Ross + Tech

The club was founded at the University of Michigan Business School in 1994 during an auspicious period of growth in technology. The following year, Microsoft’s Windows 95 launched and became the world’s most popular desktop operating system, ushering a period of market dominance for the company. The internet, still in its relative infancy, birthed eBay and Amazon, introducing the notion of eCommerce to the world. Companies like Intel and Cisco rapidly grew, benefitting from Moore’s Law and serving as the backbone for the internet revolution. Over the next 20 years, new tech giants, Apple and Google came into the limelight as the industry continued to show it is always changing. Throughout this entire period, Tech Club alumni have been in instrumental roles helping these world-changing technology firms innovate on new products, gain new customers, and sustain and operate their businesses. As the tech industry continues to evolve, Tech Club alumni will continue to have critical roles at these technology firms and have a profound impact on the world as we move further into the 21st century.

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Careers in Tech

From social media to e-commerce, hardware to software companies, our tech club members have gone on to accept positions in the following functions:

  • Product Management
  • Product Marketing
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Development
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Venture Capital

OUR TEAM

Javier
Alister

VP, Treks & Events

jalister@umich.edu

Javier is originally from Santiago, Chile. He studied Industrial Engineering at Universidad de Chile. Prior to Ross, he was working as an FP&A Manager for LATAM Airlines Group. His main role there was building the P&L Statement of the company and developing transformational projects. At Ross, he is recruiting for technology, strategy, and analytics. He also wants to enhance his leadership skills and to do, he is participating in the LDRx program. Outside of Ross, he is a tennis fan, watching and playing that amazing sport.

Aseem
Mahajan

VP, Professional Development

aseemm@umich.edu

Anne
Fernandez

VP of Partnerships

annefern@umich.edu

Annie is from Grand Rapids, MI and earned a degree in Finance and International Business from Villanova University. Prior to Ross, Annie worked for IBM's Global Business Services as a client-facing consultant focused of ERP implementations, and more recently as part of a Global Strategy team leading strategic planning cycles and other return-to-growth initiatives. She also has experience in asset management. She is recruiting for corporate strategy roles within the Tech industry, and is excited to further her positive influencing and leadership skills at Ross as part of the +LAB. Annie enjoys baking and traveling.

Vishnu
Muthiah

VP of Treks & Events

vmuthiah@umich.edu

Vishnu is from Virginia, and holds a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering & Economics. Prior to Ross, he worked at IBM as a Technology Strategy Consultant focused primarily in bringing Microsoft solutions to government clients. Additionally, he has extensive experience analyzing complex budgetary models to drive effective decision making. Post-MBA, Vishnu hopes to lead the creation of technology that has a positive impact on everyday consumers.

Noy
Leyb

VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

noyl@umich.edu

Noy spent 3 years in the IDF Paratroopers Brigade at the rank of Staff Sergeant commanding over 40 combat soldiers. Following his discharge, he went to the IDC for undergrad and graduated with a BA in Marketing Communications. Since then, Noy has worked as a Marketing Manager at the InterContinental Tel Aviv, and spent almost 2 years at an AI startup in Tel Aviv.

Pilar
Cabezas

VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

pcabezas@umich.edu

Pilar is originally from Bogota, Colombia and completed a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Before coming to Ross, Pilar worked for 9.5 years at General Motors in Latin America, in different roles at Operations, Strategy and Sales. Pilar is excited about pivoting into Tech Operation roles. In her free time she loves biking and hiking.

Sai
Masipeddi

VP of Professional Development

saictm@umich.edu

Amanda
Bourlier

VP of Professional Development

abourlie@umich.edu

Amanda is from Michigan, and holds a BA from the University of Michigan. Prior to Ross, she worked in market research, where she led global studies on e-commerce and how consumers engage with technology. She is especially passionate about retail technology, and how tech is changing the shopper journey.

Samuel
Fogg

VP of Partnerships

samfogg@umich.edu

Sam is originally from Vermont and had lived and worked in the Boston area before coming to Ross. Previously, he worked as a CPA at PwC and for several years in corporate strategy at Planet Fitness. After his MBA, he hopes to pivot to working at the intersection of strategy and Tech. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the gym, and reading.

Jack
Grinblatt

VP of Partnerships

jackgrin@umich.edu

As the Product Manager of Powerley’s Smart Home Energy Management platform, Jack is implementing a vision to proliferate intelligent home solutions through the utility channel. Working with global utilities, Powerley is delivering an entirely new smart home energy management experience – reducing our carbon footprint, delivering new levels of home energy monitoring that give peace-of-mind, and driving greater energy bill savings for utility customers. Prior to Powerley, Jack was a Market Intelligence Analyst at Organic Inc., helping clients with strategy and web analytics advice to scale and grow.

Jack is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and has a B.A. from Hunter College, CUNY.

Fernando
Espino Casas

AVP of Partnerships

fespino@umich.edu

Fernando was born in Mexico but grew up in Wisconsin. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies (Economics and Government) from Harvard University. Prior to Ross, Fernando worked in Chicago and San Francisco as a market researcher, first as research consultant for the tech industry and later as a senior product researcher at SurveyMonkey. While at Ross, he plans to pursue strategy and operations roles in tech while also seeking a concentration in data and business analytics. In addition to Tech Club, Fernando is a director of corporate relations of the Hispanic Business Student Association, a facilitator for LDRx peer-to-peer leadership development, and a member of Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative and Consulting Club.

Anindita
Ravikumar

AVP of Professional Development

aninrk@umich.edu

Anindita (aka Andy) is a full-time MBA from Mumbai, India. Prior to Ross, she worked for India's largest food-tech unicorn as part of the Consumer Experience team to help them build and scale their new grocery business. Before that she worked for 3+ years at FSG, a global social impact consulting firm helping to design and build inclusive business models to serve low-income populations and help them access basic goods and services such as water, sanitation, education, etc.
Andy has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from NITK Surathkal, and was a Young India Fellow.

Janani
Raj

VP of Conferences & Programming

janraj@umich.edu

Janani Raj is a second-year FTMBA student from Atlanta, GA. She got her undergrad degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She spent the last 4 years living in the Big Apple, working for various Tech companies, most recently at a company named Yext. In her free time she loves to binge watch Netflix shows and TikToks, annihilate her competition in fantasy football, and try her hand at making food with whatever is in her fridge. She is looking forward to her time at Ross and can't wait to meet everyone!

Diane
Simunek

VP of Finance

dsimunek@umich.edu

Diane is from Seattle, and has lived in Baltimore and Washington, DC for the past decade. She has worked in management consulting and environmental regulation after studying at Johns Hopkins University. Now, as a dual-degree Erb student at Ross, Diane hopes to pivot into the intersection of technology and sustainability.

Juan Manuel
Garcia

VP of Professional Development

jgarcial@umich.edu

Juan Manuel is originally from Bogota, Colombia, he studied Industrial Engineering in Universidad de Andes. Prior to Ross, he was working as a Project Manager for LATAM Airlines in Chile, implementing new benefits and experiences for customers of the Loyalty Program. At Ross, he is focusing on technology, strategy, and analytics, as well as on enhancing his leadership and design-thinking skills to transition into Tech in PM or Strategy roles. He spent his last summer at Google as a Strategy & ProdOps Intern.

Teresa
Kennedy

Co-President

tesskenn@umich.edu

Teresa is originally from Pennsylvania and completed her B.A. in Business and Economics at Muhlenberg College. She spent the first 2 years of her career in management consulting and then transitioned into the tech industry. Prior to Ross, Teresa worked in Sales Strategy at Cisco Meraki. She plans to recruit for Corporate Strategy roles within tech. Outside of school, she loves baking and reading non-fiction books.

Ellen
Tomljanovic

VP of Treks & Events

etomljan@umich.edu

Ellen is from New Jersey, and worked in NYC for Deloitte Consulting's technology practice. She studied biomedical engineering and quantitative finance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She plans to recruits technology and data analytics, targeting technology companies. She loves to hike and ski as much as she can, and enjoys cooking with whatever free time is left.

Vivian
Lai

VP of Treks & Events

vivianl@umich.edu

Vivian is a Bay Area native graduating from UCLA with a degree in Global Studies. Most recently she was a Senior Manager of Operations & Supply Chain at SquareTrade. At Ross, she is part of the Tauber Global Operations Institute focusing on Strategy & Innovation while pursuing the Data & Analytics Concentration.

Sean
Drimmel

VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

sdrimmel@umich.edu

Sean grew up in San Diego and completed his undergrad Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Following undergrad, he worked at Capgemini Consulting for 3.5 years, aligned to the Digital Strategy practice. Most recently, Sean worked on the Cloud GTM Strategy & Operations team at Salesforce. This summer, Sean interned on the Strategic Initiatives team at Adobe.

Yong (Annie)
Xie

AVP of Partnerships

ayyxie@umich.edu

Annie is from San Francisco, CA and studied Economics and Public Health at UC Berkeley. Prior to Ross, Annie worked at Alliant, putting together employee health and wellness initiatives for SME employers. She spent the last 2 years as a Product Manager at Alliant and hope to explore the intersection between technology and marketing after Ross.

Katie
Coleman

VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

kmco@umich.edu

Katie is a Chicago-area native with BAs in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Ross, Katie spent 4 years working as a Strategy Consultant at EY. While at Ross, she is passionate about exploring the space where strategy and technology intersect. Over the summer, Katie interned on the Product Strategy team at Dell.

Rahul
Bhardwaj

VP of Professional Development

rahulbh@umich.edu

Rahul did his undergrad in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Delhi and started his career as a Software Engineer at PayPal. Later he led the product team at an EdTech startup in India. He is passionate about leaning and talking about technology. After Ross, Rahul is looking to continue working in technology and leveraging his learnings at Ross to make an impact. He spent this summer at Google as a Technical Solutions Consultant Intern.

Puneeth
Tirunagari

VP of Marketing & Communications

puneeth@umich.edu

Puneeth is from Toronto, Canada and holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He worked for 4 years as a software consultant, building custom software solutions for clients from diverse industries. He then co-founded an e-commerce startup in 2017 and built a social shopping platform. Puneeth plans to complement his technical skills with marketing, strategy, and leadership skills, and pursue a career in Product Management.

Steven
Gregory

VP of Professional Development

srgreg@umich.edu

Steven has a background in math and statistics and spent the first 5 years of his career in the tech industry at Qualtrics where he worked as a product specialist and training consultant and learned about customer experience management. He is looking to continue a career in tech by pivoting into a product marketing or product management role. He is originally from Lake Tahoe and went to college in Seattle. He is a big sports fan, specifically of baseball and college basketball.

Varitant
Goyal

VP of Professional Development

varitant@umich.edu

Varitant is passionate about the intersection of technology and business. He is an engineer from IIT Kanpur and worked as a Product Manager with OYO Hotels and Homes in India before coming to Ross. He has experienced the growth of startups to multi-billion dollar global companies by developing tech-based products for customers as well as business partners. Varitant is currently a second year MBA at Ross and spent his summer working with Simon-Kucher & Partners, where he consulted a software company towards cloud migration.

Nancy
Wu

VP of Marketing & Communications

nancylwu@umich.edu

A native New Englander, Nancy grew up in Connecticut and attended Dartmouth College, where she studied biology and English. Prior to Ross, she spent 4 years at Trinity, a life sciences consulting firm based in Boston. With her Ross MBA, Nancy hopes to pivot to product management or marketing, and looks forward to exploring opportunities at the intersection of technology and healthcare.

Shanza
Raza

VP of Professional Development

shanza@umich.edu

Shanza has worked in the education sector for the last few years. She worked as an educational adviser at a local Fulbright Commission promoting U.S. higher education to international students. Apart from that, she also worked with an educational startup that offered study abroad programs to international students. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Shanza is currently a first-year MBA student and is excited to pivot into Tech Product Management/Product Marketing roles.

Katherine
Lin

VP of Treks & Events

katielin@umich.edu

Katie is from Northern Virginia and earned her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University before deciding the lab life wasn't for her. Prior to Ross, she worked as a strategy & operations consultant at Deloitte in Pittsburgh, working with clients to develop their cloud strategy. At Ross, Katie is developing her business fundamentals and leadership skills to create a greater impact at the intersection of business and technology.

Balakrishnan
Subramanian

VP of Conferences & Programming

BALAKRIS@umich.edu

Bala is a first-year Weekend MBA who lives in the Metro-Detroit area and originally from Bangalore, India. He currently works for Tenneco as an Application Engineer commercializing a novel Ignition Technology and has been associated with the Auto-Industry for more than 6 years. He is looking to leverage his experience in New Product Development & background in Mechanical Engineering in addition to his Ross MBA to Pivot into Tech Operations or Strategy role. He loves the outdoors and hikes with his 3-year-old Aussie.

Stephen
Dolbow

VP of Treks & Events

sdolbow@umich.edu

Stephen is from Alpharetta, Georgia and received his bachelor's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. Prior to Ross, he worked on Workday Human Capital Management software implementations for Deloitte Consulting. While at Ross, he hopes to learn about how predictive data analytics can be leveraged to drive management decisions.

Nadia
Ogene

VP of Conferences & Programming

nogene@umich.edu

Nadia is from Atlanta and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Ross, she was a UX analyst at Hulu, where she improved the viewing experience of Hulu’s products. This summer, she interned at Nike as a Digital Product Manager Intern. Nadia is passionate about leveraging data to move organizations from aspiration to tangible impact.

Robert
Hsu

AVP of Professional Development

rohsu@umich.edu

Robert is from Michigan and received his BA/BS from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Ross, he worked at Bain & Company in the DC office, and later in strategy at PepsiCo's beverage headquarters. At Michigan, Robert is pursuing an MBA and MPH in health management & policy and hopes to combine his interests in health/food/nutrition and technology after school. Outside of school, Robert loves thriller TV shows, cooking braises and stews, watching tennis, and doing HIIT.

Elaina
Spiekermann

VP of Conferences & Programming

espieker@umich.edu

Elaina is a Tennessee native with a BS in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee. Prior to Ross, Elaina spent five years leading fulfillment teams at Unilever and a meal-kit delivery startup called Home Chef. Elaina is passionate about the ways technology can reduce environmental impact and increase operational efficiency. She loves live music and traveling to places that take her outside of her comfort zone.

Ross
Goldberg

VP of Finance

rmpg@umich.edu

Ross is from New York with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. Before Ross, he spent 4+ years in Corporate Transformation at Alvarez & Marsal working, primarily in Financial Services, before taking on a Strategy role at a Series B FinTech startup called PayJoy in the spring/summer leading up to school. After MBA, he's hoping to take his passion and experience at the intersection of financial services and technology to work on products that democratize financial services. Outside school, he's usually playing/watching sports or cooking/watching Food Network (but mostly watching).

Matthew
Fagre

VP of Partnerships

mfagre@umich.edu

Mats Fagre is a native Minnesotan with a bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California. Before Ross, he worked for 7 years in healthcare technology as a Project Manager, Account Manager, and do-everything consultant for hospital systems before deciding so seek an MBA as a springboard into more innovative and fast-moving roles within tech. Over the summer, Mats interned in Amazon's Retail Leadership Development program. He's an avid sports fan, and loves learning about how technology adapts to different cultures and economies across the world.

Mollie
Harary

VP of Marketing & Communications

mharary@umich.edu

Mollie is from Oxnard, CA and she attended undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz (home of the fighting Banana Slugs). Prior to Ross, she lived in the Bay Area for 5 years and worked for Zenefits, a SaaS start-up based in San Francisco. While at Zenefits, she held many roles, ranging from operations to business development. She interned with Cisco Systems on their strategy team as a PM over summer, and she looks forward to continuing her career in tech after Ross.

Andrea
Basurto Salgado

VP of Marketing & Communications

abasurto@umich.edu

Andrea is a second year MBA from Peru. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad de Lima. For six years, she was part of Sodimac Peru, Latin America's largest home improvement retail chain. Throughout these years she had an exciting career in Project Valuation, Sales and Finance, and her most fulfilling function was to serve the customer. During the summer, Andrea interned as a PM at Amazon on the Wedding Registry team. At school, she hopes to develop her leadership, technical and business skills in order to continuing her career in Tech.

Claire
Mcleland

AVP of Conferences & Programming

claireml@umich.edu

Claire is a DC-area native with a B.A. in Sociology from Principia College. Prior to Ross, she taught English in Vietnam, worked in nonprofits, and served as a Product Manager at The Christian Science Monitor newspaper in Boston. Whether she’s leading a team or shipping a product, she’s passionate about focusing on the people she’s serving.

Varun
Joshi

Co-President

varunmj@umich.edu

Varun is from Mumbai, India and he attended undergrad at BIT Mesra (majored in Electronics and Communication). Prior to Ross, he worked for 7 years for ZS, a pharmaceutical consulting firm. He has worked in a variety of roles at ZS - from analytics/technology support to primary client liaison/client support team lead. Most recently, he was working out of the New York and Philadelphia ZS offices consulting for established and emerging pharmaceutical firms in the northeast. In his free time you can find him running a scenic trail, mashing buttons on his PS controller while playing the newest single player title, or reading (all non-fiction/fiction - no discrimination)!

Tori
Chang

Co-President

torchang@umich.edu

Tori is from New York and earned a her undergraduate degree from Boston University. Prior to Ross, she was a Marketing Manager at The Estee Lauder Companies, where she drove brand awareness and quarterbacked product marketing campaigns. Last summer, she interned at LinkedIn as a PMM Intern. Tori is passionate about using technology to engage consumers and connect disparate groups.

Chris
Gradone

Co-President

cgradone@umich.edu

Chris is a Northwestern University graduate and former Management Consultant at Kearney. This past summer, he pivoted into Product Management at Walmart Labs, owning Sam's Club's digital negotiation product. He enjoys spending time traveling, cooking, golfing, building things, and learning.

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