MBA Student 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. 

 

Bumpei Yoshida

Bumpei Yoshida

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2020

Why did you choose to pursue a MBA?

I have been working for Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. (SCI), a Japanese chemical manufacturer, for more than 10 years and have gained a lot of experience as a chemical engineer. However, in order to move up in my career, I feel it is important to learn more about high-level business procedures, such as planning and executing company strategies. I believe earning an MBA is the best way to accomplish this goal.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

I chose to attend the Rady School of Management because courses such as Lab to Market will help me understand technology commercialization. Through my career as an engineer, I have faced difficulties putting unique product ideas into the market, and these products were rarely successful. The Rady MBA program will provide me with a wealth of opportunities to learn how to manage such situations, as well as fundamental management skills and knowledge. Also, I am looking forward to collaborating with students at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.

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

I feel Rady’s small-size class is unique. The number of Full-Time MBA classmates is under 50. However, the backgrounds and nationality are still quite diverse. I believe this environment makes it easier to deepen the relationship between classmates, and allows us to learn more from each other. Moreover, Rady has energetic career support. They pay attention to each of us to help not only in searching for new employers, but also in helping us establish meaningful networks for our future careers.

What classes are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to participating in the Lab to Market sequence. Through my career, I have been trying to commercialize new chemical products with my company and have learned many things from my failures and a few successes. All these lessons are valuable to me, but the methodology and the way of thinking were always similar. I am eager to expand my knowledge with different kinds of concepts and methodologies for new product commercialization. I am excited to discuss my current business ideas with professors and classmates who have diverse professional backgrounds.

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

Before I came to Rady, I rarely came across people who were interested in starting their own businesses. However, many Rady classmates and alumni are seeking the chance to start their own business by taking advantage of Rady’s strong and generous entrepreneurship support. I am happy with my current career and am not looking to switch jobs, but I want to explore the opportunity to build a spin-off or a joint venture from SCI. Being a Rady student has encouraged me to explore a number of options that I normally may not have considered.

What are your goals after graduation?

As a company-sponsored student, my immediate goal after obtaining my MBA is to go back to Japan and to play a role as a strategist for SCI. Specifically, I will seek partnerships with device manufacturers to commercialize innovative technologies that have been developed in-house. My long-term goal is to secure a senior manager position in SCI’s planning division. Although SCI is steadily improving its performance, to sustain this growth into the future, it is essential to reinforce human resources capable of planning and executing company strategies from a global perspective. I want to become one of the key employees for SCI’s globalization.