The MBA Hub
Congratulations to the Portland State Business Accelerator, which celebrates 10 years with a special event this Monday, March 10, starting at 5pm.
The Business Accelerator is home to 30+ startup companies in technology, bioscience, and cleantech. Together, they have raised more private angel and venture capital over the last three years than any other location in Oregon.
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) was founded in 1942 by Leland James with one concept in mind: build a better vehicle—specifically a truck that was lighter, more durable, and could carry a larger payload.
In 1947, DTNA, which was then called the Freightliner Corporation, opened up a manufacturing facility in Portland. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Daimler grew its customer base and acquired several other manufacturers, and today, the manufacturer is a global operation with over 20,000 employees and an approximate forty percent market share for commercial vehicles.
Last week, I introduced one of our School of Business student ambassadors from the Portland State full time MBA program, Jacey Marushia-Laurain. Now it’s time to meet an ambassador from the part time MBA program: David Lane.
David began the part time MBA program in Fall 2012, and also works full time at Intel as a Manufacturing/ Mechanical Engineer and Operations Program Manager. Here is David’s story and some insights he has gained in his first two years of his MBA program.
Hari Shankar Raghavan is an Portland State MBA alum (2011). His impressive experience ranges from CafeGive (Portland) to Amazon.com (Seattle). I recently caught up with Hari to chat about his experience in the Portland State MBA program and his work at Amazon.
Q: Can you please discuss your background prior to entering the MBA program, and what made you decide to earn your MBA at Portland State University?
A: I studied to be an engineer and worked as an engineer prior to joining the MBA program. I did my undergraduate engineering degree in Information Technology, and I worked as a Software Engineer at Cognizant Technology Solutions for three years in India before joining the PSU MBA program.
Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) and Impact Entrepreneurs are currently collaborating on a new website highlighting PSU's efforts as an Ashoka U. Changemaker Campus. The new site will provide a repository of "changemaking" centers, programs, events, courses, career pathways, etc., at PSU, and will provide opportunities for storytelling and inspiration.
Portland State is proud to have earned Changemaker Campus recognition from Ashoka U. Changemaker Campuses are selected by Ashoka U for their institutional commitment to positive social and environmental impact and innovative programs that develop students as changemakers.
An ambitious group of MBA students have been inducted into the Ambassador program at the Portland State School of Business. The Ambassador program was started to to engage current students as the eyes, ears, and voices of Portland State’s Graduate Business Programs, so they can serve as ambassadors to prospective students, the business community, and to internal audiences. Today, you’re going to meet one of these Ambassadors, Jacey Marushia-Laurain, a second year full-time MBA student. Here is her story...
Portland State University's Net Impact Student Chapter is excited to invite all MBA students to join us for one of our biggest events of the year- the Net Impact Careers in Sustainability Breakfast!
Tony Ferrer is a second year MBA student here at Portland State University. He went on the study abroad trip to the Middle East, which focused on international business management, during the Winter 2013 term.
I recently caught up with Tony to discuss his experiences in Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Q: What did the group study in each of the countries that you visited?
A: In Qatar, we studied international business in the Middle East. We primarily focused on the cultural differences, the business climate, and the economic drivers in the region. These insights were re-enforced with visits to local businesses, the Al Jazeera News headquarters, and a reception with prominent regional Portland State alumni, and US and Qatar ambassadors. The course wrapped up with each student proposing a viable business plan that could be launched in Qatar.
Arguably one of the greatest hurdles for the MBA application process is prepping for and taking the standardized exam. With a record number of applications received this year for Portland State’s MBA program, it is now more important than ever to present your most competitive application.
Guest Post: Simon Ngawhika (MBA 2013), Ecosystem Services Fellow at PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Simon Ngawhika earned his MBA from Portland State University 2013. During his time at Portland State University he served as the Net Impact Student Chapter's President. Currently Simon is an Ecosystem Services Fellow at Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS).
Simon's work is now focused in part on the intersection between business and natural ecosystems. He recently shared a piece he wrote for both The Portland Business Journal's Sustainable Business Oregon section and our blog.