Smith Profiles

Student Profile

It Began in High School and Continues at Smith: Changing the Game for Millions of Children

Sara Blau, Class of 2024

I wanted to be at Smith since it’s a hardworking, collaborative environment where all students and faculty are committed to the success of one another.

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Alumni Profile

Turning Pandemic Related Uncertainty Into a Career Advantage

Alexis Hogarth, MS in Business and Management ’22

The Master of Science in Business and Management program felt like the best foundation for me to gain more business knowledge, while also easing back into talking to people face to face in a professional way again. I would have been too nervous about doing that if I’d chosen to work right after getting my bachelor’s degree.

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Alumni Profile

Learning and Teaching at the Smith School Helped to Advance A Storied Career

Richard O’Neill, MBA ’69

“I let things happen and the jobs came to me. I did not seek them,” that’s what Richard O’Neill says about his path to success.

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Alumni Profile

Still a Long Road Ahead: Leading One of the World’s Top High-Tech Firms and Aiming to Take it to Even Higher Heights

Long Jiang, PhD Strategic Management ’06

Most successful people wake up no later than 6 a.m. and Long Jiang is no exception.  He usually wakes up at 5:30, works out for 45 minutes then heads to his office. Jiang is CEO of Goertek, one of the largest China based companies in the world that designs and manufactures smart devices.

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Alumni Profile

Winning at Entrepreneurship and Taking it to the Next Level

Vishal Khera, MBA ’00

My Smith education has been an exceptional resource for me throughout my career. Smith is essential to enhancing soft skills as much as imparting core curriculum. Classes like business strategy and negotiations have been extremely important to my career as a management consultant, and then later as an entrepreneur.

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Alumni Profile

Defining Adversity as a Benefit Rather than a Stumbling Block to Success in Financial Services

Ritam Roy, MS in Business and Management ’02

I consider the education I received from the brilliant professors at Smith to be the most precious gift and valuable resource that has propelled my career forward all these years.

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Alumni Profile

Climbing the Ladder of Success in Banking by Being Open to Constant Change

Nipa Dutta, MBA ’05

The Smith MBA program gave me the flexibility to get a degree without specialization. My focus had been finance and strategy, but as I worked at different roles within banking, the advanced courses in accounting and marketing that I’d taken in earlier semesters really helped.

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Alumni Profile

From English Teacher to Human Resources Chief: Leveraging a Talent for Training and Coaching People

Vivian Liu, EMBA ’19

My professors at Maryland Smith have been my most valuable career resource. I could reach out to them for advice, coaching and feedback. My favorite professor is Dr. Liao Hui, who I could easily talk to about my thoughts and bold ideas.

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Alumni Profile

Uncommon Success: Running One Company While Holding Sway Over Tech at Another

Dennis Kang, MBA ’05

After graduating from Smith I met several Smith alumni, both in the U.S. and China. Some of them helped me with work issues, some offered me jobs and still others connected me with business opportunities. There is a natural trust among Smith alumni. I’ve been amazed by how much the Smith Alumni Network has grown in China.

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Alumni Profile

Realizing The Dream And Seeking to Mentor Leaders on the Path to Theirs

Sameer Wadhwa, MBA ’02

During my time with the Smith MBA program, I dreamt of being a consulting partner and I’m happy to have realized that dream. My goal is to mentor CFOs – especially those with start-ups – to help their companies progress and become profitable quickly.

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