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Haas Students Excel at Competitions Across US

Students from the Haas School made their mark at competitions across the country this year.

Berkeley MBA students just won second place honors in an international strategy competition in Barcelona, Spain, in April. The winning Haas team was composed of Teddy Schall, Dhiraj Piparaiya, and Alex Kostopoulos.

A team of six Berkeley MBA students won first place at the inaugural national Real Estate Challenge at the University of Texas, Austin, in November. Haas was represented by William Crowley, Kenneth Lee, Jamin Seid, Kristina Wollan, Steven Sims, and Martin Healey.

Two teams made up of students from the Haas School and UC Berkeley received finalist honors in the University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition last month. Haas students who were so honored included Chris Baker, Gerrit van Roekel, and Ken Bui.

The Medifuel team from the Haas School was the runner-up at the 2003 MBA Jungle Business Plan Challenge in April. The team also won the third-place prize and the People’s Choice award at the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.

Forbes magazine named first-year Berkeley MBA student Enlai Chu the Forbes Future Capitalist at the Carrot Capital Business Plan Challenge in New York last month. Haas team Ecsponent was in the fourth place group, and Tarsian & Blinkley was in the second place group of teams.

A combined Berkeley MBA/Master’s in Financial Engineering student team won the 6th annual Financial Engineering Competition in New York in April. The Berkeley team included MFE students Allen Cheung, Matt O’Hara, and Nate Anthony, and MBA student Bob Basso.

A team of three Haas undergraduate students and one Berkeley economics major won the Western Region Finals of the 2002 Merrill Lynch Case Study Competition in December, beating teams from UCLA and Stanford. Haas team members included Allen Chang, Henluen Wang, and David Mew, who brought home the $5,000 prize.

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Phil Angelides

Haas Celebrates Commencement

California State Treasurer Phil Angelides gave the commencement address to 701 students and their friends and families at Commencement on Sunday, May 25. The graduating class of 2003 is made up of 350 undergraduate students, 226 full-time MBA students, 111 Evening & Weekend MBA students, and 14 doctoral candidates. They will join a network of approximately 30,000 Haas School alumni worldwide.

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