Rady School Students Win Several Awards at UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge

The Rady School of Management students were involved with the teams who took first and second prize this spring at the University of California, San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge.

Cognionics, a team of graduate business students from the Rady School of Management and graduate science students from other schools at UCSD, won $25,000 cash and $15,000 in legal services for their business plan advancing a clinical-grade, wireless heart monitor that can be worn outside of a person�s clothes. In addition to winning the first place, the team took home a $1,000 prize for being the audience favorite and a $2,000 prize for having the best high-tech and information-technology device. Jacobs School of Engineering Ph.D. student Mike Chi developed the device and was the main architect of the team’s technical and business strategy. Rady School of Management students Silvia Mah, Ph.D., Lydia Grypma, M.D., Kabir Gambhir, Ali Esteghlalian, Ph.D., and Xiluo Chen, Ph.D., helped Chi develop the business plan. Rady students helped develop business plans developed at the William J. von Liebig Center and with advisor Michael Elconin.

Second place winners, Halo Imaging, developed a business plan for a portable device that can be used by paramedics to scan a patients� brain before the patient arrives at the hospital. The team of business students from the Rady School of Management are Ang Shih, Byron Myers, Natalia O�Connor and Rohit Gupta. They won $10,000 cash and $10,000 in legal services. They also won $2,500 cash and $5,000 in legal services for a previous round of the competition for having the best executive summary and $2,000 for having the best biotech and life sciences business plan.

Team Interra Energy also won $2,000 in the category of clean technology. Rady School of Management student Thomas Del Monte, J.D., led the team. Del Monte developed a business plan for a technology that converts biomass to energy and sequesters carbon in soil to improve soil quality. Rady School students Amanda Esquivel, Amparo Ng, Anna Runyan, Eunice Martinez, Ian Foster, James Baggerly and Tony Principi, are helping him advance the business in their Lab to Market class.

The challenge is held during the fall, winter and spring quarters. The competitions are designed to follow the process of an entrepreneur from concept to implementation with teams developing an elevator pitch in the fall, an executive summary in the winter and a business plan in the spring. The Entrepreneur Challenge is open to UC San Diego students and is also student run.


Rady School Assistant Professor Dominique Lauga Wins Hellman Fellowship

The Rady School of Management Assistant Professor Dominique Lauga has been selected as a 2010-2011 Hellman Fellowship winner. The fellowship provides financial support to young faculty in the core disciplines at UC San Diego who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities. Lauga is Rady School’s first Hellman Fellowship winner. The win was announced in May.

Lauga received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has won several awards for undergraduate teaching as well as fellowships for her studies. Lauga has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at MIT and Brandeis University. Her research interests include industrial organization, marketing strategy, microeconomic theory and behavioral economics.

Read more about Lauga and her work at http://management.ucsd.edu/faculty/directory/lauga/.


AACSB Releases Innovation Report for Business Schools

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business this spring released “Business Schools on an Innovation Mission”, a report recommending ways to catalyze innovation in business schools. The study was authored by the AACSB International Task Force on Business Schools and Innovation, chaired by Rady School of Management Dean Robert S. Sullivan. Read the report and visit the AACSB’s new online innovation resource center at http://www.aacsb.edu/resources/innovation/default.asp.


Rady School MBA Wins UCSD 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Rady School of Management MBA Amy Asare was given the University of California, San Diego 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for her exceptional contributions to university life and generous service to the university. Asare graduated with an MBA in June.

Asare was given for the award $1,000, a lifetime membership to the UC San Diego Alumni Association, and she was publicly recognized among her peers at the All Campus Graduation Celebration on June 11.

Asare served as a teaching assistant for various Rady professors. She was voted chief operating officer of the Rady Student Board, represented Rady in UCSD’s Graduate Student Association and interned in the Rady Admissions Office. Asare helped found The Rady Alumni Connections and was involved with leading several other events to support students.


Rady Student Elizabeth Keenan Awarded NSF IGERT Fellowship

Rady Ph.D. student Elizabeth Keenan was awarded the IGERT Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating United States Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. Keenan received a master’s degree in biodiversity and conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University. She spent 10 years in education and conservation communication at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. She is following a unique path in behavioral marketing, exploring human judgment and decision making within the frame of marketing, the environment and conservation. Learn more about IGERT at http://www.igert.org/.


Rady School Career Connections Director Receives Award

The Rady School MBA Career Connections Director Robin Darmon won an award for her outstanding work creating employment opportunities for students.

Darmon recently won the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) excellence award in the category of global initiatives for the 2009 International Career Mixer, which the school helped create with three on-campus organizations.

The Career Services Center, the International Center and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies came together with the Rady School to offer about 80 international students the opportunity to meet with representatives from several businesses.

Darmon was also named a nominee for a 2010 Pinnacle Award by Athena San Diego as an individual who has had outstanding accomplishments in education.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through the development and promotion of skilled and talented women, have a significant impact in San Diego high-tech, biosciences, health care, defense, energy and clean-tech business communities.


Rady Team Wins First Place in International Supply Chain and Operations Competition Hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

A team of four Rady School students won the Sixth Annual Operations Simulation Competition presented by MIT Sloan Operations Management Club in the spring. Eli Reihman, Tony Nguyen, Jim Duvall and Chris Crouch earned first place and $3,500 in the competition against top international business schools. The same team previously won $1,000 scholarships for coming in first in the Avnet TechGames RedPrairie Supply Chain Challenge.

The competition allowed students to put their skills to the test on operations management, production and inventory control, industrial engineering, manufacturing and quantitative methods in a simulated factory that assembles make-to-order electronic systems.

“Our students coming first in this competition illustrates our growing strength in the field of operations management,” said Terrence August, assistant professor of innovation, technology and operations. “This win proves that Rady students are competing at an elite level in this area.”

Previous competition team winners include MIT Sloan School of Management, Yale School of Management and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Learn more about the winners at http://web.mit.edu/sloanops/SubPages/OpsSimCom.html.


Building Featured on Cover of Almanac of Architecture & Design 2010

Otterson Hall was featured on the cover or the Almanac of Architecture & Design for 2010. The building was designed by Ellerbe Becket of San Francisco. It opened officially in 2007. The building was named Otterson Hall in honor of the late William (Bill) Otterson, co-founder of UCSD CONNECT, in appreciation for his contributions to the San Diego business community and his impact on the region. The building has 50,000 assignable square feet, classrooms, conference rooms and common areas for students, as well as faculty and staff offices.

View the cover at http://www.fastcompany.com/pics/well-built-peek-inside-neatly-packaged-new-almanac-architecture-design?slide=0.


Rady School Helps Organize 2010 California Clean Innovation Conference at UCLA

Rady School of Management helped organize the fourth annual California Clean Innovation Conference hosted by UCLA Anderson School of Management, to explore innovative applications of clean technology and provide a forum for key industry leaders to review current clean technology trends and commercially viable innovations. The day-long conference invited entrepreneurs, investors and managers to share new business ideas and discuss the future of green technology. Attendees were given the opportunity to explore solutions on the horizon and discuss success factors across the value chain. The Fast Pitch business competition provided companies and entrepreneurs the chance to present their innovations and meet venture capitalists.

Read more about the conference at http://cacleaninnovation.com/.