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

Nandita
Vijayaraghavan

President

nanditav@umich.edu

Nandita has spent the last four years working at the intersection of tech and entertainment and is very passionate about taking her career to the next level. After a business development career in the online streaming industry, she is keen on entering the digital entertainment space in a marketing capacity. As President of the Tech Club at Ross, Nandita is focused on providing learning and recruiting opportunities for students to carve out their own path in tech and continue Ross’s tradition of innovation and excellence.

Jenny
Zhai

President

jenzhai@umich.edu

Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prior to Ross, she worked for five years as an investment banker in New York, specializing in structuring debt financing for telecom infrastructure companies. At Ross she hopes to round out her business skillset and transition into a tech product management role for the next phase of her career. This summer she interned at Amazon as a Senior Product Manager and will be returning for full-time.

Alex
Gutman

VP, Finance

asgutman@umich.edu

Alex received a BBA with concentrations in finance and accounting from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He spent the last five years at HSBC in New York, specializing in debt underwriting and corporate relationship management. This summer, he will be interning at PepsiCo in their Strategic Finance division.

Ohidul
Islam

VP, Marketing & Communications

ohidis@umich.edu

Hailing from Bangladesh, Ohid completed his BBA degree majoring in Finance and Marketing at the University of Dhaka. Prior to Ross, he managed Product Innovation Performance in Marketing Finance Roles at Unilever in Bangladesh and U.K. Hoping to round out his skillset in Strategy & Marketing, Ohid is planning to transition to a role at the intersection of Technology and Consulting. He spent the summer in a Consulting internship with PwC Strategy& in Chicago.

Maria Natalia
Da Silva Costa

VP, Marketing & Communications

mncosta@umich.edu

Natalia is a proud Brazilian, born and raised in Sao Paulo. She received her undergraduate degree from ESPM, a college considered an authority in the Marketing field in Brazil. She worked for 5 years with Marketing Communications at P&G in Brazil, where she learned a lot about the CPG industry, but decided to advance her career in tech and explore the universe of user experience and data analytics. She spent the summer in San Jose, California, as a Marketing Strategy Intern at PayPal.

Emily
Akhtar

VP, Conferences & Programming

esakhtar@umich.edu

Emily received her BA in public policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to Ross she managed technology solutions for an education non-profit providing after-school programming to Chicago youth. She came to business school to transition from the non-profit to tech sector and develop her business skill-set. She is excited to be interning in customer success analytics with athenahealth in Boston this summer.

Jenna
Buckley

VP, Conferences & Programming

jennabuc@umich.edu

Jenna received her undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Prior to Ross, she worked for five years in various roles from Advertising Analytics and Business Development to Google Alliance Management. At Ross she hopes to continue pursuing a career in tech. This summer she will be interning at Amazon as a Retail Leadership Development intern.

Sijie
Cheng

VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

sijiec@umich.edu

Born and raised in Nanjing, China, Sijie received her B.S. in finance at University of Minnesota. Prior to Ross, she spent five years in corporate finance for a global chemical company in MN and TX, taking on various responsibilities including financial planning & analysis, finance system implementation, and sales operation finance. At Ross, Sijie plans to acquire the framework to tackle complex problems, develop expertise outside finance while furthering her data analytics skill. This summer, she is interning at Amazon’s Sunnyvale office as a Senior Program Manager.

Matthew
Fox

VP, Training & Development

matlesfo@umich.edu

Matt received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Masters of Science in Engineering in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan. He spent the next 5 years in Houston designing ships and installing oil platforms for the oil and gas industry. Currently, he is an RLD intern at Amazon in Seattle.

Leah
Josephson

VP, Training & Development

leahjos@umich.edu

Leah graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in Management, International Business, and Latin American Iberian Studies. Prior to Ross, she worked as a consultant for Deloitte Strategy & Operations helping to transform federal agencies' business models and streamline processes. Leah's last role at Deloitte was part of the Global Innovation team, where she worked with Singularity University, a think tank out of San Francisco, to educate individuals about how exponential technologies will disrupt industries. As an MBA2, Leah serves as the Director of Education for ZLCF and the VP of Training & Development for Tech Club. This summer she will be interning at Amazon as a Senior Product Manager intern.

David
Garrett

VP, Tech Education

davidwg@umich.edu

David received a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from DePauw University in 2013. Prior to Ross, he worked as a full-stack software engineer and technical lead at Capital One in McLean and Richmond, Virginia, designing and leading teams to build technology platforms on AWS that serve more than 50 million users. David is attending Ross to further develop his business acumen to supplement his expertise with designing and building customer-facing technology solutions and is also pursuing degree concentration in Data and Business Analytics. He is transitioning into a technical product management role for the next phase of his career and will be spending his summer as a Product Manager Intern, Data Science with Zillow in Seattle.

Siddharth
Kosaraju

VP, Tech Education

kosasid@umich.edu

Siddharth received his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Madras. After that he worked in product engineering and product management roles, developing niche sensor based products for infrastructure, manufacturing and academic research customers. He spent his summer as Sr Product Manager-Technical Intern with Amazon in Seattle. He is focused on transitioning into the business roles in tech industry.

Diana
Cruz

VP, Partnerships

dicruz@umich.edu

Diana was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Communications and Sociology. Immediately after her studies, she entered the Energy and Utility space. She worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company for several years and acquired vast experience in Corporate Communications, Customer Care and Strategy. This summer, she is pivoting into tech and interning with the Google Global Customer Experience team.

Christopher
Dingus

VP, Partnerships

cfdingus@umich.edu

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to Ross, he worked for Accenture and Deloitte as an technology consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in analytics and business intelligence. Chris hopes to use his time at Ross to pivot to a career in technology and will spend his summer as a Strategy & Analytics MBA Intern at Facebook.

Cristóbal
Cevallos

VP, Treks & Events

jcce@umich.edu

Cristóbal is from Guadalajara, Mexico. He obtained his B.S. in Biotechnology. He worked for 5 years in a Mexican multinational food company based in Monterrey. His last role was as a category development manager within the foodservice business unit. His interest to continue to grow personally and professionally brought him to Ross, additional to the fact that he's interested in transitioning to a career in technology.

Giuliana
Sanchez Lopez

VP, Treks & Events

giusl@umich.edu

Born and raised in Lima, Giuliana completed her undergrad degree in Systems Engineering at one of the top universities in Peru. Prior to Ross, she worked at Deloitte Peru as Technology Consultant for four years. She switched to the Telecom industry after finding a passion for Operations. She is member of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, and her career interests include Tech and Healthcare. She is currently interning at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Neil
Dave

AVP, Finance

neildave@umich.edu

Neil Dave is originally from Long Island, New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance at the NYU Stern School of Business. After completing his undergraduate study, he worked as a consultant at Deloitte for two years, an investment banking analyst in M&A at Houlihan Lokey for two years, and as a senior associate at a boutique restructuring firm called Ankura for one year. Neil is currently a first-year MBA student at the Michigan Ross School of Business.

Eric
Messinger

AVP, Marketing & Communications

ehmessin@umich.edu

Eric studied history at Washington University in St. Louis and then served as a Teach for America corps member in Brooklyn, New York. Following, he worked as a travel video producer with Lonely Planet, completing road trips from London to Mongolia and New York to Argentina. Before coming to Ross, he founded a digital media company. At Ross, he is excited to build his business fundamentals and pursue a career in tech.

Tyler
Perkins

AVP, Marketing & Communications

tylerper@umich.edu

Tyler received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Business Management with an emphasis in corporate strategy. He spent the next four years working as a management consultant for Cicero Group, specializing in marketing and customer insight engagements. While at Ross, Tyler is building marketing expertise and leadership skills as he transitions into a Tech Marketing role following business school.

Olivia
Gordon

AVP, Conference & Events

oegordon@umich.edu

Olivia is a Chicagoland native with a BS in Finance and International Business from Indiana University. Before returning to earn her MBA, she spent 3.5 years working at Deloitte Technology Consulting across banking, telecom, public sector, and most recently healthcare. While at Ross, Olivia is eager to dive deeper into the digital technology space and pursue opportunities to work on customer-centric strategies, development, and marketing.

Stephanie
Simpson

AVP, Conference & Events

stepsimp@umich.edu

Stephanie is a first year MBA focusing on Technology and Marketing. She graduated from Indiana University in 2014 majoring in Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Technology Management. More recently, Stephanie worked as a technology consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Bridget
Crowley

AVP, Corp & Alumni Relations

crowleyb@umich.edu

Bridget received her BA in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought from Amherst College. Prior to Ross she lead enterprise software development integrations as a Senior Project Manager in the Global Operations and Technology group at MetLife. She came to business school to hone her analytical skill set and hopes to transition into a Product Management role at a leading technology company.

David
Song

AVP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

diso@umich.edu

David is from Baltimore, MD and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Fear the Turtle! Prior to Ross, he spent 7 years in tech sales, initially for a hardware manufacturer and later an IT professional services firm. David came to Ross to refine the business skills and leadership ability to transition his career into a product-centered role after his MBA. David is passionate about Tech, Gaming, and a good steak.

Lulio
Vargas-Cohen

AVP, Corporate & Alumni Relations

lulio@umich.edu

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lulio received his BS from Florida State University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to Ross, he was a management consultant focused on the public sector. At Ross, Lulio has focused his professional trajectory towards tech, developing the product-minded, leadership, and analytic skillsets core to success in the industry. As an officer of the Ross Tech Club, Lulio is focused on strengthening corporate and alumni relations.

Nadia
Kapper

AVP, Training & Development

nkapper@umich.edu

Nadia received her BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 and her MS in Engineering Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduation, she signed on with Deloitte Consulting and spent the next 6 years with their Oracle Enterprise Solutions practice, delivering business-led technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies across Consumer Products, Financial Services, and High-Tech industries. While at Ross, she is excited to pursue disciplines in business strategy and technology operations.

Mason
Mularoni

AVP, Training & Development

mularoni@umich.edu

Mason is a first year MBA focused on technology, strategy, and general management. Prior to Ross, Mason led research and client advisory teams in the corporate real estate industry on projects covering the globe. At Ross, Mason hopes to develop his leadership and business skillset to transition into technology product management roles. Mason, a Cincinnati native, received a BA in Architecture from Miami University (of Ohio). Mason is passionate about tech innovations, biking, and traveling the world.

Ming
Yau

AVP, Training & Development

mingyau@umich.edu

Ming received his BA in Economics from The University of Chicago. Prior to Ross, Ming worked as a private equity investor at The Riverside Company where he sourced, evaluated, and executed investments in the Technology sector. Before Riverside, he was an investment banker at William Blair & Co., where he advised Technology clients on M&A and equity transactions. At Ross, Ming hopes to develop his general management skillset and transition into a tech product management role.

Vibhav
Agarwal

AVP, Tech Education

agvibhav@umich.edu

Vibhav is passionate about technology (and Tech Club). After graduating with a degree in computer science, he started his career at Deutsche Bank where he revamped Risk and PnL models for their Fixed-Income Business. Prior to Ross, he started a company in the healthcare-tech space which impacted lives of over 8000 patients in India.

Sam
Perlmutter

AVP, Tech Education

samrperl@umich.edu

Sam started his career in public service, serving as a criminal defense attorney for low-income clients and training underprivileged students to build apps and e-commerce businesses. He transitioned into the conversational AI space, first helping build legal website chatbots and then marketing a development platform to enterprise and SaaS customers. Sam is excited to help students learn to leverage AI, machine learning, and other cloud innovations to solve modern business problems. He aspires to become a product marketing manager or product manager at a technology company or a company experiencing digital transformation.

Rajat
Goel

AVP, Partnerships

rajatg@umich.edu

Born and raised in India, Rajat completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science. His career started with Bain to solve complex business problems for Fortune 500 companies, followed by his own technology company for three years. Immediately prior to Ross, he worked with Amazon Web Services to support the growth of Indian Startups. At Ross, he hopes to improve his business acumen and pursue a career in tech.

Christina
Wu

AVP, Partnerships

csjwu@umich.edu

Christina was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Communication Studies from UCLA. Prior to Ross, she worked in business development and account management in medium-sized growth staged Tech start-ups in the U.S. and Asia. At Ross she hopes to transition into a tech product management or marketing role.

Jayden
Lee

AVP, Treks & Events

jayden@umich.edu

Jayden was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. He completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Korea University. Prior to Ross, he worked as a sales project manager for B2B display solutions at Samsung Electronics for three and a half years. At Ross, he hopes to advance his leadership skills and business capabilities in the field of operations and data analytics, transitioning his career into a product or project management role. Jayden is currently a first-year student at Ross business school and Tauber Institute for global operations.

Sara
Oliphant

AVP, Treks & Events

oliphans@umich.edu

Sara was born and raised in Louisville, KY and completed her undergraduate degree at DePaul University in Biological Sciences. Prior to Ross, she worked at Red Bull North America in various roles marketing, sales, and business analytics. While at Ross, Sara hopes to hone her business skills to solve complex business problems and land a role in strategy in the tech industry.

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