in 2009.

Headquartered in Shanghai, China, New Pathway was originally established to prepare expatriate high school students for the SAT 1. Hwang quickly expanded it to provide several other services as well, including K-6 English education and counsel on the admissions process at various boarding schools and colleges worldwide. In addition to Shanghai, the firm has locations in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Boston, and it has built a strong online presence as well.

New Pathway today consists of three main components:

– The New Pathway Academy provides individual subject tutoring to students in grades 6 through 12, as well as preparation for the SAT, SATII, PSAT, SSAT, and AP exams. More than 300 students have scored 2300 or better on the SAT II.
– New Pathway Consulting guides students and their families through the sometimes bewildering application processes of colleges and universities worldwide. The service has experienced great success, with many students gaining acceptance into the schools of their choice.
– New Pathway Technology provides the cutting-edge technology that powers the interactive study tools used by students around the world. Its goals go beyond simply having students soak up knowledge like a sponge, but are oriented around helping students to think critically and communicate effectively.

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MIT’s LeaderShape Builds Leadership Skills and Integrity in Students

Founder and CEO of New Pathway Education and Technology Group, Sam M. Hwang graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in materials science and engineering. Founding his company just a year after graduating from graduate school, Sam M. Hwang demonstrated his exceptional leadership skills early on in college, having been selected as one of 80 freshman to attend MIT’s 2002 LeaderShape seminar.

Taking place during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January, LeaderShape is an intensive leadership development experience. The program is held over six days and is designed to improve students’ leadership skills while promoting the creation of a student community among peers. Held at an off-campus retreat, MIT faculty and staff facilitate the program along with program veterans.

Over the course of the program, student participants must think about such topics as working in a diverse community, professional ethics, and interpersonal communication. Each day focuses on a different area of leadership, starting with a discussion about what leadership means and what its components are. Over the next several days, participants complete team building activities and listen to various panels focused around leadership and integrity.