Simon Business School

Current Student Profiles

Classmates who share your goals and match your drive.

Simon students represent some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. You will learn alongside motivated peers who understand success often comes from real collaboration. It’s a model that provides practical experience for today’s business demands.
 

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    Allen Bediako

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Marketing, Competitive and Organizational Strategy

    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Undergraduate school and major: Kenyon College, Psychology
    Pre-MBA career: ICF International
    Post-MBA plans: Marketing/Brand Management
    Favorite thing about Simon: The mix of cultures and engaging interactions among students.
    Why Simon: The small community helps you feel connected to your fellow students and faculty.
    Simon clubs: Simon Ambassador, Simon Marketing Association, and Simon Basketball Club


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    Timothy "Fisher" McKenna

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Finance

    Hometown: Patchogue and Plattsburgh, NY
    Undergraduate school and major: Cornell University - Political Science
    Post-MBA plans: International Banking
    Favorite thing about Rochester: Being in a city that is rich in history and is easy to navigate
    Favorite thing about Simon: The camaraderie
    Why Simon: Its stellar reputation in finance


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    Peter Morelli

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Entrepreneurship, Competitive and Organizational Strategy - Pricing Track

    Hometown: Buffalo, NY
    Undergraduate school and major: Colby College - Economics
    Pre-MBA career: Financial management consultant for the US Air Force technology programs
    Post-MBA plans: Strategy Consulting
    Favorite thing about Simon: The student-to-faculty/staff ratio
    Why Simon: Support and impact. Simon is the best-kept secret among MBA programs.
    Simon clubs: Net Impact, GSA, Venture Capital Fund, Pricing Club


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    Sebastian "Seba" Ernest Nsanzugwanko

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Competitive and Organization Strategy, Business Systems Consulting

    Hometown: Tokyo, Japan, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Undergraduate school and major: University of Tokyo - Computer Engineering
    Pre-MBA career: System Engineer, Supply Chain Management Specialist, Food Material Import/Export
    Post-MBA plans: Management Consulting
    Favorite thing about Rochester: The people are really nice and friendly.
    Favorite thing about Simon: The students, faculty, and staff really care.
    Why Simon: The strong analytics and economics-based MBA program
    Simon clubs: Simon Consulting Club, Simon Soccer Club, Toastmasters


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    Sarah Spoto

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Entrepreneurship, Marketing - Brand Management Track

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Undergraduate school and major: Lake Forest College - Business and Studio Art
    Post-MBA plans: Marketing
    Favorite thing about Rochester: The river trail; it's perfect for biking
    Favorite thing about Simon: The people are inspiring
    Why Simon: Simon will give me the quantitative analysis component that is so important in business
    Simon clubs: Marketing, Net Impact, Venture Capital Fund, Outdoor Adventure Club


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    Carl Johan Mattias Svensson

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Finance and International Management

    Hometown: Trolhattan, Sweden
    Undergraduate school and major: Bangkok University International College - Marketing
    Pre-MBA career: Consultant based in Shanghai
    Post-MBA plans: Finance in a large MNC
    Favorite thing about Rochester: Proximity to nature and all the different outdoor activities
    Favorite thing about Simon: The small class size creates tight bonds with other students.
    Why Simon: Strong analytical focus and outstanding professors
    Simon clubs: Financial Management Association, Net Impact, European Club


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    Megan West

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Marketing - Brand Management track

    Hometown: Marion, Arkansas
    Undergraduate school and major: University of Arkansas - Social Work
    Pre-MBA career: Teacher
    Post-MBA plans: Brand Management
    Favorite thing about Rochester: It's a great size with lots to do, but it still has that "small town feel."
    Favorite thing about Simon: The people at Simon are incredibly supportive.
    Why Simon: I needed a program that had a strong reputation for academics and would also give me a sold quantitative foundation.
    Simon clubs: There are so many great clubs: Simon Marketing Association, Simon Women in Business, Simon Net Impact, Simon Pricing Club, Simon UNcorked, Simon Volunteers, Simon Dance Club, and Simon Toastmasters.


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    Tara E. Rhett

    MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Operations Management

    Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
    Undergraduate school and major: New Jersey Institute of Technology; B.S. Industrial Engineering
    Pre-MBA career: The Dow Chemical Company
    Post-MBA plans: Supply Chain
    Favorite thing about Rochester: I have two favorites! 1) The economic based approach–the curriculum is challenging, which has trained me to think critically and from a different vantage point that I am accustomed to. 2) The correlation between courses offered—it is apparent that the faculty has put thought and care into the curriculum and have even incorporated the new Simon EDGE initiative into a majority of the classes.
    Favorite thing about Simon: 1) The location 2) The fit 3) The small class size –fosters an intimate experience 4) Simon offers Operations Management as a concentration, which is exactly what I desired to pursue when applying to business school!
    Why Simon: The strong analytics and economics-based MBA program
    Simon clubs: Simon National Black MBA Association–Executive Board Member (Alumni & Club Relations Representative), Simon Ambassador, COTA, SWIB


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