Smeal MBA Ambassadors

Introduction to the Smeal MBA Ambassadors, a group of current Smeal MBA students who are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions and offer insights.

Smeal MBA Ambassadors are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions, offer advice and guidance, and provide insights from the perspective of a current student.

Smeal MBA Ambassadors
Class of 2018
Portrait Name/Bio/Email
Portrait of Divyadeep Bansal.

Divyadeep Bansal
Hometown: Chandigarh, India
Undergrad Institution: Thapar University
Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering
Previous Work Experience: John Deere - Global Strategic Sourcing
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Strategic Leadership
Internship: Dell Technologies, Inc.

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Clay Cooper
Hometown: Hummelstown, PA
Undergrad Institution: Juniata College
Major: Biology, Spanish and Hispanic Cultures
Previous Industry: Penn State College of Medicine
Concentrations: Healthcare, Strategic Leadership

“I chose Smeal for my MBA because the MD/MBA program will allow me to graduate from medical and business school ready to be a physician leader. It has opened doors to healthcare leadership and has prepared me to be a strong advocate for my patients on health policy issues. My favorite part of the MBA program is the variety of backgrounds that everybody brings, and the teamwork and collaborative learning that allow us to grow from each other’s diverse backgrounds. Following graduation, I will pursue a Family Medicine residency and later pursue my interests in health policy, leadership in medicine, and practicing medicine with an underserved patient population.”

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Andrew Dennis
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Undergrad Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Biology
Previous Industry: Religious Nonprofit
Concentrations: Marketing, Finance, and Strategy
Internship: PPG Industries

“Coming from a nontraditional background, I knew that I wanted the resources of a major university but with a small class so that I would be able to get to know my classmates and professors on a more personal level. Professors genuinely want you to succeed in your career and will give you all of the tools you need to do so. Having the Penn State network has been extremely helpful as I have had numerous information calls with Smeal MBA alums who value a close knit MBA community and a shared experience at Penn State. There is also something to be said about doing your MBA in a college town environment as opposed to a city. As MBAs we’re going to have the rest of our life to work and live in big cities but Penn State will give you a school experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”

Portrait of Ashleigh Dominguez. Ashleigh Dominguez
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergrad Institution: University of Arkansas
Major: Transportation and Logistics
Previous Industry: Manufacturing
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management
Internship: A.T. Kearney – Sourcing Associate
Portrait of Devin Giles.

Devin Giles
Hometown: State College, PA
Undergrad Institution: The College of Wooster
Undergrad Major: Economics
Previous Industry: Recruitment Consultant
Concentrations: Strategic Leadership, Sustainability Policy and Management Graduate Certificate
Internship: International Paper

“I choose Smeal because of the tight knit community and vast PSU alumni network, in addition to the academic focus on sustainability in business.”

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Hometown: Slippery Rock, PA
Undergrad Institution: Gannon University
Undergrad Major: Marketing and Management
Previous Industry: Erie Cotton Products, Inc. - Operations & Marketing Manager 
Concentrations: Marketing, Finance
Internship: PPG Industries

Portrait of Luke Plant. Luke Plants

Hometown: Shinglehouse, PA
Undergrad Institution: Cornell University
Undergrad Major: Near Eastern Studies
Previous Industry: U.S. Army
Concentrations: Finance
Internship: Plants and Goodwin, Inc. - Operations Director 

Portrait of Ishani Rakshit. Ishani Rakshit

Hometown: Varanasi, India
Undergrad Institution: Manipal Institute of Technology
Undergrad Major: Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Previous Industry: Manufacturing
Concentrations: Supply Chain and Strategic Leadership
Internship: Deloitte Consulting

Portrait of Daniel Ruiz. Daniel J. Ruiz

Hometown: Chatham, NJ
Undergrad Institution / Major: Colby College / History
Grad Institution / Degree: Ohio Northern University / J.D.
Previous Industry: Attorney
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management, Finance
Internship: Intel

Portrait of Arindam Sarkar. Arindam Sarkar

Hometown: Kolkata, India
Undergrad Institution: National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
Undergrad Major: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Previous Industry: Manufacturing
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management and Marketing
Internship: Xact Metal, Inc.

Portrait of Michelle Szur. Michelle Szur

Hometown: Milltown, NJ
Undergrad Institution: Penn State
Undergrad Major: Marketing
Previous Industry: Sales
Concentrations: Finance
Internship: L’Oréal

“I chose Smeal for my MBA because as an undergrad I was able to experience the close knit community. Everyone from professors to career services were always willing to do what they could to help me succeed. Being a Penn Stater opens up a door to a network of people who want to see you succeed. I chose to come back to Smeal for that reason.”


Smeal MBA Ambassadors
Class of 2019
Portrait Name/Email
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James Babb
Hometown: Hampstead, NC
Undergrad Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergrad Major: Spanish
Previous Industry: Professional Education
Concentration: Supply Chain Management

“The program is great for a million reasons, but what stands out to me was the immediate immersion in growing professionally and personally that has not let up one bit since day one.”

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Brian Caldwell
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Undergrad Institution: Truman State University
Undergrad Major: Psychology
Previous Industry: U.S. Army Medical Logistics Officer
Concentration: Supply Chain Management and Healthcare

“Pursuing a Smeal MBA to me was a natural choice. It offered an extremely relevant and competitive degree for my job as a medical logistician and the values of the program aligned very well with mine. The networking opportunities at Smeal are second-to-none, and the opportunities this program affords are vast.”

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Nick Ferraro
Hometown: Bellefonte, PA
Undergrad Institution: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Major: Economics
Previous Industry: Non-Profit
Concentration: Supply Chain Management

“My favorite part of the Smeal MBA program is the alumni network. Everyone has been very helpful in any questions that I have, even before I stepped foot on campus. They are so eager and genuinely happy that a fellow Penn Stater has reached out. I wouldn’t be where I am today in my internship search, this early on, if it wasn’t for the 2nd years and my alumni network.”

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Brad Grantz
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Undergrad Institution: University of Washington
Undergrad Major: Communication and Media Studies
Previous Industry: Financial Services
Concentration: Marketing

“I wanted an MBA experience, not just an MBA degree.  Having worked in the industry and gotten a deep understanding of other programs, one thing became perfectly clear, and that is I had zero interest in sharing a degree with hundreds of people who I barely knew.  I wanted to share a transformative experience with a small, tight knit, and carefully selected class.  It was very important to me to not just build my professional network, but also, as corny as it might sound, build a network of people I’d want to share in some of life’s most important moments with.  After talking with current students and alumni and hearing all of these stories about weddings, holidays, tailgates, trips, reunions, etc. that they continue to attend regularly with their former classmates, I knew that this program and this community was going to provide me and my family something truly special.”

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Diana Harter
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Undergrad Institution: Brigham Young University, Provo UT
Undergrad Major: Humanities

Masters Institution: University of North Texas

Masters Major: Library and Information Science
Previous Industry: Librarian
Concentration: Marketing and Finance

“My favorite part of the Smeal MBA Program is how easily alumni and classmates will help each other out and “pay it forward” with professional help. I feel like I’ve found my kind of people at Smeal!”

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Peter Jabaut
Hometown: Lewiston, ME
Undergrad Institution: University of Southern Maine
Undergrad Major: Industrial Engineering

Previous Industry: General Management, Automotive
Concentration: Finance and Consulting

“I chose to pursue an MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business because of the educational opportunities that exist within the business school. My favorite part of the Smeal MBA Program is the diversity of our class, the strength of faculty, and the opportunity to learn business strategies that will unveil future growth potential within industry.”

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Pankhuri Kataria
Hometown: Ludhiana, India
Undergrad Institution: VIT University, India
Undergrad Major: Information Technology

Previous Industry: Software Technology
Concentration: Supply Chain Management

“The well-designed MBA program structure at Smeal balances perfectly both business fundamentals and concentration courses. The interactive classes, case studies and group projects bring exposure to real time business scenarios and let me work with people from diverse backgrounds and differing perspectives. Most of all, Smeal provides me the opportunity to network with people in different industries and build connections that’ll last a lifetime.”

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Elizabeth Kennedy
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad Institution: University of Arkansas
Undergrad Major: Accounting

Previous Industry: Accounting and Hospitality
Concentration: Supply Chain Management and Finance

“My goal is to use my career to build up and promote sustainable food systems.”

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Vikramjit Singh Khangura
Hometown: Chandigarh, India
Undergrad Institution: Birla Institute of Technology & Science
Undergrad Major: Marine Engineering

Previous Industry: Maritime Industry / Oil and Gas
Concentration: Supply Chain Management and Finance

“Being one of the most highly ranked programs in supply chain, what I find fascinating about the program is the way it is designed, to not only prepare us for the business world through academics and career guidance, but to also help us develop our personality through all the courses and activities provided. Smeal has a strong focus on community which resonates with my personal values. The sense of belonging that I get when I interact with the alumni, faculty and other students makes me feel proud of having chosen such a world class program.”

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Tracy Schroeder
Hometown: Billings, MT
Undergrad Institution: Pennsylvania College of Technology
Undergrad Major: Finance

Previous Industry: Oil and Gas
Concentration: Supply Chain Management

“The community at Smeal is by far my favorite part of the program.”