Rady School Graduate Student Profiles

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MBA Profiles

Thoshna Arasappa

Thoshana Arasappa

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a MBA?

I have a background in Electronics engineering and 3 years of work experience in Management Consulting. A MBA degree seemed like the eventual step to help both develop my business acumen, along with transition from the sell-side to the buy-side of business (MNCs and Service Providers).

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Rady has the perfect location advantage- entrenched at the center of high-tech innovation & entrepreneurship which largely appeals to my area of interests. The small, and highly eclectic class at Rady was one of the greatest sell points for me choosing Rady.

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

Rady's most unique feature lies in the diversity of its class- students coming from varied cultural, educational and professional backgrounds, representative of a wide age demography, make every interaction inside and outside of class extremely thought provoking and resourceful.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking various Finance related courses this year as this is not an area I was privy to prior to my MBA. The faculty and staff at Rady are world-class and world renowned. Learning has never been more fun!

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

Prior to joining Rady, I was rather head-fast on the idea of starting out as an entrepreneur. Now, after interacting with numerous alums and peers at Rady, I realize I might need to develop function-specific skills before taking on the "self-employed" brand tag.

What are your goals after graduation?

Post-graduation, I would like to work in the high-tech space in the capacity of a Program Manager where I can leverage both my management skills as well as engineering background.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Rady has one of the most tightly knit student-alum body. The breadth and tenacity of this network is truly commendable. Also, being a rather young B-school, Rady gives you the unique opportunity to make your own "rules"- form your own clubs, support a cause that matters to you and truly be the voice of change you'd like to see.

 

Juliana Brasil

Juliana Brasil

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a MBA?

After working as a project manager for more than 10 years, I realized that an MBA would be essential to develop the skills needed to take my career to another level.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Rady has the entrepreneurial spirit that I was looking for, outstanding faculty, engaged alumni and the support of the UC San Diego System. After reading Rady’s MBA curriculum, I realized that l would have access to the tools needed to develop myself, allowing me to pursue a career in the entrepreneurship and business analysis field.

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

Rady has a unique Entrepreneur spirit, and you can see from the first contact on, that the support that the School will give us is out of the curve.

At the orientation week you already have the certainty that the School and Faculty will enable and empower us to dive into the entrepreneurial field, with access to a curriculum and tools to develop ourselfs, and with a faculty and support system to guide us trough.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

As an economist working at the corporate level, I’m excited to revisit some concepts and develop myself at Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis. I’m also very excited about learning more about myself and my cohort at the Leadership and Management classes.

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

The opportunity to join the Rady School of Management was a milestone for me, you could even say that it was a turning point.

I’ve been working for over 10 years as a project manager for industrial megaprojects, and it is very positive and challenging to take this opportunity to reassess everything and use the tools to develop myself and take the next step. I’m being able to have a second chance as a student, to learn new topics, to interact and learn from people with different backgrounds (my cohort is composed from players from almost every industry) and the best part, to be a member of vibrant community.

What are your goals after graduation?

My immediate post-MBA professional goal is to become a successful entrepreneur and owner of my own business. My long-term career goal is to work together with a research center for business analysis and development. As well as to have time to do pro-bono job at the entrepreneur field, one of my future goals is to develop a program to help young entrepreneurs with great ideas, but with no access to the tools and adequate support to develop them.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I would like to reinforce the importance of engaging with your community as much as possible. One of my first steps was to apply to become Rady’s Ambassador and First Year MBA Representative. Since one of my future goals is to develop a program to help young entrepreneurs, I also joined the Entrepreneur Challenge, a non-profit organization created and managed by UCSD students that have been promoting entrepreneurship at the community for over 10 years.

 

Rumpa Giri

Rumpa Giri

Program and Year: MBA, 2019

Why business school? Why now?

I have been an engineer my whole life, it gives me great pleasure to write software and see it getting used by physicians. In the journey of “What, Why, How, When” I am proficient at the “How and When” part of the software company. Now I am eager to learn the “What and Why” part of the organization. I became interested in 2015 in the business of creating business after seeing our old company get acquired by a bigger corporation. It was fascinating to see how it unfolded. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

The Rady School has great faculty and its Lab to Market course sequence was a very attractive proposition to me. Lab to Market provides a playground to test ideas I have. Also, UC San Diego at the heart of the biotech cluster, so being close to my work and home also narrowed down the focus to only this school. 

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Rady MBA class?

My experience in building healthcare IT software development teams and building engineering teams in startups from the ground up all the way to a successful product launch and acquisition.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?

I am a Taekwondo red belt. Currently paused due to work and school but intend to pick it up next year after graduation. 

Post-MBA career interests?

Be a successful CTO and to build a social business platform for Indian Artisan/Handicraft.

One thing you would change or do differently?

Apply early and not the last day of application deadline! 

Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?

Nothing comes to mind. The whole experience was awesome! 

One thing about Rady that you didn’t expect?

Cold calling any Rady staff/faculty for help on ideas—and actually getting a response. 

 

Richard Markell

Richard Markell

Program and Year: MBA, 2019

Why business school? Why now?

After 32 years in private equine orthopedics and work with the United States Olympic Team, a second hip replacement made practice challenging. I have had years of teaching, legal, pharmaceutical and medical device industry consulting and knew this would be an exciting and challenging second career. In addition, I have had a long relationship with one of the largest not-for-profit therapeutic riding center for people with disabilities, and I know a business degree will add to the skills I can offer to them as a volunteer. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

San Diego is a hub of biotechnology and medical innovation so contacts and collaboration is central. In addition, UC San Diego and Rady are renowned centers of innovation and startups. I knew the networking resources would be remarkable here. We have access that is incredibly open to the entire university and biotech industry here in San Diego. It is also a great place to live! 

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Rady MBA class?

We have a remarkable and diverse class from highly successful engineers, physicians, corporate managers, Navy SEALS and pilots, researchers, entrepreneurs, a non-profit leader, financial managers, international students with vast experience in biotech and even myself as a veterinarian! Each person in our class brings a perspective and wealth of knowledge that expands ones’ learning experience beyond expectations. My approach to problem solving has been transformative interacting with my fellow students. We have a remarkable “team” approach in all our classes and the mutual respect and support is a core value here at Rady.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?

My friends have all told me I am crazy going back to school at my age… then immediately tell me how awesome they think it is an wish they would have done it! Second fun fact, as an equine orthopedic specialist who travels and consults all over the world, my wife makes me take our little French Bull dog Bubbles to another veterinarian even for vaccines! 

Post-MBA career interests?

Creating a biotech and medical industry consulting firm in for both the human and veterinary market.

One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?

Prepare family and work to for your new time commitments with school. 

One thing you would change or do differently?

More mathematics refresher preparation (Have taught but not been a student for 30 years!) 

Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?

Data analytics… fantastic professor but not my “song” ! Classmates provided excellent support and oxygen masks! 

Greatest highlight so far at Rady?

Being around so many truly remarkable and accomplished people in my class. 

One thing about Rady that you didn’t expect?

Started receiving job offers the moment I started school and my industry “heard” I was at Rady and transitioning careers. 

Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?

Having enough extra time to develop and prepare for my new company. 

Thing you are most excited about in your first year?

A new way of thinking and understanding business. I am a doctor and this is a new and exciting perspective change that I truly believe fits perfectly with my successful previous career and will launch me in to my life’s second chapter. 

 

MSBA Profiles

John Yamauchi

John Yamauchi

Program and Year: MSBA, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics?

I chose to pursue a MS in Business Analytics degree because I wanted to incorporate analytic techniques into making business decisions. Having skills in analytics is becoming more and more of an advantage across many industries and I wanted to get an edge by adding these skills to my resume. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

I chose the Rady School because of its deep integration with both the scientific and industrial community surrounding the San Diego region. I also am very impressed with the Rady faculty and look forward to learning more about how to improve business processes from the curriculum. 

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

As an Alum of UC San Diego and an entrepreneur, I am very committed to working toward San Diego's technological and entrepreneurial environment. Rady is unique because of its consistent focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. With so many great entrepreneurial faculty and students on campus, Rady provides a great environment for anyone with an idea to successfully grow it into a viable venture.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking Customer Analytics (MGTA 455), Collecting and Analyzing Large Data (MGTA 452), and Business Forecasting (MGTF 405).  Each of these courses will provide great hands on experience to acquire, clean, and visualize relevant datasets. I'm also very eager to start the Business Analytics Capstone project, which will allow me to test out the new skills and put them to work in a real world environment. 

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

My perspective on my career has not shifted as I still am very entrepreneurial and project-based. However, my vision has been enhanced by allowing me to see the multitude of situations in which to apply analytics in making better decisions.

What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to work on multiple projects in which I can provide consultation for companies and organizations. I especially would like to help startups receive revenue as soon as possible so that they can be more independent and sustain themselves going forward. 

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I advise prospective students to make the best of their time at Rady and get a head start on all of the resources at UC San Diego. It is never too early to start networking with the faculty, administrators and current students. My decision was highly influenced by my communications with all of these individuals and I am very pleased with my decision. 

Anything else you would like to share?

It has been a great experience thus far. Rady and UC San Diego are great places to be for entrepreneurs, scientists and those that want to change the future. 

 

MFin Profiles

Jose Chig

Jose Chig

Program: Master of Finance

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Finance?

Main reason was to understand the risk associated with all financial corporate decisions and learn to analyze data in order to select the most efficient option. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Curriculum and faculty were the main deciding factors. Incredible faculty with relevant experience and personal ties to industry, along with a varied and flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their masters degree to suit their professional aspirations.

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

One thing that separates Rady from other schools is that assigned projects are designed to align with industry expectations. Professors assign projects that will be ascribed to us as analysts, preparing us to excel once we join the professional ranks.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

The class I’m most excited about is Behavioral Finance. I’m looking forward to understanding the reasons humans are not always rational financial decision makers. 

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

Career services provides great insight through the Industry Night Events, I wasn’t informed on the consultant industry and now it seems a sector that I am looking to explore professionally.

What are your goals after graduation?

I am currently exploring analyst and consultant roles. I am looking for opportunities that will allow me to use the skills I learned at Rady to provide efficient solutions to real world problems. 

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I wholeheartedly recommend attending a class if you are interested in the Rady Master of Finance program. I had the opportunity to attend one lecture last year and saw the engagement and interaction during lecture. I gained a better perspective on what to expect from the Master of Finance program. 

 

Seok Byun

Seok Byun

Program: Master of Finance

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Finance?

I’ve always found the area of finance interesting. That such a tangible thing could have enormous effect on our lives. As an intuitive and analytic person I wanted to pursue an education that would teach me how to better understand this challenging yet intriguing field. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Not only is the Rady School the best program in San Diego, UC San Diego holds a sentimental value to me. My father did his post doc research here and I wanted to study where he studied. It’s wonderful to be back here in San Diego and to be back in school. 

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

Rady’s Masters in Finance program is highly quantitative and challenging. If you can keep up, I believe that this will be a rewarding experience to you. Also, Rady has lots of opportunities to mix with other students such as MBAs and MSBAs and even beyond. If you want to broaden your perspective, Rady is a great choice.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I’m really looking forward to Behavioral Finance, Valuation in Corporate Finance and Analyzing Large Data. Implementing cognitive psychological theory with finance sounds like a really fun course and I like operating the software programs through Collecting and Analyzing Financial Data. 

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

My perspective has definitely widened on the industry of finance. I didn’t know there were so many different areas where finance can be applied. I would have not learned of such areas and applications if I were on my own and now consider even more fields to work in.

What are your goals after graduation?

Hopefully, I’ll work in an area that handles evaluation, analyzing data and application of such information. I wish to make a positive net impact on not only the area of finance and the corporation that I work in, but also on the clients and society itself.