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Smith School Welcomes 22 PhD Students

Sep 22, 2014
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The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is proud to welcome 22 new PhD students this fall. There are 89 total students in Smith's doctoral program, which is ranked No. 11 in the world by Financial Times (2014).

Here are some fun facts about this year’s incoming PhD students:

  • There are four students who are alumni of Smith’s masters programs: Salman Aljazzaf (IS),  Xinyi Ren (SCM), Jinming Xue (FIN), and Liyue Yan (SM).  
  • Coming the furthest to Smith is Gerald Ward (AIA), all the way from New Zealand.
  • Bo Hu (FIN) joins his wife Wen Chen, who is a fourth-year Finance doctoral student.
  • Yuechen Wu (MKT) used to be a zumba and yoga instructor while studying at University of Michigan.

Salman Aljazzaf
Information Systems
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business – MBA
Kuwait University – BS in Computer Engineering.

Eric Borun
Information Systems
Villanova University – BS in Business Administration & BS in Accounting

Katy Connealy
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
University of Nebraska, Omaha – MBA
University of Nebraska, Lincoln – BSBA in Finance.

Ruyun Feng
Accounting and Information Assurance
Georgia Institute of Technology – MS in Quantitative Computational Finance
Georgia State University – MS in Accounting
Shanghai University of Finance & Economics – BS in Economics

Liyi Gu
Operations Management/Management Science
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – MP in Computer Science
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – BS in Mathematics & Computer Science

Xian Gu
Marketing (Quantitative)
Peking University, BA
Stony Brook University – MA in Economics

Jin Hee Huh
Quantitative Marketing
University of Michigan, MA in Applied Statistics
Yonsei University, MA in Marketing
Yonsei University, BA in Business Administration and Applied Statistics

Insiya Hussain
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
Columbia University, BA in Economics

Bo Hu
University of California, San Diego – PhD in Physics
University of Science and Technology of China – B.S. in Physics.

Hyeun Jung Lee
Strategic Mangaement
National University – M.S. in Business Administration
Seoul National University – B.A. in Economics

Shuye Lu
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
Columbia University – M.A. in Mathematics, Statistics and Probability
Tsinhua University – MBA
Renmin University of China – BA in English

Xiaodan Pan
Supply Chain Management
MIT – ME in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Queen’s University – MS in Management Science
Dalian Maritime University – ME in Transportation Planning & Management
Dalian Maritime University – BE in International Shipping Management

Sandeep Pillai
Strategic Management
University of Toronto – MBA
University of Waterloo – ME in Electrical Engineering
University of Waterloo – BE in Electrical Engineering         

Xinyi Ren
Supply Chain Management
UMD – MS in Supply Chain Management
Hohai University – BS in Economics

Debdatta Sinha Roy
Operations Management/Management Science
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – MS in Mathematics
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – BS in Mathematics 

Lanfei Shi
Information Systems
University of Pittsburgh – MS in Intelligent Systems Program
Xi’an Jiaotong University – BE in Information Engineering 

Weiguang Wang
Information Systems
Chinese Academy of Sciences – MS in Management Science
University of Science and Technology of China – BS in Management Science        

Gerald Ward
Accounting and Information Assurance
University of Canterbury – MB in Commerce
University of Canterbury – BH in Economics

Yuechen Wu
Marketing (Consumer Behavior)
University of Michigan – MS in Applied Economics
Nankai University – B.A. in Economics          

Jinming Xue
University of Maryland – MS in Finance
Shanghai University of Economics and Finance – B.S. in Finance     

Liyue Yan
Strategic Management
University of Maryland – MS in Information System Management
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics – B.S. in Finance          

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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