A community of learning: Fostering growth. Adding value.

To excel and achieve its aspirations, any organization must be committed to continual learning.

That commitment requires a deeply supportive organizational culture and is critical for businesses that want to grow and prosper in today's fiercely competitive international economy.

At the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, a deeply supportive organizational culture is part of our DNA.

The Smith School is a community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, supporters and corporate partners working together to foster growth and advancement.

Combining cutting-edge scholarly research with experiential, real-world street smarts, we empower, challenge and nurture one another.

Geared for competition, we also recognize that collaboration is far more productive than trying to go it alone, win it all and take no prisoners.

The Smith School is a community of learning committed to preparing smart, savvy business leaders who can handle change, think on their feet and work collaboratively. We do that through respect and support for everyone in the extended family that is our community of learning as we work to advance our shared aspiration of improving the organizations, constituents, markets and communities we serve.

The Smith School
Inspired to learn. Determined to succeed.

Association of Doctoral Students

The mission of the Association of Doctoral Students (ADS) is to enhance the lives of PhD students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.


  • Co-President: Andy Li
  • Co-President: Yasha Spriha
  • Treasurer: Juan Castillo
  • Social Chairs: Oguz Gencay, Abhay Grover, Amber Johnson, Shareef Shah, and Marta Villamoor Martin
  • Intramural Sports Chair: Brett Wang
  • GSG Representative: Jiannan Xu

The ADS Board works for the students in various community roles. ADS Board is responsible for bringing feedback and concerns to the Smith PhD Program Office in addition to representing the students in various administration groups at Smith, Graduate School and Graduate Student Government. ADS Board organizes community events such as lunches and off campus walking/hiking trips as well as working with campus intramural sports.

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