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 2022
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Lu Lu
Hometown: China
Undergrad Institution: Zhejiang University of Technologies
Undergrad Major: Chemistry
Previous Industry: Global Strategy
Concentration: Supply Chain & Finance
Send an email to connect with Lu

I wanted a small program and close-knit community where I can learn from my peers, forming long-term bonds and friendships. Smeal has the concentration of strategic management that I am interested in exploring and has a large alumni network that I believe that I can learn from. Smeal is a powerhouse for supply chain and corporate finance, which can enhance my pre-MBA skills. They invest in you.


Arjun Vasanth
Hometown: Tamil Nadu, India
Undergrad Institution: Anna University
Undergrad Major: Chemical Engineering
previous work experience: Partner, JEPL Projects
Concentration: Consulting & Finance
Send an email to connect with Arjun

After doing significant research about many programs and wanting to upskill myself by enrolling in one of the top programs in the country, Smeal has offered me the opportunity to upgrade my skillset and help me step up to a better position on a global platform.


Hayley Sharpe
Hometown: Virginia beach, VA
Undergrad Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Undergrad Major: fine arts
Previous Industry: Assistant Business Manager, University of Pennsylvania
Concentration: Consulting
Send an email to connect with Hayley

I wanted a switch from my previous industry and to build a career in a new managerial role. With research, it became clear that Smeal’s MBA program was the right fit for me. Smeal's administrators are focused on cultivating a considered curriculum and well-rounded community. The intimate class size allows you to truly learn from your peers and grow together. When you're just looking at programs online, it is easy to get lost in a sea of competing information. I'm interested in helping people know all the opportunities Smeal and PSU have to offer.  


Ibrahim Arala
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergrad Institution: Agriculture
Undergrad Major: University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Previous Industry: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Southern Illinois University
Concentration: Finance & Consulting
Send an email to connect with Ibrahim

At a point in my career, I felt I needed to take a pause, re-evaluate my career pathway, learn other aspects of business management, build strong professional network and fast track my career to mid-management roles. The Smeal MBA appears to be the correct and single answer for me.

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Kyle Murray
Hometown: New York, NY, US
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Economics
Previous Industry: Enterprise Sales Director
Concentration: Marketing
Send an email to connect with Kyle

I've always been interested in the consumer and what causes people to buy and buy from certain brands. The MBA program allowed me to take my work experience and gain a more core understanding of business so I could tie everything together and make the move into consumer marketing and brand management.


Tara Hank
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Undergrad Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Undergrad Major: Spanish & Sociology
Previous Industry: Manager of the Development Office, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School
Concentration: Consulting & Marketing
Send an email to connect with Tara

I wanted to develop strong business skills to complement the foundational skills that I have learned through experience. I chose Penn State because of its dedication to integrity and its boutique approach to the MBA. I value the small class size and feel that it offers a unique opportunity to get to know the entire class in a way that a larger school would not.

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Kaitlyn Emerick
Hometown: Boston, MA, USA
Undergrad Institution: Simmons University
Undergrad Major: Finance and Economics
Previous Industry: Manager, Brown Brothers Harriman
Concentration: Supply Chain & Consulting
Send an email to connect with Kaitlyn

I chose to pursue an MBA to learn new skills and how to make an impact on the business world. I value Smeal’s renowned Supply Chain Management program and this was a contributing factor in my decision to attend Smeal. However, I specifically chose Smeal because I liked the community-oriented mindset surrounding the Penn State campus. The moment I stepped onto the Smeal campus for my interview, I felt like my ideas genuinely mattered to students and faculty alike – I knew this feeling would be hard pressed to be replicated elsewhere.

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Robert Lorden
Hometown: NY, United States
Undergrad Institution: Binghamton University
Undergrad Major: Financial Economics and History
Previous Industry: RPA Developer, Visions Federal Credit Union
Concentration: Finance & Consulting
Send an email to connect with Robert

I chose Penn State for a variety of reasons. First, the finance department at Smeal is one of the best in the country and this is an area of interest for me as I progress through the program. While going through the process of selecting a program, I felt connected with everyone that I spoke with at Smeal. I also felt that the prestige of the program and the culture was a perfect mix for me. I like the small cohort that this program offers, as the small class size allows for a student to truly build relationships with people in their cohort and the staff in the program.

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Tunde Agboke
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad Institution: Southeast Missouri State
Undergrad Major: Public Relations
Previous Industry: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Concentration: Supply Chain & Consulting
Send an email to connect with Tunde

I choose the Smeal MBA program because I wanted to acquire new skills that will help me get into the Education Technology sector. I hope to use this new knowledge and few key strategic partnerships, business operations, and CSR to help bridge the education gap in underserved communities.


Jack Henjes
Hometown: Kennett Square, PA, USA
Undergrad Institution: University of South Carolina
Undergrad Major: International Business, Supply Chain Management
Previous Industry: Peace Corps Cambodia- English Teacher Volunteer
Concentration: Supply Chain & Consulting
Send an email to connect with Jack

I chose Penn State MBA to build on my past academic and professional supply chain experience by learning from Penn State’s exceptional supply chain program. I have a unique background coming from the Peace Corps, and I would like to be a source of help for any Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Ali Cianciulli 

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Biology
Previous Industry: Sports Marketing
Concentration: Consulting & Marketing

Send an email to connect with Ali

I chose Penn State because of the tight-knit community, talented faculty, and vast alumni base. I am passionate about how science and business intersect within sports, and I decided to pursue a business degree to dive more deeply into sports business.