Winter 2007

In Brief

Haas Students Win Top Honors Nationwide
Berkeley MBA students racked up four victories in late 2006 at national case competitions. Subjects ran the gamut from brand management to energy efficiency.

Leadership Boost for Core Curriculum
Full-time Berkeley MBA students started enrolling in a new core course last semester to assess their leadership skills and to develop roadmaps for improving those skills.

Courting Students with New Media
The Haas School web site is now home to podcasts, blogs, and a video, making it an even richer source of information for prospective MBA students.

Chinese Delegates Study IP at Haas
About 20 judges, policymakers, and executives from China convened at Haas in October for a unique training program on innovation and intellectual property rights.

Students Help Make Meals Sustainable
After taking field trips to feedlots and slaughter houses, six Berkeley MBA students shared their insights on the beef supply chain with senior executives of McDonald's, making recommendations that could result in cleaner streams, safer cattle feed, and improved working conditions for laborers.

Alumnus Named a BusinessWeek Top 'Under 25' Entrepreneur
Aaron Sahagun, BS 06, was named one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25" by BusinessWeek for launching Alumwire, a career resources and social networking web site. He shares the honor with his brother Allan, who is a student at Harvard University.

Blum Endows Poverty Center
The Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies was launched last year with a $15 million gift to UC Berkeley by San Francisco financier, philanthropist, University of California regent, and Haas School alumnus Richard C. Blum, BS 58, MBA 59.

On the Job Innovation
Nearly 50 Berkeley MBA students helped a discount travel Web site develop strategies to build business at the inaugural Haas@Work workshop in San Francisco on December 1, 2006.

Oil Executives Learn New Skills
The Haas School's Center for Executive Development (CED) was selected to provide multi-year executive education program to top executives and project managers of the Norwegian energy company Statoil.

MOT Partners with Dubai School
UC Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) program teamed up with the e-TQM College in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to develop a joint program in total quality management that will include executive education, staff exchanges, and mentorship.

Professor Teck Ho's "Pricing"
Ho's class was one of the most popular electives last year with over half of the full-time MBA class bidding to secure a seat in the class.

Laura Tyson Returns to Teach
Professor and former Haas Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson returned from her post as dean of the London Business School this month to resume her faculty position at the Haas School of Business.

Faculty Honors
Haas School faculty demonstrated their excellence in 2005 and in 2006 by winning honors for their research.
Students at the >play conference

Students rocking the ">play" Digital Media Conference

The guitar arrangement was part of the conference's digital media expo, which showcased, among other innovations, an interactive globe, a podcasting installation, and a station for editing video on the fly. The >play conference, which took place in November 2006, was organized by students. The conference is affiliated with the Berkeley Digital Media and Entertainment Club.