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Undergraduate Business Administration Program Ranked #6 by U.S. News & World Report

In its 2019 ranking of colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Tepper School #6 among undergraduate business programs, tied with the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #25 on the national universities list, tied with the University of Virginia.


Undergraduate Economics Alumnus Alex DiClaudio Announced as CMU Alumni Association Board President

This July, Alex DiClaudio, who earned his bachelor of arts in economics from Carnegie Mellon in 2009, began his term as president of the university’s Alumni Association Board.

DiClaudio has already had a breadth of career experience since he received his master’s degree from the Heinz College in 2011. He worked in finance for the Atlantic Theater Company; produced Broadway shows through his own company, DiClaudio Productions; and is President and CEO of HiUp USA, a Pittsburgh-based subsidiary of the Irish digital media and technology company HiUp. He also serves on the school board of the Riverview School District in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

DiClaudio has served on the Alumni Association Board since his graduation in 2009. In his new role as president, he plans to encourage the university’s alumni community to engage more actively with the broader Carnegie Mellon network, in order to foster stronger connections among alumni.

DiClaudio is also the Co-Chair of the Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Task Force, established to develop a strategic plan for increasing engagement among Tepper School business administration and economics graduates.

Exceptional Graduates Honored at Master’s and Ph.D. Ceremony

Graduating students from the MBA, Master of Science in Computational Finance, and Ph.D. programs were recognized at the Tepper School’s 2018 graduate diploma ceremony during Commencement Weekend. The awards acknowledge scholastic achievements or service to the Tepper School community.

Ph.D. Awards

  • The William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management or Management Science | Leela Nageswaran, “Innovative Models in Service Operations”

  • The Herbert A. Simon Doctoral Dissertation Award in Behavioral Research in the Administrative Sciences | Evelyn Ying Zhang, “Intra-Organizational Mobility: Movers, Incumbents and Communication Networks”

  • The Gerald L. Thompson Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management Science | Thiago Serra | “Essays on Postoptimality, Lift-and-Project, and Scheduling”

MBA Awards

  • The Robert Sullivan Distinguished Community Service Award | Aparna Saravanan

  • The Yuji Ijiri Award for Excellence in Accounting | Andres Fernandez Torres

  • The John R. Thorne Entrepreneurship Award | Jiaojiao Xu

  • The Tepper School of Business Award for Academic Excellence in Finance | Eliot Ross Zalevsky

  • The Tepper School of Business Award for Academic Excellence in Marketing | Lauren Smith

  • The Accelerate Award for Excellence in Organizational Behavior, Communication, and Leadership | Emily Gennaula

  • The Edward R. Mosier Award for Excellence in Production Operations | Derek Cole

  • The Francis G. Walker Award for Academic Excellence in Strategic Planning | Daniel Scott Moellenberg

  • The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award | Benjamin Martin

  • The Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Excellence | Anna Fuller

  • 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistants |  Shweta Aladi, Richard Ian Alexander, Zachary Burggraf, Paresh Khatwani, Natasha Kosik, Max Lo Presti, Stacey Mukasa, Aline Naroditsky, Emily Newton, Danielle Vermeer, Lauren Wilson

MSCF Awards

  • Academic Excellence in Finance | Fan Chen

  • Academic Excellence in Information Technology | Fan Chen

  • Academic Excellence in Mathematics | Dingkun Xiao

  • Academic Excellence in Statistics | Jingxin Xi

Graduating Seniors Recognized at Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony

Students graduating from the undergraduate business administration and undergraduate economics programs were honored during 2018 Commencement Weekend activities for their academic achievements and for service to the school.

Business Administration

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award | Anthony Bello, Bryan Jangro, Jinyuan Wang, Hanyuan Zhu, Kimberly Zhang

  • Distinguished Service to the Undergraduate Business Administration Program | Roma Desai

  • Outstanding Student in Business Administration | Amy Fan


  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award | Alexandra Ulven, Yan Zhao

  • Distinguished Service to the Undergraduate Economics Program | Joseph Pickens

  • Distinguished Service to the University | Andrew Afable

  • Best Honors Thesis in Economics | Apoorva Havanur, “Impact of Social Networks on Buying Behavior”; Manvendu Navjeevan, “Income Mobility in America”

  • Best Senior Project in Economics | Adrian Del Bosque, Stanley Golcer, Santiago Lusso, Jose Uribe, “State Debt Crises: Examining the Relationship between Debt Maturity and Risk”

  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society Inductees | Andrew Afable, Luis Arreaga, Adrian Del Bosque, Colleen Fang, Noopura Herle, Hanyu Jiang, Wenzong Jin, Yong Hwan Kim, Ruoshu Liu, Manvendu Navjeevan, Joseph Pickens, Benjamin Pierce, Joshua Ragen, Mrinalini Samanta, Mark Saporta, Aileen Tan, Isabelle Tseng, Alexandra Ulven, Suren Wanasundera, Shichen Yang, Boyan Zhang

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inductees | Peter Brady, Hanyu Jiang, Benjamin Pierce, Aileen Tan, Isabelle Tseng, Alexandra Ulven, Boyan Zhang

Linda Argote Receives INGRoup Lifetime Achievement Award

The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research recognized Linda Argote, David M. Kirr and Barbara A. Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, with its 2018 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups.

The award recognizes a researcher whose body of work advances the scholarly study of team behavior and whose research has significantly impacted her peers in the discipline. Argote’s research focuses on organizational learning and knowledge sharing within and between teams.

She has been recognized as a distinguished scholar by the Strategic Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Academy of Management.

Nicholas Muller Honored With Lester and Judith Lave Professorship

At a reception held in May, Nicholas Muller was honored as the Lester and Judith Lave Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering and Public Policy.

This chair is a joint appointment of the Tepper School and the College of Engineering. It was designated by the late Lester Lave, a former professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon, and his wife, Judith, to recognize a faculty member with an undergraduate background in engineering or the natural sciences and a doctorate in economics, whose research focuses on public policy.

During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Lester Lave had been designated as a University Professor — the highest distinction conferred by the university. Lave had fostered a reputation as an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher at the intersection of environmental policy and economics.

Muller’s research takes a similar path, with some of his recent work highlighting the economic impacts of air pollution. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource economics from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University; a master of public affairs in environmental policy and public financial administration from Indiana University in Bloomington; and a bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning and management from the University of Oregon.


INFORMS Honors John Hooker With Khachiyan Prize for Lifetime Achievement

At the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, John Hooker, T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Professor of Operations Research, was honored with the INFORMS Optimization Society Khachiyan Prize.

The award recognizes researchers who have contributed long careers of innovative work in the field of optimization. INFORMS cited Hooker’s three decades of scholarly work in operations research and artificial intelligence. “He has a unique ability to transcend disciplinary boundaries, especially when it comes to boundaries between OR and AI,” the selection committee noted. “Because of his contributions to other areas (e.g., business ethics, cross-cultural management, and music), he is a Renaissance man with an INFORMS perspective.”

Hooker has been an INFORMS Fellow since 2007 and previously was awarded the organization’s Computing Society Prize. He has contributed significantly to the Tepper School curriculum, including the reorganization of the Undergraduate Business Administration program.

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Comprehensive Handbook on Health Care Analytics Highlights Tepper School Faculty and Ph.D. Students

A book edited by Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair, Professor of Operations Management, and his former Ph.D. student Tinglong Dai (Ph.D. 2013) was recently published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

The book is divided into chapters written by operations researchers — including Tepper School faculty members Soo-Haeng Cho, Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Alan Scheller-Wolf, and Mustafa Akan — that explore various issues in health care such as organ transplantation and concierge medicine.

Contributors also include Ph.D. graduates Senthil Veeraraghavan (Ph.D. 2004), Jayashankar Swaminathan (Ph.D. 1996), and Srinagesh Gavirneni (Ph.D. 1997).


First Class of Master of Science in Product Management Graduates

A joint program of the School of Computer Science and the Tepper School, the Master of Science in Product Management launched in January with its first class of students.

The one-year program provides both technical skills and business acumen to computer scientists and engineers aiming for a career in product management. The full-time program includes a required summer internship as well as a capstone project to hone practical skills.

MSPM students took courses in human-computer interaction, as well as management courses in marketing, product strategy, and managing people and teams. In addition, they joined other Tepper School master’s students as part of the Accelerate Leadership Center.

This fall, MSPM Executive Director Greg Coticchia led the introduction of ProductCamp Pittsburgh, modeled after similar events worldwide in which participants vote in real time about what topics they want to discuss.

Coticchia said that product managers are currently in high demand. Events like ProductCamp bring aspiring product managers together with entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and marketers to share ideas and make connections.

Coticchia and the faculty in the MSPM program will welcome the 2019 class in January as members of the inaugural class take on new career paths.

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MBA Students Honored at Annual Welcome and Awards Ceremony

Incoming and returning graduate students and Tepper School faculty and staff gathered in the new Simmons Auditorium at the Tepper Quad on Aug. 26 to recognize six outstanding MBA students for their academic merit and contributions to the Tepper School community.

Sujal Shah (MBA 2004), President and Chief Executive Officer of CymaBay Therapeutics, was the distinguished alumni speaker. In his remarks, he expressed his gratitude to the Tepper School for contributing to his successes and offered advice for how to get the most out of a Tepper MBA education.

The Class of 2015 Award for Excellence in Community Building, created last year, was awarded to Aashay Doshi to recognize his commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community in the Tepper School.

Andrea Caralis was selected by a committee of administrative staff for the Arjun V. Gokhale Spirit Award, presented each year to an MBA student who exemplifies academic success, a zest for life, and outstanding teamwork.

Created in 2010 by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the McGowan Fellowship Awards recognizes 10 MBA students at top-tier business schools for their dedication to ethical leadership and community building. This year’s Tepper School recipient was Kelly Mercer.

The student earning the highest GPA in each of the MBA formats is awarded a Henry Ford II Scholarship. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Randall Dye for full-time, Steven Walker for part-time on-campus, and John Campion for part-time online.







Faculty Members Recognized During Diploma Ceremonies for Teaching Excellence

Each year at the undergraduate and graduate diploma ceremonies, Tepper School faculty are presented with teaching awards. The MBA, undergraduate business administration, and undergraduate economics programs each select a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to exceptional teaching.

The graduating MBA class selected Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics, for the George Leland Bach Award for outstanding classroom instruction.

The undergraduate business administration program selected Evelyn Pierce, Teaching Professor of Business Management Communication, for the Gerald L. Thomson Excellence in Teaching Award.

The undergraduate economics program selected Alexey Kushnir, Assistant Professor of Economics, for the Richard M. Cyert Excellence in Teaching Award.