Haas News


Dean's Letter: Transforming the Haas Campus


We have a great deal to celebrate as we prepare to begin a new academic year. We have started work on “Transforming the Haas Campus,” our pledge to ensure the competitiveness of our school through state-of-the-art facilities that support learning, collaboration, and community.

This summer, we began installing new air conditioning in Cheit Hall. Those of you who remember suffering through the hottest days of the school year in stifling classrooms will appreciate the necessity of this project. Soon students will only be sweating over their studies in Cheit classrooms.

We have also drafted detailed plans for a complete renovation of our Haas courtyard, and anticipate breaking ground over winter break. Our goal is to make our courtyard much more useable and inviting by creating new, larger spaceswhere students, faculty, staff, and visitors from across campus and beyond mingle, socialize, and share ideas. We envision the redesigned courtyard as a kind of town square?a place that sparks innovative thinking?and look forward to the energy and buzz of our new central meeting place.

We couldn’t have executed these important transformations without contributions from alumni like you. Giving back has always been an important part of our Haas School culture, and our Campaign for Haas supports the most vital school-wide initiatives: curriculum enhancements, experiential learning, scholarships and fellowships, faculty research, as well as campus renovations.

Together, we can make sure that Berkeley Haas continues to develop the business leaders who Question the Status Quo, have Confidence Without Attitude, think Beyond Themselves, and remain Students Always. Today, just as during your time at Cal, we rely on our alumni partners to ensure a bright future for Berkeley- Haas. Somebody else made it better for you while you were here. Now we need your help in paying it forward.

I look forward to bringing you more exciting news as we usher Haas to a new level of innovative leadership. As always, I welcome any other suggestions and comments at lyons@haas.berkeley.edu.


Rich Lyons, BS 82

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Going to the Mat

Students in two courses advise yoga apparel maker

Anand Thiruvengadam, Julie Lutz, and Robert Espinosa, all MBA 13, work on plans for a yoga apparel maker at design firm fuseproject's San Francisco office.

When an El Salvadoran apparel manufacturer decided to stretch into its own yoga/active wear line, it pulled Berkeley MBA students in to recommend market entry strategies.

The firm, TexOps, has partnered with Yves Behar’s design firm fuseproject on its new WITH (Wear it to Heart) line of synthetic sustainable apparel. A team in the Haas@Work experiential learning course made recommendations on marketing, distribution channels, business models, and market entry concepts, while students from the Corporate Social Responsibility project course advised on promoting the sustainability of the line.

“Learning and understanding the team dynamics were the most rewarding part,” says evening and weekend student Jason Lin, MBA 12. “It was great to see the team coalesce over time and really perform.” Indeed. Hearing the students’ thoroughly researched assessments of everything from revenue analyses to de-risking strategies, the client was moved to high praise and a heartfelt namaste.

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Competition Reaches 50 Nations

More than 600 entries from a record 50 countries competed in the Global Social Venture Competition this year. The competition, started in 1999 by Berkeley MBA students, culminates in a final round in Berkeley every April.

As part of the competition leadership team, Tarek Hosny, MBA 12, built new partnerships with business schools in Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey.

“Since I began working on this in 2010, interest in social entrepreneurship has been growing and growing,” he says.

Of the Haas entries, Watsi, a team that includes Katie Dewitt, MBA 13, won the $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Watsi is a global peer-to-peer crowdsourcing platform that enables donors to fund low-cost medical treatments in developing countries.

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A Finance Family Affair

Father and daughter share insights with students

Rich Roesch, MBA 64, and daughter Larissa Roesch, MBA 97, speak at a Haas finance course.

Finance students enjoyed an unexpected two-for-one special this spring when Professor Christine Parlour invited alumna Larissa Roesch, MBA 97, to speak in her MBA Investments course.

Roesch, a vice president and member of the Fixed Income Investment Policy Committee at Dodge & Cox, helped Parlour wrap up her course’s fixed income section with real-world applications and also agreed to meet with other MBA and undergrad students in a more casual Finance Practitioner Chat forum. Fortuitously, Roesch’s father, Rick Roesch, MBA 64, also an alumnus, was visiting and joined his daughter. Roeschretired from Citibank/Citigroup after serving as head of Asia, head of Personnel, and head of Investor Relations.

“It was great to get some fixed-income perspective? especially from a successful woman,” said Laura Bentzien, MBA 12. “I’m fascinated by Wall Street history, and so hearing about Citi’s transformation from an insider was a real treat,” added Dan Kanivas, MBA 12.

Finance Practitioner Chats are organized by the Haas Finance Group, MBA

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Chilling Academic Research?

"Best Paper" explores effects of licenses

A Haas PhD student, a professor, and an alumnus co-authored an article that won a 2012 “Best Paper” distinction from the Academy of Management.

PhD student Neil Thompson co-wrote the winning paper, “Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Licenses, and the Flow of Scientific Knowledge,” with Professor Emeritus David Mowery and alumnus Arvids Ziedonis, PhD 00, of the University of Oregon.

The trio used data from the University of California system to investigate whether licenses and agreements governing the exchange of research materials have a chilling effect on academic research, as some scholars and policy-makers believe. Their preliminary results found little evidence that such agreements are constraining scientific Going to the Mat communication, except in some specific contexts.

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Institute Prepares Diverse Generation of Leaders

Lecturer Krystal Thomas (standing, center), BS 94, teaches in the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders.

Twenty-five undergrads from around the country came to Haas in May for a new UC program for students from historically black colleges and universities.

As the first host of the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders, Haas provided sessions on everything from open innovation to negotiations to choosing a graduate school.

“Our group project really allowed me to go beyond myself. I was forced to push myself and put my differences aside to work with individuals I barely know to create a business model,” Angel Mills, a Howard University junior, said of an open innovation project. “The tools that I took from the class will be beneficial for me in the future.”

Students receive all-expenses-paid fellowships to attend the career-building program for two consecutive years. The fellowships are sponsored by Wells Fargo and California Wellpoint. One of the six UC business and management schools will host the institute each year.

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New Faculty Books

vogel_bookDavid Vogel
The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety and Environmental Risks inEurope and the United States (Princeton University Press)

beyer Kurt W. Beyer

Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (MIT Press)

maybeEricka Lutz
The Edge of Maybe
(Last Light Studio)

personal_financialFred Selinger

Personal Financial Management: from College to Career, 3rd Edition (Pearson)

telling_the_whole_story Nora Silver
Telling the Whole Story: Voices of Ethnic Volunteers in America (Community Initiatives)

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Feedback from our Readers

On Twitter
Just received the Berkeley Haas alumni magazine in the mail...nice redesign. Good job, and Go Bears!
@leimer, Bradly Leimer, BS 92

Redesign Overdue
The update was overdue and for the most part a vast improvement with the exception of the cover for the Spring 2012 edition. While the photo is clean and upbeat, it’s more like the cover I would expect in the supermarket checkout line.
John Locke Alderson, MBA 67

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