Office of Alumni Relations

Message from Dean Prabhudev Konana

Dear Smith Alums,

This has been an unbelievably successful year at Smith. We had huge growth in the sports management and computational finance programs. Our Smith Business Leadership Fellows and Interdisciplinary Business Honors are two of our marquee programs. Now in their second year, these programs continue to gain interest and attract high-quality students. Of our 27 strategic initiatives, 26 are already completed. We are firing on all cylinders. The next frontier for us is AI, which is already transforming the way people work. We are approaching AI transformation in many ways, with expertise that few other schools can boast. We’re teaching students how to use generative and contextual AI, how to spot and mitigate bias in algorithms, and how to design workflows that capitalize on human creativity. We have 28 faculty (and more joining us!) doing AI-related research, leading the way in thought leadership across finance, marketing, cybersecurity, supply chain and much more. This is an important aspect of our strategic plan to Reimagine Learning and Address Grand Challenges. There is even more information available about our AI initiatives on our website for you to explore. I’m particularly excited about the hands-on learning experiences we’ve brought to our students. Did you know our students manage more than $11 million in real money through student-run funds? Our students are also hearing from leaders in industry and government with our new Finance Grand Challenges Speaker Series. We brought more than 115 experiential learning projects to Smith this spring. We need to continue to grow the number of real industry projects for students by at least 25 percent. Many of the projects came through our alumni. You can get involved by contacting our Office of Experiential Learning. Our ability to impact the lives of our students, community, state and world is made possible by the involvement and financial support of our alumni. Thank you for everything you do for Smith.

Best,

Prabhudev Konana

Terp Alumni Gather in Atlanta for Smith School and University of Maryland Networking Event

The Robert H. Smith School of Business collaborated with the University of Maryland Atlanta Alumni Chapter to host a Terp Alumni networking event in Atlanta on March 7, 2024. Alumni from different graduation years and majors were in attendance at a midtown Atlanta venue, and the event featured a networking cocktail hour followed by messages from Smith School leadership in Career Services and Development. While in Atlanta, the Smith School team also visited several alumni and companies in the area to explore new opportunities for partnerships in hiring and future investments in our students and faculty. Thanks to all the Terps who made this event such a success. We look forward to returning to Atlanta soon to meet more of our nearly 700 Smith Alumni who live in the area!

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Smith Alumni, Atlanta Terps and Smith OCS Leadership gather for an event in Atlanta.
John Aronowitz, Chief Development Officer, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Neta Moye, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Smith Office of Career Services; Lizeth Gonzalez Smith, Consultant, Employer Development, Office of Career Services; Sasha Smi
From left to right: Lizeth Gonzalez Smith, Consultant, Employer Development, Office of Career Services; Chi Obaji, MBA ’09 - Founder at Sanovi Solutions; Kyle Ego, OMBA ’21 - Mechanical Project Engineer at Fortna; Nzinga Acey ’17 -Finance/Information Syst
From left to right: Courtney Chiang DiStefano, MBA ’22 - Senior Manager Project Manager at Danone; Greg Fike PhD, UMD-Engineering ’99 Vice President of R&D at Georgia Pacific; Jessica Zhang, MSIS ’18 - Data Scientist at Instacart
Smith Alumni, Atlanta Terps and Smith OCS Leadership gather for a networking event in Atlanta.

Dean Prabhudev Konana strengthens global ties in Seoul, South Korea, connecting with alumni and prospective students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Smith School Leaders Meet with Alumni and Prospective Students in Seoul

Dean Prabhudev Konana recently hosted alumni and prospective students in Seoul, South Korea at the Robert H. Smith School of Business Seoul Community Reception. While there, he also visited the KAIST College of Business as a part of a delegation from the American Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools (AACSB). Konana connected with alumni in South Korea and shared the latest updates from the Smith School. The visit also allowed prospective students to learn more about Smith’s programs and the university’s commitment to excellence. The trip allowed school representatives to engage with the global alumni network and showcase the world-class education offered at the Smith School.

Supporting Experiential Learning

Thank you for making an impact on Smith students. Experiential learning opportunities give students access to industry leaders and allow them to uncover current challenges in business, build their practical skills, and help their community. Read more.

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