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Ambassadors provide prospective students with authentic representations of the graduate experience at Lally. Student Ambassadors can help answer many of your frequently asked questions about MBA or M.S. programs at Lally. Want to connect to a Lally Admissions Ambassador? All of the Ambassadors can be reached at lallyms@rpi.edu.

Palash Agrawal ’18 – M.S. in Business Analytics


Palash Agrawal ’18 – M.S. in Business Analytics

Before joining the graduate program at the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, I worked with ZS Associates in India as an analytics associate, and also at Tracxn Technologies as a business analyst. I decided to get a M.S. in Business Analytics degree from Lally in order to understand the intricacies of the subject and increase my depth of knowledge.
 
The curriculum at Lally is a perfect combination of the business and the technology part of business analytics. Lally's faculty are subject matter experts in diverse fields such as statistics, finance, and data management, and offer great classes and training to its students. Moreover, its proximity to major cities such as New York City and Boston give student easy access to practical applications of analytics. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute attracts great people from around the world, which helps the students to broaden their perspective. It is the oldest and among the best ranked engineering institutes in the United States with an enormous alumni and alumnae network. For me, these were the reasons I chose Lally over other business schools. 
 
  • Hometown: Indore, India
  • Industry of Interest: Pharmaceuticals, E-Commerce, Fintech
  • Undergrad: Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi (BHU)
  • Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

Ayushi Chudgor ’18 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics

Ayushi Chudgor ’18 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics
 
Before coming to the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, I pursued a post graduate certificate in global financial markets with the National Stock Exchange in India. I also developed quantitative and analytical skills though my degree in engineering from the University of Mumbai. To further pursue a career in risk management, I decided to apply to the M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA) at Lally.
 
The Lally QFRA program has challenging coursework and a strong focus on career-based goals. The program ranks as one of the best financial engineering programs in the United States. Its close proximity to New York City and Boston opens up a world of opportunities and experiences for students. In my free time, you will either find me in the kitchen trying out a new recipe or exploring a new place.
 
  • Hometown: Mumbai, India
  • Industry of Interest: Financial Services
  • Undergrad: University of Mumbai, India
  • Undergrad Major: Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology
  • Certifications: CFA Level II candidate, FRM Level I

Colin Danahy '18 - M.S. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship


Colin Danahy '18 - M.S. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship 
 
I completed my undergraduate education at Cal Poly Pomona in the summer of 2016. After I graduated, I worked as a contract employee for a small medical device company as a mechanical engineer. I then worked for about five months as a project manager/mechanical engineer for an aerospace company. After working in industry, I realized I was more interested in the business applications of technology, rather than working solely as an engineer. I also wanted to supplement my education with an entrepreneurial focus. I chose the Rensselaer Lally School of Management because of the unique M.S. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship program at a very well-known, world-class technological research institution. 
 
At Lally, I am taking advantage of all the entrepreneurial competitions, networks, and resources to determine if I would like to start my own tech business. An interesting fact about me is that I helped organize a local startup competition and love participating in them.
 
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Industry of Interest: Energy; Biotechnology/Medical Device
  • Undergrad: Cal Poly Pomona
  • Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics Minor

Yishan Ding ’18 - M.S. in Business Analytics


Yishan Ding ’18 - M.S. in Business Analytics

I worked as an assistant analyst in a securities company before I came to the Rensselaer Lally School of Management. During my undergraduate education, I took technology management as my secondary major which led me to the world of data and analytics. I wanted to add more technical skills after I graduated. I choose the M.S. in Business Analytics program at Lally, because I believe there are tremendous academic resources at RPI that I can utilize to strengthen my background, polish my skills, and support my future career. I enjoy serving as an international student ambassador to both my undergraduate university and Lally. 

I like to work in a diversified environment and promote the social awareness of minorities. I also truly enjoy helping other people with their concerns. In my leisure time, I like playing mafia games to improve my logical mind and critical thinking skills. 
 
  • Hometown: Shenyang, China
  • Industry of Interest: Technology, Data Analytics, and Global Enterprise
  • Undergrad: Kelley Business School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Undergrad Major: Finance and Technology Management

Jason Lebrecht '19 - MBA


Jason Lebrecht '19 - MBA

Before business school, I was in the United States Army, owned several businesses, worked for the federal government as an overseas contractor and employee, and most recently started an online e-commerce company. I was networking with potential investors and business leaders, and I noticed I lacked the business insight and education that’s gained through years of industry experience or an MBA. Since I didn’t have many years to gain the experience, I decided an MBA from the Rensselaer Lally School of Management was a great option to catch up to the management level I wanted to obtain in industry.
 
Since moving back to the area two years ago, I’ve worked hard to increase my network of business colleagues, and to know as much as I can about the entrepreneurial activities of the Capital District. There is a lot to do in downtown Troy and there are enough connections and resources in the Capital District to make anything happen.
 
As a returning student, there is a sense of familiarity with the campus, but also great technology resources and an emphasis on teamwork in each class I take. My experience in the business world has showed me that these are the skills that many managers need, and employers want when hiring and promoting employees.
 
  • Hometown: Castleton, New York
  • Industry of Interest: Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics
  • Undergrad: Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • Undergrad Major: Business Administration, HVCC; Management, Management Information Systems, RPI

Jayanth Bharadwaj Nagaraja ’18 – M.S. in Business Analytics


Jayanth Bharadwaj Nagaraja ’18 – M.S. in Business Analytics

I am an experienced analyst with four years of corporate experience in various analytical tools and functional methodologies in areas such as decision analytics and sciences, and information management. Before attending the Rensselaer Lally School of Management, I worked as a business analyst at EXL Analytics and HSBC Global Analytics Centre. I think this professional experience and my strong interest to learn more about data-driven decision making in the current world of business is very important. I find it invaluable as I learn from the faculty at Lally who have both theoretical knowledge and industry exposure.

I chose the Lally M.S. in Business Analytics program because of its comprehensive curriculum that explores various areas of data science, finance, advanced statistics, technology, data resource management, and data analytics. Rensselaer is a renowned university for its experienced faculty, the quality of the curriculum, and the immense value it holds in the job market and with employers. I like connecting, learning, and networking with new people. I look forward to sharing with you more about Lally.
 
  • Hometown: Bangalore, India
  • Industry of Interest: Finance, Retail, Banking, and Technology
  • Undergrad: Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore
  • Undergraduate Major: Environmental Engineering
  • Certifications: Business Analytics Professional – SAS; IT Business Analysis – IIBA Endorsed

Chaoran Wang ’18 - M.S. in Supply Chain Management


Chaoran Wang ’18 - M.S. in Supply Chain Management
 
Before joining the M.S. in Supply Chain Management program at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer, I worked for my family business which is a retailer in liquefied gas supply chain. In the process of purchasing and selling, I found that supply chain management is pretty important in today’s business. That is basically why I choose this major. After that, I worked for JD in Guangzhou. I was in charge of training logistics employees on basic activities of their position and communicating with employees to improve running efficiency of the warehouse. To further pursue a career in supply chain management, I chose RPI because I can obtain supply chain analytical skills in a well-known research institution.
 
The Lally M.S. in Supply Chain Management program has given me analytical skills and advanced knowledge in the supply chain management field. I really enjoy my studies and life here. Besides, Lally provides many opportunities for me to make friends with people from different countries. I made some friends here and I like to talk with them about economic conditions in different countries.
 
  • Hometown: Shanxi, China
  • Industry of Interest: Technology, Retail industry
  • Undergrad: Guangzhou University, China
  • Undergrad Major: Business Administration