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Professional MBA Ambassadors

Morgan Hembling

Morgan Hembling

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
mhh170001@utdallas.edu

Morgan grew up in the greater Houston area. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a BBA in finance and a minor in accounting. In January 2017, Morgan joined the 3 year Texas Instrument ACCESS Rotation Program as a generalist. She’s worked as a financial analyst, customer service representative, and most recently, a business unit accountant. Outside of work and school, she enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends. Morgan chose the UT Dallas Professional MBA Evening Cohort because of the collaborative nature and the affordability of the program.

Srikanth Jagannathan

Srikanth Jagannathan

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
srikanth.jagannathan@utdallas.edu

Srikanth Jagannathan received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from University of Madras. He worked in the software industry for 4 years before moving to the United States to pursue graduate studies. He received his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees from Vanderbilt University in Electrical Engineering. He is currently working as a principal hardware design engineer at NXP Semiconductors. He is a technical expert and has published over 35 co-authored papers in scientific journals and holds 15 (9 pending) patents. Srikanth plans to switch to a business role in the semiconductor industry and is interested in product management and strategy. He chose the evening cohort program at UT Dallas for its outstanding curriculum and immense networking opportunities. He plans combine his technical expertise along with the business skills from the MBA program to accomplish his goals. Srikanth’s hobbies include staying active, traveling and sports. Most of all, he loves his family and friends.

Amir Safvat

Amir Safvat

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
Amir.Safvat@UTDallas.edu

An Iranian-American citizen, Amir initially moved to U.S. to pursue academic goals. He received an Honor Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture (Magna cum Laude) and a Master of Architecture both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Amir is a registered architect, a member of National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and a member of America Institute of Architects. He has been working as a designer, a project architect, a project manager and a construction administrator for over a decade in a very fast paced, multifaceted and extremely demanding cross industry profession. Currently he works at a global design firm, HKS Architects, and is pursuing the MBA degree to further expand his range of knowledge in business field. He chose UTD because the values it offers such as diversified and inclusive culture, small classroom sizes, extraordinary education, high rankings, affordable program cost, and significant networking opportunities just a few to mention. Amir enjoys creative arts, flying drones, playing chess and traveling.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
irs170000@utdallas.edu

Ian grew up in Arlington, TX and received his BA in International Relations with a focus in economic development from Brown University in 2011. Currently, Ian serves as Regional Vice President with Westwood Holdings Group, a local asset manager in Dallas, TX. In his role, Ian focuses on raising assets for the firm’s mutual fund family and separately managed accounts through multiple channels. Throughout his career, Ian has worked for both private and public investment firms, developing a passion for the financial markets. This passion has led him to pursue an MBA with a concentration in finance at UTD. Ian chose the UTD MBA program specifically because of the quality and affordability of the program, along with the ability to concentrate in finance. In his spare time, Ian enjoys traveling, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.

Aniket Pujari

Aniket Pujari

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
Aniket.Pujari@utdallas.edu

Aniket received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from V.J.T.I, University of Mumbai, India in 2011. After graduation, he enrolled in the Masters in Environmental Engineering program at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is currently employed by Trinity Consultants, Inc. as a Senior Consultant/Project Manager and develops and maintains high quality client relations through his technical and project management abilities. Aniket chose to attend the UT Dallas Professional MBA Evening Cohort Program because of its strong alumni network, affordability, and continuously growing relationship with top global companies. The faculty, staff, and alumni are well-reputed in their respective domains, which gives the MBA program at UTD a perfect balance of academia and experiential learning. The Professional Evening Cohort MBA class at UTD is filled with sharp students whose varying viewpoints on business problems offer a collaborative environment. As a working professional, Aniket is excited to learn the fundamentals in class and put theories to practice while gaining experience in the consulting industry.

Chris Bagwell

Chris Bagwell

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
cxb171930@utdallas.edu

Chris was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering and a minor in Political Science. He is currently employed by AT∓T in their Technology Development Program. His first rotation was a process improvement and cost savings role in a support center, and in his current rotation he manages projects related to customer support tools. Chris is an avid football fan and can frequently be found rooting for his LA Tech Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, and New Orleans Saints during the football season. In his spare time, he rock climbs competitively and enjoys travelling, listening to music, and watching movies. Chris chose UT Dallas for an MBA because of its incredible academic reputation, networking opportunities, and supportive faculty. He hopes to use his education and network to start his own company.

Chris Tsai

Chris Tsai

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
Christopher.Tsai@utdallas.edu

Chris grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance. After graduation, he joined Sabre, a travel-technology company located in Southlake, Texas, as a financial analyst within the Travel Network financial planning and analysis team. At Travel Network, Chris developed an in-depth understanding of the internal financials of the business and shifted to a position as a Senior Strategy Analyst in 2016. His current role within strategy has provided opportunities to utilize his finance expertise while developing insights and recommendations to challenge the status-quo of the travel distribution industry. Chris chose the UT Dallas MBA program to further develop his strategic and analytical skillsets in preparation for future leadership opportunities in strategy and finance. Outside his professional career, Chris is a devoted mountain biker/road cyclist and automotive enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Evan Pastorelle

Evan Pastorelle

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
esp130230@utdallas.edu

Evan grew up in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and graduated from Dickinson College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and Management. After graduation, he followed his family moving out to Dallas and started working in the insurance industry for Esurance Insurance Company. He is currently a Casualty Claims Specialist with Esurance Insurance Company and is planning to do the joint degree program in Healthcare Leadership and Management. He chose to attend the UT Dallas Professional MBA Evening Cohort Program because of the professional focus and diversity of the program, as well as the flexible and varied options offered with the concentrations and joint degrees. Outside his professional career, Evan is a devoted basketball player and fan while being an avid sneaker and fashion enthusiast. Most importantly, Evan always enjoys spending time with his family and friends!

Haley Bethel

Haley Bethel

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
Haley.Bethel@utdallas.edu

Haley is a native to the Dallas area who grew up in Mesquite, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Texas in 2010, where she majored in English and minored in Spanish. After graduating, she spent three years with CompuCom in various roles, ranging from Technical Writer to SharePoint Analyst. In 2014, she began working for Yum! Brands, Inc., where she currently works on the KFC Global team as a Senior Digital Analyst. In her most recent role, she partners with KFC’s global markets on various ecommerce initiatives. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys working out, traveling, and cheering on her Dallas Cowboys. Haley chose the Professional Evening Cohort MBA program at UT Dallas because it’s an affordable and highly-regarded program that allows its students to focus on their specific interests through its various concentration offerings.

Tasha Okulate

Tasha Okulate

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2019
Tasha.Ricks@utdallas.edu

Tasha received her Bachelors of Business Management degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Oklahoma. After completing her undergraduate degree, Tasha accepted a role with Pepsi Beverages Company in Houston, Texas and has since held a number of roles within the PepsiCo organization. Currently, Tasha works as a Market Development Manager for the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo in Plano, TX. In her free time, Tasha enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and watching Harry Potter movies! Tasha chose the UT Dallas MBA program because of the business school’s national presence, the affordability of the program, the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals.

Caroline Nwaekwe

Caroline Nwaekwe

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
Caroline.Nwaekwe-Weston@utdallas.edu

Caroline received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. She currently works for LifePath systems, the local authority for behavioral health in Collin County. Her role is the evaluator for the Texas System of Care program, a HHSC community-based initiative. She returned to UTD for her MBA with a concentration in healthcare leadership and management and leadership in organizations. Caroline is an avid sports fan especially football, basketball and tennis. As a health enthusiast, Caroline believes in living a healthy lifestyle and staying active. She enjoys working out at the gym, volunteering and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Tiffani Jantz

Tiffani Jantz

Professional Evening Cohort MBA Program
Class of 2020
Tiffani.Jantz@utdallas.edu

Tiffani received her BA in Psychology and Child Development and her MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience with top honors from The University of Texas at Dallas. Fascinated by the human mind, she worked as a Traumatic Brain Injury Research Coordinator for 10 years at UT Dallas. In her most recent role, she works as an Institutional Review Board Specialist with the Office of Research at UT Dallas. She is also on staff as a therapist at Children’s Health on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and is a strong advocate of mental health awareness. Her previous experiences of leadership and organizational growth motivated her to seek an MBA degree. Tiffani chose to attend the UT Dallas Professional MBA Evening Cohort Program because of the affordability of a high quality academic program, the opportunity to interact with a diverse and collaborative small cohort, and the supportive environment from MBA staff and faculty. The flexibility of the evening cohort also allows Tiffani to find a happy balance between work, school, and being a mother to her young son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dogs, traveling and experiencing new cultures and food.