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Graduate Business Distinguished Achievement Honorees announced

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The College of Business congratulates the Graduate Business' Distinguished Achievement honorees for 2010.

These students will receive special recognition from the university during commencement week. In addition, one student is selected as the college's Graduate Hood Recipient, to be recognized at the Graduate Honors Convocation.

We extend our congratulations and best wishes to each student!

Robert Shawn Cabalsi

2010 Graduate Hood Recipient

Shawn's research focuses on the problems of environmental degradation and poverty alleviation through community building, economic localization, and social entrepreneurship. His research distinguishes the different approaches in academic literature, and provides stronger definitions of “localization” and “community.” His work points out the root issues that cause sustainable businesses to become highly relevant and how, on a broad scale, sustainable businesses and socially conscious entrepreneurs can change the direction of an economy. He is a student ambassador for the Graduate Business Programs and enjoys sharing his experiences with prospective students. In his spare time, Shawn volunteers at Ta'leef, a non-profit organization, and at Enlight, a non-profit organization of students that helps to feed the homeless. In 2009, Shawn participated in a fundraising project for an MBA student who was paralyzed from a tragic car accident.

Shawn has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Andrew Clark

Andrew's research involves the development of optimal schedules for the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) strategic sourcing vendor shows. His research model aligns vendor attendance to the goals of the university and the needs of the research community, resulting in a streamlined scheduling process and increased overall value of the shows. Andrew was awarded a coveted summer internship with the National Security Agency to work on a key national security issue. During the internship he created mathematical models, conducted decision analyses, and employed sophisticated simulations by using some of the world's most state-of-the-art equipment. Andrew has submitted his research for publication in highly reputable decision sciences journals.

Andrew is employed as a strategic sourcing analyst at UCSF. He is also a member of Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and volunteers as an assistant district staff officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Xuejiao (Danielle) Dutton

Danielle's research evaluates a new perspective of innovation performance in the Chinese business environment. Her research provides empirical evidence and predictive models to better understand this new theory, and gives managers a new value capture performance measure. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, a member of Women In Logistics and SF Chamber of Commerce. In her current work as a research assistant in the International Business Department, she has designed a rigorous quantitative survey, performed the back-translations to create a Chinese version, and administered and analyzed the resulting data. She is a student ambassador in the Graduate Business Programs and loves to share her experiences with prospective students. In her spare time, she helps international students from China to integrate into American culture and to mitigate culture shock.

David Kharadze

David's research project seeks to optimize the safety stock of finished goods in stock keeping units (SKU) for Method, Inc. The analysis focuses on the top five selling SKU's in both home and hand care products to determine the optimal safety stock. This research is unique as it works directly with a socially responsible, leading green company. By fine-tuning its supply chain management systems, David's research has resulted in reduced costs and created a positive impact on Method, Inc's overall efficiency and responsiveness.

David currently works as a software project manager at Delta Dental of California. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He is also a regional director of the Georgian Association in the Americas, and in his spare time he volunteers to coach soccer.

Dean Shehu

Dean's research focuses on the way product development decisions are made in non-financial firms. The application of modern portfolio theory to non-financial product portfolios provides management with information about the potential impact on earnings volatility from changes to a product portfolio. This research is the first effort to look for the existence of modern portfolio theory fundamentals within product portfolios at the level of individual products and their contribution to portfolio risk. Dean currently works as product manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Dean is a member of the Graduate Business Association and the American Diabetes Association. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He has served as a panelist at numerous MBA new student orientations.

Luke Wilson

Luke's research focuses on the environmental impact of the clothing industry and eco-friendly business-wear attire. His idea is to produce a line of eco-thoughtful men's business wear by using recycled PET- water and soda bottles (rPET) combined with organic cotton. His research shows that rPET actually has a lower overall environmental footprint than other textiles, as well as removes non-biodegradable waste from the waste-stream. Luke submitted his business plan to the WalMart Better Living Business Plan Competition. In June 2010, Luke will launch an eco-thoughtful baby clothing company called B(earth) Clothing.

Luke is the chapter leader for the SF State MBA Net Impact organization, and has volunteered as a Sustainability Fellow at the Annual Clean Teach Open.

Yang Yang

Yang's research focuses on the environmental impact of the textbook industry. Her research also studies the social impact of business decisions and employee cost-cutting, along with the social impact on communities. In her research, she analyzes the life-cycle of the different stages of textbook production, identifying key issues including over-logging, water and electricity usage, and emission of greenhouse gases.

Her research recommends several feasible solutions such as increased sharing, recycling and re-use of textbooks.

Yang is a member of the Accounting Student Organization, the Graduate Business Association, and Women in Business. She is a staff accountant at Mok Accountancy Corporation. In the past, she has volunteered for VITA, the volunteer income tax assistance program. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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