Student Profiles

UIC Business Scholars Speaker Series

by Jasur Rasulov A premiere benefit of the UIC Business Scholars Program is the Speaker Series.  Every semester, several well-established business professionals—most of them UIC alumni—visit UIC Business to deliver speeches on a variety of topics, exclusively for Business Scholars. Although the specific details of every speech vary, the common underlying themes surround the topics of leadership, determination, paths to professional success, personal branding, and dealing with setbacks. ... read more

UIC Business’ Kaushik Kompella competes at MIT’s Annual Sports Analytics Conference

The 12th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place this past February, providing a forum for industry professionals and students to discuss the expanding role of analytics in the global sports industry. The MIT Sloan School of Management is dedicated to encouraging growth and  innovation in this space, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. UIC Business’ own Kaushik Kompella, a graduate student currently pursuing a dual degree in... read more

UIC Business Tackles “Back to College” with Target

The 2018 Management Leadership Association and Target Case Competition took place at the end of last month, with 11 teams presenting to a panel of Target staff members.  Each year, Target partners with the UIC Business Career Center to host this program that asks students to develop and present solutions to a unique challenge facing the company. This year’s case study prompt presented teams with the opportunity to directly apply their lived experiences as college students. The retailer gave... read more

The Lasting Impact of a UIC Business Education

As the first in his family to receive a college education, Don Hermanek (BS Marketing ’70) chose to attend The University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree because he could commute, receive an affordable education, and work full-time at Goodyear Tires in Berwyn, IL to help pay for it. Little did Hermanek know how beneficial his UIC Business education would be.  Hermanek credits his UIC education with providing a strong foundation that extended beyond business theory. It gave... read more

Market Research with a Meaningful Mission

From left: Joe Moag, Susan Kantor, Asma Hasan. By Asma Hasan and Susan Kantor The business skills taught in UIC Business graduate programs are in high demand for non-profit organizations and explain the significant number of MBAs employed in the sector. Recognizing how important business skills are to non-profits, Associate Professor Maija Renko presented UIC Business students with an independent study opportunity focused on non-profit market research.  This project we took on was conducted... read more

Admission Made Easy: Get on the fast track to UIC Business Graduate Admission

UIC Business offers a collection of preferred and guaranteed graduate admissions programs that put qualified students on the fast track to admission. Whether you are an aspiring Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Marketing, or Master of Science in Management Information Systems, you may be eligible for one of these highly respected programs. An advanced degree continues to be one of the most highly coveted resume builders in an... read more

A Chance to Change Someone's Life

  Al Heller ’75 Accounting, Operating Partner for Water Street Healthcare Partners, LLC Keeping the family tradition alive, and because it was most affordable, Al Heller (BS Accounting ’75) followed in his brothers’ footsteps and attended The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for his undergraduate degree. Al wanted to be sure he received a “top notch” accounting education, which UIC was able to provide. Al earned his degree in accounting at the College of Business Administration while... read more

UIC Business Scholar Completes Internship with Enterprise

Michael Lev, a senior Business Scholar majoring in marketing and minoring in managerial skills, completed an Account Specialist Internship with Enterprise Truck Rental this summer. His many successes in the position – including receiving an award for Top Presenter among over 70 interns – were made possible by the professional skills he developed at UIC Business. Lev was invited to an interview at Enterprise’s headquarters in Lombard after connecting with a recruiter and filling out an... read more

Founded at UIC Business: One. Clothing Brand

UIC Business Scholar sophomores Edgar Gabriel Avalos and Brian (Seungyong) Lee are the co-founders of One. Clothing Brand.  We caught up with Avalos and Lee to learn about the company, what is coming up next for the brand, and the role UIC Business has played in the company’s founding. Both Avalos, born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico City, and Lee, raised in Seoul, South Korea before moving to Michigan in 2009, brought a passion for entrepreneurship with them to UIC.  In October 2016, Avalos... read more

UIC Business Stamps our Passport

The study abroad application deadline for Spring 2018 is October 27! For UIC Business students, study abroad can be an experience that allows for significant professional and personal growth.  Through a combination of classroom instruction, immersion in local culture, and independent travel, Davis Birsan, a senior Finance major was able to get the most out of his study abroad experience. We sat down with Birsan to hear about his time in Seville, Spain as a participant with the CIEE International... read more

Q&A with Dean Michael Mikhail

In 2012, Michael Mikhail joined UIC as Dean of the College of Business. In five years, he’s launched programs such as iLEAD — the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development -- the renowned Business Scholars program, increased enrollment, and improved student outcomes. We sat down with Dean Mikhail to hear his thoughts on the past five years and learn what he looks forward to accomplishing in the future. Q: You just underwent UIC’s five-year assessment process with rave reviews. What has... read more

MBA students tackle innovation in the healthcare field with MAD Lab

Are you a UIC Business graduate student interested in start-ups, market research, venture capital, or the medical device industry? If so, the UIC Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory is hiring for their interdisciplinary team that develops novel, real world medical devices. MAD Lab pairs business students with industrial designers and engineers to validate healthcare ideas and problems that UIC doctors, nurses, or students identify.   For more details on how business students contribute to... read more

Touring with an Atlantic Records Artist as a Creative Director

by Johnny Fan During 2016, I worked as a creative director for Atlantic Records music artist Sir the Baptist. I served as his touring photographer and videographer and digital marketing and branding manager.  Sir the Baptist offered me this opportunity after I worked on a magazine press shoot with him.  After that connection, he was impressed by my work and found a way for us to continue collaborating. The major function of my work with Sir the Baptist consisted of building the brand of the... read more

Pitching a Client as a General Mills Intern

by Lianne Ramahi   This past summer, I had the opportunity to work at General Mills, Inc. as a business management associate intern. This role was heavily focused on data analysis for the domestic western region sales team in Scottsdale, Ariz. Throughout this experience, I was given projects similar to those that would be performed as a first-year associate. I took ownership of impactful projects that added tangible value to the company.   General Mills truly values nurturing its employees... read more

Insider Information on the First Day of Marketing 461

  Ryan Patterson, Samantha Payne, Allan Rodriguez, Kathrynn Sharp, and Robert Grilli [Not pictured: Jaime Manriquez] In Consumer Behavior (Marketing 461), Professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin has high expectations of her students.  To communicate these expectations and the level of professionalism required to succeed, Professor Chaplin invited alumni of the course to speak in the opening session of her Fall 2017 classes.  “It is a tough class that places a high demand on professionalism in addition to... read more

Developing Banking Industry Expertise as a BMO Intern

by Jasur Rasulov This summer, I completed an internship as a treasury sales and services officer at the BMO Harris Bank’s Treasury and Payment Solutions group in Chicago. My group was responsible for delivering cash management services to commercial clients. In my role, I primarily supported sales teams across three markets-- mid-corporate, institutional, and engineering and construction--in the fulfillment of everyday banking products. On a daily basis, I prepared and executed lending... read more

From UIC Business to the Magic Kingdom

  by Cynthia Mancilla   Beginning in June and continuing through the end of the year, I’ve been fortunate to be working for a mouse, Mickey Mouse, as a Consumer Insights Market Research intern at the Walt Disney Company offices in Orlando, Florida.   So far, I’ve had the great pleasure of researching consumers in the U.S. as well as international consumers in Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. Part of my role is assisting in qualitative and quantitative research projects across Disney parks and... read more

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

The Stewards of Business Student Organizations

Since 1973, the CSSLA ceremony has recognized outstanding student leaders and student volunteers who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to the UIC community through participation in student organizations and campus activities and throughout the greater Chicagoland area through active service and community engagement. One of this year’s award recipients was Michael J. Mlekowski, an MBA candidate at UIC Liautaud. Below, Michael tells us about his work for the... 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