Alumni

Alumni Success Story: Diana Palomar, BS Marketing 1985

As vice president of community affairs at ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV), Diana Palomar is responsible for guiding the station’s public service efforts and on-air public service announcement campaigns. She conveys Chicago’s community concerns and issues to station management with the ultimate goal of facilitating awareness, cultivating resources, and better serving viewers with informing, sensitive stories and programming. Diana is proud to tell people, “This is my dream job!” Are you a native Chi<img... read more

C2V Business Plan Competition - Transforming Concepts into Business Ventures (and Adventures too!)

If you’re familiar with the show Shark Tank, you can get an idea of what it was like at the 2013 UIC Concept2Ventures (C2V) Business Plan Competition on December 16-17. The C2V Challenge is an opportunity to pitch a business idea win cash prizes. A total of $10,000 was awarded to winning teams. Teams are placed into different tracks to present to a panel of distinguished judges. Our judges include serial entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and investors. One winner from each track advances to... read more

Alumni Profile: Chris Madden, MBA 2006

    Chris Madden          Entrepreneurship concentration Current Employer: Matchnode Digital Marketing Industry/Field of Work: Start-Ups Undergraduate Degree: Spanish/English Undergraduate School: Georgetown University Organizations involved with: Beta Gamma Sigma     What prompted you to join UIC Liautaud to earn your graduate business degree? After a liberal arts undergrad and running my own business for 3 years, I wanted to have a solid foundation in business disciplines like accounting,... read more

A Day at the Field Museum | How Chicago Works Alumni Event with BAA

Join the Business Alumni Association (BAA) for the next installment of their popular How Chicago Works series with a guided tour at The Field Museum next Saturday. Led by Field Museum Curator, Dr. Alaka Wall, UIC Liautaud alumni and guests will enjoy a private tour of the Restoring Earth exhibit, one of the most visited cultural attractions in Chicago. Admission includes access to the museum's 35 permanent exhibitions and a light breakfast on site. Friends and family are welcome.  A Day at the... read more

Liautaud Alumnus and CFO of AUDI AG Receives UIC Alumni 5 Award

  Axel Strotbek, CFO of AUDI AG and 2013 recipient of the UIC Alumni 5 Award, will speak with students this Friday, October 11, from 2:30-4:00pm in 605 Student Center East.  Mr. Strotbek is a 1991 MBA alumnus of UIC Liautaud. This event is free for College of Business Administration students, but registration is required to attend. Seats are limited. See the full listing of UIC 2013 Alumni Five Award Recipients by clicking ... read more

Student Spotlight: Vishwanath Ram, MS-MIS 2013

  Vishwanath Ram   MIS Candidate, Full-time student   Undergraduate degree in: Computer Science and Engineering   Undergraduate School: University of Mumbai   Organizations involved with: INFORMS   LinkedIn Profile   I am currently working with KPMG as an Experienced Associate. My job profile is focused towards risk assessment and compliance to ensure organizations adhere to the regulations imposed by governing bodies. Being based out of Houston most of my projects are in the energy and... read more

Alumni Profile: Meet Mehta, MBA 2012

Concentration: International Business, Management Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Information Technology Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: IT and Telecommunications Undergraduate Degree: BS Computer Engineering Undergraduate Institution: Kurukshetra University Current Employer: Senior Analyst, Supplier Management at Motorola Solutions Contact Meet! LinkedIn, meet.mehta@ymail.com   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business Degree? After completing engineering education... read more

Alumni Profile: Arthur Anderson, MBA 2013

  Arthur Anderson MBA 2013 Arthur's LinkedIn Profile Concentration(s):  Finance and Entrepreneurship Undergraduate degree in:  Chemical Engineering Undergraduate School:  Illinois Institute of Technology Pre-MBA Industry/Field of work:  Pharmaceutical and Food Organizations involved with:  GFIN, MBAA, NABA, and NSBE Post MBA Industry/Field of work:  Construction Machinery Manufacturing Current Employment:  Finance Analyst II at Caterpillar, Inc.   What prompted you to return to school to achieve... read more

Alumnus Spotlight: Aswin Prakash Thiyagarajan, MS-MIS 2012

  Aswin Prakash Thiyagarajan    MS-MIS Alumnus 2012 Concentration: Management Information Systems Industry/Field of work: Cleantech/Software Undergraduate degree in: Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering Undergraduate School: Vellore Institute of Technology University, Tamil Nadu, India Organizations involved with: INFORMS LinkedIn Profile What is your current role? I currently work as an Associate Professional Services Engineer at Opower, constantly voted as one of the best in... read more

How to Use an MBA to Advance Your Career

The biggest piece of advice I give to prospective students who are applying to MBA programs is that the degree itself is only half the battle. If you graduate from business school without really leveraging the school's network, you are really missing a tremendous opportunity. You should leave the program with not only a great education, but also with a fantastic network of your peers who will be in key leadership positions in the future. The best way to build a network of your fellow students is... read more

Inspired & Transformed: Alumni Success Stories Panel Event on July 25

Learn what a UIC Liautaud degree has meant for a panel of alumni - and what it could mean for you! Join us on July 25 at this exclusive event and hear from alumni from all three master's programs (MBA, MSA, MIS) as they share their stories of how UIC Liautaud changed their career direction and/or its trajectory. Whether you are looking to change your career by switching industries or you are hoping to accelerate your current career path, hear from those who have had similar experiences.... read more

How does an MBA benefit my career?

What is the value of an MBA degree? Many people believe that studying full-time for their MBA means dropping their jobs. However, the MBA program doesn’t slow down your career, but actually enhances any professional skills you may lack. With the skills I’ve developed here, I aspire to create innovative tech products to help improve people’s lives. Before studying at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I graduated from National Chengchi University with a Master’s Degree in Management... read more

UIC Liautaud Alum’s Tech Company Named “Moxie Award Finalist for Startup of the Year”

Matt Gorniak, MBA 2002 Alum, is Co-Founder and COO of G2 Crowd, a new tech company that was named as a finalist of the “Moxie Award for Startup of the Year” this week presented by Built in Chicago and New World Ventures which gathers Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs. G2 Crowd is a tech startup that is directly competing with the well-known Gartner Magic Quadrants that rely on analysts and market research to rate a limited group of software companies. G2 Crowd has been featured in... read more

Alumni Profile: Dominic Blank, MBA 2012

Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Strategy Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: IT & Telecommunications Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Information Technology & Services Undergraduate Degree: Business Administration Undergraduate Institution: Berlin School of Economics and Law Current Employer: savvo digital sommelier solutions LLC Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business Degree? I worked for Siemens AG, which is a very large corporation with almost half a... read more

Alumni Profile: Deepak Ramanathan, MS in MIS 2010

  Deepak Ramanathan,  MS in MIS, 2010 Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Software Development Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Performance Management Consulting Undergraduate Degree: Information Science Undergraduate Institution: VTU (India) LinkedIn Profile: Deepak Ramanathan Current Employer: Performance Management Consultant, Deloitte     Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business Degree? Having completed my undergraduate degree in Information Science and working as... read more

Alumni Profile: Maggie Hammond, MBA/MIS 2012

  Maggie Hammond MBA/MS in MIS Joint Degree Concentration in Marketing Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Library Science Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Supply Chain Management & Logistics Software Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Telecommunication & Film/American Studies Undergraduate Institution: University of Alabama Current Employer: Red Prairie: Support Specialist II LinkedIn Profile: Maggie Hammond Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business Degree? I wanted to change my... read more

Alumni Profile: Anna Lisa Somera, MBA/MPH 2006

Anna Lisa Somera MBA/MPH 2006 Concentration: Entrepreneurship Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Biotechnology Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Venture Capital and Consulting Undergraduate Degree: BS Biology and Anthropology, MS Cellular Biology Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University (undergrad), Rush University (grad) Current Employer: Independent consultant to several life science start-up companies and venture capital firms Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate... read more

Blazing a Career Path with UIC Liautaud

The business world is changing. UIC MBA alum, Megan Sparks, changed with it. Megan Sparks is one of the faces of the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business’ newest advertising campaigns. Sparks, a 2011 MBA alumna from the University of Illinois at Chicago, was heavily involved with all aspects of her graduate experience and, her modesty aside, is the perfect face to promote the UIC Liautaud brand. With a focus on international business and marketing while in the program, Sparks embodied all... read more

Carlos A. Balandrin

Program Graduation Term: MBA/Dec 2011 Concentration: Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship Pre-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Marketing Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Marketing Undergraduate Degree: Sociology/Philosophy Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Organization Involvement: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carlos-a-balandrin/4/9b2/875 Email: balandri@gmail.com Current Employer: Swedish Match North America: Territory Representative   1. Why did you... read more

Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network (GFIN) Launches Official Website

Student organizations play an important role in bringing together UIC business school students, professors and alumni both inside and outside of the classroom. The Liautaud Graduate Finance Interest Network (GFIN) enables career-oriented business candidates to discuss theory, current events and market opportunities (internships, and part-time/full-time job leads), leveraging the power of its many assets. GFIN also provides valuable in-roads for companies and external industry leaders to tell... read more