Claire Therien, Master of Accounting '20
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Mary Feng, Full-Time MBA '20, picked Rice Business because it’s the top-ranked graduate program for entrepreneurship in the U.S.
How the Rice MBA Catapulted My Career
“I think people have four things that motivate them — money, security, relationships and personal growth. My work with Transocean and Pacific Drilling fulfilled all four, but after seven years, I needed another catalyst for my growth. That’s when I decided to earn my MBA.”
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“Over just one year in the MBA program, I transitioned to a new role, developed a model that is being implemented for business analytics questions within ExxonMobil, trained business analysts for the other regions of the U.S., and just recently got a promotion. I have no doubt that the coursework and experiences at Rice contributed to both my accomplishments and promotion.”
Get To Know Alumni
Sean Kim, Master of Accounting '20
Chris Staffel, Executive MBA '17
Joey Ammouri, Professional MBA '17
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Students and Alumni in the News
Recent graduates Mike Narvaez and Heather Price have been named in Poets & Quants Best & Brightest Online MBAs in 2020. Narvaez observes that his MBA “sent a message to my supervisors that I was able and willing to do more.” Sure enough, his bosses made him the point person on a global RFP that would make him responsible for the company’s Americas portfolio.
"I am most proud of being selected to participate in the Wright Fund, a student-led Equity Fund. It is a highly competitive process that looks at your current grades and your mission statement. The Wright Fund, by far, had the most academically rigorous course load, but also the most fun and rewarding. It thoroughly prepares you for many different career paths including investment banking." said Dominic Smith, one of Poets & Quants 2020 MBAs to Watch.
Named one of the Best & Brightest by Poets & Quants, Ruy Lozano, assistant fire chief for the Houston Fire Department, used data analytics to identify future needs within his operation. “I conducted a study on the Houston Fire Department apparatus spatial allocations with the Rice Data Science lab that not only won the Rice Data Science competition but got presented to the City of Houston’s Homeland Security Public Safety Session,” Lozano writes.