New Student Profile: Onyinye Okechukwu

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Onyinye Okechukwu:

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Hometown: I was born and raised in Lagos State until I was 10 years old, then my family moved to Abuja the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. However, in Nigeria, one’s hometown is interpreted as the place where one’s forefathers originated from irrespective of where one was born and raised. Thus, my hometown (origin) is in Anambra State, South East of Nigeria.

Current Location: I currently live in Abuja, Nigeria.

Graduated from: I attended the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Major: I have a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Why UB?  I chose SUNY at Buffalo over other schools because it’s School of Management has an excellent reputation. It is AACSB accredited and is ranked among the top 100 best business schools by different rankings institutions. Also, I appreciate the diversity of the students in the school, and that it is more affordable when compared with other business schools with about the same ranking.

Why an MBA? My qualification will equip me for bigger job opportunities in the short term and the necessary leadership and managerial skills to manage my own business in the long term.

Summer plans: I will be spending the summer months working in my office–PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria–and preparing for my journey to Buffalo for the full-time MBA program.

If you could learn anything: I wish I could learn to play at least three musical instruments and also to swim.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing ever for me was going back to boarding school after the death of my dad at age 11. I was sad most of that year.

A fun fact about you:   I am a good cook, and I love to try new ways of cooking meals.

Onyinye Okechukwu

New Student Profile: Michael Bisogno

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Michael Bisogno:

Mike Bidogno

Hometown: Commack, New York – Long Island

Current Location: Buffalo, New York

Graduated from: John Hopkins University

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why UB?  I am currently enrolled in medical school at UB, and decided on the MD/MBA program due to both logistics and the program’s reputation. I originally came to UB because the school stood out by striving to improve itself, whereas many other schools seemed stagnant. The city of Buffalo was also a positive factor in my decision.

Why an MBA? A formal business education will be a tremendous resource for me once I begin to practice medicine, as the healthcare system is getting increasingly complex. I plan to hold some form of an administrative position at some point of my career as well, and an MBA will likely be a perquisite for this. Lastly, one of my goals is to continue to work within the biomedical device industry to develop novel solutions to medical problems and an MBA will provide the necessary skills for a productive interaction with biomedical companies.

Summer plans: Studying for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 exam.

If you could learn anything: I would love to learn how to write my own complex computer programs. I took a basic programming class in college, but I didn’t have time to take more advanced courses. I think being able to create a custom program would be extremely useful.

Someone you’d like to meet: It would be really cool to meet a surgeon from the early 1900’s. These surgeons were often pioneers in a field that had little scientific backing and watching a surgery without modern-day medical advancements would be extremely fascinating.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Atul Gawande would be an excellent mentor for me, as he is both a surgeon and an expert in healthcare systems.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing I have ever done was quitting my job and deciding to go to medical school. I was pretty happy working in Manhattan for Stryker Endoscopy, but when I watched the surgeons, I felt like that was truly my calling. I had never considered going to medical school, so I had to take full-time post baccalaureate classes and then take the MCAT. After two years of working to complete the requirements, I entered medical school here at UB.

A fun fact about you:   I love cooking and trying new recipes. No matter how busy I am with work, taking a break to make a meal is always extremely satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Joseph Corcoran

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Joseph Corcoran:

Joseph Corcoran

Joseph and his sisters at a Syracuse basketball game.

Hometown: Syracuse, New York (more specifically, Liverpool).

Current Location: I currently still live in Syracuse, but I am spending the summer out here in Buffalo.

Graduated from: I currently attend UB. I just finished my third year here. I am doing a combined program where I will receive my undergraduate degree and MBA in 5 years.

Major: My undergraduate major is mechanical engineering.

Why UB?  UB is a great school for both engineering and business. It’s also a great value and the location is a nice distance from home.

Why an MBA? I hope to gain the ability to combine my technical knowledge with business knowledge to become very useful in industry.

Summer plans: This summer I will be interning at Praxair here in Buffalo. I also plan to stay active, and will try to be outside whenever possible.

If you could learn anything: I would love to learn how to successfully utilize the stock market to accumulate wealth. It sounds really interesting and seems like it could help my financial future if done carefully.

Someone you’d like to meet: I would love to meet Paul Pierce. I am a huge basketball fan and he has been my favorite player since I can remember watching basketball.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I would pick Mark Cuban. He is a great business man and who is heavily involved in sports and I really could learn a lot from him. In addition, he seems like he has a great personality and is very well spoken.

The hardest thing you have ever done: Learning how to study was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. High school was fairly easy to me and I didn’t need to put much effort in. College has been much different, and had required a lot of time and effort in order to do well. Learning how to successfully study was a key challenge and something that will help me for the rest of my career.

A fun fact about you:   I have just started training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I love workouts that kickboxing and other such  techniques give you, as well as the boost in confidence. I am still very much learning and it is a new challenge that will keep me busy this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Dhiraj Gurung

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Dhiraj Gurung:

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Dhiraj and his wife at the Floating Market in Bangkok.

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Dhiraj with the Masais in Masai Mara.

Hometown: I grew up amidst beautiful hills in a small town called Kangpokpi in Manipur, India.

Current Location: I currently live in a city which is buzzing with preparations for the 2022 football world cup – Doha, Qatar.

Graduated from: University of Delhi!

Major: English Literature…believe it or not!

Why UB?  Location, surely! Affordability, a major deciding factor! LeaderCORE and the option to choose multiple specializations in the second year.

Why an MBA? I genuinely hope my UB MBA will give a new direction to my career and a platform to enter the world of consultancy & finance.

Summer plans: All work this summer…battling for a sabbatical, but have to please my bosses.

If you could learn anything: Guitar, Guitar, Guitar.

Someone you’d like to meet: Obama. Would be nice to discuss world politics and understand his vision around `inclusive economic development’.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Mukesh Ambani – the Indian business tycoon, who believes in making money ethically!

The hardest thing you have ever done: I gave up a well paying  job for my UB MBA.

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Dhiraj’s first dive at Shark Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Rohit Sallagundla

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Rohit Sallagundla:

Rohit Sallagundla

Hometown & Current Location: Hyderabad, India

Graduated from: I completed my B-Tech from VIT University, Vellore, India, in 2010

Major: Electronics & Communication Engineering

Why UB?  I liked the LeaderCORE program and UB’s flexible curriculum

Why an MBA? After obtaining an MBA degree and hands-on corporate experience, I would like to see myself leading my family business and extending it to different verticals.

Summer plans: I would like to do a summer internship.

If you could learn anything: I would learn to play all the sports.

Someone you’d like to meet: Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s best cricketers. I am a very big fan of his. It’s because of him I started watching cricket. He is not only a great cricketer, but also a great human. He could be a role model to anyone.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former Indian President. He is a scientist, and an administrator. His books, his speeches are all packed with some message and are built on a vision for the nation. They motivate youth.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing that I have done before was to abstain from food in spite of having all my favorite dishes in front of me. I was not allowed to eat them because of some Poojas (worshiping the God). I love to taste various dishes.

A fun fact about you:   I can sleep for long hours and I can stay awake for many days as well. Till date, my longest sleep was for 23 hours (more than 5 to 6 times) and I was awake for 6 continuous days (exam times in my B-Tech).

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Vignesh Sundara Rajan

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Vignesh Sundara Rajan:

Vignesh with his mother, Rajam, and his father, Sundar. Photo taken during a Diwali celebration.

Vignesh with his mother, Rajam, and his father, Sundar. Photo taken during a Diwali celebration.

Hometown: I was born and raised in Salem, India.

Current Location: I currently live in Chennai, India. I have been living here for the past 7 years.

Graduated from: I did my undergraduate in Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, Chennai.

Major: My undergraduate major was Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology.

Why UB?  I would like to do my MBA in UB mainly because of the team based learning experience. The Corporate Champions program will also provide an opportunity for me to understand how the theories I learn in the MBA classes get practically applied in the real world. Also, the LeaderCORE program will help me to improve my leadership qualities, and the Executive Speaker Series will provide an opportunity to meet corporate executives and gain valuable information from their experience.

Why an MBA? I would like to gain as much knowledge as possible in Marketing and Finance. More importantly, I would like to improve my leadership qualities and realize the change in myself. I want to become a Marketing Analyst in top consumer product companies.

Summer plans: As such, I don’t have any summer plans. Whenever I get time, I handle delivery management in my family business, accompany my father while meeting customers and dealers, and attend business expo’s.

If you could learn anything: I would like to learn Yoga, Meditation, and to play the drum kit, electronic guitar, and violin.

Someone you’d like to meet: I would like to meet Dhirubhai Ambani. I admire his business acumen and his master mind behind the 1982 Bombay stock market crisis.

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I would like to have India’s 11th president, scientist and my college alumni DR.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as my mentor. I admire his hard work and dedication for the developments he made in nuclear physics and would like to learn different strategies for handling and solving problems for him.

The hardest thing you have ever done: I realized that my career actually begins only after completing my undergraduate and getting a degree is not just enough. Realizing this fact and accepting it is the hardest thing I have ever done.

A fun fact about you:   I am good in repairing electronic items. I have repaired computers, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, and televisions.

Vignesh's brother.

Vignesh’s younger brother, Saran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Student Profile: Stacey Gambrel

The Graduate Programs Office is preparing to welcome this years incoming class of students who will begin the MBA program in August. We are excited to gain a new group of fresh faces within the walls of the School of Management. We are sharing this excitement by posting short profiles throughout the summer introducing the incoming class. We hope you will take the time to get to know our newest UB MBA’s as we share some of their experiences and interests.

Stacey Gambrel:

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Hometown:  I grew up in Jamestown, New York.

Current Location: I am currently working at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in Ashland, Ohio.

Graduated from: I went to Cornell University for undergrad

Major: I majored in Civil Engineering.

Why UB?  I wanted to do the LeaderCORE program, the tuition was reasonable, and I like being in New York.

Why an MBA? I hope to learn about business, so that I can get a job that I am more satisfied with (engineering is not for me).

Summer plans: For the summer, I plan to continue working at ODOT until August 1st, make a day trip back to Cornell for the food, and visit my sister in Washington, D.C.

If you could learn anything: I know it’s not physically possible, but I would want to learn how to teleport myself anywhere in the world. I love traveling, I just hate long car and/or airplane rides.

Someone you’d like to meet: I’d like to meet Phil Mickelson. He’s a very good golfer and from everything that I’ve heard, he seems like a very good, down-to-earth guy. Plus, I’d like him to give me some pointers!

Someone you’d like to have as a mentor: I’m not sure who I’d want to be my mentor, but I’d like them to be as influential as Dr. Cox is to J.D. in the television show Scrubs.

The hardest thing you have ever done: The hardest thing I have ever done was get my engineering degree. I kept expecting the next semester to be easier, or be more interesting, but it never was. Forcing myself to learn concepts and principles that I didn’t care about was awful, and I never want to do it again.

A fun fact about you:   I studied abroad in Australia and I scuba dove on the Great Barrier Reef!

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