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New PhDs Join Smith for Fall 2013

Aug 30, 2013
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Fall 2013 Phd Students

Jared Watson was pumping gas at a Costco near Seattle when he read the email that he gotten into the PhD program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “I almost fainted,” he recalls. Watson’s dream of becoming a marketing professor was about to begin. He moved to the East Coast to begin the fall 2013 semester with Smith’s new cohort of 18 PhD students.

Watson’s classmates hail from throughout the U.S., India, China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Italy. They come from top research institutions and will be exploring such topics as corporate governance, financial markets, consumer behavior and social networks. After an orientation program the week of August 19, the PhD students dove right into their first classes.

Watson has had his sights set on Smith for a few years now. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing from the University of Washington, he went to work for Pepsico’s Frito Lay division. He oversaw supermarket marketing for specific segments, but was always perplexed by the “why” behind corporate marketing decisions. A chance meeting with a former professor helped him realize he wanted to become an academic. He applied to Smith two years ago, but wasn’t accepted. His former University of Washington professors helped him beef up with research resume and let him volunteer in the business school’s behavioral research lab. When it came time to apply again, the Smith School topped his list. And this time, his hard work paid off.

The Smith School was also No. 1 on Kate Bryan Sedano’s short list of PhD programs. Sedano, a self-described “nerd” who loves the research process, was attracted to Smith School because of its top faculty. She’s ready to hit the ground running in the organizational behavior program in the Management and Organization department. Sedano’s past research has explored how stress affects people and she’s interested in applying that to employee engagement and performance.

Sedano was also attracted to Smith’s community. She felt the “fit” was right when she first came to visit Smith, and now that she has officially started the program, she is sure of it. The new group of PhDs will only add to Smith’s already strong collegial atmosphere and sense of pride among students, faculty and staff.

Smith’s New PhD Students:

Name:

Bradford Baker

Program:

Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

Hometown:

Grandview, Washington

Past Schools & Degrees:

University of Washington – Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History of Ideas

Research Interests:

Dark side studies/behavioral ethics

Other Interests:

Boxing, cigars, and classic American muscle cars.

Name:

Yi Cao

Program:

Accounting and Information Assurance

Hometown:

Shandong, China

Past Schools & Degrees:

Shanghai University of Finance & Economics – Bachelors of Art in Project Management (Investment)
George Washington University – Masters of Science in Finance

Research Interests:

Corporate governance and financial markets

Other Interests:

Antique collection and video games

Name:

Stefano Collina

Program:

Finance

Hometown:

Sala Bolognese, Italy

Past Schools & Degrees:

University of Bocconi – Bachelors of Economics and Finance
University of Bocconi – Masters of Science in Finance

Research Interests:

Asset pricing, risk management and financial regulation

Other Interests:

European politics, cooking and video games.

Name:

In Hye Kang

Program:

Marketing (Consumer Behavior)

Hometown:

Incheon, South Korea

Past Schools & Degrees:

Seoul National University – Bachelors of Arts in Consumer and Child Studies
New York University – Master of Arts in Psychology

Research Interests:

Consumer Behavior: effect of goals on decision making and perception of prices.

Other Interests:

Rock band concerts

Name:

Heedong Kim

Program:

Accounting and Information Assurance

Hometown:

Seoul, South Korea

Past Schools & Degrees:

Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology – Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering
Seoul National University - Masters of Science in Accounting

Research Interests:

Accounting/Capital market research/corporate governance

Other Interests:

Traveling and swimming

Name:

Matthew Innes

Program:

Supply Chain Management

Hometown:

Lilliput, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom

Past Schools & Degrees:

University of Oxford – Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature
Oxford University, Exeter College – Masters of Art
City University, Inns of Court School of Law
Tulane Law School – Masters of Law with Distinction
Portland State University – Masters of Business Administration

Research Interests:

Efficiency, resilience, agility and trauma; maritime transport, influence of laws, partnerships and information-sharing

Other Interests:

Not driving, overland/sea travel, cricket, home-brewing, plants

Name:

Che-Wei Liu

Program:

Information Systems

Hometown:

Changhua County, Taiwan ROC

Past Schools & Degrees:

National Sun Yat-Sen University – Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Management
National Tsing Hua University – Master of Business Administration

Research Interests:

Social media diffusion

Other Interests:

Reading, cooking and jogging

Name:

Anubhuti Mishra

Program:

Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

Hometown:

Ahmedabad, India

Past Schools & Degrees:

Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology – Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests:

Team processes and social networks

Other Interests:

Reading, running, and listening to music

Name:

Alan M. Pritchard

Program:

Supply Chain Management

Hometown:

Yorktown, Virginia

Past Schools & Degrees:

Old Dominion – Bachelors of Science in Economics & Finance
Old Dominion – Masters of Art in Economics

Research Interests:

Inventory management/supply chain network design

Other Interests:

Sports, video games, and traveling

Name:

Kate Bryan Sedano

Program:

Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

Hometown:

Salinas, California

Past Schools & Degrees:

Duke University – Bachelors of Art in Sociology
Arizona State University - Masters of Science in Psychology

Research Interests:

Predictors and outcomes of engagement and embeddedness including affect, motivation, stress and OCB performance

Other Interests:

Cooking, traveling, reading and swimming

Name:

Yuan Shi

Program:

Strategic Management

Hometown:

Huai’an, Jiangsu, China

Past Schools & Degrees:

Fudan University – Bachelor of Management in Management Science
National University of Singapore – Masters of Science in Business

Research Interests:

Technological innovation/entrepreneurship

Other Interests:

Music, travel and food

Name:

Aishwarya Deep Shukla

Program:

Information Systems

Hometown:

Lucknow, India

Past Schools & Degrees:

Visveswaraiah Technology University – Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science
National Institute of Industrial Engineering - Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management

Research Interests:

Health IT and computer networks

Other Interests:

Traveling, reading, and photography

Name:

Kalinda Ukanwa Zeiger

Program:

Marketing (Quantitative)

Hometown:

Philadelphia, PA

Past Schools & Degrees:

Stanford University – Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering
Stanford University – Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering
Stanford University – Masters of Business Administration

Research Interests:

Empirical modeling, forecasting and pricing

Other Interests:

Movies, entertainment and theme parks

Name:

Aswani Valiveti

Program:

Strategic Management

Hometown:

Hyderabad, India

Past Schools & Degrees:

Osmania University – Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
University of Hyderabad – Master of Science in Biochemistry
University of Maryland – Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular & Cell Biology
University of Maryland – Masters of Business Administration

Research Interests:

Entrepreneurship, Nascent Industries, Industry Evolution

Other Interests:

Music, adventure sport, and slow pitch softball

Name:

Jared Watson

Program:

Marketing (Consumer Behavior)

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Past Schools & Degrees:

University of Washington – Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Research Interests:

Social identity theory, influence, grief, nostalgia, etc

Other Interests:

Cooking, baking, tennis, basketball, softball, comedy/music

Name:

Yue Wu

Program:

Finance

Hometown:

Jinzhou, China

Past Schools & Degrees:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance
University of Maryland – Master of Science in Finance

Research Interests:

Empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, disclosure

Other Interests:

Traveling and ping-pong

Name:

Soyeon Yoon

Program:

Operations Management/Management Science

Hometown:

Seoul, South Korea

Past Schools & Degrees:

Seoul National University – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Seoul National University – Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering

Research Interests:

Product lifecycle and technology innovation

Other Interests:

TV dramas, movies, and traveling

Name:

Wenchang Zhang

Program:

Operations Management/Management Science

Hometown:

Yinchuan, China

Past Schools & Degrees:

Tsinghua University – Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Physics
University of California, Berkeley – Masters of Art in Statistics

Research Interests:

Data mining and operations management

Other Interests:

Working out and traveling.

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