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MBA Entrepreneur Collaborates with Medical Technology Startups

“These medical devices have the potential to make surgery safer and recovery comfortable for patients while reducing the high cost associated with current technologies.”

Last spring, I had the opportunity to work academically as a business investigator with an interdisciplinary research team.  My team and I conducted an in-depth analysis of the market potential for Optical Polarization Tractography (OPT), a newly developed imaging technology.  Through a series of stakeholder interviews, we confirmed the market opportunity for a fast, accurate, non-invasive screening device for cervical cancer – all of which could be met with OPT.  Since I had finally found the perfect application for my science and business backgrounds, I applied for and was granted a scholarship to work with two Columbia medical technology startups: Extent Medical Imaging and Hunter Biomedical Group.  Through my experiences, I managed small project teams, explored potential markets, and developed strategies for research and development of two major device concepts in the medical field. (more…)

How a Silicon Valley Company Taught Me the Importance of Culture Fit

“Finding a positive culture fit where my personal and professional goals aligned with those of the company improved my self-esteem and made it more conducive to carry out work to the best of my ability.”

During my first year in the Crosby MBA program, I actively pursued internship opportunities, conducting a lot of research and applying to many companies. One common suggestion among my peers and superiors was ‘to find the right culture fit’ in a company. I didn’t really know what this meant until I was done with my internship at Rambus, a technology licensing company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The land known to many as ‘Silicon Valley’ is the technology hub of the United States, and decidedly one of the most affluent and fascinating places. The name ‘Silicon Valley’ comes from a high concentration of semiconductor and computer industries that began booming in Santa Clara Valley around half a century ago. But can you believe that, back in the day, the city synonymous with start-up culture was once called ‘The Valley of Heart’s Delight’ for being a major fruit producer? With a stockpile of wealthy households, desert landscape, mountains, ocean, and a medley of brilliant minds, the bay area has a wildly different vibe. At first, the area felt somewhat overwhelming, especially to someone coming from the Midwest. (more…)

The Intersection of Journalism, Business and Science – My “Sweet Spot”

“When an opportunity came along for me to extend my time at Nasa Goddard, [the MBA faculty and staff’s] flexibility and understanding made it possible for me do so while staying on track…”

This summer I interned in the Office of Communications at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Every day was an opportunity to grow as a storyteller, strategic thinker and team player, all while learning about space exploration and the inner workings of the universe — what I imagine is every business-minded science journalist’s dream.

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In my role, I helped tell stories about the groundbreaking science that happens at NASA Goddard, and thought of new ways to share those stories with the world. Being a small part of that during my 10-week internship was thrilling, and one of the best, most immersive learning experiences I’ve ever had. I helped manage media requests for interviews with scientists ahead of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, and I assisted in laying the groundwork for Goddard’s long-term podcasting strategy. I wrote about “freckles” on the Sun that you can see with eclipse glasses on, and about the twentieth anniversary of a remarkable solar mission. I was able to see how my journalism experience and business education could complement each other in an innovative environment. (more…)

From Lab Coat to Cowboy Boots: My Journey with Rabo AgriFinance

“Working at Rabo AgriFinance as a Business Risk intern was a dream come true. I not only enjoyed the work I was doing, but was passionately involved in the process as well.”

I had never pictured myself being associated with any financial institution mainly because I have always associated finance to be the field filled with people with “super brains” who are awesome at math. Having none of them in my possession (or so I believed), I was pleasantly surprised when I received an invitation to interview from Rabo AgriFinance. My interview proved to be more like a flowing conversation than a formal question and answer session. I remember telling my peers afterwards, “I think I messed up my chance because I just did not stop talking.” Luckily, this proved far from true as I was extended an offer to join the team as a Business Risk intern.

Rabo AgriFinance was everything I never expected my summer internship to be. From the very first day, they never placed barriers between full-time employees and interns. The culture at Rabo is their key selling point, in my opinion. The people are warm, welcoming and helpful in every way. Rabo operates by two sets of values that they strongly believe in: the brand values and the core values, including professionalism, sustainability, and respect among others. However, it was my personal experience that every single employee who works there consistently goes above and beyond those practices. (more…)