Admissions Ambassadors

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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.

Samantha Albano '19 - MBA, Concentration in Business Analytics


Samantha Albano ‘19 - MBA, Concentration in Business Analytics

I completed my undergraduate studies at RPI in December 2017. Already having the undergraduate experience from the Lally School, I knew I wanted to continue my graduate studies here. The graduate programs offered the opportunity to gain more of the hands-on experience I had while in my undergraduate courses, as well as numerous resources for professional development. I chose the MBA program because I wanted to continue my studies in management and technology, as well as have the opportunity to concentrate in a specific technical field to gain more of the skills required in today’s job market. I felt that having both the breadth of an MBA and depth of a concentration would also allow for flexibility later in my career if my interests and goals were to change.

A fun fact about me is that I played on the Women’s Lacrosse team and Club Volleyball team my first year at RPI. Now I am part of Student Living and Learning as a Resident Director for a residence hall on campus.

  • Hometown: Derry, New Hampshire
  • Undergrad: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Undergrad Major: Business and Management
  • Undergrad Minor: Information Technology
  • Industries of Interest: Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consulting

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

Megan Jones '18 - M.S. in Management


Megan Jones ’18 - M.S. in Management

I completed my undergraduate education in December of 2017 at Rensselaer. When I came to RPI, I declared strictly as a mathematics major; however, after I was exposed to the Lally School, I knew I wanted to declare a dual major with management. While pursing my undergraduate degree I was able to complete in multiple business analytics competitions, develp myself professionally, and learn through real world experiences. My passion for the business world led me to pursue my Master's in Management and concentrate in Finance to keep the mathematical side of my undergraduate useful, while expanding on the management elements of my undergraduate that I enjoyed. I chose the Lally School to continue my education because of the collaborative learning environment, as well as the leadership opportunities available. Some interesting facts about me are that I played field hockey for RPI and that I am obsessed with coffee. 

  • Hometown: Stevensville, Maryland
  • Industry of Interest: Consulting
  • Undergrad: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 
  • Undergrad Major: Mathematics and Management

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

Yichuan Wang '18 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics


Yichuan Wang '18 - M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics

Before coming to the Lally School of Management, I worked as a Bond Analyst Intern at a quantitative investment firm located in Shanghai. I had an opportunity to practice fundamental analysis based on various industrial benchmarks. Then, I wondered what if I applied both fundamental and quantitative methods to form an opinion on the investments. The legends of the Quants in China have been very successful and inspiring, and working in a quantitative investment firm verified my speculation of their success.

I chose Rensselaer exclusively because of the exceptional engineering reputation and the commit-to-research academic culture. In RPI, I’ve joined a couple of research programs, for instance, I am analyzing a massive Twitter dataset through natural-language processing and machine-learning techniques.

I used to play table tennis, soccer and basketball on the school team. My current hobby is weightlifting. I find it more interesting than playing sports for some reason.

  • Hometown: Qingdao, China
  • Industry of Interest: Investing, Quantitative Trading and Risk Management
  • Undergrad: Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington