This May most students tossed their caps to the sky and celebrated the end of their graduate journey. Whether it is going to work, continuing their studies, job hunting or taking time to oneself, the students are prepared to take on anything.
As another academic year ends, we want to recognize some accomplished and outstanding students.
OwlVision Labs Award
The OwlVision Labs award was started by Martin (Marty) Kimmel who graduated with a BBA degree in May 2018 with a double major in entrepreneurship and management. He is currently the President of OwlVision Labs in Chicago. This year’s inaugural OwlVision Labs Award was presented to Josalin Kumm who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering with certificates in entrepreneurship and leadership. This summer she will be working for Treacy and Co. in Chicago as a strategy consultant intern.
Robert W. Pricer Undergraduate Scholarship
The Robert W. Pricer Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 2002 by James Weinert to honor retired Professor Bob Pricer for his teaching excellence and pioneering academic study of entrepreneurship. This year’s Robert W. Pricer Undergraduate Scholarship was presented to Jake Piekarski. Jake will be a senior next year graduating in May 2024 with a triple major in entrepreneurship, management and real estate. This summer, Jake will be working at the Bascom Group as a full-time acquisitions analyst intern in Irvine, California.
Jane Pricer Memorial Scholarship
The Jane Pricer Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life of Jane Pricer who was a driving source of inspiration and positivity and created a nurturing environment for students to pursue their business interests and dreams. This year’s Jane Pricer Memorial Scholarship was presented to Juan Pablo Garcia-Lopez. Juan was a member of the Fellowship in Enterprise Development Program and the WAVE class and graduated in May 2023 with an MBA degree in Brand and Marketing Management. He will be working for Georgia Pacific in Atlanta as an Associate Brand Manager and will to continue working on his side venture Artisans – Crafting Change.
Jon G. & Susan S. Udell Scholarship in Entrepreneurship
This endowed scholarship in entrepreneurship was started by Jon and Susan Udell. Jon Udell was a professor of marketing and worked on free enterprise education in the Wisconsin School of Business with Bob Pricer and Al Filley and merged their programs to create the Enterprise Center which was later renamed the Weinert Center. Johnny Gomez, an MBA student in the Brand and Marketing Management, was this year’s recipient. Johnny created his own insurance agency, J Go Solutions LLC, on which he insures people aging into retirement.
Paul Shain Graduate Scholarship Fund
The Paul Shain Graduate Scholarship fund was created in 2021 by BBA alum Nathan Brand to honor his friend and our WAVE board member, Paul Shain. This year’s recipient was Barry Shepherd, an MBA student specializing in Technology Product Marketing that will be part of the Fellowship in Enterprise Development Program next fall. Barry will be interning at Intuit in Mountain View, California.
Outstanding WAVE Student
Each year the Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship (WAVE) class selects a classmate for special recognition regarding the advice and assistance the person gives to other teams to enhance and enrich their business ideas. This year’s recipient of the James J. Weinert Outstanding WAVE Student Entrepreneurship Award is Connie Li who will be graduating with her MBA degree in May 2023 and will be working at Accenture as a Senior Strategy Consultant.
We congratulation and celebrate the achievements of these students and wish them the best of luck as they start the next chapter of their lives.
We also say farewell and goodbye to our outstanding Fellowship and WAVE students. These students excelled both inside and outside of the classroom and we wish them well as they prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.
We are pleased to share the future plans of our Fellowship and WAVE students with you.
Radhika Bommakanti (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Macallum Brabender (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Karthik Chitturi (Fellow ’23) will be joining Amazon as a Pathways Operations Manager in Chicago, Illinois.
Stephen Colleton (Fellow & WAVE ’23) will be joining the UW Office of Human Resources as a Compensation Analyst in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dionysi Samaskopoulos (WAVE ’23) will be continuing in his Ph.D. studies in Electrical Engineering.
Mahonri Diniz (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Bree Du (WAVE ’23) will be joining Deloitte as an Auditor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gin Du (WAVE ’23) will be joining Vandewalle & Associates as an Associate Designer in Madison, Wisconsin.
Juan Pablo Garcia-Lopez (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is joining Georgia Pacific as an Associate Brand Manager in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrigank Gupta (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Saurabh Gupta (WAVE ’23) will be continuing in his Ph.D. studies in Mechanical Engineering.
Muslimabonu Sherzod Kizi Juraeva (WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Yash Kasana (WAVE ’23) will be joining Athenahealth as a Product Management Manager in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Connie Li (WAVE ’23) will be joining Accenture as a Senior Strategy Consultant in Chicago, Illinois.
Christian Martinez (WAVE ’23) will be joining Atlassian as a Product Manager in Austin, Texas.
Vidwath Mathikere (WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Parag Nigam (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market and working on his startup DeCaCo.
Elena Olson (WAVE ’23) will be continuing in her Ph.D. studies in Animal Sciences.
Samuel Richards (WAVE ’23) will be joining Hoffmaster as an Associate Supply Chain Finance Manager in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Manasi Srirangarajan (Fellow & WAVE ’23) is still on the market for full-time positions.
Pranith Reddy Vemula (Fellow & WAVE ’23) will be joining Intuit as a Product Manager in Mountain View, California.
Ebrahem Wahba (WAVE ’23) will be joining Baird as an Investment Banking Associate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kun Yin (WAVE ’23) will be joining AbbVie, Inc. as a Marketing Insights Manager in Mettawa, Illinois.
Kate Zhao (WAVE ’23) will be joining Alexion Pharmaceuticals as an Upstream Scientist I in New Haven, Connecticut.
To all of our students, take this time to revel in your accomplishments! We are so proud of each and every one of you. Continue to work hard and always remember…On Wisconsin!