Alumni Posts

How a UIC Transfer Student Joined a Top Consulting Firm

Samu Thomas, BS ’16, has one piece of advice for UIC Business students: find your area of interest and focus. Thomas works as an IT consultant for Maven Wave Partners, where consultants like himself help clients like Nike, US Foods, Bosch, and other familiar names stay up to speed in the digital marketplace. Thomas found this work–and the IDS degree that led to it–after a little soul-searching of his own. “Early on in college, I was doing electronic and communications engineering,” Thomas says.... read more

Balancing Business and Technology at UIC

For Brandon Feld, BS ‘13, a regular day at the Googleplex involves a mix of project management and writing code in SQL, Java, and Python, a balance of duties Feld sought from the start, when he enrolled as a freshman IDS major at UIC Business. “Before I came to UIC, I was living in Northbrook, and trying to make a college choice between Arizona, Iowa, and a few University of Illinois campuses,” Feld says. Raised in a single-parent family, Feld said the in-state tuition helped him narrow his... read more

The Pursuit of Social Good at UIC Liautaud

Jill Kozeluh, MBA '12, has been busy with UIC lately. She recently participated in a housing and economic development panel hosted by UIC’s Net Impact chapter, where she introduced UIC Business students to the work of Accion Chicago. She also paid a visit to Professor Renko’s social entrepreneurship class to talk about microfinance for Chicago’s underserved entrepreneurs. On top of all this, she’s looking forward to a new connection between her work at Accion Chicago and a fresh partnership... read more

Catherine Yi, BS '11, on Her Path to Amazon, Inc.

When she was working for Leo Burnett in Chicago, Catherine Yi regularly met with UIC Business students on campus. “I met with students through Alumni 4U, and every meeting was different, depending on what each student wanted to learn,” says Yi. “But there was one piece of advice I had for everyone: start interning as soon as possible.” Yi’s path to her current role at Amazon included a series of internships during her time at UIC Business. Though some internships were more relevant than others... read more

Alumni Success Story: Chris Kearney BS Marketing '09

Chris Kearney, BS Marketing '09 Entrepreneur and owner of College Rising Photo Credit: Erica Minix Where did you grow up? I grew up in the west burbs of Chicago in Burr Ridge and Willow Springs. What prompted you to choose UIC? Did you enroll knowing you'd major in business?  I came to UIC as a transfer student from the College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College.  My two school options were UIC and UIUC. I had a few close friends at each school, but thought UIC was a great value compared to... read more

Alumni Spotlight: Haohao Li, MSA 2014

  Haohao Li MSA, 2014 Undergraduate Degree: Accounting Organizations Involved With: Master of Science in Accounting Association   Interests/Hobbies: Swimming, Yoga, and Piano Internships: Electronic Knowledge Interchange – Accounting Intern, Crowe Horwath China – Audit Intern, Bureau of Finance of Enshi Autonomous Prefecture – Accounting Intern Favorite Chicago Places: Millennium Park Favorite Chicago Restaurants: Too many to list :) Hometown: Enshi, Hubei,... read more

Where Are They Now: Vishal Wairagar, MS-MIS 2012

Vishal Wairagar MS in MIS 2012 Current Employer: Google Pre-Degree Field of Work: IT & Telecommunications Post-Degree Field of Work: Sustainability & EHS Software Solutions Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors in Computer Engineering Undergraduate Institution: University of Mumbai                        Why did you return to school to obtain your graduate degree? After completing my Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering, I worked with Tech Mahindra - British Telecom for close to two years as a B2B... read more

Alumni Profile: Caralynn Nowinski, MBA/MD 2007

Concentration: Entrepreneurship Post-Degree Industry/Field of Work: Technology Startups & Economic Development Undergraduate Degree: Human Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University Current Employer: Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, University of Illinois; Interim Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, UI LABS LinkedIn Profile: Caralynn Nowinski   Why did you return to school to obtain your Graduate Business... read more

Meet Angela Manning-Hardimon, MBA 1999

Join us for an engaging and informative conversation with Angela Manning-Hardimon (UIC MBA 1999), Managing Deputy Commissioner of Administration for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. In this position, Mrs. Hardimon is responsible for providing management oversight of the Information Technology, Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Customer Service divisions of O'Hare and Midway International airports. During her tenure with the City of Chicago Department of Aviation, Mrs. Hardimon... read more

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

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: 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

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