Seven graduate students recognized for distinguished academic accomplishment
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The College of Business congratulates the seven Graduate Business Distinguished Achievement honorees for 2012.
These students 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.
The 2012 Graduate Business Distinguished Achievement recipients and descriptions of their work follow:
- Tom Bowmer, 2012 Graduate Hood Recipient
- Seiichi Matsuda
- Katrina Parker
- Christian Schultz
- Nicole Sroka
- Stephen Szeto
- Kimberly Wong
Tom Bowmer, 2012 Graduate Hood Recipient
Tom Bowmer’s sustainable business team project develops a business plan to provide solar and hand crank-powered lanterns to rural families in Bangladesh that do not have access to electricity.
The project looks at the feasibility of offering this bottom of the pyramid (BOP) market segment a cheap, safe and reliable method of lighting their homes after dark.
As part of another student consulting team, Tom conducted a strategic analysis of a start-up biofuel refining company. The analysis offered both short- and long-term recommendations to address the company’s strategic strengths and deficiencies. In a third course, Tom’s marketing team created a plan to help a local superfood company develop its own energy bar brand. Using a combination of customer surveys, focus groups, and interviews with company management, the team provided recommendations to ensure the product was well positioned in the market to capitalize on current industry trends.
Tom is a corporate financial analyst for HIP Investor, an investment firm that advises clients and constructs portfolios based on quantifiable sustainability metrics. At SF State, Tom was co-president of the Graduate Business Association and a member of FAME (Financial Analysis & Management Education). Tom has served as a panelist and a volunteer for the college’s graduate student orientations and MBA open houses. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Seiichi Matsuda’s research project applies econometric estimations and analysis to investigate the number of marriages and birth rates in Japan.
The motivation for this work is the declining birth rate in Japan, a serious issue for the Japanese government in terms of the sustainability of its pension system, healthcare coverage for an aging population, and its future development. Seiichi also conducted a project examining the potential causes of deforestation of tropical rainforests for agricultural use.
Seiichi has worked for the Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP) for three years, tutoring undergraduate students in finance, statistics and mathematics. He served as a unit coordinator at CARP responsible for hiring and training tutors. Along with two other colleagues, he designed and presented workshops for the Entry Level Math exam and the Elementary Statistics course.
Katrina Parker’s consulting project with Bison Brewing, a small Berkeley organic brewing company, identifies the greatest strategic asset and how to best leverage the brewing company’s ambitious growth goal.
Katrina also conducted a supply chain carbon footprint analysis of Sephora and the Dutra Group, and was a key member of the MBA team that developed a Sustainability Tool Kit series workshop open to the business community.
Katrina is a supply chain analyst for Clif Bar. In 2011, she served as the chapter leader for Net Impact, the MBA organization promoting social and environmental values in business, and led the organization to Silver Status. She served as the vice president of events for the Graduate Business Association, participated as an active member in Women in Business, and continues to serve as a Student Ambassador for the Graduate Business program.
Christian Schultz’s research project investigates the environment in which Jamba Juice operates, and performed an in-depth analysis of the factors contributing to success in a competitive environment, determining risk factors, financial repercussions and recommendations for success.
Other research centered on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), primarily focused on the history of and controversy surrounding the PCAOB.
Christian served as vice president of finance for the Graduate Student Association and managed the finances for all sponsored events. He helped to plan and host charity and networking events, including speaking at MBA open houses for prospective students. Even though he was hired as an auditor for Burr, Pilger, and Mayer prior to his graduation, he volunteered his expertise as a mentor to the newly formed Graduate Students of Accounting (GSA).
Nicole Sroka’s team project develops an integrated point of view and analysis of the business strategy for Redwood Systems, a clean-tech company revolutionizing the way LED lighting sensors are used to drive energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Nicole was a research team member that received the CSU Community Engagement award for research and recommendations provided to the SFPD to reduce crime in Asian communities.
Nicole is a demand planner in supply chain for Nestle USA. She also serves as an “intrepreneur,” discovering innovative channels and methods to embed sustainability practices across diverse functions and hierarchical levels within her organization. Nicole, a member of SF State’s Net Impact, represented SF State at the 2011 national conference in Portland. In collaboration with the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business, she helped to develop a practical workshop for assessing a company’s carbon footprint. Nicole volunteers as lead chef for Grace Cathedral’s “Dinner with Grace” program serving homeless communities.
Stephen Szeto’s research project helped to implement environmental and energy management software that tracks and analyzes GHG emissions and environmental impacts at UCSF and its suppliers.
Data related to energy, water, waste and transportation was imported into a central database and analyzed to identify areas of opportunity, measure sustainability initiatives or projects over time, and report key performance metrics to UCSF stakeholders. He is member of the student team to receive the 2011 Student Energy Efficiency Best Practice award from the University of California Office of the President.
Stephen is an EEM implementation manager for the Smart Building Solutions group at McKinstry. He is a project manager for large-scale energy efficiency, energy management, and Smart Grid projects. He served as the vice president of technology for the SF State Net Impact chapter.
Kimberly Wong’s team project evaluates the competitive strategy of the United States’ leading supplier of Electrochromic glass, Sun Active Glass Electrochromics (SAGE).
Kimberly received recognition from the West Coast Chief of Operations of the Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in the Status Verification Operations unit, based on her dedication to the organization and for contribution to the development of new training and reference material for the SAVE and E-Verify program.
Kimberly is a regulatory analyst for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). In her position, she participates in both a lead and supporting role in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) advice letter submittal process and is responsible for the company’s CPUC submissions for review and approval of gas electric tariff deviations and changes. Kimberly volunteered at the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union (NECFCU) to open their newest branch in SOMA.