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Student Ambassadors - MS in Supply Chain Management


Our Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program has several student ambassadors chartered to provide help and information via email for prospective or new students on various topics such as the Dallas environment, housing, living expenses, academic and social life. Please feel free to reach out to these MS SCM ambassadors with any questions you may have.

Ambassadors – Class of Summer 2017

Rahul Balmuri

Rahul Balmuri

Hyderabad, India – Class of Summer 2017

Hobbies: Football, TV Shows and Cooking

I am a Spring 2016 Supply Chain graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas with a passion for Six Sigma and Data Driven Analytics. I strive to be a goal driven individual, continuously improving my knowledge in my chosen field and gain valuable Industrial experience. I spent the last three years in Germany working on various projects with Mercedes-Benz where I led a team towards achieving high process capabilities using Six Sigma and worked to improve their business processes through data-driven decision making. With an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, I choose UTD to pursue Supply Chain because of its proven success over the years and the chance to explore various tracks in the program. The primary lesson I have learned at UT Dallas is to look at success beyond the illusion of grades. At the Jindal School of Management, Emphasis is laid on all-around graduate excellence and the impact that we create for the school. The rush to be a part of student organizations such as INFORMS, Supply Chain Leadership Council by organizing guest speakers, networking mixers, and participating in case competitions has helped me to excel and network with professionals after classes. The peer-to-peer student mentorship program for new students helps with real-time in-school experiences through mentorship and guidance from their peers. Being able to help fellow students makes my learning complete. I would love to answer any questions regarding the MS SCM, faculty and student life at UTD. Email Rahul

Ambassadors – Class of Fall 2017

Elizabeth Duskin

Elizabeth Duskin

Houston, USA – Class of Fall 2017

Hobbies: Singing, Cooking, Watching movies, Biking

I received my undergrad from Stephen F Austin State University in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing. Shortly after graduating I accepted a position with Dillard’s as one of their floor managers for various levels of inventory. I earned 3 promotions within a year and gained valuable first hand management knowledge. My interests have always been in purchasing, planning and consulting. These interests made UT Dallas a natural first choice to pursue my Master’s of Science in Supply Chain Management. Email Elizabeth

Yihsuan Hung

Yihsuan Hung

Taipei, Taiwan – Class of Fall 2017

Hobbies: Traveling, Baking, Jogging

My undergraduate degree was Accounting and I worked as an auditor for three years. My auditing experience at Deloitte & Touche provided me with an understanding of how a multinational firm operates, specifically how they establish an effective global supply chain—from design to manufacturing and warehouse organization to logistical support. Although I’ve developed a basic understanding of supply chain and logistic strategy in my past experience, I need more comprehensive knowledge and skills in this field, which is why I choose the Master of Supply Chain Management program at UTD at this time. The SCM program offers a balanced combination of skills enhancement focused on Supply Chain but also related to business management and industry knowledge. In addition, Dallas is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, which provides an ideal environment to get internship opportunities for the students who are eager to build a solid firm foundation in SCM field. Please feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to answer any question you may have and to share my experience with you. Email Yihsuan

Onoriode Oyibo

Onoriode Oyibo

Mosogar , Delta State, Nigeria – Class of Fall 2017

Hobbies: Soccer , Chess

Howdy! My name is Onoriode Oyibo from Delta State , Nigeria, West Africa and More importantly, I am a Supply Chain Management Graduate Student at the Naveed Jindal School of Management Class of 2017 . My undergraduate degree was Petroleum Engineering and I worked as an engineer for a while and realized that Logistics and Supply Chain Management is the backbone of the Petroleum industry and every other industry in the world today. UT Dallas has a renowned ever evolving Supply Chain Management Program that provides the knowledge base and exposure to the tools and skills set required to update your Organization /Company or become a professional and pursue a career in Global Supply Chain Industry. I have gained knowledge and networked with industry professionals at various meetings organized by student Organizations and the Faculty; If a graduate degree in Supply Chain is what you require , UT Dallas is where you should study. Email Onoriode

Sanjay Kurani

Sanjay Kurani

Jodhpur, India – Class of Fall 2017

Hobbies: Learning, Acting, Dancing, Travelling, Trekking

I am pursuing my masters in supply chain management. I hold a bachelor’s degree in business finance and economics. While I was pursuing my bachelor’s, I was working as operations and inventory manager in my family business (Retail Industry) for 2 years. Since the beginning, I was fascinated by how these elite industry players such as Walmart, Amazon, Toyota and many more, frame and execute their supply chain strategies to coordinate their activities, and achieve their organizational goals in an efficient manner. Later, I realized that supply chain is comparable to nature, it’s all around us. This motivated me to pursue my formal education in this field. I am fortunate enough to explore this field under the guidance of such qualified and experienced faculty. I would be delighted to share my learning experience. Please feel free to contact me. Go SCM! Email Sanjay

Akshitha Animalla

Akshitha Animalla

Hyderabad, India – Class of Fall 2017

Hobbies: Travelling, Music, Volunteering, Reading

I’m a Spring 2016 Master’s student majoring in Supply Chain Management. I have an Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from India. I have work experience of 2.5 years as a Civil Engineer during which I made marked efforts in thinking and clearly defining to myself my destination, long-term objectives and means to reach out to the desired end. I realized that efficient management of time, as well as project cost, can create optimum net value. Supply Chain Management is one such course where the synergy of the technologist and the manager facilitates the interplay of people and goods into a seamless flow of efficiency and creativity. My desire to pursue Masters in Supply Chain management stems from a combination of my technical and interpersonal skills, and the ambition to build on and utilize them for my professional and personal growth. The next step was to enroll in a school which aligned with my objectives. UTD was a clear winner with its top-notch infrastructure, faculty, and student body, giving me enough latitude to practice my creativity and encourage innovation and a curriculum that also allows students to envision the developments in their field of study. Apart from academics, the student body in UTD is active in bridging the gap between academia and industry trends. I also had the opportunity to serve as the Media & Promotions Lead at Institute for Operations Research & Management Science (INFORMS) which further helped hone my leadership skills. I believe I have made the right choice in my career and would more than happy to assist with questions regarding MS SCM program at UTD.Email Akshitha

Ambassadors – Class of Spring 2018

Sivaramakrishnan Sethuraman

Sivaramakrishnan Sethuraman

Chennai, India – Class of Spring 2018

Hobbies: Cricket, Volley Ball, Chess, Volunteering and Mentoring

I joined UTD in Fall 2016 to pursue my double degree in MBA & MS in Supply Chain Management. Prior to it, I had 4 years of supply chain experience at Hyundai in procurement and localization functions. I have handled 5 major vendors in Hyundai and was totally responsible for their quality, cost and delivery. Having worked under complex situation and handling challenging projects, I really found my love towards Supply Chain and especially in Sourcing, Price Fixing / Negotiation and Localization. Also, Supply Chain has become a competitive strategy for many companies in the market!!!

I chose UTD because of the overall learning platform right from academics (electives in SCM) to extra-curricular. We have 4 tracks in supply chain that one can chose based on one’s interest and career goal. One can gain real time learning from case based and game based classes. Professors are really awesome. Leadership skills can be honed in clubs such as INFORMS, APICS, ISM, SCLC. And we have separate Negotiation club and Center for Decision and Risk Analysis. Clubs organize various networking mixers where one can meet subject matter experts and get to know current trends. JSOM encourages students to participate in various case competitions even at international level. Anything related to Supply Chain, you are at the right place !!! To know more about MS SCM, just ping me. Email Sivaramakrishnan

Xi Cheng

Xi Cheng

Shanghai, China – Class of Spring 2018

Hobbies: Art, Jewelry making, photography, swimming, fitness.

I received my bachelor degree with a double major in Business and Art. As a child, drawing stick figures on the sidewalk fascinated me. I dreamt of becoming a famous artist and longed to attend art school. Yet, in the Chinese culture, parents determine and firmly control the educational and career paths their children take; moreover, children respect their parents’ wishes. I was pursuing a business major as they wished. However, this decision led to a personal discovery that I have a skill for, and an interest in, Supply Chain Management. Many concepts of supply chain management fit perfectly well with my personality of liking to plan everything ahead.

My focusing tracks inside the supply chain management have always been in planning, consulting and purchasing. So far, my personal favorite is Lean Six Sigma course which involves many designing in order to reduce waste and defects. I’m taking variety courses from supply chain management. If you have any questions regarding the courses, program itself, career opportunities and so on, please don’t hesitate to contact me through email. Or if you want to talk about art (especially jewelry making and photography), I’m absolutely up to it too! Email Xi Cheng

Haomin Zhang

Haomin Zhang

Tianjin, People’s Republic of China – Class of Spring 2018

Hobbies: Tennis, Basketball, Music

Hello everyone, I’m Haomin and I’m a graduate student enrolled in fall 2016. I’m very glad to study here and I’ve gained a lot via attending many events and organizations such as APICS, ISM. Also I’ve attended workshops on campus and learned about how to write out a perfect resume, how to dress up at work, and how to behave with other colleagues. I must say I’ve changed a lot since I set foot on the American land.

Speak of Supply Chain Management, it must be one of the hottest majors in US. I think it’s a great opportunity to get into the family of our MS SCM program and finally achieve our professional goals! Email Haomin Zhang

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