Haas List

Executive MBA

1. Families Always

Jay Srinivasan and her daughter, Puja Subramaniam, with Jasmine Garg and her father, Sandeep Garg.

Jay Srinivasan and her daughter, Puja Subramaniam, with Jasmine Garg and her father, Sandeep Garg.

Students Always runs in the family for two Class of 2015 EMBA classmates. Jayanthi (Jay) Srinivasan is attending Berkeley with her sophomore daughter, Puja Subramaniam. Sandeep Garg’s daughter, Jasmine Garg, is also a sophomore. “One of the key things I’ve learned from Jasmine is the importance of creating a life balance between hard work and a social life,” says Sandeep, a cardiologist in Oregon.

The experience is giving them a deeper appreciation for one another. “It’s inspiring to see how much my mom does,” says Puja, a public health and statistics major.

“Every time I come to Berkeley, I feel like I take five years off of my life,” says Jay, a Cupertino- based director of product management in the software industry. “I am getting younger every time I come to class.”


2. Big Impact

The Haas School’s California Management Review (CMR) once again ranked higher in impact than competitor business journals including the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review in a recent analysis by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor is determined by the number of citations from the journal’s articles that appear in academic publications. CMR’s impact factor has risen from 1.667 to 1.994 in just two years (with a 5-year impact factor increase from 2.554 to 2.672).


3. Naming Standards


For years people have referred to our school as Berkeley Haas, but it was never a part of the typographic treatment used on business cards, clothing, our website, and more. Until now. Our official name will always be the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. But using Berkeley Haas will help us tap the power of the Berkeley brand while simultaneously building the brand of the Haas School worldwide.


4. Influencing the World

Janet Yellen

Professor Emeritus and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was named sixth on Forbes’ 2014 “World’s Most Powerful People” list of 72 leaders—second out of nine women after German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Yellen is the first woman to lead the world’s most influential central bank. She began overseeing the Fed’s $4.5 trillion in assets in February 2014.


5. The Godfather Returns

New Frontiers in Open Innovation

Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, the faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation who’s been dubbed the godfather of open innovation, has added another book to his oeuvre. New Frontiers in Open Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West and co-written with 22 other scholars, is his fifth on managing technology and innovation. This book examines research conducted to date on open innovation and offers a comprehensive overview of the most promising and relevant research topics during the next decade.


6. Paying Tribute

John M. Quigley, the Berkeley Haas housing expert who passed away in 2012, has been memorialized with a medal bearing his name. The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association established the annual John M. Quigley Medal to honor a scholar whose work advances the fields of real estate, urban economics, public finance, and regional science. Quigley had been a faculty member of Berkeley Haas’ Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics since 1998 and was founding director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy.


7. Marathon Superman

Tim Durbin running in Antarctica.

Tim Durbin running in Antarctica.

Tim Durbin, MBA 10, became the lone American of 12 runners to complete the 2015 World Marathon Challenge: running seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days. The 31-year-old management consultant started on Union Glacier in Antarctica on Jan. 17, then ran in Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami; Madrid; Marrakech, Morocco; Dubai, UAE; and finished in Sydney on Jan. 23. He slept on business-class flights between continents. At one point, Durbin completed two marathons with less than seven hours of rest. Not bad for someone who completed his first half-marathon about a month after arriving at Berkeley Haas. His average time for each marathon was 5 hours and 16 minutes. As part of the experience, he raised money for cancer research. What’s next for Durbin? Running 24,901 miles—the length of the equator—by 2022.


8. Park Here


Haas’ own team won the fourth annual Haas Tech Challenge for its proposed system to alert drivers in advance to an available parking spot. The winning team included Amrit Acharya, Babar Khan, and Tomer Poran, all MBA 16, and Nate Chang, MBA 17. Kellogg took second place, and UCLA placed third in the November case competition run by the Haas Technology Club. Eight teams submitted proposals focused on connecting computing devices to the existing Internet infrastructure. The winning students say their connected sensors could also be used as a springboard for other ideas. Drivers could use digital currency earned through carpooling to bid on and reserve parking spots. Data collected on downtown foot and vehicle traffic could be used to design more intelligent advertising and retail store placement. And developers could use the overall data platform to create new solutions to improve lighting, public safety, and pollution levels.


9. Faculty Acclaim


Prof. Teck Ho receives prestigious honor
Professor Teck H. Ho has became the second recipient of the Williamson Award, the highest honor bestowed by Haas faculty to a fellow faculty member who exemplifies the Defining Leadership Principles that differentiate Berkeley Haas as an institution. The award is named for Nobel Laureate and Haas Prof. Emeritus Oliver Williamson.

Ho holds the William Halford Jr. Family Chair in marketing. He teaches behavioral economics and marketing, examining consumer and firm behavior in economic situations. His course on pricing is the most popular MBA elective at Haas.

Ho is also the director of Berkeley Haas’ Asia Business Center, which forges partnerships with Asian institutions to further develop management education and research.

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