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Ambassadors provide prospective students with authentic representations of the graduate experience at Lally. Student ambassadors can help answer many of the frequently asked questions about the MBA or M.S. programs. Want to connect to a Lally admissions ambassador? All of the ambassadors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iris Lee ’20
After taking several supply chain management classes while pursuing my undergraduate degree, I became very interested in the concept of lean organization and six sigma. I decided to get my six sigma green belt certificate from RPI and started looking into the Supply Chain Management (SPCM) Program offered through the Lally School of Management. Seeing that most of the classes are taught by professors that I know and love, I instantly knew doing the co-terminal program in SPCM was right for me. Currently, I am a student assistant working for the New York State Department of Health, specifically for the Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement Group. This allows me to apply what I learn in the classroom to my internship every day.
One of the things I love the most about the Lally School is that there are rarely big lectures, which allows students to be more engaged with the materials and the professors. All the faculty members are experts in their respective fields and are willing to help their students however they can. The Lally School is a close-knit community, and everyone is friendly and always challenging you to do the best you can. For fun, I love hiking and kayaking, which makes upstate New York the perfect place to be!
Mingrui Li ’20
Before attending RPI and the Lally School of Management, I completed my undergraduate degree in China where I majored in finance. I accumulated some basic financial knowledge through my undergraduate education, but realized I needed more technical and practical skills to perform at a higher level in my career. Therefore, I chose to pursue a master’s degree in quantitative finance and risk analytics at Lally. I was drawn to the Lally School because it provides me with many opportunities to learn the real financial market and practical technology skills, which will help me become more competitive in the field. In my free time, I enjoy listening pop music, watching detective movies, cooking, and am very interested in ice hockey.
Jennifer Makarevich ’20
I completed my undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at RPI, with a minor in management, in May 2019. My interest in business as it pertains to the biotechnology industry was developed through my minor courses. After participating in the first pilot of The Arch at RPI, I spent my away semester on co-op at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Tarrytown, New York. While working there, my mentor highly recommended pursuing a master’s degree after graduation. This advice led me to consider the Lally School of Management for my graduate education to broaden my perspective beyond the field of science and engineering. My desire to learn more about business led to my pursuit of a master’s degree in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. The STEM track within the program allows me to select engineering courses while also learning about business and law as it applies to technology. When I’m not in class or drinking iced coffee, I enjoy being outdoors and playing with dogs.
Scout Oatman-Gaitan ’20
I completed my undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy in May 2019 at Villanova University. I have always been a very quantitatively driven person, so I enjoyed studying math, but my courses left me wanting more technical ability to write code focused on the math concepts I was learning. In my junior year, I took a course on data science and I realized that I wanted to focus on data analytics as a career rather than pure mathematics. A degree in business analytics will allow me to both focus on the skills I enjoy using and build upon them. I chose the M.S. in Business Analytics from RPI because of how technically driven it is and the hands-on approach of the courses. The capstone course consists of working with a real-world client to solve a business problem that the company is currently facing. When I’m not on campus, I like playing basketball, listening to live music, and hanging out with friends. A fun fact about me is that I spent a semester in New Zealand, where I found a passion for scuba diving.
Julia Vinagolu-Baur ’20
Before enrolling in the MBA program, I completed my bachelor’s degree in business and management here at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a minor in science and technology studies. During my undergraduate career, I had several experiences that drew me toward pursuing an MBA. As someone who has always been interested in health care and public health, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work as an intern at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations. There, I was able to immerse myself in a variety of community-health related projects and give back to the city I grew up in. My internship taught me a little bit about every facet of management — from project management and operational strategy to analytics and data-driven decision-making. I wanted to pursue a graduate program that would let me build on this knowledge while enhancing my leadership and managerial skills. After taking a look at the MBA curriculum here at Lally, I instantly knew it was the perfect fit for me because of how interdisciplinary the program is. RPI has always felt like home to me, and I’m fortunate to be able to continue my educational journey at the same institution that played a massive role in facilitating my personal and professional growth over the last four years. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, playing the piano (for 15 years now!), playing tennis, and cooking.