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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

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