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Student Ambassadors


MS in Supply Chain Management (STEM)

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.

Robert Buchanan

Robert Buchanan – Class of 2020

Dallas, Texas

Hobbies: In his spare time, he enjoys urban exploration, billiards, and live music, no matter the genre

Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) I am currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management and Business Administration at JSOM, UTD. With a post undergrad at UNT and working professionally in the supply chain field for 2+ years, I figured it was time to get my MBA. After one year of school with 6 MBA classes down, I decided to add a MS in SCM. I have been working professionally for NEC Corporation of America for 5+ years in the Supply Chain Management department, specializing in import/export documentation and compliance, logistics planning and execution, and workflow process documentation. My professional interests include the role of information technology in operations, efficiency engineering, and process innovation. I also devote much of my time to the American Heart Association and have led two teams as Heart Walk Coach. Right now I plan on continuing my UTD career as a mentor to incoming supply chain students.

Zhang Xiwen

Xiwen Zhang – Class of 2020

Yingkou, Liaoning, China

Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Running, Cooking

After having graduated with a Bachelor of International Economics and Trade in China, I started working in the area of container operations. When working and reaching out to new businesses and clients, I found out that I needed to acquire new skills in order to catch up with a dynamic supply chain industry that is constantly moving towards becoming a more digitalized world. It was clear that as a modern supply chain professional I had to master applied computer science and acquire data analysis skills in order to make well-informed decisions as a future supply chain manager. On top of that I was seeking to learn more about how to make strategical decisions in business. The Master of Supply Chain Management curriculum seemed to fit perfectly with all my expectations and moreover provided a lot of job opportunities situated in an ever-growing DFW metropolitan area. Hence, I decided to join the MS SCM program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM). At this point in time I can say that the program has strengthened my practical skills, benefitting my future career development. My specific interest goes out to research in Behavioral Decision Making and currently I am also working as a Lab Manager in LBOE of JSOM. I would be more than happy to share my experiences and to answer your questions and to eventually welcome you as a member in our MSCM program!

Rajat Bangera

Rajat Bangera – Class of 2020

India, Mumbai

Hobbies: Theater, Sports, Cinema

My name is Rajat Bangera and I am from India, the world’s fastest growing economy that attracts a wide variety of multinationals from within the manufacturing and retail industry. The tremendous demand for supply chain, but a lack of skilled supply chain professionals to meet this demand, is what drove me to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management (SCM). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in SCM I had the opportunity to work with LafargeHolcim over a 1-year stint. After having worked in the industry for a year I felt the need to pursue a master’s degree. Despite having offers from higher ranking universities I chose to pursue the MS SCM program at UT Dallas for its robust supply chain curriculum focused on 4 different verticals. The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) maintains a perfect balance between education and the cost of education, offering a generous amount of scholarships and TA-ships for excellent students. Its dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff has earned the program a number 9 ranking in the Gartner list. JSOM also attracts leading companies and a high number of students getting placed into those companies after their graduation. Keeping all these factors in mind I believe the MS SCM program is the right choice for every student wanting to pursue a successful career in SCM. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Good luck!”

Mehdi Aliabadi

M.Mahdi Samie Aliabadi – Class of 2021

Tehran, Iran

Hobbies: Reading history, live music, playing chess and traveling

Having a background in Industrial engineering, I studied many disciplines during my undergrad studies. I have always tried to think outside of the box and truly understand what my passion is, so I worked in many different positions and came to know that Supply Chain Management is the degree and career that I want to pursue. Choosing UT Dallas for my postgraduate studies so far has been a rewarding experience, in the program, you have the opportunity to learn from and work with the best faculties in Supply Chain Management nationally. The program is diverse in its student body and its curriculum, whether your interest is in Analytics, Retail management, risk management or Supply Chain Strategy there are always many courses offered for each track. Graduate study is a chance to broaden one’s horizon and change a person’s life. As an international student, I am aware of the difficulties and challenges when it comes to choosing a graduate school so as a person who has gone through the same experience I would be more than happy to help and answer any question that future Ms. Supply Chain Management students might have.

Devyani Jha

Devyani Jha – Class of 2020

Patna, India

Hobbies: Reading, Music, Singing, Cooking

I have an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Different experiences post my undergrad, motivated me to pursue the field of supply chain management at UT Dallas. Another important factor that played a major role was various student organizations in JSOM such as INFORMS, APICS, ISM, and SCLC have helped me to learn more and network with people in the field. Please, feel free to contact me if you need any information related to SCM program, various resources available for students, or about life in Dallas. I would be happy to help.

Like Bu

Like Bu – Class of 2021

Chengdu, China

Hobbies: Photography, Table tennis, Fitness

After gotten an BS in Traffic and Transportation in Southwest Jiaotong University, I worked for a leading automobile corporation and a global 3PL logistics corporation for 6 years in total. Through my working experience, I noticed the opportunities and the challenges of integrated supply chain consolidated with advanced data analysis, network optimization and globalization. In order to match with the rapid expansion of market and requirement of high-level management, I applied and started my graduate study at UT Dallas, which offered professional courses, efficient skills and opportunities to achieve certifications. I highly recommend the SCM team of professors who offered practical and quantitatively analytical knowledges. I would be happy to answer your questions about MS SCM in UTD and offer help.

Mikhil Sanghvi

Mikhil Sanghvi – Class of 2020

Mumbai, India

Hobbies: Travelling, aviation blogging, swimming

I have always been passionate about aviation since childhood. After my undergraduate degree in business and an advanced qualification Chartered Accountancy in India (CPA), I had the opportunity for working for one of India’s major international airline back then. During my work, I realized how aviation is facing a challenge despite the growing global customer base. Aviation is a part of the larger global logistical challenge of people and material connectivity. In today’s times, when the trade increases and resources are becoming constrained, optimization is the way forward! That’s why I chose to pursue the MS SCM program. UT Dallas ofcourse has a highly ranked MS SCM program. With a wide variety of courses offered, free electives, lenient financial aid, certification opportunities, I believed UT Dallas was the right choice! Apart from the program, student organizations such as SCLC (Supply Chain Leadership Council) have been instrumental in broadening my exposure.

If I can guide you in anyway, do not hesitate to contact me!

Colquitt Izumi

Izumi Colquitt – Class of 2019

Dallas, USA

Hobbies: Fitness, cooking, watching sports

After earning a bachelors degree from Texas A&M, I began working in logistics in the oil and gas industry. I originally did not come from a supply chain background and this experience exposed me to the field. I pursued a professional certifications through APICS in which I found about the SCM program through the school’s partnership with the local APICS chapter. The idea of being able to obtain an MS in Supply Chain Management as well as an MBA was very appealing. The curriculum is thoughtfully developed and there are even more opportunities within the program for certifications that you can tailor to your personal goals. The choice to invest in an advanced degree can be difficult so if you have any questions, I am here to help!

Abhishek Yawalkar

Abhishek Yawalkar – Class of 2020

Indore, India

Hobbies: Guitar, travelling, fitness

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and during my undergrad, I worked on a project for a retail firm where I became interested in the field of Supply Chain. The MS SCM program at UT Dallas is very versatile and provides different tracks like retail, risk, and analytics in the supply chain domain. Also, the program provides certifications in SAS, Lean Six Sigma and training for the CPIM certification. The different student organizations like SCLC and ISM helped me hone my networking and technical skills and I am still on the path to develop myself professionally. I would be happy to answer your questions so let me know.

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