Jingning Wang ’11, M.S. FERA, Analyst, Barclays Investment Bank

"The Lally business school and career office gives a lot of effort to help international students find jobs in the United States. They organized job shadowing which provided us access to the top managers in financial industry and helped us learn what our future jobs could look like. Also, they helped us edit our resume and invited alumni to give us seminars to help us know more about the current job market.”

Sean Salzman ’14, MBA

“Getting an MBA from Rensselaer was a good decision which has already been reinforced.  I was able to obtain a job with UTC which I am positive I could not have gotten without the MBA degree. The advanced degree was helpful, but even more so were the experiences I had in the International Scholars Program. I was exposed to many different ways of doing business and new ideas. I also learned a great deal about the Chinese economy and history, which I was able to translate into a successful presentation during my interview with UTC. The International Scholars Program completely changed my view of the world and opened my mind up to many new ideas and possibilities.

In the Lally School Career Resources Office, Mike Breslin has also been very helpful with coaching for my professional development and helping me prepare by polishing my resume, helping with applications, and preparing me for interviews.”

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Chase Darlington ’13, MBA, Compliance Analyst at Goldman Sachs

“As I went through my undergraduate experience, as well as my work experience, I realized that I had a skill gap in my education that would prohibit me from achieving my long-term professional goals. As I sought out graduate programs, the RPI MBA became the forerunner in my choices because of their focus on technology and how it works with business. I studied hard and worked closely with the Career Resources Office from my first day at RPI, and I felt well-prepared to find employment after my education experience. I followed their advice as best as I could, and I landed a job that I was very qualified for, and in a field that allows me to use my expertise in my work. I made the best of my time at RPI, and I feel extremely rewarded for the time I spent there.”

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Geronimo Villanueva ’02, MBA

Why did you select Rensselaer for your MBA?

I knew that I wanted to use my understanding of engineering to build new technology-based ventures and when I asked a trusted mentor for advice on where to get my MBA he suggested the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I liked that it was a small school because it was important to me to have close interactions with my professors and other students. Most importantly, I liked that the Lally MBA involved interactions with students in the other schools on campus and had access to cutting edge research in science and engineering.

What did you gain from doing your MBA at Rensselaer?

Confidence. The program focuses on putting students in real-world scenarios where they can succeed, fail, and learn. The small size of the program meant that I had a lot of access to professors so that I could really understand how to improve my skills. I didn’t expect to learn so many soft skills but they have helped me in my business ventures as much or even more than the hard skills.

What advice do you have for prospective South American students interested in doing an MBA at Rensselaer?

Don’t get so hung up on rankings and focus on whether the program is a good fit for what you want to achieve in the future. If you’re interested in interacting with successful real-world business professionals and researchers who know business and are willing to share their experiences, Rensselaer may be the right place for you. Take the time to get to know the professors – read their bios, look to see what companies they have founded and sold, investigate their areas of research, give them a call. Keep in mind that Rensselaer is a technology-focused school that attracts primarily scientists and engineers, but remember that it’s the face-to-face interactions that you’ll have here that will make the experience worthwhile.

How have you used your MBA over the past 10 years?

I founded a technology management consulting company right out of my MBA program. Our initial list of services included over 100 different areas and my training at Lally helped me set a more realistic and manageable list of core strengths. Our clients included Pfizer, Caterpillar, and John Deere, and at the height of the company we had 30 associates. My coursework in human resources helped with recruiting and hiring. Various projects I undertook during my MBA helped me understand R&D in various industries. Again, it was my understanding of the human side of things that ultimately made my MBA valuable and added to my success in business. After we sold the consulting company I started a family VC fund where I have co-created four award-winning technology-based companies in the areas of agribusiness (www.siosi.com.mx and www.yumma.mx), human genetics, and industrial machinery. I am also the president and founder of the Mexican Association of Synthetic Biology, a not-for-profit organization.  

Prior university: Tecnológico de Monterrey, B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Rensselaer Lally M.S. in Business Analytics Student Wins Best Visualization in SeeClickFix Competition

Anqi (Angie) Wu ’14, a Master of Science in Business Analytics student at the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, won the Best Visualization prize for her “Views by Source. East” entry in the SeeClickFix Competition on Kaggle.com

This two-month global competition, held this past fall, features prizes for predictive and non-predictive (visualization) entries that use a  provided data set of 311 issues from four cities to solve problems. 

311 is a tool by which citizens can notify their city or government of concerns that they feel should be fixed or changed, and allows for citizens to vote and add comments, further informing government of high priority issues.

The visualization entries in this competition transformed the data set into information points plotted on a map, displayed text, or another creative way to represent the information.  SeeClickFix leverages crowdsourcing and a customized CRM system to help facilitate public and government solutions.

Mario Guevara-Martinez, MBA ’14

“The Lally School of Management has been excellent in giving me all of the technical skills to develop my career. The financial engineering and risk analytics courses are excellent background for actuarial sciences as well as finance. These will give me the background and flexibility to pursue an actuarial track for risk management, or take on a more explicit financial role. Furthermore, the group work has opened up my eyes to the extreme demands of being a manager. These experiences will serve as solid ground my future career goals as a manager and a C-level executive someday. I know I have developed the hard skills and honed my soft skills in order to excel in the business world.” 

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Rensselaer Lally Students Place Third at ICBC Business Case Competition in Canada

Congratulations to Rensselaer Lally School of Management undergraduate students Kyle Brody ’14 and Isaac Syed ’14 who won third place in the MIS category at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in Canada over winter break. The ICBC is Canada’s premier undergraduate business case competition.

The ICBC final round is an exciting four-day event that includes a variety of networking events with other participants, volunteers, and sponsors.

The competition itself occurs over two days, featuring four events each day. Students arrive in the morning and receive a business case in their respective discipline, which they have five and a half hours to analyze and prepare a comprehensive presentation to solve the problem.

Students must then present their case in front of a panel of judges - leaders from the respective industry and sponsors. This is followed by a question and answer period and feedback on their performance.

The intense and prestigious competition provides outstanding experience for all participants and has lasting skills, feedback, and relationships that continue well beyond the competition itself.

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(From left to right) ICBC co-chairs Ziming Yang and Samir Kulkarni join Rensselaer Lally undergraduate students Isaac Syed ’14 and Kyle Brody ’14 who placed third in the MIS category of the renowned business plan competition. 

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(From left to right) Rensselaer Lally students Isaac Syed ’14 and Kyle Brody ’14 at the ICBC final banquet with Peter Milliken, former Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada.

Rana Mukerji ’84, senior vice president, Market Structures at New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

“The Lally School was a great launching pad for a career in management at technology companies.  Today I design electricity markets for New York and work with engineers, lawyers, and economists – RPI and the Lally School prepared me to thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Lally School was fun as well – a course that has stayed with me is a market research class taught by Professor Durgee – we helped a local beer company develop a marketing plan.”

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