OUR TEAM

Jacob
Calzavara

VP Partnerships & VP Engagement

jcalzava@umich.edu

Jake is a full-time dual degree student (MBA/MS) from Denver. Jake brings 7 years of experience in land management at a large independent oil and gas exploration firm along with 2 mobility focused internships (Lime & Ford). He has experience leading due-diligence and integration efforts, managing multi-disciplinary operations and is passionate about developing progressive technologies in the mobility space.

George
Mokdessi

VP Engagement

gmokdess@umich.edu

George is a full-time MBA student from Chicago. Prior to Ross, he worked in management consulting focused on strategy work for large industrial and automotive companies. George is passionate about working in the EV and autonomous vehicle spaces in a strategy capacity following completion of his MBA.

Aaron
Fleischauer

VP, Finance

afleisc@umich.edu

Aaron is a full-time MBA student who worked across business development, production management, and purchasing for Whirlpool Corporation and Valeo SA, a global automotive supplier. He is a lifelong automotive enthusiast and is planning apply his past experiences to pivot to a role in strategic finance focusing on the industrials sector.

Josh
Reid

VP Careers

reidjl@umich.edu

Josh is a full-time MBA student from Kansas. Before Ross, he spent nine years as a U.S Marine logistics officer leading teams both domestically and abroad. He is passionate about mobility, particularly the work being done with autonomous and electric vehicles. Also a member of the Tauber Institute, he is seeking post-MBA roles as an operations manager in mobility.

Sam
Abbott

Future of Mobility Chairs

jsabbott@umich.edu

Sam is a full-time MBA Student with experience working in education and nonprofit strategy consulting. Prior to Ross, he earned his Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago where he studied quantitative methods of impact evaluation. Sam is passionate about new energy and innovative mobility solutions that promote a low-carbon economy and greater economic inclusion.

Savannah
Hall

President

savhall@umich.edu

Savannah is a full-time MBA from the Bay Area. Prior to Ross, she worked for a mobility start-up, focused on lidar technology. She is passionate about both traditional automotive and self-driving technologies. She hopes to leverage her skills to work on designing future vehicles.

Curt
Ganeles

President

cganeles@umich.edu

Curt is a full-time MBA student from Boston, MA. Before Ross, he worked in software development and lived in Germany where he created policy and implementation strategies for alternative fuel cars and trucks. He has a particular interest in developing implementation strategies to enhance adoption of new mobility technologies.

Eric
Gan

Future of Mobility Chairs

ericgan@umich.edu

Eric is a full-time MBA student who worked as a technology consultant in New York before coming to Ross. He is passionate about the intersection between mobility and sustainability, and recently worked with Ford for his MAP project to develop new customer services and experiences for their luxury electric vehicles.

Jun
Takahashi

President

juntaka@umich.edu

Jun is a full-time MBA student from Japan. Prior to Ross, he worked for a Japanese manufacturing conglomerate on a rotational program. During his career, he led multiple cross-functional team projects for the company's automotive business. He has a strong interest in the intersection of mobility and energy and hopes to leverage his analytical skills to develop innovative products/services in the field.

Chashak
Tulsyan

President

ctulsyan@umich.edu

Chashak has lived in multiple cities and countries throughout his life, including India, giving him a diverse perspective on mobility. He is excited about the new realm of possibilities at the intersection of automotive and technology. He is focused on understanding the challenges with current technologies and developing customer focused products using his prior automotive and tech background

Lucy
Ai

Vice-President

ail@umich.edu

Lucy is an Ann Arbor native passionate about how advanced technologies in mobility, sharing, and connectivity can enable more sustainable environments and accessible living across communities. Prior to Ross, she worked at two early stage startups in the Services industry (rideshare, childcare) leading the growth and analytics teams. She hopes to leverage her skills to build products that improve how people and goods move from A to B.

Mangirish
Wagle

MWAGLE@umich.edu

Russell
Mixon

Vice-President

mixonrus@umich.edu

Russ is an eight-year Army veteran and Blackhawk helicopter pilot who came to Ross to pursue a career in the Future of Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles. Also a member of the Tauber Institute, Russ is operations-minded and highly interested in the intersection of future mobility and user experience

Avril
Prakash

Vice-President

avrilp@umich.edu

Avril is a dual-degree MBA/MPP who is driven by a passion to apply technology to improve quality of life and sustainability. In harnessing her business and policy background, she focuses on driving growth in industries that operate in highly-regulated environments. Her experience working for General Motors, the University of California, and Congress motivates her to ensure the intersection of auto and tech is diverse and equitable.

Daniel
Marchini

Vice-President

marchini@umich.edu

Dan is a full-time MBA from the midwest. After years of living on the East Coast in Washington D.C. and Boston, Dan developed an affinity for car-free solutions, adopting bike share and scooters as part of his daily commutes. His professional experience includes 6 years in Consulting at Deloitte and a year serving as an Americorp Volunteer. Dan is passionate about micro-mobility solutions and reclaiming our city spaces for people, not cars.

Douglas
Ashby

Vice-President

ashbyd@umich.edu

Doug is a native Texan and Tauber MBA1 with a passion for strategic problem solving. Prior to Ross, he worked in production engineering at a petrochemical plant making a wide variety of products including synthetic motor oils. He has a strong interest in the emerging role of technology and data in the automotive space and hopes to leverage his analytical skills to improve the development and production of next-generation vehicles.

Kyle
Helisek

Vice-President

khelisek@umich.edu

Kyle is an MBA1 interested in emerging technology; specifically, the eventual shift from private ownership of vehicles to the use of mobility as a service through the development of autonomous driving technology.

Chuck
Zhan

Vice-President

chzhan@umich.edu

Chuck (Chengqiang) is an MBA1 student from China. Prior to Ross, he worked on the product development of gasoline engine and airbag systems in the Greater Detroit area. Passionate about self-driving technologies, he is interested about the imminent changes in car ownership model and hopes to help transform car makers to mobility service providers.

Patrick
White

Vice-President

pwwhite@umich.edu

Patrick spent his time prior to Ross consulting with automotive manufacturing companies, focusing on driving their analytical capabilities further. As an MBA1 in the Tauber Institute he continues to pursue the latest analytical technologies and understand how those can be applied in the automotive industry.