The MBA Association (MBAA)

The MBA Association (MBAA) Student Organization page and bios.

The MBA Association (MBAA) is the largest student-run organization in the MBA Program. The MBAA works closely with the administration to represent the student body and enhance life both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to this student government role, the MBAA is dedicated to building and maintaining a sense of community in the program through sponsorship of a number of events.

Officer Bios

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Jon Coulter, President

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Jon Coulter is the President of the Class of 2021’s MBA Association. In this role, he is primarily responsible for leading the MBA board, overseeing the Association President Roundtable, and serving as a liaison to the MBA Alumni Advisory Board.

Jon was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Smeal’s MBA program, Jon was a Systems Engineer for Intel’s Automation Technology Development department in Hillsboro, Oregon. Here he sustainted day-to-day operations of semiconductor automation equipment while managing teams of field engineers and implementing improvements to the machinery. His role also provided him experience in Project Management for various equipment installations within the manufacturing space and steady interaction with international vendors.

Jon knew Smeal was right for him due to the top-tier Supply Chain program and faculty, unrivaled university network, and tight-knit MBA community. In his free time, Jon enjoys playing hockey, writing music, and hiking with his dog.

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Uzo Ukaegbu, VP of Integrity and Communications

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Uzoma Ukaegbu is the Vice President of Integrity and Communications for the Class of 2021's MBA Association. In this role, she acts as a liaison between students and the administration and strives to improve the academic experience for current and future students. Additionally, she serves as a touch point for internal communications within the MBA community.

Uzoma’s family is from Nigeria and she was raised in Wyoming and Illinois. She earned her BS in Operations Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She is passionate about procurement and logistics and has worked in the supply chain industry for five years. Prior to joining the MBA Community, Uzoma worked for US Foods as a Category Buyer and Anixter International as a Project Buyer. As she continues her path in the field of Supply Chain Management, she hopes to build off  her operations and project management skills.

Uzoma chose the Smeal College of Business because of its strength in Supply Chain Management, its reputation as a school with a highly collaborative MBA community and an extensive alumni network. When she isn’t busy with school work, Uzoma enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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Tasnuva Arif, VP of International Affairs

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Tasnuva is the Vice President of International Affairs for the class of 2021's MBA Association. In this role, her goal is to unite different cultures and provide a community of global experience by celebrating the diversity that makes Smeal so unique. Tasnuva will coordinate sessions in which all students can share knowledge regarding their cultures to build a class that’s more culturally aware and sensitized. Tasnuva will organize and lead various events, such as Lunar New year, Diwali, Hispanic Heritage Month, Thanksgiving, the Global Speaker Series, and so on. Being an active member in the community, she will also make the transition easier for incoming students.

Tasnuva was born and raised in Bangladesh. She graduated from Independent University, Bangladesh in Marketing in 2013. Since then from working as a customer service executive in Hanjin Shipping Bangladesh to working as a Manager in Hered LLC, a multi-use shopping mall in Hazleton, PA, Tasnuva has experienced and gained knowledge in the various sector of Business. She is the co-founder of JB Asset Management, a family-owned investment, and real estate company, and the co-founder of Terrace Hall, an event venue, which is now the most popular event center in Hazleton, PA. 

Hoping to make connections through Smeal alumni network and to enhance her understanding of consumer behavior, supply chain, and product management from a global perspective, Tasnuva joined the Smeal MBA program.

Tasnuva has always been involved in the community development program. She is a board member of the Hazleton Area Recreation Program (HARP), a non-profit multisport indoor complex, built to engage the youth and create sports as an alternative lifestyle. Tasnuva herself is a black belt holder in Karate-do from Honke Shotokan Karate-Do Association and won many regional level competitions.

Outside of work, Tasnuva is a traveler and loves exploring new places, cultures, and foods. Her favorite activity is spending time with her toddler and husband.

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Dan Nichol, VP of Recruitment

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Dan Nichol is the Vice President of Recruitment for the Class of 2021’s MBA Association. In this role, his primary responsibility is to continue the legacy of the Smeal College of Business through the recruitment of top MBA candidates.

Dan grew up in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering.  Dan served as an officer in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps for five years.  After separating from Active Duty, he spent the next four years as an entrepreneur.  Prior to joining Smeal, Dan sold two of the businesses he founded and took that opportunity to continue his education with a resident MBA degree.

What attracted Dan to the Smeal MBA program was their academic reputation of “can-do” graduates, close-knit community, job prospects, corporate connections and the benefits of the Penn State Alumni Network. He is concentrating in Supply Chain and Consulting.

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Laukik Sardesai, VP of Corporate Affairs

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Laukik Sardesai is the Vice President of Corporate & Alumni Relations for the Class of 2021’s MBA Association. In this role, Laukik’s primary responsibility is to actively seek out career development opportunities for MBA students at the Smeal College of Business by

building meaningful connections with alumni and corporations. In his role, Laukik is responsible for planning and executing various programs such as mock career fairs, Simulated Interview Programs, corporate-sponsored tailgates, speaker sessions, and other networking events to facilitate alumni engagement.

Laukik is originally from India but has been in the US since 2012. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Pune, India and a graduate degree in Molecular Biology from George Washington University. Prior to starting his MBA at the Smeal School of Business, Laukik worked in the medical diagnostic industry for five years as a Research Scientist in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The tight-knit Smeal community, world-class faculty, and the Penn State Alumni network are just a few reasons Laukik chose Smeal for his MBA. Laukik's field of concentration is Marketing and Finance. Outside class, Laukik enjoys playing tennis, going to the gym and exploring nearby wineries and breweries.

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Bitrus Baba, VP of Finance

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Bitrus Baba is the Vice President of Finance for the Class of 2021’s MBA Association. In this role, he manages funding for the MBA Association, which includes developing an annual budget, overseeing the collection of the MBAA dues, and liaising with other MBAA Board Members to efficiently distribute funds for activities.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the American University of Nigeria. Prior to joining the Smeal MBA program, Bitrus worked for more than eight years, with over seven as a tax consultant between KPMG and PwC and under a year as a group finance manager for the largest indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria.

Bitrus chose the Smeal College of Business because of its small class sizes, close-knit community, and extensive alumni network. He has concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Outside of the classroom, Bitrus enjoys working out, travelling and cooking.

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Malida Sengamphan, VP of Operations

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Malida Sengamphan is the Vice President of Operations for the Class of 2021’s MBA Association. In this role, her primary responsibilities include organizing a variety of social events to continue to strengthen ties within the Smeal community. Through the promotion of community-based events such as tailgates and seasonal mixers, she assists in presenting individuals with opportunities to build their professional networks and personal relationships in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

Prior to joining the MBA program, Malida served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. She also brings supply chain experience having worked as an agent for Carl’s Jr. Restaurants responsible for fleet management and a wide-variety of in-store services. Malida earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from the California State University of Channel Islands. Malida is looking forward to serving the MBA community in her role of VP of Operations.

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Kris Brown, VP of Philanthropy

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Kris Brown is the Vice President of Philanthropy for the Class of 2021's MBA Association. In this role, he serves to inspire MBA students to get involved with the community, attend fundraising events, and give back.  Specifically, Kris plans and coordinates all fundraising events for THON, the Penn State Dance Marathon, and any other charity events or community outreach throughout the year.

Kris is from Lancaster, PA and went to George Mason University for his B.S. in Economics. After undergrad, Kris stayed at George Mason as a federal grants and contracts officer. Prior to starting his MBA he also held the position of philanthropy chair for his fraternities alumni association.

Kris came to Penn State for his MBA because the program offered a uniquely small class size taught by renown faculty members.  He also knew the benefit of Penn State's impressive alumni network, and appreciated how involved Smeal alumni are with the MBA program.  Kris enjoys reading, playing video games, and watching sports in his free time.