Living Classroom

Juggling Coursework, Jobs, and New Ventures at UIC

Daniel Natsagdorj paid his way through UIC’s entrepreneurship program in part by working long weekend hours as a server at a River North sushi restaurant. When he enrolled at UIC, Daniel had nearly a decade of food service experience, so the server work was nothing new. But when he started the job, the sharing economy was relatively new; Uber had recently arrived in Chicago. It got Daniel thinking about how restaurants managed their delivery drivers. “In all my years of working at restaurants,... read more

Building on Healthcare Experience in a Liautaud MBA

Yih-Ting Chen, MBA ’17, came to UIC Liautaud from Taipei, Taiwan, where he’d worked as a hospital pharmacist, a job that gave him privileged insight into hospital management, single-payer healthcare, and Taiwan’s pharmaceutical market. As a pharmacist, Chen was putting his bachelor’s degree to work precisely in his area of expertise. But the more he learned about healthcare, the more interested he became in business and management. “I knew that Taiwanese healthcare faced challenges,” Chen says,... read more

Spring 2017 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the spring semester on Thursday, March 2, with a visit from Terry A. Duffy of CME Group. Duffy will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more

Interdisciplinary Product Development at UIC’s Innovation Center

On a Tuesday afternoon behind an inconspicuous façade on West Harrison Street, offices, labs, design studios, and meetings spaces all buzz with activity; medical students are rehearsing elevator pitches; engineers are discussing market research; design students are learning about construction technology; and Liautaud MBA students are overseeing a range of projects for outside firms who have come to UIC seeking solutions. This is UIC’s Innovation Center, where Professor Jelena Spanjol and her... read more

Fall 2016 Executives in the Classroom

Each semester, undergraduate students at UIC Business have a variety of opportunities to connect with executives from local, national, and international firms. One of the most popular opportunities by sheer attendance numbers is Professor Michael Miller’s Executives in the Classroom series, which kicks off for the fall semester next Thursday, October 6, with a visit from Aaron Wetzel of John Deere & Co. Wetzel will meet with a small group of management students in the morning, followed by an 11... read more

New Offerings for Fall 2016: MBA 590 Foundations in Entrepreneurship

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in the resources that the Chamber of Commerce offers business and entrepreneurs, resources that include business planning, market research, assistance dealing with local governments, and much more. This fall, Liautaud students have the opportunity to explore these resources in MBA 590 - Foundations in Entrepreneurship, an 8-week course led by Florence Hardy, Director of the Illinois SBDC at the... read more

Management Students Meet Deere Executives

UIC Business Professor Michael Miller recently took a group of undergraduates to the John Deere headquarters in the Quad Cities. Anthony Gleeson, a student of Miller's, made a video to document the trip. Below, Miller and Gleeson share a few thoughts about the experience. MM: These trips began through the Management Leadership Association here at UIC Business. I’m the faculty advisor for the MLA, and Ali Mohammed, who just graduated, is the current president. From the beginning, I wanted to do... read more

From Classroom to Factory Floor: Richard Lekakh's Caterpillar Internship

Four years ago, Richard Lekakh was a freshman at Northeastern Illinois University taking the necessary steps toward a career in education. "I was gearing up to become a schoolteacher," Lekakh says, "and I was looking forward to it. But then, by chance, I took an internship at Water Tower Financial Partners." The glimpse into the business world led him to change gears, and change schools, too.  Fast-forward to the present: Lekakh is going into his senior year at UIC Business, and just returned... read more

Sam Zell Closes Spring '16 Executives in the Classroom

The Spring 2016 Executives in the Classroom series ended on a high note last Thursday morning with a visit from Equity Group Investments Chairman Sam Zell. Mr. Zell joined UIC Business students in Lecture Center C1 for an hour-long discussion that touched on the Zell Family Foundation and included students' SWOT analysis of Par Pacific, an energy company with which Equity Group has recently become affiliated. Students got to hear the story of Mr. Zell’s first venture, a property management... read more

Lessons in Management from Middleby and Accenture

How do you turn a flagging kitchen supply company into an intellectual property giant and industry leader? How do you revolutionize human resources in a company with over 300,000 employees? Students in Professor Miller’s MGMT 495 class got to ask those who know, when they hosted Selim Bassoul, CEO of The Middleby Corporation, and Jill Smart, former Chief of HR for Accenture and President of the National Academy of Human Resources. Smart and Bassoul each spent a morning with UIC Business students... read more

A Scholar's Path To Tax Accounting

UIC Business Scholars met this morning at a restaurant near campus for their mid-semester check-in, an opportunity for the Scholars to reconnect with their mentoring families and take a break from studying for midterms. Collegiate Association of Business Scholars (CABS) members, upperclassmen and the Assistant Director of the Business Scholars Program were on hand to provide feedback, answer questions and catch up more generally over pizza. The UIC Business blog caught up with senior Scholar... read more

Bowling Together with the Business Scholars

                Last Wednesday, the UIC Business Scholars got together with our faculty mentors to discuss something other than business for change - anything but, really - as we bowled together at The Alley in UIC’s Student Center East. UIC Business students are matched with faculty mentors when they enter the Business Scholars program. Our faculty mentors advise our courses of study and help us network in our chosen industries.   Business Scholar Elizabeth Milaicki has two faculty mentors this... read more

MGMT 495 and the Business of UIC

Professor Miller's MGMT 495 students recently enjoyed a rare opportunity to apply their business acumen to their own business education. On the morning of February 18, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis met with business students to discuss the future of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students had prepared a profile and analysis of the university, which they presented to Chancellor Amiridis for feedback.   Management students were eager to identify opportunities opened up by UIC’s record... read more

Student Email Communication: Reining in the Unprofesh

Many of us develop our first professional relationships in college, and all UIC students, whether or not they realize it, have professional relationships by default: their relationships as students to UIC faculty and staff. For some students, these relationships involve a transition to more professional styles of communication. “Students underestimate what’s at stake in email communication,” says UIC Business professor Bill Kohler. “They forget that they trade in goodwill when they write and... read more

Cognitive Business at UIC Liautaud

Do Jeopardy! fans out there ever wonder what became of IBM Watson after its 2011 game show victory? Far from simply resting on its laurels, IBM Watson has been developed toward a wide range of applications in the public and private sectors, including a number of apps based in the Watson technology. The growth of IBM Watson has also reached UIC Liautaud, where the Watson system and the field of cognitive computing were the focus of Professor Aris Ouksel’s graduate IDS course last fall. “Cognitive... read more

The CRIM Student Experience

During the 2015 fall semester, UIC Business undergrads and Liautaud MIS students participated in student-business partnerships as part of the UIC Business Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM). Under the guidance of Professors Matt Liotine and John Fyfe, students formed project teams through a process of resumé review and grouping by skills and interests. Once formed, the teams were paired with participating organizations. The organizations for the fall semester were Complyse,... read more

GMARK Gets Inside the Mind of a Recruiter

In a perfect world, job applicants like myself would exercise powers of telepathy to grasp what employers are looking for. Just imagine - as soon as I see an opening posted online, I Google a little to figure out who the hiring manager is, and then mind-read across the short distance from UIC to the loop, tailoring my application to their very thoughts. When I show up for the interview, it’s as if I’ve walked out of their dreams.  Alas, all I can hope is that employers will tell me what they’re... read more

Google's Jenny Zhao at UIC Business

Jenny Zhao, BS ’88, has spent the last two years splitting her time between the Bay Area and Beijing. As Director of Google’s Beijing site, she serves as a key link between Google’s home base in Mountain View, CA, and its work in China, and so on any given day she might be involved in project planning on either side of the Pacific. “Google changes so fast. New projects, new people all the time - it literally keeps me on my toes.” Today she was in Chicago, seated in lecture center F1 to hear... read more

Local Organizations Prepare to Roll Out UIC Business Solutions

As UIC Business students knuckle down in the Fall ’15 homestretch, a handful of students are working overtime on coursework that is more than just coursework. Three teams of 2-3 students each have partnered with area organizations to help them solve a range of business problems, and their December deadlines are looming. These student-business partnerships are a core program of the UIC Business Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM). With the help of faculty from the Department of... read more

Styles of Entrepreneurship at Liautaud

For Ajay Pattani, entrepreneurship is akin to personal fashion, not only in the sense that each person is bound to develop their own way of doing things, but also, as Pattani says, “because each year I look back at the year prior and ask myself, ‘what was I thinking?’” As part of Liautad's MBA Executive Talk series, Pattani, founder of Perfect Search and a mentor at 1871, met with a group of Liautaud MBA students on November 12 to discuss his business practices and the professional experience... read more