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MBA Profiles

 

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. 

 

Andrew Engram

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Program and Year: MBA, 2019

Why did you choose the Rady School?

When I interviewed for acceptance into the Rady School, I traveled to La Jolla from Houston, where I was living at the time. The most impressive aspects of the school, in addition to the excellent location and weather, were the Rady School’s facilities and the curriculum. The Rady School’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and the way that these concepts are incorporated into every class allows students to understand the importance of innovation not just in the sense of entrepreneurship but how to maintain a competitive advantage in the corporate marketplace. 

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Hometown: Lorena, Texas

Undergraduate School and Degree: I have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M, with a minor in Business and a minor in Mathematics.

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school?

I worked for the offshore drilling company, Rowan Companies, in their project management department. I was a Principal Project Engineer as well as the Client Liaison Manager for an $800 million drillship that Rowan built in Ulsan, South Korea.

Where did you intern during the summer of 2018?

I interned at Xendee Corp as a Business Strategist. I assisted the CEO with marketing materials and the investment pitch deck because they were beginning the process of raising venture capital.

Where will you be working after graduation?

Last summer, I started a venture capital firm and startup accelerator, Lightning Rod Ventures, with a vision of helping entrepreneurs develop leadership skills and investing in them at the end of the accelerator program. I am still undecided on whether I will pursue this full-time after graduation, but I am committed to the idea that leadership is one of the most important factors in the success of early stage companies. If I don’t pursue Lightning Rod Ventures full-time after graduation, then I will keep working on it part-time, building out a robust and quality leadership program that has a solid reputation in the industry. My secondary goal would be to join a venture capital firm as an associate or principal and continue to develop my skills for working with and helping entrepreneurs grow and scale their companies.

What community work and leadership roles have you taken on while getting your MBA?

I started the Venture Capital & Private Equity Club at the Rady School, with the initiative to compete in the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) in 2019. I serve as president of the Rady Student Association and led the Winter Formal Planning Committee. Additionally, I am leading a team of Rady School Full-Time MBA students to Cambodia this spring for a consulting immersion course.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during your time at the Rady School?

Starting the Venture Capital & Private Equity Club and organizing a team to compete in the VCIC competition has been the most rewarding achievement of my time in business school. To be able to help other Rady School students who are interested in venture capital to compete and network with successful venture capitalists has been a very fulfilling experience.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?

One of my proudest achievements during my career at Rowan Companies was successfully delivering the Rowan Relentless drillship to our client, Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, a month ahead of schedule. This was a culmination of great efforts by the entire Rowan Relentless project team and I am extremely proud to have been part of that achievement.

Who was your favorite MBA faculty member?

My favorite MBA faculty is Michael Finney. He taught the Organizational Strategy course and taught the pilot course in Change Management. His ability to relate core principles to real world scenarios and hold students accountable for learning is something that made a large impact on me. He is also the group leader for our consulting immersion course in Cambodia. With many years of experience working in emerging markets as a management consultant, Michael Finney is providing critical insights to us as we navigate and learn about the external environment within Cambodia.

What was your favorite MBA Course?

My favorite MBA course is New Venture Finance taught by Professor Rick Townsend. I have been interested in pursuing a career in venture capital since I started business school and this course has added to my knowledge of how the venture capital industry works and has given me insight into key components that venture capitalists consider before investing in a startup company. This class has reaffirmed my belief that being successful as an entrepreneur is about surrounding yourself with quality people who believe in the vision of the company.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?

 For any applicant wanting to get accepted into the Rady School, I would advise them first to be genuine. Before you start applying and interviewing, make sure that you have a good understanding of your strengths and weaknesses both personally and professionally. This will allow you to communicate how you want to improve as a business leader and will set you on the right track during the evaluation process.

What is the biggest myth about your school?

Moving to La Jolla from Houston, I started at Rady with a blank slate and I had no expectations and I didn’t know of any myths before I arrived. All that I knew was that I needed to have the right growth mindset to get the most value out of my MBA experience. During the time that I have been at the Rady School, I can see that Rady is one of the premier entrepreneurship schools in the United States with a world class faculty and an intense immersive curriculum focused on innovation. One myth about Rady, as a business school focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, is that Rady isn’t geared towards being able to succeed in a corporate environment and I would argue that this myth is wrong. All the curriculum at Rady can be applied in either an entrepreneurial environment or the corporate world.

Looking back over the past two years, how has the Rady School been transformative for you?

Coming from an engineering background, there was not a lot of emphasis placed on being a strong communicative leader. I had several opportunities in leadership positions during my career in oil and gas, but I always lacked strong communication skills and my leadership suffered as a result. My MBA classes that were focused on leadership really helped me develop those skills to a point where now I feel comfortable coaching and inspiring my colleagues with a passionate vision and message.

How would you like your classmates to remember you?

I would like to be remembered as someone who never backed down from a challenge and was always there when my friends and classmates needed me. Also, I would like to be remembered as someone who always got the job done no matter the circumstances.

What is a fun fact about you?

I recently ran in the Ragnar Trail Relay on the Los Coyotes reservation in Southern California. I ran 8 miles in freezing weather in the middle of the night. It was exhausting but we had a great team and had a lot of fun!

 

Lauren Rowley

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Program and Year: MBA, 2019

Why did you choose the Rady School?

Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is nestled within an incubator of innovation. Going to school here has allowed me to work with brilliant PhD-level scientists on a consulting project for a biotech startup. UC San Diego is well-known for attracting nontraditional scholars – many of my classmates are entrepreneurs or will go on to be. I chose Rady so that I could be part of a diverse, science-forward learning community that not only knows how to innovate but also knows how to bring that innovation to market.

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Hometown: Carl Junction, Missouri

Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Kansas, Bachelor of Social Work

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program? 

Be yourself. We all know the statistics of an ideal MBA candidate (which is not me), but Rady School of Management seeks to attract the most diverse group of innovators and disruptors from all over the world. The learning environment created as a result is dynamic. I am learning so much about cultures different from my own and am able to lend a unique perspective that augments my classmates’ learning as well.

What is the biggest myth about your school?

As a San Diego local, I thought the Rady School of Management enrolled a majority of local professionals. In fact, over 50% of the students in my cohort are international. The learning environment this creates is incredible. As much as I am developing my business acumen, I am also learning a lot about how these concepts apply across cultures.

Think back two years ago. What is the one thing you wish you’d known before starting your MBA program? 

Start reading Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal every day. Starting today.

MBA Alumni often describe business school as transformative. Looking back over the past two years, how has business school been transformative for you? 

I have been transformed by how many more points of reference I have to inform each decision that I make. The breadth of my worldview — from diverse industries to unique business strategies — is rapidly expanding every day.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? 

Ehsan Amozegar survived a year in solitary confinement in Iran after refusing to be silent about his beliefs. I admire his curiosity, his grit, and his willingness to abandon his home in pursuit of his purpose. I love the ways in which he shares his experiences, his cultural perspective, and especially when he brings Iranian fare to share.

Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? 

The first job I had out of college was at a non-profit run by a woman who had her MBA. The organization was able to consistently scale to serve more people in the community. Operations were always smooth. I didn’t fully appreciate her skill as our CEO until I later worked at nonprofits with no MBAs on staff. The difference was dramatic. I want to create more strategic and efficient environments as I continue to grow in my career. Pursuing an MBA seemed the obvious choice to achieve that goal.

What is your favorite movie about business? 

The Big Short helped me better understand the financial crisis, which spurred my interest in working in finance.

What was the goofiest MBA term or acronym you encountered – and what did it mean? 

A Giffen Good “is a product that people consume more of as the price rises and vice versa—violating the basic law of demand” (Wikipedia). Whenever I hear the word, I think of Gryffindoor.

“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be… working as a philanthropy director at a nonprofit.

What dollar value would you place on your MBA education? Was it worth what you paid for it – worth more or worth less? 

My MBA education is invaluable. It’s worth far more than I paid for it.

What are the top two items on your bucket list?  

I would like to start my own social enterprise venture and travel to China. I think China will happen within the year.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you? 

I would like to be remembered as a valued collaborator who contributes ideas, humor, and the midnight oil to fuel innovation.

Hobbies? 

On the weekends, I enjoy sailing with my husband and taking sunset strolls with our pup.

What made Lauren such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2019?

“We are so fortunate to have Lauren Rowley as a member of our MBA class of 2020. Lauren is thoughtful, active in her pursuit of learning, and willing to engage in hard problems. Her participation in the MBA program draws on a background that includes work on a range of important societal issues. This has given her both leadership experience and significant expertise in how business principles interface with real-world problems, which she applies to dynamic classroom discussions and uses to enrich our community here at Rady more broadly.”

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? 

Reality Changers, Director of Advancement; I directed business development, marketing, and public relations for a social enterprise providing college access for thousands of disadvantaged students.

Where did you intern during the summer of 2019? 

While I have not yet confirmed my summer internship for 2019, I aim to work in financial services, impact investing, or philanthropy.

Where will you be working after graduation? 

In impact investing or in strategy consulting.

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School:

  • President, Rady School of Management Consulting Club at UC San Diego, 01/2019-present
  • Marketing Lead, Haas-Patagonia Sustainable Packaging Case Competition, 01/2019-present
  • Project Lead, Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club at UC San Diego, 12/2018-present
  • Project Lead, Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, 12/2018-present
  • Board Member / Member, San Diego Regional Chamber Young Leaders, 07/2017-present
  • Board Member / Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 06/2017-present

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? 

I am most proud of two things. I was invited to participate in two case competitions focused on sustainable investing. The teams were formed organically and I was surprised to see myself providing vision, direction, and ensuring the final products were organized, well-written, and cleanly designed. Through these experiences, I identified an opportunity to revive the Consulting Club at Rady. The goal of reviving the club is to facilitate greater access to competitions and other essential resources for Rady students pursuing careers in consulting. Together, we will host Rady’s first case competition later this year or early 2020.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? 

I am most proud of creating a self-sustaining department within an organization. I requested the opportunity to work as Director of Advancement at Reality Changers after serving for a few months as an Executive Fellow. I was asked to throw a gala and ended up executing Reality Changers’ most successful fundraiser ever, raising over $170K. I saw the opportunity to take ownership of the department and was able to streamline and expand the existing fundraising strategy to generate $2.3M annually through grants, events, strategic partnerships with foundations and corporations, and planned gifts. After developing the brand strategy, the second annual gala raised $475K.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? 

My favorite MBA professor is William Mullins, who teaches core finance. This has been my favorite class so far. Professor Mullins provides so many rich examples to drill in concepts – most of which are new to me – so I feel very confident in understanding nuances surrounding each subject.

What was your favorite MBA Course

Finance not only deals with what happens within the firm but also what is happening outside of the firm. In fact, finance requires a vast knowledge of what is happening outside of the firm, more so than other areas of MBA study such as operations, quantitative analysis, or even marketing. I find myself attracted to playing on a bigger field with more elements at play. It allows for more creativity and strategic execution.

Fun fact about yourself: 

I became certified to teach yoga after spending several months in India and Nepal studying Vipassana meditation and Iyengar yoga. I now teach private lessons and offer free classes for the Rady community.

 

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.  

 

Ph.D. Profiles

Kristen Duke

Kristen Duke

Program and Year: Ph.D., 2019

Why a Ph.D.? Why now?

As an undergraduate, I majored in psychology and economics. I was always fascinated by their complementary focus on human behavior. While working as an undergraduate research assistant in a cognitive psychology lab, I learned to love research. The fact that you are discovering brand-new knowledge that no one else has known before is so exciting! I knew after college that I wanted to find a career where I could study the things I wondered about daily. Separately, I also spent time as a teaching assistant and a tutor, where I realized I also loved teaching. I discovered that a career in academia was a perfect way to combine all of my interests, so I set out to get a Ph.D.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

A huge selling point is the Rady School's incredible faculty. In addition to their intelligence and warmth, they are so dedicated to their students. The collegial atmosphere created by the faculty is shared among the bright students they attract. Finally, one should never underestimate the power of sunshine to make life a little easier and more pleasant. A Ph.D. program can be an intense venture, and getting to live in a beautiful city with perfect weather can soften the edge!

What was the focus of your research?

I study how consumers form judgments, make decisions, and experience the outcomes of those decisions. In particular, I investigate decisions that involve risk, uncertainty, and emotional complexity. My dissertation explores the intertemporal dynamics of guilt, studying its time-course and the emotional and behavioral consequences of separating guilt-inducing decisions from their enactment. In a second stream of research, I identify the consequences of the way information is presented to consumers. My work explores how the presentation of probabilities affects decision-making under risk, how the framing of monetary incentives fosters social norm inferences, and how inconsistency in the presentation of tasks influences individuals’ perceptions of their performance.

What is it like collaborating with Rady School faculty?

The Rady School faculty genuinely love research, which makes it so fun to work with them. They are always excited to hear about research ideas and are brilliant, compassionate and talented when designing studies, developing theories and writing papers. I have learned so much from them in my time here and they have inspired my goal to be a great mentor to my future students one day.

Most valuable experience at the Rady School?

I have attended dozens of academic conferences around the world with the Rady School marketing faculty, which has opened my eyes to what others in the field are working on. It has also allowed me to develop life-long friendships and collaborations with researchers from several schools. I have also established these friendships and partnerships with my talented fellow Ph.D. students here at the Rady School.

Fun fact about you?

When I moved to San Diego, I learned to rock climb, and now I often climb outside in the many fantastic climbing spots in Southern California.

Post-Ph.D. career plans?

This summer, I will be joining the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor of marketing.

One thing about the Rady School that you didn’t expect?

I can see the ocean from my office – not bad for a Ph.D. student!

 

Allie Lieberman

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Program and Year: Ph.D., 2021

Why a Ph.D.? Why now?

After receiving my Masters in Public Health, I worked for several years evaluating state and national disease prevention and health promotion programs. I loved the work I was doing, but I wanted to dig deeper. I was interested in using experimental research to investigate the psychological underpinnings of behavior and how to best motivate behavior change. For this reason, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in behavioral marketing.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

The faculty at the Rady School are among the top in the field. I jumped at the opportunity to learn from and work with them. Moreover, the Rady School provides a rigorous academic environment that I felt confident would provide me with the training necessary to excel in research.

What is the focus of your research?

My research focuses on judgment and decision-making with an emphasis on self-control, motivation and behavior change. In one stream of research, I examine the psychological mechanisms underlying behavior-change failures—unpacking why people maintain inferior behaviors even when preferred alternatives are readily available. In other work, I investigate the role of incentives in motivating positive behavior-change. For example, my colleagues and I found that the framing of an incentive can leak information about social norms, influencing consumer behaviors both in-the-moment and downstream. Additional research includes several large randomized controlled trials testing the use of incentives to improve health behaviors, such as cancer screening and medication adherence. I am passionate about interdisciplinary research and committed to harnessing social and behavioral analysis to impact policy and improve health outcomes in our society.

What is it like collaborating with Rady School faculty?

Collaborating with the Rady School faculty has been an absolute highlight of my time in the program. The Rady School faculty are smart, motivated and engaged. The faculty are passionate about conducting relevant research and are invested in the success of Ph.D. students. Everyone at the Rady School is very accessible, welcoming and collegial—providing the perfect environment for collaboration.

Most valuable experience at the Rady School?

The Rady School has taught me not only about the field of Behavioral Marketing and how to approach research, but it has also given me a new perspective on the world. The Rady School has transformed the way I think about and approach problems both in my research and in daily life.

Fun fact about you?

I was a competitive gymnast growing up (think over five hours of being in the gym every single day) and hope to be able to do a handstand for the rest of my life!

Post-Ph.D. career plans?

My goal is to pursue a tenure-track faculty position at a top-tier business school where I can conduct cutting-edge research on behavior change.

One thing about the Rady School that you didn’t expect?

How much I would enjoy the process of getting a Ph.D.!