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Lally Graduate Admissions Ambassadors
L-R: Ian He, Alexandra Damiano, Elliott Smith, Yitian Luo, and Aditya Kambhampati.  

Ian He ’15 – M.S. in Management
Hometown: Chongqing, China
Industry of Interest: Technology and
Undergrad: Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Undergrad Major: Marketing

Bio: I was born and grew up in China, then I did my undergraduate in Concordia University in Canada. Before coming to the Lally School, I worked in several different departments at DB Schenker. This experience lead to my decision to pursue a M.S. in Management degree at Lally so I could prepare to start my own business ventures. At Lally, I've partnered with engineers and other technical experts to create new opportunities that would not be available through business alone. For example, I am currently working on a commercialization project with one of our faculty on his biotech invention in the Master Scholars Research Program. I am also an active member of the Graduate Management Student Association because I like networking and managing events.


Alexandra Damiano '15 – M.S. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (TC&E)
Hometown: Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Industry of Interest: Biotechnology
Undergrad: Boston University
Undergrad Major: Biomedical Engineering, Concentration in Technology Innovation

Bio: As an undergraduate, I spent two summers interning at a small, biotech startup. For the most part, my roles were related to wet lab research and development of a microfluidic platform for a diagnostic application. However, I was also given the opportunity to do business related research for the company. During my first summer interning, I learned the value of having a technical background, but I also learned how important it was to have a business understanding, especially in a startup.

After that experience, I realized I wanted to have more than just a technical perception of technology development. I chose to apply to the M.S. in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (TC&E) program at Lally because it offered the ability to learn about the tools needed to successfully commercialize technology. The focus on entrepreneurship was also something I wanted because I am interested in working in the startup environment and learning how to translate research into products. I am also passionate about animal rights and would like to one day be able to open up an animal shelter.


Elliott Smith ’15 – Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Hometown: Warwick, New York
Industry of Interest: Technology
Undergrad: Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Undergrad Major: Computer Science

Bio: I started out at Rensselaer as a computer science undergraduate. I had the opportunity to participate in the co-terminal MBA program, which made it financially feasible for me to get a bachelor's and master’s degree in only five years. I choose to join Lally to broaden my scope of knowledge to subjects outside of computer science and gain an insight into the business world. I greatly enjoy the team-oriented projects as well as the supportive and knowledgeable professors, many of whom have experience in industry. Every Lally faculty member is also geared towards helping you prepare for and succeed in the career of your choice. When I’m not in the classroom, I am an avid fan of sports and enjoy extensively travelling the world.


Yitian Luo ’14 – M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA)
Hometown: Hefei, Anhui Province, China
Industry of Interest: Finance and Computer Science
Undergrad: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Undergrad Major: Electronic Engineering

Bio: I was an undergraduate student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before applying to Lally. I really wanted to build my knowledge of finance and business after developing an undergraduate background in engineering and mathematics. The M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA) program at the Lally school offers courses covering finance and math as well as programming. The flexibility within the program to focus on what I want to learn makes QFRA a good choice for me. Since arriving at the Lally school, I have served as student leader in the Buttonwood club and Mandarin club. Through these organizations I coordinated student activities like the Buttonwood Debate Competition and Bloomberg Terminal trainings. These activities made me feel connected to other students and make the most of my Lally experience.


Aditya Kambhampati ’15 –
M.S. in Business Analytics*

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Industry of Interest: Banking, Insurance and Retail
Undergrad: Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS-Pilani)
Undergrad Major: Economics and Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Bio: Prior to coming to the Lally School, I worked for UBS Verity Knowledge Solutions (an affiliate of UBS Investment Bank) for close to five years in the Investment Banking Advisory division. I was involved in mapping out inorganic growth strategies (mergers and acquisitions, capital raising activities) for companies by analyzing their business from a 360 degree perspective. I realized it was time for me to make a difference in the organic growth strategies and I understood the importance of data in decision making for organizations.

I came to the Lally School because of its best-in-class M.S. in Business Analytics program that is very much aligned with the industry. I enjoy the practical aspect of learning here and its implementation through the research programs and capstone projects, where we directly work with companies helping them solve real business problems. In my free time, I like watching movies and reading about political and economic scenario’s across the world.

*Aditya is also able to answer questions about the M.S. Supply Chain Management program.


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