Student Profiles

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Christian Guerrero

We recently caught up with Christian Guerrero, a full-time MBA student at UIC Liautaud and a student ambassador within UIC Business. Christian told us a little about why he came to Liautaud and what advice he has for prospective MBA students. What prompted you to return to school for an MBA? I studied management in undergrad, and throughout all of college I worked for a circuit board manufacturer. When I graduated, it just so happened that the opportunities with my employer beat out everything... read more

Keeping Data on the Rails: Miranda Powell's Work at TTX

On any given weekday, a handful of analysts are working in an office above North Wacker Drive, collecting current data on over 200,000 railcars scattered across North America, the fleet of the TTX Company. Freight is constantly in motion, and this means data is constantly pouring in. Miranda Powell, a senior at UIC Business, is one of the analysts who makes sense of it all. “A railcar goes over alerts on the tracks, and we get data from each axle or 'truck' on each car,” says Powell. “Alerts... read more

Getting to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from UIC Business

by Saif Sarvana I’m an intern at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a junior at UIC Business, though I’m just now finishing my second semester here. I transferred from the College of DuPage over the summer of 2015. Why did I transfer to UIC? The short answer is the value of the UIC Business program. What does that mean? Well, here’s the long answer. I was curious about markets and finance from an early age, and I’ve been investing for a long time. I bought my first stock when I was twelve. I... read more

An HR Analyst Reflects on Choosing UIC Business

by Raven M. Temple This May, I’ll graduate from UIC Business with a degree in management and finance and begin working full-time for XR Trading as a human resources analyst. The path leading up to my business degree has been long; I started pursuing a curiosity about stocks and bonds as early as elementary school. By high school, I was sure I’d study business in college. Why did I choose UIC Business?   Consider the value of a UIC Business degree. For a top-ranked undergraduate business program... read more

Business Scholars Spotlight: Michael Martinez, Class of 2019

1. Tell me a little about yourself. Hello! My name is Michael Martinez, and I'm a UIC Business Scholar. I'm pursuing a dual-degree at UIC: a BS in finance from UIC Business and a BS in biological sciences. As a dual degree student, I'm very passionate about my studies, and I'm always trying to expand the scope of my education. I'm a member of three UIC programs: the President's Award Program, the UIC Business Scholars, and the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions for medicine (GPPA for... read more

Business Scholar Spotlight: William Perkins, Class of 2019

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is William (Bill) Perkins and I'm from Park Forest, Illinois. I graduated from Marian Catholic High School this last Spring. In high school, I played trombone, baritone and electric bass in the bands. I also launched a concert series my sophomore year that raised money for charities and important causes. In my free time, I ran my own booking agency, putting together concerts at local DIY venues. I was also very active in Boy Scouts, where I... read more

BSA Candidate Shirley Paredes Awarded Illinois CPA Society Scholarship

As classes get underway for the 2015-16 school year, UIC Business students get to work both on their studies and on a variety of involvements at UIC and in the Chicago business community. Last Thursday, we caught up with Shirley Paredes, an undergraduate student in the accounting department. Shirley was recently awarded the ICPAS Accounting Scholarship, which is funded by donations made to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the society’s charitable partner. The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois... read more

Student Spotlight: Sade Stokes, MBA Candidate 2016

  UIC Liautaud Student Profile   Name: Sade L. Stokes Email Address: sstoke3@uic.edu              Program: Master of Business Administration Concentration(s): Marketing Full-time/Part-time Student:  Part-time Industry/Field of work: Human Resources / Public Affairs Class of: 2016 Undergraduate degree in:  Finance         Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois at Chicago Organizations involved with: Graduate Marketing Association What prompted you to return to school to achieve your... read more

Student Spotlight: Shilpa Mohanty, MBA Candidate 2016

SHILPA MOHANTY Email Address: smohan22@uic.edu / shilpamohanty5@gmail.com Program:  MBA Concentration(s):  Marketing and MIS Full-time/Part-time Student: Full Time Industry/Field of work: Marketing and Advertising Class of: 2016 Undergraduate degree in: IT & Computer Science Undergraduate School: Silicon Institute of Technology, India Career Goal: My career goal is to leverage my interdisciplinary experience in MBA curriculum, non-profit marketing management, business analysis, IT processes, and... read more

Student Spotlight: Matthew Medinger, MBA Candidate 2015

  Matthew Medinger Part-time MBA Candidate 2015 Concentration(s): Finance Field of Work: Finance Undergraduate Degree: Finance Undergraduate School: Governor’s State University Career Goal: Corporate lending/negotiations or starting my own real estate investment company Organizations Involved With: MBAA   Interests/Hobbies: Real Estate Investing, Running, Mountain Biking, Building Race Cars, Racing Cars and Motorcycles, and Playing Guitar Favorite Chicago Activities: Boating on the Chicago... read more

Student Spotlight: Deepthi Jayachandran, MS-MIS Candidate 2015

Deepthi Jayachandran Full-time MS-MIS 2015 Field of Work: Data analytics Undergraduate Degree: MS in Software Engineering. (5 year integrated program) Undergraduate School: PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu India Career Goal: Want to work as a Business Analyst in one of the big 4 companies Organizations Involved With: INFORMS (Treasurer)                                       Internships: eBay, Chennai India.  Mu Sigma Business Solutions, Bangalore India Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: I... read more

Student Spotlight: Kiley Peters, MBA Candidate 2015

Kiley Peters Weekend - MBA Candidate 2015 Concentration(s): Marketing and  Management Information Systems Industry: Entertainment and Digital Marketing Undergraduate Degree: Advertising, Broadcast and Electronic Communications, and Marketing Undergraduate School: Marquette University Career Goal: Continued growth in leadership, digital marketing and consulting. Organizations Involved With: Marquette Alumni Association, GMARK, MBAA                                            Interests/Hobbies:... read more

Student Spotlight: Ariana Taylor, MBA Candidate 2015

 Ariana M. Taylor         Full-time MBA Candidate 2015  Concentration(s):  Marketing and Finance Undergraduate Degree: English Studies     Undergraduate School: Illinois State University Career Goal: Obtain a position that fully utilizes my marketing and managerial skills Organizations involved with: UIC GMARK (President), UIC MBA Association, National Black MBA Association, UIC Liautaud Student Ambassador Internships: American Red Cross Communications Intern, Discovery Communications Social... read more

The Internship Experience: Parin Chopda, MS-MIS Candidate 2015 - Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Parin Chopda Full-time MS-MIS 2015 Industry: Information Technology Undergraduate Degree In: Bachelors of Technology (Computer Science) Undergraduate School: Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Symbiosis International University (Pune, India) Career Goal: To work as an Information Systems professional leveraging my technical knowledge and business analysis skills acquired through MIS curriculum, course projects and previous work experience.        How did you find your internship? I applied on... read more

Student Spotlight: Michelle Plasz, MBA Candidate 2015

   Michelle Plasz Part-time MBA Candidate 2015 Concentration: IDS Field of work: Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Degree In: Communications Undergraduate School: DePaul University Career Goal: Supply Chain/ Procurement Organizations Involved With: Liautaud Women’s Network, MBAA     Interests/Hobbies:  I used to cook professionally and now enjoy entertaining friends and family often.  Before going back to school, I used to read and knit.  During football season, you will find... read more

The Internship Experience: Subramani Ramkumar, MIS Candidate 2014, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

  Subramani Ramkumar Full-time MS-MIS Candidate 2014 Field of Work: Healthcare IT Undergraduate Degree: Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate School: New Horizon College of Engineering, Bangalore, India Career Goal: To be an entrepreneur in the field of Healthcare IT.                                   How did you find your internship? I applied to the position listing on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association career portal. In a couple of weeks, I got a call from the HR associate asking... read more

Student Spotlight: Danielle Seger, MBA/MSF Candidate 2015

Danielle Seger               Full-time MBA/MSF Candidate 2015 Concentration: Finance  Field of Work: Investment Management Undergraduate Degree In: Economics & Spanish Undergraduate School: Lafayette College Career Goal: Buy-side investment finance Organizations Involved With: Illinois Ventures and UIC Liautaud's Women Network       Interests/Hobbies: Distance running, reading, and alternative rock Internships: Illinois Ventures Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: 2nd Friday’s @ The Fine Arts... read more

Student Spotlight: Phyllis Lin, MBA Candidate 2015

    Phyllis Lin              Part-time MBA Candidate 2015 Field of work: Pharmacy            Graduate degree: PharmD from University of Illinois Career Goal: To work in pharmacy managed care or the pharmaceutical industry What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? In pharmacy school we had limited exposure to business education, especially when compared to the sciences and our clinical training. Having worked in several pharmacies, it has become clear to me how... read more

Student Spotlight: Rogelio Rangel, MBA Candidate 2015

Rogelio Rangel Weekend - MBA Candidate 2015 Concentrations: Finance / Management Industry: Financial Services Undergraduate Degree In: Industrial and Systems Engineering Undergraduate School: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Career Goal: Continued growth in the financial field Interests/Hobbies: Watching sports and going to concerts Internships: American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, Landstar Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Portillo’s Favorite Part of the Day: Relaxing after... read more

Student Spotlight: Diana Sanchez, MSA Candidate 2014

  Diana Sanchez Full-time MSA Candidate 2014 Industry/Field of work: Accounting-Auditing Undergraduate degree in: Accounting & Management Information Systems Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Chicago Career Goal: To become the leading partner at my company Organizations involved with: Accounting Club   Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, exploring in the woods, exercising and body building, participating in marathons, running with my dogs, shopping, watching movies, and cooking... read more