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Graduate Business Distinguished Achievement honorees announced

News + Events : Graduate Business Distinguished Achievement honorees announced

05/20/2009

The College of Business congratulates the Graduate Business' Distinguished Achievement honorees for 2009.

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!

Efrat Stark, and Graduate Hood Recipient

Efrat Stark, and Graduate Hood Recipient

Efrat’s research examines challenges facing the building industry and addresses sustainable building design and the technology that creates them. Her research reviews and critically analyzes sustainability at Autodesk, a multi-national architectural design corporation. Efrat’s research recommendations were adopted by Autodesk. She is currently working at Autodesk as a member of the sustainability team. Efrat is a recipient of an SF State Alumni scholarship, and she participated in an internship at Urban Solutions. She is a member of the SF State Chapter of Net Impact and is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Edward Cox

Edward Cox

Ed’s research project examines best practices in negotiation implementation. He integrates academic literature on negotiation practices with real-life examples of key industry experts in order to provide more practical, hands-on recommendations for ensuring negotiation implementation success. Ed’s project will be implemented using his own work team at Genentech, providing a cutting-edge synthesis of current practices for business negotiation. Ed is the associate director of external quality at Genentech. He is a member of the European Compliance Association, Parenteral Drug Association, Executive MBA Student-Alumni Association, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Erin Harrod-Christensen

Erin’s research involves reviewing published studies that examine the impact of direct-to-consumer marketing of pharmaceutical drugs and overall patient care. The study analyzes how the doctor-patient relationship as well as how a patient responds to illnesses and potential treatments. Ms. Harrod-Christensen is currently working at Genentech as a research associate. She has a patent pending on a new technology process for creating antibodies. Erin is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Galina Puzankova

Galina Puzankova

Galina’s research examines the pros and cons of convergence in international financial reporting standards. Her examination is critical due to the great impact of the Sarbanes Oxley Act on not only public corporations, but on the accounting industry. Galina’s research analyzes the cost and benefits of the implementation of SOX and the effectiveness in preventing the accounting scandals of the early 2000s. She has done an internship with Grant Thornton and received a job offer upon graduation. She volunteers at the Larkin Street Youth Services Center. Galina is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Asli Siyahi

Asli Siyahi

Asli’s research focuses on whether mutual funds with higher performance charge their clients higher expense ratios. These ratios can be a determinant of investment decisions. If the outcome impacts when the fund managers charge higher ratios, then they must earn higher returns. This result is counter-intuitive but helps average investors make better decisions with their retirement investment plans. Asli is currently working as an investment executive at Advanced Equities, a venture capital investment bank in San Francisco. She is a member of the Graduate Business Association, and was a finalist of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco scholarship.

Ruslan Valeev

Ruslan Valeev

Ruslan’s research focuses on the importance of attracting and retaining high potential employees and highlights methods companies use to be effective. Ruslan has also helped create a marketing plan for the College of Business Graduate Programs and an information systems strategic assessment for the Academic Technology department. Ruslan works as an operations manager at SF State’s National Sexuality Resource Center where he manages grants, administrative operations, and human relations. Ruslan is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Vivian Yeung

Vivian Yeung

Vivian’s research project consists of a thorough analysis of the best practices in human resources for fostering workplace ethics through a deliberate design of recruitment and selection processes, compensation and reward systems, and performance management systems. The project also identifies the leading role of human resources management in shaping high ethical standards and becoming a role model for leading businesses to adopt. Vivian is a recipient of the Hong Kong Association of Northern California Scholarship, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Vivian is currently working at Self-Help for the Elderly as a senior human resources specialist. She is also a member of the Northern California Human Resources Association, as well as a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. In addition, Vivian volunteers at Chinese Christian Mission where she teaches classes in English conversation and citizenship.


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