The Rady School Blog

  • The Fast Track to Success after Graduation: From MBA to UAV

    July 26, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    These days, it seems like you can’t go anywhere without noticing a drone flying overhead – especially at the beaches of San Diego. The lightweight, semi-autonomous aircrafts’ popularity continues to grow exponentially, with interest from consumers, government agencies and commercial developers.

    Dan Bosch, (MBA ‘15), is taking drones from hobbyist toys to commercial aircraft. During his time as a student at the Rady School, he developed an interest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). His interests in using drones extended beyond capturing epic sunset beach photos; he was captivated by the abilities drones have to gather data, provide insights into difficult-to-access locations and assist with emergency response situations."I’ve worked in the aerospace industry for 20 years – I started in the Navy, then went to college for mechanical engineering and I really enjoy working on aerospace-related products," Bosch said. "Drones are the ‘next big thing’ in aerospace. They are linked to other interesting products in the robotics-world – such as self-driving cars and autonomous type devices – and it excited me to be a part of that."

    While at the Rady School, Bosch and fellow classmate Neil Puri (MFin ‘15) decided to focus their Lab to Market idea on the surging demand for drones and their capabilities.  While drones are a popular gadget for techies and photographers, Bosch strongly believes in their abilities to help in a range of industries; such as improving crop yields in agriculture, keeping law enforcement and civilians safer during first responder situations and determining high-demand areas during disaster relief.

    "I like working with the latest technology – I wanted to do something that I could come into work every day and have fun and be excited," he said. "Plus, I want to make the world a better place."

    Bosch’s drones are focused on helping with agriculture, construction, security, search and rescue, and emergency response. His company, SICdrone, is currently working on developing high-speed "tiltrotor" drones that fly faster and further than anything currently on the market.

    "Our drones are twice as fast and fly three times as far compared to other drones," Bosch said. "Also, we’re developing our drone to be very fast and to have ability to hover, even in high winds."

    The ability to hover means more accurate photos of crops for farmers, or more accurate assessments of disasters for emergency responders.


    Bosch worked at Boeing and United Technologies before joining the Rady School to obtain the knowledge and education he needed to start a business.

    "A few months after I started classes, I became fascinated with 3D printing, and also interested in designing a drone," Bosch said. "Eventually I decided to focus on drones. I came up with a design and started SICdrone last year."

    Entrepreneurial marketing and product development classes were among Bosch’s favorites during his time as a student at the Rady School, because he believed they were extremely helpful for developing his company.

    "I knew I wanted to transition into a drone-focused company after graduation, and taking these classes definitely helped my vision translate into something real," Bosch said.

    When Bosch and his team embarked on a mission to improve drone design, their focus was broad – the team wanted to create high quality drones worthy of meeting the FAA approval guidelines for commercial aircraft. The Lab to Market core sequence provided guidance and direction for the company.

    "Lab to Market definitely helped me hone and narrow down what we needed to focus on as a business," Bosch said. "We made a lot of design changes while we were in Lab to Market."

    Forward, and fast

    SICdrone’s technological advances and capabilities set it apart from the rest of the pack. Bosch was recently accepted into the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator in Portland, Oregon after competing against more than 100 applicants for the prestigious spot.

    Right now, Bosch is focused on developing SICdrone’s software and testing how it can fly. He’s developed different drone sizes – 3ft, 6ft and 8ft in diameter – and is analyzing how the drones operate, according to size, weight and other factors.

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    Bosch and his team are conducting flight tests each week – both indoor and outdoor – and are working on improving the product.

    The team is getting off the ground, with the help of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator and interest from potential customers. The future looks bright for SICdrone.

  • No Greater Commission

    July 19, 2016
    by Hallie Jacobs

    It’s a daring mission, to say the least. Caravanning across Africa in the midst of open fire through treacherous territories within Sudan to serve civilians in one of the world's most war-torn and impoverished nations is all in a day’s work for the members of No Greater Commission.
  • My Call to Live a Life of Significance (and not just success)

    July 14, 2016
    by David Tran

    I took a leap of faith and chose the Rady School of Management. Three years later, I find myself launching a 501(c)3 specialty coffee house devoted to employing marginalized people groups, partnering with local businesses and government leaders, and working at Fifty and Fifty, a creative agency in Downtown San Diego that serves mission-based organizations. In a serendipitous turn of events, I allowed compassion to drive my career decision.
  • My Journey from the Rady School to Management Consulting

    June 30, 2016
    by Allison Noel

    My friends joke that my life decisions are based on where I find the best ocean views. They have a point—I’ve been spoiled for two years by the incredible views at the Rady School and am excited to be joining a firm with yet another killer ocean view post-MBA.
  • Little tips for better life-school-work balance for the FlexMBA program

    June 28, 2016
    by Sunny Lee

    I believe you applied MBA program because you already (almost) achieved work-life balance. You realized that you could do something more, need a new challenge, and want to advance your future career. I am going to share what I learned after going through 20 months of MBA program.
  • Rady China Trip

    June 17, 2016
    by Irene Wang

    In March 2016, we lived in the city with the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Here we come, Shanghai, China! It’s my first time to experience a mysterious country- China. Along the skylines of Shanghai, we visited Shanghai companies and felt the energies of Shanghai. Shanghai has been a leading power of China's economic and trade development since ancient times. It’s still be biggest financial center in China. From the perspective of biopharma industry, many biopharma companies have presence in Shanghai. The recent news of Shanghai is – they have a new Disneyland!
  • When One Door Closes...a Look Back at My Rady School Experience

    June 8, 2016
    by Gary Sahota

    When looking towards the future, a wise man once told me to reflect upon the past first. And when doing so, I am astonished by just how much I've changed over the past two years. The things I know, the people I've met and the memories I've made will all attribute to the road ahead in ways I may not understand just yet. One day I will and that is when I'll appreciate the real value of the three new letters behind my name: MBA.
  • Our trip to Israel: the Sofaer International Case Competition

    June 2, 2016
    by Allison Noel, Cody Becker, RJ Niewoehner and Sapna Hegde

    Last week, we traveled to Israel to compete in the semifinals of the Sofaer International Case Competition (SICC), a global business strategy competition hosted by the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. It was an unforgettable experience and we couldn’t have been prouder to represent the Rady School abroad!
  • Rady School Teams Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Life Sciences Track

    May 26, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    The annual Business Plan Competition, organized by the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, is one of the largest events to celebrate and recognize the startup community on campus, with $100,000 in prizes. On May 20, the Life Sciences track featured pitches from four selected teams, resulting in a sweep of the awards by three startups with ties to the Rady School of Management.
  • Recap: G.A.M.E Forum in New York City

    May 19, 2016
    by Gloria Bai

    It was a great experience to attend the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E Forum in New York City. Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education VI Forum invited more than 117 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges. Over 2000 students and professors attended the forum from all over the world.
  • Lab to Market: An Intrapreneur’s Perspective

    May 10, 2016
    by Michelle David

    Innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Rady School. While it lends itself to entrepreneurism, which is core to the Rady School brand, innovation is also necessary in the corporate world, in order for a business to be a leader in the industry. For me, finding opportunities for innovation within an existing organization is my goal, which made the Corporate Track of the Lab to Market (L2M) Series a perfect addition to my MBA curriculum.
  • The Complete Guide to Your MBA Internship

    May 5, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Finding the right internship takes time and strategy. Before you begin your search, think about what you want to get out of your internship.
  • Rady Executive Breakfast Series Recap: Tim Wollaeger, Sanderling Ventures

    April 28, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Tim Wollaeger recently spoke to Rady School students, faculty and staff at the Rady Executive Breakfast Series about his three keys to success: adaptability to change, a focus on getting things done and team building and networking.
  • Allie Lieberman (Ph.D. ‘19) receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

    April 21, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    Rady School of Management Ph.D. student Alicea Lieberman was recently honored at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards, presented by the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association. She was nominated by her department for her innovative interdisciplinary research in increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the underserved.
  • Rady student veterans explore career opportunities at Veteran Connections event

    April 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Student veterans discussed career transitions and job opportunities at a networking event hosted by the Rady School in conjunction with Rady Veterans Club, UC San Diego Career Services Center, UC San Diego Student Veterans Organization and Northrup Grumman last week.
  • StartR Demo Day Celebrated Graduating Fall 2015 Teams

    April 7, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    On March 30th, four teams from the Fall 2015 StartR class pitched their companies to an audience of Rady School students, alumni and staff, as well as local industry experts and investors at StartR Demo Day.
  • Roundup: Entrepreneur Track Lab to Market (L2M) MBA Startup Company Profiles

    March 24, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    This month, full-time and part-time MBA students in the entrepreneur track formally pitched their companies to a panel of experts, consisting of two faculty members and three alumni, who gave them feedback on their ideas. Here is our roundup of each of the teams.
  • Rady Careers' Top 5 LinkedIn Tips for MBA Students and Alumni

    March 18, 2016
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Director of Rady School Career Connections, Terra Saltzman-Baker, shares her top five tips to ensure that you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile and maximizing your resources.
  • Rady Warren Buffett Trip 2016 - Life Changing and Unforgettable

    March 10, 2016
    by Samantha Bishop

    I knew that Rady would open many doors for me, but I could never have dreamed that it would open a door for me to get the opportunity to meet a legend like Warren Buffett.
  • The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and Jacobs School of Engineering Partner on Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellowship

    March 9, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    The program will give engineering students a solid understanding of business fundamentals and prepare them to apply their existing knowledge to a real project, while giving MBA student access to technologies with commercialization potential.