Department of Graduate and Professional Programs

MBA Program

Meet the Bauer MBA Ambassadors 2014-2015

Bauer MBA Ambassadors Program

Bauer MBA Ambassadors help prospective classmates learn about the amazing opportunities that await them at the C.T. Bauer College of Business. They offer a real-life perspective about being a Bauer MBA student and an insider’s view of life in the classroom and beyond.

During the school year, the ambassadors host class visits and informal coffee talks. They also work closely with our Recruitment Office to host MBA Orientation and Tours.

Our MBA Ambassadors look forward to working with you and welcome your questions by phone, e-mail or in person.

For more information, contact Tanieka Young at tjyoung2@uh.edu.

 

 

 

BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Gheorghe Abrudan


Gheorghe Abrudan

Email: gabrudan@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Supply Chain

Work Experience: 8 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, and 4 years in the Automotive industry.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Management from Babes – Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Hometown: Oradea, Romania

Memberships & Organizations: APICS, ISM, Houston Young Professionals and the Bauer MBA Society.

Internships: Greene's Energy Group – Global Supply Chain Intern

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I chose to attend the Bauer MBA program because its highly-customized and flexible curriculum will allow me to shape my graduate management education and the challenging, hands-on and collaborative environment will allow me to grow both professionally and personally. 

 Furthermore, Bauer’s intimate class size and the opportunities to take part in experiential learning, analyze business situations, recommend appropriate actions and integrate different functional areas in solving business problems is invaluable. The program’s strong focus on Supply Chain and access to opportunities in this area of study is second to none. 

 Why Houston? This city is the perfect arena to build a career in Supply Chain due to large employment growth and energy sector opportunities. Additionally, Houston, with its many offerings and diversity, can satisfy all your cultural, art, music, and sporting desires, as long as you don’t mind a little traffic. 

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Jenny Childers


Jenny Childers

Email: jechilders@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Marketing

Work Experience: 6 years in fundraising for a nonprofit

Undergraduate University and Degree: Trinity University, B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing with minors in Spanish and communication management.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Bauer MBA Society- EVP for Bauer MBA Society, National Association of Women MBA's - University of Houston Chapter - EVP of Mentorship for NAWMBA.

Internships: Pierpont Communications (Marketing Intern) and Field Industries (Marketing and Business Development Intern)

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: After working for a nonprofit for a few years, I knew I needed to get my MBA to prepare myself to make a jump into the corporate world. I felt that Bauer would challenge me to grow both professionally and personally. I also wanted a school that would help me build my network in Houston which is a city with a wide range of opportunities, both in energy and other industries. Bauer has more than met my expectations after my first year, and I am excited about the opportunities and connections I have made that will help me have a successful transition into a new career once I graduate.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Garrett Chilek


Garrett Chilek

Email: gcchilek@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Supply Chain Management

Work Experience: 4 years in International Shipping/Transportation Industry, Buyer at Moller Supply Services in August

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M University - Agricultural Leadership and Development

Hometown: Houston (Cypress)

Memberships & Organizations: Bauer MBA Society, ISM Bauer

Internships: Maersk Line, Bridge Terminal Transport, Moller Supply Service

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I started my MBA to transition from a more operational role into a managerial one. I knew that getting my education would be the first step in my journey. I chose Bauer for three specific reasons; location, schedule, and affordability. Houston is where I've grown up and where I plan to continue my career. Houston offers everything one would want in a city: culture, diversity, entertainment, and most importantly, jobs. I started working in the international shipping industry and now am in Oil & Gas, two-thirds of Houston's largest industries. As a busy professional, time is my most valuable commodity. Bauer offers classes during weekdays which none of the other major Houston professional MBA programs offer. All of the professors that I've had so far all have real world backgrounds and bring more skill and wisdom to the learning experience.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Jack E. David


Jack E. David

Email: jedavid@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Energy Finance

Work Experience: 5 ½ years in Public Accounting (CPA), Risk and Operations for Energy Commodities
Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. – Assistant VP, Risk/Product Control, Crude Oil & Natural Gas
JPMorgan – Operations Associate, Global Energy Commodities Group
Deloitte & Touche – Audit Senior, Energy Industry

Undergraduate University and Degree: Houston Baptist University, BBA with a concentration in Accounting, MS of Accountancy

Hometown: Beaumont, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I chose the Bauer MBA program for its reputation and positive brand recognition, especially in the city of Houston. The University of Houston is constantly growing and now joins the University of Texas and Texas A&M as the only public universities in Texas receiving the highest classification given to research universities; Tier One Classification by the Carnegie Foundation. I also chose Bauer for its location convenience, its energy focus curriculum and value. I enjoy having classes during the week and not having to commit multiple years' worth of weekends to complete my MBA. And Why Houston? It is a great place to be for energy professionals. .

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Will Fullerton


Will Fullerton

Email: wfullerton@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Global Management / Leadership

Work Experience: 4 years as structural engineer. Working in the energy industry both on the electrical generation & distribution and onshore hydrocarbons (chemical and refinery)

Undergraduate University and Degree: BS Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University

Hometown: All over but primarily Jackson, MS. (Meridian, MS, Springfield, OH, Phoenix, AZ)

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I am getting an MBA because I believe that with increased Globalization many technical positions (engineers) are going to be outsourced to cheaper markets, and an MBA will help ensure that I have the ability to grow out of the technical and align myself in increased administration roles. I chose Bauer specifically for their exposure in the energy industry, which I believe will globally remain strong until well after I am gone. I will be proud to consider myself among some of the industry's very successful alumni, which I increasingly understand the importance of as I get deeper into business and learn to cultivate relationships. I am in Houston because it is the US epicenter for oil and gas, and the best place to gain experience in this industry. However, I am currently planning on becoming an Expatriate after I finish my MBA. I have a strong urge to see the world and I feel that an MBA from Bauer is my direct path to doing so.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Joshua R. Hudson


Joshua R. Hudson

Email: jrhudson@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance

Work Experience: 8 years in ERP/SCM Consulting, and 3 years in Software Engineering

Undergraduate University and Degree: The Art Institute, Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design

Hometown: Dickinson, TX

Memberships & Organizations: Bauer MBA Society, and Project Management Institute (PMI)

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Being a native Houstonian, Houston has always been the obvious choice for me and my family. While spending most of the past 10 years working for organizations based all over the world, I have always maintained my home here. The City of Houston offers economic, cultural, social, and geographical diversity that few cities can match. It also helps that Houston is considered a leader in several vital industries such as Energy, Health Care, Technology, and Space Exploration. All of which helps to feed the eclectic style of the city. Such rich opportunities attract the best options in terms of education as well. When the opportunity presented itself for me to take the next step in my education and pivot my career from technical to managerial, I had to weigh all of my options. After careful, objective consideration was given to the quality of education, focus on area industries, return on investment, flexibility, full campus options, growth, strong alumni network, and the ability to capitalize on the value of the degree after graduation, Bauer was the obvious choice for my MBA.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

DJ Johnson


DJ Johnson

Email: djjohnson@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Energy

Work Experience: 3 years in insurance/underwriting, 2 years in IT and Energy Consulting and 2 years in Energy/International Trade Compliance

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

Hometown: Pampa, TX

Memberships & Organizations: MBA Society, FCCLA Spokesperson, Junior Achievement

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: I decided to attend Bauer due to the growth, diversity, program structure and options. There is truly no other MBA program in the area that provides the options and structure that Bauer has. The staff is second to none, always making time to answer any questions or concerns. In addition, the facilities are great for students who prefer to study and work on campus. Bauer is an up and coming business school that has the ability to become one of the top MBA programs in the nation and I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be a contributing factor in helping Bauer become one of the top business schools in the country. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, has one of the highest employment growth rates, a booming economy and considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. So, as a young working professional in the energy industry, Houston is a perfect fit for me. Due to Houston’s size, the city has great culture and diversity. In addition, Houston has a wide range of activities including great restaurants, a unique museum district, numerous sports events and concerts just to name a few. Houston is extremely well-rounded with endless opportunities for any and every one.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Sean Kane


Sean Kane

Email: skane@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance and Entrepreneurship

Work Experience: 9+ years of work experience in various consultative type roles at Protiviti, Halliburton, and now LyondellBasell covering risk management, market analysis, process improvement, negotiations, and strategy building.

Undergraduate University and Degree: BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University

Hometown: Houston, TX

Memberships & Organizations: President of the Microfinance Initiative at the University of Houston. I am also heavily involved with the youth group and construction ministry at South Main Baptist Church.

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: In visiting many different MBA programs and weighing the options of going full versus part-time, the Bauer program offered by far the best combination of flexibility in concentration, value of your degree, and that the faculty and staff genuinely care about your growth as a professional and a person. The University of Houston is positioned to be a marquee school of one of the fastest growing cities in America and the world's energy hub.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Isha Sahu


Isha Sahu

Email: isahu@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Finance

Work Experience: 8+ years in IT industry

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics at Pandit Prithi Nath College, Kanpur, India

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Memberships & Organizations: Member of Bauer Finance Association

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: With more than 8 years of IT industry experience in the technical field I wanted to move on to managerial roles. I knew getting an MBA degree would help me in activating my goals. I chose Bauer because it offers a quality education at an affordable cost. It offers a very structured curriculum with the flexibility to match my career goals. As a result of being an MBA student at Bauer, my professional network has expanded by means of interacting with alumni, participating in workshops and attending company tours. The Advisors and Career Development Specialists at Bauer help students elevate their communication and interpersonal skills which are the key elements for a MBA graduate. The city of Houston has plenty of job opportunities not just in the oil and gas industry but in the chemical and aerospace industry as well. With such a great combination of location, faculty, energy courses and diversity, selecting the Bauer MBA program was the right decision for me.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Srivijei (VJ) Shanmugam


Srivijei (VJ) Shanmugam

Email: sshanmugam@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Management

Work Experience: I have 8+ years of experience in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Industry (operations & maintenance, design and analysis of mechanical components and Project Engineering). I am skilled in leading engineering projects from concept to completion and have hands-on Engineering experience.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Bharathiar University, India

Hometown: Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India

Memberships & Organizations: Member of Bauer Finance Association

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Most of the Oil & Gas Companies are in Houston. Being a Mechanical Engineer, there cannot be a better place for Energy and Oil & Gas related jobs. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the Country. Bauer attracts a lot of students from different cultural, industrial and functional backgrounds, which gives an opportunity to learn not only from the professors, but also from the students. Bauer has multiple concentrations related to the local jobs and industries, which help students relate very close to the jobs. Faculty and Staff are very focused and determined to give the students the best and are reflected in the quality of the education that is provided.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Varun Sreenivas


Varun Sreenivas

Email: vsreenivas@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Supply Chain Management

Work Experience: 4 years as the Founder / Manager of a company dealing with water technology. The company provided services to industries such as oil & gas, shipping, construction, hospitality, water treatment, housing, and irrigation.

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (India).

Memberships & Organizations: Graduate At-Large Senator: University of Houston’s Student Government Association, Director of Planning: University of Houston’s Graduate Supply Chain Organization, UH Student Government Association, and Bauer MBA Society

Internships: Lime Instruments – MBA Intern (Houston, Texas) General Electric International Incorporation: Field Service Engineer (Abu Dhabi,.A.E.) Bang and Olufsen: Electronics Engineer (Dubai, U.A.E.)

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Since childhood, I have been intrigued and fascinated by the magic of technology. As I grew, my interests became more pronounced and I decided to follow my passion for technology by pursuing a Bachelor degree in Technology. Further down my career path I recognized the importance of management in delivering the right technology in the right form to the right customers, played an important role in the development of business. The eagerness for expanding my knowledge in business management was yet to be fulfilled and I believed an MBA degree would help me in realizing my desire. The excellent reputation of the program was the main factor that made me select Bauer. I was looking for an MBA program with a concentration in energy which was also available in the curriculum. Finally, the tremendous networking and career development opportunities helped me in reinforcing my decision to apply at Bauer. I selected Houston because of its reputation as the “Energy Capital of the World”. Since my career goal is to attain a supply chain position in the energy industry, I felt there would be no other place better than Houston to do so.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Andrew Zoch


Andrew Zoch

Email: azoch@bauer.uh.edu

Concentration: Global Supply Chain and Global Management

Work Experience: 5 years working for Tenaris in Production Planning and Mill Scheduling

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M, Bachelor of Science in Economics

Hometown: Houston, TX

Why Bauer? Why Houston?: Living in Houston, Bauer offered an affordable, centrally located program that offered a quality product that also has a lot of brand name recognition--specifically in the region. Bauer also has the resources and networking capabilities that only come from a large university setting. The Bauer program is an opportunity to be involved while working on your education; this provides the full university experience that continues on after graduation.

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