Business Analytics Leadership Council

The Business Analytics Leadership Council (BALC) is dedicated to improving and growing the reputation of the MS Business Analytics program at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management locally, regionally and globally; and committed to protecting and supporting student concerns and working tirelessly with the program leadership to improve the collegiate experience of all students, both inside and outside the classroom.

The council promotes business analytics-related activities. BALC’s primary goal is to help business analytics students:

BALC also works with the Jindal School’s Career Management Center to organize networking and recruiting events and career workshops. The Leadership Council plans and hosts events that help new students be successful, such as boot camps and mentoring events/mixers. Our Internship Panel Event educates students on the process and experiences of obtaining an internship. Our Graduation Mixers celebrate the success of our students as they move from campus to the workplace.

Meet Our Council Members

Rauf Mardiyev

Rauf “Ray” Mardiyev

Baku, Azerbaijan – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Skydiving, craft beer, Larry David quotes, chess, and some magic

Hey! My name is Rauf, and I am from a small country called Azerbaijan. Currently, I am pursuing a double MSBA/MBA degree at UTD. I received my undergrad degree in Economics in my home country and thanks to my mom who was also my teacher, I developed a strong passion for Math and solving number-related problems. After working seven years in different BA and project management roles in industry, I decided to enhance my knowledge by getting a degree from a top business school. I choose the MSBA program at UT Dallas because of the reputation of JSOM, tailored curriculum, and availability of multiple tracks of the program (and also Tex-Mex). This program is a perfect platform for the students who want to gain knowledge and grow in the BA field. I will be more than happy to assist current or prospective students. Please, email me if you have any questions. You have a friend here!

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Ankita Lodhavia

Ankita A Lodhavia

Bengaluru, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Travel enthusisast, food-a-holic , talking into the mic , knowing someone new everyday!

Whoosh!! Hey! So here’s something about myself. I’m from the most happening city in India – Bengaluru. I completed a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and COmmunication Engineering post which I was a founding memeber of two small startups that don’t really do well anymore. I went on to join Deloitte Consulting US-India as a Business Technology Analyst, which proved to be the best part of my career. Being part of the corporate culture that implemented the best of technologies, I was drawn towards numbers and how playing around with them couldmake or break worlds. Thus, I applied to The University of Texas at Dallas for their MS program in Business Analytics and now cherish every day that I’m here. The things to learn and the places to implement are what makes this place the master ingredient for your overall growth. I am currently focused onto the Marketing Analytics track with a mixture of Data Science and Operations Analytics. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever feel doubtful about anything . Looking forward to your queries! Cheers!

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Sahanaa Kumar

Sahanaa Ramkumar

Coimbatore, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Trekking, Sports, DIY

Hola! I believe data is simply a story waiting to be told. I have a Bachelors in Computer Science and almost 3 years of experience as a Software Engineer at Unmetric, a social media analytics startup. My passion for finding meaningful outcomes using a data driven approach to problems inspired me to pursue Masters in Business Analytics at UTD. The program offers plethora of courses and equips you with right skillset that the industry demands. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more about my expereince at UTD.

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Abinitha Shivakumar

Abinitha Shivakumar

Bangalore, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Politics,  Deep sea diving

Hi I’m Abinitha, a graduate student in the Business Analytics program. On completing my Bachelors in computer science, I worked for three years in the field of data analytics at the Indian Institute of Science. Having been an ardent fan of solving puzzles, data science has become a passion for me. The intricate ways by which we can untangle data and bring about simple solutions is what drew me into data science. The highly reputed Business Analytics program, with it’s many disciplines, has given me an excellent platform to understand data in a business perspective.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in case of questions/suggestions. 

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Phanindra Panthagani

Phanindra Panthagani

Warangal,India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Photography, Social Media, Learning new things

Hello there ! I am Phanindra ,a graduate student pursuing Masters in Business Analytics at The University of Texas at Dallas. I completed my Dual Degree (Bachelors + Masters) in Electronics from one of the most prestigious institution in India known as Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. After my dual degree, I worked in Qualcomm for 2 years as an Engineer in improved touch.  I loved maths from childhood and data analytics struck me in my 3rd year at IIT Kharagpur when I participated in the Open IIT data analytics competition. I love the idea that with the mere understanding of patterns of data you can Predict the Future. Be it Stock markets, predicting the dollar price or what a customer is more likely to buy on Amazon. The Business Analytics program at UT Dallas is very diverse and has given me the perfect platform to learn so many different tools used in the industry and to brought me closer to the analytics industry. I love Photography and learning new things. Feel free to get in touch with me to know about my experiences and life at UTD. 

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Pratik Gupta

Pratik Gupta

India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Cooking, Traveling, Binge Watching and Being Funny

Hi, I am Pratik. I completed my undergraduate in Computer Science Engineering and joined Accenture as an associate and eventually made my way up the ladder to work as the Global Authorization Project Manager for client Henkel, a global manufacturing company, where I continued for 4 years before I decided to pursue MS in Business Analytics. Numbers are everywhere and all of us use them, I just never realized Security Architecture Designs are based on data analysis too. This degree is the right platform to polish those skills and learn a lot more to find better prospects and kick-start your journey towards a better future. 

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Anh Le

Anh Le

Vietnam – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Cooking, Road trip traveling, Watching Ellen shows and Korean variety shows

Hi, my name is Anh Le. After working for more than four years in the financial services industry in Vietnam, I developed my passion in data analysis which led me to embark on a journey to work with and learn from the professionals at UTD. The Business Analytics program at UTD has provided me solid foundations in programming and business analytics which helped me well prepare for my future professional career. Previously, I was not confident to pursue Business Analytics due to my lack of work experience in the area, but now I think I would regret if I did not join the program. I am happy to share my experiences and encourage everyone who has interest in this field to apply to our program.

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Di Wu


Guangzhou, China – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Philosophy, Cooking, and tennis.

大家好, Hello! I am pursuing my master degree in Business Analytics since 18 Fall. My passion for data science started when I see how data science changed the industry and our life. Coming from a non-technical background, I found this program is helping me to achieve the knowledge and skills to succeed in the analytical world. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I like to share my experience and stories with you.

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Bhavin Shah

Bhavin Shah

Ahmedabad, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Photography, Badminton, Flute, Chess & Learning new languages

I have been a techie throughout my life! Since an early age I had been enamoured by the capacity and capabilities of simple machine, the computer, possessed and I could only dream about the potential this little box had, to can change our lives. I grew up to the many advances in the field of computing from a time when my big clumsy computer which only had a 512 MegaBytes ram was replaced by a slick notebook with have 16 GigaBytes of the same! So when it came to doing my Bachelor’s, it was only obvious that I would pursue it in Computer Engineering. It’s here where my love story with Data Science began! I joined Tata Consultancy Services’s Digital Enterprises Service Solutions (DESS) vertical  soon after completing my bachelors. There I worked on different Big Data Integration projects and over the years my passion for Big Data pushed me to learn more and more. This took a new high when I worked on certain projects under the Analytics and Insights department of TCS where I could see tangible benefits and the impact my work had on multiple industries. My thirst for more knowledge began to grow. I reached a stage where I my curiosity could not be quenched by learning from my Job. I then decided that I need to pursue a more formal education in these lines. I did a lot research and finally set my focus on the Business Analytics program at the University of Texas at Dallas. I did all that I had to and ensured I landed up here. I have been studying here since Fall-18 and I am happy to say my research paid off. Today I can say from a first-hand experience that this program is truly diversified and provides me with multiple options to pursue, which will equip me for greater challenges tomorrow can bring. This program incorporates current industry level methodologies and tools like no other program. I can go on and on and share a lot more about the program and would be happy to help you with your queries regarding the same.

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Sindhu B M

Sindhu B M

Bangalore, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Singing, Cooking, Food blogging, Travelling and Social Media

I finished my undergraduate program in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PESIT, Bangalore and interned at Intel which got me good exposure to the Semiconductor Industry. All along, I witnessed enterprises leveraging data-driven business transformation strategies to reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant in this ever changing technology landscape. Inspired by this wave, I decided to pursue the goal to build my career in Business Analytics and Management Consulting domain. To effect this, I started my first job at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Analyst. I have always been passionate about meeting new people and Deloitte provided me the necessary exposure to work directly with business clients and also enabled me to get a good understanding of real world problems, solution visualization and delivery. As I continued my professional journey, one thing which was very apparent was that a solid technology grounding is absolutely key to become a stellar management consultant. I decided to pursue the MSBA program at Naveen Jindal School of Management, as the program is flexible and allows students to choose tracks ranging from Data Science to Management Consulting. The course is very relevant to the current industry demands and is a great platform for students to delve into the growing field of Business Analytics. I would be more than happy to share my experiences and help you with your queries about this program and generally about life in Dallas.

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Ga Hyun Sophie Lee

Ga Hyun Sophie Lee

Seoul, Korea – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Reading, Looking for creative designs and new skills

Howdy y’all! I am Ga Hyun [Kahyeon]. I love to learn new things. My curiosity in things makes me dig up to know more about them. I hate the feeling that I cannot do anything in problematic situations; I have to find what I can do, or to make myself capable of solutions for the situation. From my previous work experience related to financial analysis, I wanted to develop more skills in data analysis rather than just using MS Excel. This led me to my journey to Master of Science in Business Analytics program at UTD. I will be happy to answer questions about the program and life in UTD.

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Sajal Singh


Bangalore, India – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Reading, Looking for creative designs and new skills

Hi, I am Sajal, a self-motivated person like to explore new technologies. I completed my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineer. I have 6 years of experience as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer. After my undergraduation, I worked for TCS, Oracle, and General Electric Aviation. My motivation for pursuing Master’s in Business Analytics received a  push when I was working at Oracle Retail. I joined UTD because of its flexible and diversified curriculum, and is based on industrial relevance, which gives you a platform to succeed in the professional world. I would be happy to share my experience and help you with your queries.

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Aditi Prakash

Aditi Prakash

Bangalore, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Travelling

Hi, I’m Aditi Prakash. Currently pursuing master’s in Business Analytics at University of Texas at Dallas. Before joining UTD, I worked as a Business Consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for almost 4 years. The field of business analytics is evolving: methodologies, frameworks, and analytic tools that handle vast data to solve business problems are changing. I wanted to be an integral part of this change, therefore I came down to UTD to pursue Master’s in Business Analytics to upskill myself with the evolving field of analytics. UTD MSBA curriculum reflects the requirement of the industry, has best of both world technology & business. Please feel free to contact me to, if you any queries related to the program and the curriculum. I’m happy to help. 

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Khushboo Madan

Khushboo Madan

Delhi, India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Exploring new places, Listening to old bollywood music, Experimenting new food joints

Since a young age, I wanted to do something different in my career. When my other friends were enjoying a college life in India at the age of 19, I was working at KPMG as an Audit Article. At the age of 22, I started my own financial and management consultancy firm in India. After successfully leading my firm and team on 22 clients, I came to The University Of Texas At Dallas to pursue my interests in Business Analytics. I had fallen in love with the curriculum of Business Analytics at UTD at the first go. There are plethora of subjects under various fields which I can take up to complete my degree. The course is well- structured to make us market-ready. There are tons of activities on the campus which prevent students from feeling home-sick. Ideally situated in the peaceful city of Richardson, UTD provides a perfect balance between Texan culture and International exposure. I am a proud Comet and you could reach me out with any questions about Business Analytics, UTD life and adjustments to the big city of Dallas. 

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Mona Eslamijam

Mona Jam

Tehran,Iran – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Cooking,Shopping,listening to traditional music,Zumba

 I have a hands-on experience in organizing events which help students to be more prepared for the job market. My experience does not narrow down only to these kinds of activities but also I would like to share my experiences in academic life with students which I gain through studying at UTD. I have been at UTD for almost 3 years. I got my first master in Systems Engineering. Living the life for two years at  Erik Jonsson school of engineering as well as JSOM broaden my viewpoint and I would like to utilize that to help incoming new students.  

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John Deorian

John Deorian

Dallas,Texas – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Besides work and school, my favorite things are spending time with my wife and kids, playing chess, and playing with our dog.

 I am originally from central California and lived in Chicago before moving to North Texas for work. My family and I love it here and are excited to be adopted Texans. My undergraduate degree is in Finance and Marketing. My early career has been a mix of financial analysis, operations, and marketing. After graduating, I hope to work in a customer-facing role with responsibility for delivering revenue.

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Gayathri Muraleedharan

Gayathri M

Kerala,India – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Listening to music, dancing,travelling

 As an MBA, majored in Supply Chain Management, the possibilities offered by mathematics and analytics in each step of a product supply chain, right from planning for lean manufacturing to optimizing and modelling distribution algorithms, have intrigued me. With over 2 years of professional experience as a Business Analyst, in products and services sector, I decided to pursue master’s in Business Analytics at UTD, with some of the best academic enthusiasts across the world. The MSBA program at UTD offers a wide range of courses, tailored to meet the current job requirements. Feel free to get in touch with me to know more about the program and my experience here as a student.

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Chia Ming Wu

April Wu

Chunghua, Taiwan – Class of 2020, Fall
Hobbies: Traveling, Watching movies, cooking and baking

 Hello! My name is April, and I’m from Taiwan. I’m fascinated by how people’s feelings, behaviors, and thoughts are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied social context, which is why I chose to study psychology as an undergraduate student. After I graduated, I completed a User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) certificated program at UC-Irvine while I worked full-time.  Now, I’m here at UTD pursuing my Masters in Business Analytics. I’ll be happy to share my experiences and provide help, so please feel free to connect with me. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and traveling with friends and family.

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Tolulope Oduwole

Tolulope Oduwole

Ogun State, Nigeria – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Watching soccer and basketball, Playing squash

I have a double degree in Engineering (Electrical/Process disciplines) but started my career as an associate in a capacity development firm, doing competence consulting. I made some progress and eventually became a business manager at two different firms, overseeing training, consulting, sales and marketing efforts. These experiences gave me a lot of access to data but without the requisite knowledge and skills to mine and get insights from data, I was limited in the quality and value I could add to clients through these projects. This informed my decision to pursue a graduate degree in business analytics. The business analytics program at the University of Texas, Dallas is quite broad and integrated to enable graduates to apply analytic capabilities to a wide range of career paths. I am keen to ensure that it becomes the Number 1 business analytics program in the country. I look forward to sharing and implementing ideas that will improve the program, students and the faculty.

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Kartkay Nigam

Kartikay Nigam

Lucknow, India – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Music, Gaming and Playing pool

Hi, I am Kartikay and I completed my undergraduate in Computer Science Engineering from Jaypee University of Information Technology, H.P. I have 7 years of work experience in Financial Services. I have worked in Infosys, EdgeVerve and DXC Technology in client interfacing roles which comprised of performing requirement analysis and thereby recommending solutions by doing data analysis using in house applications. My passion for analytics developed during my career when I started observing the business impact it can bring to client’s revenue. The MS in Business Analytics at UTD is diversified program which provides lot of options to students in attaining expertise in multiple tracks/field. It is a program designed to understand industry level methodologies and tools in the field of Business Analytics. I will be happy to assist both prospective and current students in solving their queries related to MSBA program or student life in UTD.

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Aditya Murali

Aditya Murali

Muscat, Oman Class of 2019, Spring
Hobbies: Painting, Gardening, Gaming

Hi! I am Aditya. A communications engineer by education and profession, I bring along the necessary statistical and quantitative experience to work in data driven environments. I hold a Master of Science in Communications Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra – International Centre Muscat. I have over two years of professional experience in software testing and product development with the mobile phone industry in China and India. I chose the MS Business Analytics program at UTD as it offers me the avenue to supplement my experience with the latest analytical tools and technologies to help transform businesses. Feel free to email me if you have any queries.

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Suraj Malpani

Suraj Malpani

Mumbai, India – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Reading, Travelling, Running, Cooking

Hello, my name is Suraj Malpani. I am from Mumbai, India. Prior to joining UTD’s MSBA program, I worked with Accenture as an Application Development Analyst. At Accenture, I learned several Business Intelligence tools which motivated me to advance my skills and embark on a quest to pursue a career in the field of Data Science, after all, it is the sexiest job of this century. The coursework of the program is wide-ranging and one can opt for diverse subjects from multiple tracks depending on your interest, which provides a great flexibility and a personalized learning experience. Email me if you have any questions.

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Opeoluwa Ojomo

Opeoluwa Ojomo

Lagos, Nigeria – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: With 4 years of experience in Reporting & Business Intelligence working in a Financial Institution, I joined the Business Analytics program in spring of 2018. My interest in the capabilities of data and how it can be adequately explored to optimize business processes is precisely why I chose to further my education in Business Analytics at UTD. The program offers a broad range of courses across various tracks that can be chosen from depending on an individual’s intending career path. Please, feel free to contact me for any enquiries, I would be happy to share my experience with you.

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Geyasruti Dheram

Geyasruti Dheram

Hyderabad, India – Class of 2019, Spring
Hobbies: Music, Reading, Cooking and Badminton

Hey, I am Sruti and I finished my undergraduate degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore, India. I have 2.5 years of business experience as a Business Development Associate Consultant at SAP. SAP introduced me to the latest technologies and to the coding world, which was totally new for me. My work at SAP has helped me gain knowledge on how to analyze and model data using statistics, computer science and software technologies and leveraging this information to help businesses make strategic decisions. This experience made me realize the importance of Analytics in the world of business. Curious to acquire knowledge in this field and having an active interest in Mathematics, Statistics, Database Management and Probability, I chose the MSBA program at UTD to pursue my graduate degree since it’s the perfect platform for one to gain knowledge and grow in the field of Analytics. I am happy and excited to assist both the current and prospective students with any questions that they may have about UTD, the MSBA program or about life here in Dallas. Cheers!

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Shravya Shanmukh

Shravya Shanmukh

Bangalore, India – Class of 2018
Hobbies: Travelling and Social Media

With 5 years of experience in Information Technology & Services, I have worked across multiple business units in different capacities. I hail from Bangalore, India where I started my career as a Business Analyst and went on to be a Client Services Manager in London, United Kingdom. Working with multiple business stakeholders in different project areas enabled me to develop sound business acumen, learn the art of people management and lead a team towards an identified goal.The power of driving business strategies with the help of insights generated from an amalgamation of technology and data has always intrigued me. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Business Analytics to develop strong technical and analytical skills by leveraging data as a strategic asset. I enjoy meeting new people and learning from a varied mix of tradition, value, expertise and experience that they bring. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the program.

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Wencheng Zeng

Wencheng Zeng

Shanghai, China – Class of 2019, Fall
Hobbies: Dulcimer, Classical Chinese Poetry, Traveling, Swimming

Hi! I have been pursuing my MS in Business Analytics since fall 2017. I received my bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Shanghai University (SHU) and worked as an insight intern for 6months. With all the academic experience and the internship, I am well prepared for my next adventure –the exploration of the world of business analytics. Therefore, pursuing graduate learning in Business Analytics at The University of Texas at Dallas is the most ideal choice for me at this time of my life. I’ll be happy to answer questions about this program and life in UTD.

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