UCLA Anderson Professor Charles Corbett and Havard Business School Professor Ananth Raman were elected 2013 POMS Fellows. Designation as a POMS Fellow is the most prestigious honor awarded by the Production and Operations Management Society, and is given for life. It is intended to recognize POMS members who have made exceptional intellectual contributions to our profession and society through their research and teaching.
This week, teams of MBA students from UCLA Anderson's Applied Management Research Program (AMR) were recognized with two annual awards for excellence in the Program. AMR, the culminating requirement of UCLA Anderson's MBA degree, tasks teams of students with administering their skills and knowledge to real-world business applications.
Edward V. Sedgwick III Memorial Award
The Sedgwick Award recognizes the year's most exceptionally written report from the AMR project. It has been presented since 1985 to the report deemed to be of the highest quality, clarity and persuasive analysis. This year's winner, team Wells Fargo, was advised by Professor Jason Synder and composed of these students:
Deloitte Consulting Award
Since 1992, the Deloitte Consulting Award has been presented to the AMR team and project judged to represent the highest standards of leadership, teamwork, research and analysis, professionalism, and strategic creativity in its solution of a complex problem. Five finalists are selected by UCLA Anderson. A panel of judges from Deloitte Consulting in downtown Los Angeles regards presentations by the finalists and chooses a winner. The 2013 winner, team Tresierras Market, was advised by lecturer Gary Reuben and composed of these students:
Mauricio Del Valle
We congratulate the winners and all the finalists who contended. The winning teams receive a cash award, their names engraved on a plaque in the Cornell Hall atrium, and special recognition at the UCLA Anderson Academic Awards Banquet on May 31.
The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson graduated their 2013 classes of Riordan Scholars and Riordan MBA Fellows on Saturday, May 11 in Korn Convocation Hall. The Scholars are college-bound high-schoolers who are taught business principles and leadership skills, and the MBA Fellows recent college graduates prepared o apply to top graduate business programs. After the ceremony, they were treated to a grand reception at the home of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, the Programs' co-founder and namesake. The Riordan Programs have shared some sights from the ceremony and reception.
The Linda Baldwin Award of Excellence was awarded to Marco De La Torre. The award is presented annually to a Riordan MBA Fellow who has exemplified exceptional commitment to personal and team excellence.
The graduation reception at Mayor Riordan's residence:
Co-founders of the Riordan Programs William Ouchi and Richard Riordan
UCLA Anderson’s Entrepreneur Association (EA), one of the largest student organizations on campus, will be highlighting an Entrepreneur of the Month on their website’s new blog. This month’s feature includes a Q&A with Peter Friis, a member of the 2013 MBA class, former president of the EA and co-founder of Essio, a company that designed and produces an aromatherapy diffuser for the shower. In this discussion, Friis provides insights about the product, its inspiration, funding, goals and challenges involved with this endeavor as well as the role that the Anderson education and experience played in helping to bring his idea to fruition:
In the long term, we are aiming to build a brand that stands for integrity of ingredients and innovative design. The vision is for Essio to be a whole line, not just one product. We would like to use relationships with spas and stores to launch new products. Down the road it’s quite possible that Essio could create shampoos or soaps with similar fragrances, but always with the same commitment to quality and ingredients.
Neural Analytics' Dan Hanchey (FEMBA 2013) and Leo Petrossian (MBA 2014), this year's Entrepreneur Association Conference Fast Pitch winners, are the first to present their entrepreneurial business plan--for a noninvasive to measure intracranial pressure--to a panel of judges.
UPDATE: (6 pm) We have a winner! Neural Analytics, represented by Leo Petrossian (MBA class of 2014), goes home with the top prize. Second and third places go to Doorey's Vow to be Chic and Dadkhahnikoo's Nikoo Energy, respectively. Congratulations to the winners!
At left, Neural Analytics' Dan Hanchey (FEMBA class of 2013) and Leo Petrossian are congratulated by Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne. At right, Petrossian picks up his prize.
In this video we captured only minutes ago, see Neama Dadkhahnikoo of Nikoo Energy explain their entrepreneurial vision in just 90 seconds:
Some 13 teams are competing in the semi finals of this year’s Entrepreneur Association Conference Fast Pitch Competition. The event is designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to present their business ideas in 90 seconds or less to a panel of distinguished investors and entrepreneurs. Final competitions will be held at 3:15 pm this afternoon in Korn Hall on the UCLA Anderson campus. Stay tuned!
Another successful UCLA Anderson MBA Career Fair was held on Friday, May 3, 2013. More than 140 MBA students attended the Career Fair with some 60 recruiters representing 35 companies who came to campus to connect with our students. The companies ranged from fast growth startups to international corporations, covering a variety of industries, all looking to hire Anderson students.
According to one recruiter, “We were extremely impressed with the organization of the event. Anderson students were very polite and well prepared. You have great talent here.”