UIC Liautaud News and Events

Student Spotlight: Michael Bley, MBA Candidate 2015

      Michael Bley, MBA Candidate, Full-time student   Concentrations: MIS, Finance   Undergraduate degree in: Social Studies Education – Economics / PoliSci   Undergraduate School: Purdue University   LinkedIn Profile   What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? I knew while I was an undergraduate student I wanted to return to school to get my MBA within a few years of graduating.  My undergraduate degree is in Education and I realized while going through the program... read more

Student Spotlight: Joshua Punchur, MSA Candidate

  Joshua Punchur MSA Candidate, Part-time student Undergraduate degree in: Urban Studies/Urban Management Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh Organizations involved with: UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Moneythink, New Leash on Life Chicago LinkedIn Profile What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? After moving to Chicago to work for a non-profit small business development center, I found that many of our clients needed accounting assistance... read more

Improv & Leadership Back by Popular Demand | This Fall Exclusively at UIC Liautaud

Many business leaders have the technical skills and acumen to rise to the top, however, their careers are made or limited by a somewhat elusive set of qualities that can collectively be called “executive presence.” Executive presence is a combination of verbal and non-verbal abilities that are recognized as a poised, authentic communication style, particularly in spontaneous or impromptu interactions. This kind of “style”, however, is not superficial - it is critical to one’s productivity and... read more

Student Spotlight: Dustin Heestand, 2015 MSA Candidate

      DUSTIN HEESTAND MSA Candidate 2015 Full-time student   Undergraduate degree in: Linguistics Undergraduate School: Harvard University Career Goal: Currently exploring many possibilities LinkedIn Profile What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? When I graduated with a degree in linguistics, I was considering a career in academia. I spent a year as a researcher in Berlin, Germany, and that experience, while rewarding, dissuaded me from continuing on the academic... 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

New Corporate Partners for IPD Program | The Ultimate Real World Experience

Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) at UIC is a two-semester curriculum that integrates the latest technologies and best practices for innovative product development. The course combines Industrial Design, Engineering, and MBA/Marketing students from all three colleges to work together in cross-functional teams to research and develop new product concepts. The course focuses on the early stages of the product development process, from identifying market opportunities through initial... read more

Student Spotlight: Ankit Thakker, MS-MIS Candidate 2013

Ankit Thakker MS-MIS Candidate 2013 Full-time student   Concentrations: Management Information Systems Industry/Field of work: Information Technology Undergraduate degree in: Information Technology Undergraduate School: University of Mumbai Career Goal: To work as an IS professional and help the organization/business make effective use of information systems and technology to maximize profits and achieve the goals. Organizations involved with: Indian American Medical Association LinkedIn Profile... read more

Student Spotlight: Samiyah Siddiqui, MSA Candidate 2014

    Samiyah Siddiqui MSA Candidate 2014     Full-Time/ Part-time: Full-Time   Undergraduate degree: Actuarial Science Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Career Goal: Fraud Examining/Forensics Organizations involved with: Master of Science in Accounting Association (board member), Accounting Club, InKind, Liautaud Graduate School of Business Student Ambassador LinkedIn Profile     What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? I always knew I... read more

Student Spotlight: Brittany Chibe, MBA Candidate 2014

  Brittany Chibe, MBA Candidate 2014 | Part-time student Concentrations: Entrepreneurship & Marketing Industry/Field of work: Food Manufacturing/Sales Undergraduate degree: Finance Undergraduate School: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Organizations involved with: GMARK, MBAA, Innovation Incubator Linkedin Profile What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? This might sound bizarre, but I missed school and being in a learning environment. After four years in the... read more

Student Spotlight: Nitin Agwaral, MIS Candidate 2013

    Nitin Agrawal MIS Candidate 2013 Full-time student   Industry/Field of work: Analytics, big data, business intelligence, data  warehousing  Undergraduate degree: Technology Undergraduate School: Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, India Organizations involved with: INFORMS, Chess, GMARK, GFIN, Association for India’s development, IGSA, Net Impact, Graduate Student Consulting Club, Innovation Incubator LinkedIn Profile     What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s... read more

Alumna Spotlight: Pavithra Gopal, MS-MIS 2013

Pavithra Gopal MS-MIS Alumna 2013 Concentrations: Management Information Systems Industry/Field of work: Information Technology & Services Undergraduate degree in: Information Technology Undergraduate School: Kumaraguru College Organizations involved with: INFORMS LinkedIn Profile What prompted you to return to school to achieve your master’s degree? After working for Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd in a highly specialized domain, I found out that my career options were limited and I wanted to... read more

UIC MIS Team Wins Third Place in the SUIT Showdown Case Competition

A team of three MS-MIS students Rajeev Ravikumar, Sabarrie Mohhan and Vatsal Nidhi won third place in the Strategic Use of IT (SUIT) Showdown Case competition. The competition was held at the University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management on April 4 and 5. Teams of graduate students from top MIS programs around the country were invited to participate in a forum designed to showcase their skills. Participating schools included Bentley University, Indiana University, New York... read more

Student Spotlight: James DeMory, MBA Candidate 2013

  James DeMory MBA Candidate 2013 Full-time student   Concentrations: Entrepreneurship / Marketing Industry/ Field of work: IT Business Development Undergraduate degree in: Marketing Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Chicago Career Goal: Own and operate my own technology company Organizations involved with: MBAA Linkedin Profile: James DeMory What prompted you to return to school to achieve your MBA? I returned to school because I was unhappy with the career path I was on. I have... read more

News from UIC Business

Benet DeBerry Spence is presenting a paper at Great Cities Institute on March 19 at 3p.m.. The presentation is titled, "Rethinking Marketplace Literacy: Transforming African Markets." Students from the MS-MIS program won top honors in the SAP Design Thinking Jam competition held at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee last weekend. The students were paired with other peers in cross-university teams from different competing schools. First Place Winner: Sabarie Mohhan; Second Place Winner:... read more


Gib Bassett recently joined the board of directors of the the Chicago Futures Exchange.The CFE--a subsidiary of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE)--is best known as the market at which the VIX, the volatility index, is traded. Mary Beth Watson-Manheim, associate professor of IDS, has been named an Associate Editor for Information Systems Journal (ISJ). ISJ is a leading journal in the information systems field with an Impact Factor of 2.067 and ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking of... read more

UIC to Launch Weekend MBA Program for Fall 2013

Article by Jeffron Boynes, UIC News  The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Liautaud Graduate School of Business is offering a new MBA option with Saturday classes for working professionals who want to earn an MBA while pursuing their careers. “UIC is excited to increase access to graduate business education in the Chicago metro area,” says Michael Mikhail, dean of the UIC College of Business Administration. “The weekend program provides a high-quality, flexible option for students who are... read more


The Center for Human Resource Management (CHRM) is pleased to announce that Jenny Hoobler of the Managerial Studies Department will serve as Co-Director of CHRM.  CHRM conducts applied research projects and provides the HR field with access to timely information, innovative research, and solutions to pressing human capital challenges.  Jenny and Sandy Wayne, Co-Director of CHRM (Managerial Studies Department), will work together to grow the number of corporate partners and increase the impact of... read more

Entrepreneurs Win at UIC Business Plan Competition

Article by Jeffron Boynes, UIC News Bureau A plan to provide an environmentally friendly, water-repellant industrial coating that prevents corrosion and mineral build-up won UIC’s eighth annual Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition in December. The plan for ThirtyFiveK Incorporated, an industrial coating provider, took the $2,500 top prize and the competition’s $500 Clean and Green award. The team, made up of three MBA students in UIC’s Liautaud Graduate School of Business, beat out four... read more

IDS Professor Wins Top 2012 Globe Award

James Ho, professor of information and decision sciences in the College of Business Adminstration, was named Best Professor in Information Systems at the 2012 World Education Congress Global Awards. The award recognizes excellence in education, leadership and teaching. Ho works with international organizations, major corporations and small businesses in applying information technology in the workplace. He has presented executive seminars on e-commerce and online business strategies around the... read more