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Evening MBA Scholarship Recipients

Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Spring 2024 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

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Perry Cosier – B.A. Urban Planning and B.A. Political Science | Virginia Tech 

As an alumnus of Virginia Tech, I was very proud to see how strong the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program presented itself when I was looking to further my educational studies. The flexibility of the program and the opportunity for face-to-face instruction from their distinguished faculty led me to choose the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program. During my time in the program, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and learning from the diverse group of other working professionals who are in my classes. The level of personal engagement with my peers and the professors let me know that I made the right choice for myself. I know that I will carry the lessons that I learn from my Evening MBA program directly into my current role and that they will help me in my future career endeavors.

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Madeline McQuade – B.A. National Security and Foreign Affairs | Virginia Tech 

Earning an MBA at Virginia Tech offers a unique blend of academic excellence, industry connections, and a collaborative learning environment. With a focus on innovation and technology, I will benefit from cutting-edge business education from professors with practical experience in the field, while also gaining access to a strong alumni network. The program's emphasis on practical application and hands-on experience will enable me to graduate with the skills and knowledge needed for leadership roles in a rapidly evolving business landscape.  

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Mohammad Mobin – B.S. Accounting | George Mason University 

From this MBA program, I hope to derive better decision-making skills using analytical framework and various business decision-making models. With a focused interest in Accounting and Information Systems, I believe that the coursework pertaining to this concentration would help me apply the skills in senior leadership roles especially in production and operations management. I envision leveraging my MBA to drive efficiency, and lead my company towards success. 

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Rodanthi Nikopoulou – B.S. Chemistry | American University 

My BS was in chemistry and thus it was a hard decision for me to move into advanced business classes not only because it was an unknown world but also because I was not sure if chemistry and business could be connected. However, the Evening MBA program at Virginia Tech proved to me, since the first class, that I made the right decision and that those two worlds share a lot of characteristics. Now, I am sure that there is a variety of opportunities out there, especially around the area where I am studying, the DMV area, and they do require a science and business background! A university such as Virginia Tech is the ideal option for me because of the extremely valuable and advanced knowledge it provides and its amazing location!

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Andrey Sheremetinskiy – Bachelor and MS of Information Technology | Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics

Going back to school after 15 years is never an easy decision. I spent many hours researching different programs and universities. I chose Virginia Tech for its reputation, in-person teaching, and recommendations from colleagues who graduated from the program. I was impressed by the quality and diversity of the faculty, the curriculum, and the alumni network. I was also attracted by the flexibility and convenience of the evening schedule, which allowed me to continue working while studying. I thought that Virginia Tech offered a unique and rewarding learning experience that would prepare me for the challenges and opportunities in the dynamic business environment. Go Hokies!

Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Fall 2023 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

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Nana Asumadu - B.S. Information Systems | Virginia Commonwealth University 

From my perspective as a Cloud Support Engineer aspiring to diversify my career, the Virginia Tech MBA program represents a transformative opportunity. While I excel in my current role, I recognize that a broader skill set is essential for navigating various business sectors effectively. This program will provide me with the knowledge and expertise to transition into different industries and roles, such as entrepreneurship, management, or even leadership positions within tech companies. It will equip me with invaluable leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills that are universally applicable. Additionally, the program's emphasis on networking and exposure to diverse business contexts will be instrumental in forging connections and exploring new career avenues. In sum, the Virginia Tech MBA program is my bridge to a versatile career trajectory, enabling me to make a meaningful impact in various businesses and industries.

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Tyler Blanchard - B.S. Information Management and Technology | Syracuse University 

Pursuit of an MBA has been a dream of mine for many years. I've sincerely enjoyed learning from the many diverse perspectives of the Evening MBA professors and student body. Case work has brought to light fascinating challenges our society is facing related to the advent of Artificial Intelligence, sustainability, and strategies to contain inflation. A true highlight was creating "forever memories" during the Scandinavia Hokie abroad course!

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Kimberly Lee - B.S Clinical Lab Science | Howard University 

Choosing the right MBA program requires research and self-reflection.  After all, it is a financial, professional and time-committed investment. After one information session for the Virginia Tech Evening MBA Program, I was convinced this Program would be a good fit for me.  VT has both a competitive atmosphere as well as a collaborative one.  The Program Administration and Professors have an open-door policy, which is an invaluable aspect of the MBA experience.  Although I elected a Business Intelligence / Business Analytics concentration, I will also benefit from the core courses and wide selection of electives.  I hope to acquire new skills and knowledge to enhance my professional development.


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Julio Monroy Cruz - B.S. Aerospace Engineering | Virginia Tech 

My personal experience while at Virginia Tech has been an invaluable part of my growth as the individual and as a professional. I am confident that Virginia Tech’s MBA program will complement my engineering degree and I look forward to taking this new knowledge from the classroom into real world applications. Today, I am seeking a new challenge, to be the first in my family to obtain a graduate degree and the best place to accomplish this is at my alma matter, Virginia Tech. I can certainly say that I am proud to be a first-generation graduate student. Go Hokies!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Okaro

Robert Nottingham - B.S. Health Sciences | James Madison University    
M.S.A (Master of Surgical Assisting) | Eastern Virginia Medical School

The Virginia Tech MBA Program has been instrumental in helping develop my passion for business, all while continuing to provide a practical balance of work, education, and personal time.  I have been fortunate to meet many professionals from various industries, strengthen my business acumen, and gain valuable insight into the necessary tools to advance my career.  The MBA Program has been an incredible academic experience and I am confident that all of the lessons learned will have lasting impressions throughout my life. 

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Robert Oudemans - B.A. International Studies | American University, School of International Service

Virginia Tech's Evening MBA Program stood out for me as an amazing value when I was choosing an MBA program. Specifically, the dual MBA / Masters in Information Technology program held immense value for me as an IT Project Manager in the Legal industry.  In my courses, I am looking forward to  improving my competencies in business skills such as financial accounting as well as staying up to date on cutting edge information technology fields such as artificial intelligence. Educating myself across disciplines will allow me to continuously iterate how I contribute at my firm and stay at the forefront of innovation in my industry Additionally, the format the classes are delivered, as well as the ability to work with my professors and fellow classmates in person, will make it easy for me to work into my already busy work and personal life. 

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Andrew Polhamus - B.S. Information Sciences and Systems | Radford University  Master of Information Technology | Virginia Tech

After completing my Master of Information Technology degree from Virginia Tech in May 2022, it was an easy decision to continue my educational journey in pursuit of a dual degree with a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  This decision comes from a strong desire to complement my technical acumen with a solid foundation in business management and leadership.  I believe by combining these two disciplines, I will be better suited to navigate the evolving landscape of technology-driven businesses and to create a substantial impact by upholding the values of Ut Prosim, serving both my organization and community alike


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Argelis Rodriguez - B.S. Industrial Engineering | Technological University of Panama

In my youth, a college education was but only a dream attainable by few and a postgraduate education was a reach for the stars. The Virginia Tech Evening MBA Program has opened a door for me filled with new possibilities that include advancement in education, connections with diverse professionals, and an opportunity to sharpen my skills all while driving my career as an accountant and being a mom. I’m excited to be a Hokie!


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Luisa Spragg – B.S. Chemical Engineering - B.S. Petroleum Engineering | National University of Colombia

VA Tech MBA has provided me with the business management knowledge to my engineering background to advance my career and approach business cases with different perspectives., It has also changed my understanding and thinking about the economy, marketing, and finance at work and even in my personal life. My favorite topics I have learned are about team dynamics and leadership. The MBA program has also been a great opportunity to meet new people and extend my networking. The faculty is high quality and I have a great opportunity to learn from their experience and knowledge. The nature of the evening program has been great to be able to balance my family, my work, and school

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Shuhui Wu - B.A. Economics | University of Virginia 

My career has been so far focused on healthcare policy research for federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. The work that I have done helped the government to better serve the sickest and most vulnerable populations. I am using Virginia Tech’s MBA program to explore the business side of healthcare and learn more about marketing, strategy, and finance topics. I am also excited to learn from top-notch professors and learn from fellow Hokies who are already leaders in their field. Finally, I am also very grateful that this program will allow me to work while completing courses on my own timeline. I am looking forward to connecting with fellow classmates and growing in my interests!


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Carlos Zuniga - B.S. Finance | University of Maryland, College Park 

As a capital planning and investment controls administrator for the federal government, I work closely with program and project managers to oversee and manage a vast portfolio of IT investments from a governance reporting perspective.  Virginia Tech’s evening MBA program has strengthened my understanding of IT and project management principles which will serve me to more effectively bridge the gap between financials and IT management reporting which is crucial to the success in my current role.  The professors and staff are second to none and have demonstrated not only expertise in their respective fields but also the ability to connect on a one-on-one basis to foster my professional growth.  I am thankful and fortunate to be a part of the Virginia Tech MBA program.


Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Spring 2023 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Banks

Raymond Banks – B.S. Business Administration, General Management – Thomas Edison State University

Looking back at my experience with the Virginia Tech MBA program, it has been the opportunity to include both MBA and Masters of Information Technology courses in my plan of study that really stands out. Throughout my studies, I was encouraged to explore cross-functional approaches to understanding and solving business problems. My success in applying these approaches to real-world problems has rapidly placed me at the forefront of business and technical innovation in my organization. Truly, my Virginia Tech MBA has been the most intense and rewarding educational experience of my life. 

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Tzipporah Bryer – Satkin – BBA Management – University of Georgia

Continuing my education has provided me the chance to explore new and emerging topics and gain a deeper understanding of the business world. I have had the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, learn from their experiences, and expand my network of contacts. I am grateful to the Virginia Tech community for helping me in my pursuit of becoming a lifelong learner! 

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Claire Hoffman – B.A. English and Government – College of William & Mary

The Pamplin Evening MBA program has helped diversify my skills, broaden my network of friends, and expose me to new-to-me decision making techniques and frameworks. This program has diversified my skillset beyond communications and information technology to include leadership, operations management, accounting, and finance. I’m so grateful that this program allows me to meet really smart people in other industries - I doubt I would have crossed paths with them any other way. It's one thing to read Harvard Business Review on your own - it’s another thing to argue case studies to 40 passionate Northern Virginians. I get to take those lessons learned, examples from other people’s experiences, and use them in my day job. Finally, the accounting and finance classes have made me a more informed consumer (and less likely to fall prey to sales promotions in an inflationary economy).

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Madelyn Leon – B.S. Finance and Marketing – George Mason University

The VA Tech MBA Program has provided me with the unmatched flexibility to earn a higher education, while balancing both my professional and personal day-to-day commitments. Being able to tap into an extensive Hokie alumni network and learn from professors who are experts in their own fields, are just a few reasons that have made my experience in the program worthwhile. I firmly believe this program will continue to arm me with the strategic thinking, leadership, and technical skills needed to expand my business acumen and take my career to the next level.

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Michael Okaro – B.E. Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Federal University of Tech, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering – Tennessee Tech University

​Getting an MBA has always been important to me, therefore picking the best program to suit me was a priority. In making that decision, Virginia Tech Evening MBA had the best option as it offered a great curriculum, providing me the flexibility of working fulltime and still being able to attend classes. As a professional primarily focused in engineering and product management, the program gives me the opportunity to develop my business skills in order to succeed more in my career and meet my personal future goals. 

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Kiley Pfeifer – B.S. Commerce and Business Administration and B.A. Criminal Justice – The University of Alabama

I am continually finding new ways to leverage what I've learned through my VT MBA coursework in my career as a technology and business strategy consultant.  The close relationship between the MBA and MIT programs has given me the opportunity to enhance my MBA experience with more technical classes.  I am looking forward to continuing to fuel my passion for solving complex problems at the intersection of business and technology as I complete the remainder of my coursework and carry that insight into my career.

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Matthew Zerolnick – B.A. Mathematical Statistics and Economics – Wake Forest University

Since I started the Evening MBA Program in January 2021, I have gotten married, transitioned to a new role, earned a promotion, traveled frequently, and continued to spend time with family and friends. The Virginia Tech Evening MBA Program has provided exactly what I was looking for: flexibility and freedom to complete mentally stimulating coursework at my own pace while continuing to work full-time. Professionally, the program provided me with the necessary skills to grow beyond my technical expertise and think strategically. I've also made some new friends and expanded my network, for whom I'm incredibly grateful.


Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Fall 2022 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Roger Dial

Roger Dial
B.A. Management Information Systems | Cleveland State University
Master of Information Technology | Virginia Tech

I believe that completing the Virginia Tech MBA program will allow me to elevate my career to a new level. Since most of my career has been very focused on technical tasks, the MBA will broaden my knowledge and skill set to allow me to move into more strategic positions within my organization. It will also expand my thought processes and decision making capabilities to make me more valuable to my organization. From a personal perspective, it will satisfy my desire to always be learning and growing.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Samantha Dickmyer

Samantha Dickmyer
B.B.A. Finance, Minor in Business Analytics | James Madison University

​When considering part time MBA programs, Virginia Tech's Evening MBA was always the obvious choice for me. I am excited to connect with and learn from my knowledgeable peers and professors in person this fall in a way that fits into my busy full time work schedule and extracurricular heavy lifestyle. As a financial analyst within the government contracting space, I know that the enhancement of important technical and analytical skills needed to excel in my day-to-day work that this program provides will be complemented by hands-on, actionable guidance in improving interpersonal communication skills and relationship building that directly translate to my personal life and professional goals. I can't wait to see how this adventure helps shape my future interests and abilities - Go Hokies!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Linden Olberg

Linden Olberg
B.A. Political Science, Minor in International Relations & B.A. Middle Eastern and North African Studies | University of California, Los Angeles

I have been wanting to get my MBA for several years, and when I finally decided to pull the trigger, Virginia Tech’s part-time Evening MBA program offered everything I wanted! I believe this program will provide the intellectual stimulation and academic rigor I desire, while still allowing me the flexibility to grow professionally and become an expert in my field. I look forward to joining the Hokie family and taking the next step personally, academically, and professionally.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Alicia Richardson

Alicia Richardson
B.A. International Affairs, Minor in History | James Madison University
Master of Information Technology | Virginia Tech

As a software engineer in a family-run business, I am complimenting the Master of Information Technology degree I just earned at Virginia Tech with the MBA.  Within the company are a number of technically proficient employees but few who are knowledgeable about business. Professionally, the MBA program will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for handling the administrative/business side of the company and personally, the MBA will help with the inter-personal skills that are so necessary for life.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Justin Rinker

Justin Rinker
B.S. Industrial Engineering & M.S. Management Science | Lehigh University

The Virginia Tech MBA program will develop my business and leadership skills and help me advance to the next phase in my career. Specifically, I hope to apply the methods and frameworks I learn in the program to enhance existing strategic planning processes at my organization. I look forward to building relationships with other students in the program and learning from our collective experiences.

Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Spring 2022 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Fernando Alvarez

Fernando Alvarez
B.S. Applied Information Technology, Minor in Business and BA Government & International Politics, Minor in Legal Studies | George Mason University
Master of Information Technology | Virginia Tech

As a tech entrepreneur and full-time engineer at Microsoft, Virginia Tech's MBA program has provided me with the right flexibility and prestige I wanted to boost my personal and professional goals. Every class session has been a great opportunity to translate that knowledge and apply it to my work in meaningful ways. The lifelong learner inside me is thankful and thrilled to be part of this program and the Hokie community not only because of the new business skills we will learn, but the new lasting friendships and many memories we will share!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Abena Arkorful

Abena Arkorful
B.S. Business Administration | Longwood University

As a student, my Virginia Tech MBA classes helped me apply classroom concepts to real world situations in my workplace. The collaborative aspect of the program was helpful because I was able to work with a diverse group of students with different career backgrounds. Professionally and personally, I have been able to build relationships that will continue beyond graduation.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Stephanie Cifuentes

Stephanie Cifuentes
B.S. Communications and M.S. Public and Corporate Communications | Radford University

Getting my MBA at Virginia Tech is going to be a game changer for me. I’ll be able to take my 15 years experience to the next level of my career. My goal is to leverage my new Hokie network to find a more strategic role in marketing where I can lead a team to new heights. Ready for this Spring Semester!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Jay Greenhalgh

Jay Greenhalgh
B.S. Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management | James Madison University

Virginia Tech’s Evening MBA program has enhanced my skills in management, strategy, and operations that have helped me further my career as a contractor for the Federal government. Additionally, the program has provided me opportunities to learn new concepts I’m generally not exposed to in my current role. These concepts will be integral to my success as my career develops, and I take on more and more responsibility. The multiple group projects I’ve completed as part of this program have allowed me to collaborate with others from different walks of life, which has been an invaluable experience. Aside from its impact on my career, the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program has boosted the confidence I have in my abilities, and I know that I can approach a new challenge with the knowledge that I can be successful. I’m looking forward to learning all I can during my remaining time with this program and using what the program has given me to flourish personally and professionally.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Martin Zuniga

Martin Zuniga
B.S. Mechanical Engineering | Virginia Tech

Initially, I applied to the Virginia Tech MBA program to challenge myself and give my career a boost, but I have learned so much more than I expected from professors with a contagious enthusiasm that drew me in and pushed me in new directions. There were concepts that not only affected how I approach work but also how I tackled projects in my personal life. I also learned just as much from working with other students that were sharing the experience of balancing classwork with their professional and home lives. Starting as a provisional student, I am proud to see the results of the work that I have put in and look forward to holding my second degree from Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!

Below are a few of the accomplished recipients of the Fall 2021 Evening MBA scholarship awards.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Jennifer Isom

Jennifer Isom
B.S. Management - Human Resources concentration and B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management | Virginia Tech

After receiving my bachelor’s degrees at Virginia Tech, it was an easy decision for me when deciding where to continue my education. Having an in-person program in the Northern Virginia area is important to me as it allows me to meet other professionals like myself. The Evening MBA program has shown me how to apply class examples to real scenarios in my workplace, and will provide me with the knowledge needed to further my career.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Bashar Jarrar

Bashar Jarrar
B.S. Computer Engineering | Bucknell University

When making the decision to pursue my MBA part-time, Virginia Tech's Evening MBA program was the only program that I had in my sights. The program offered an exciting array of courses to enhance my business acumen while simultaneously engaging my love for technology by giving me the opportunity to earn another degree in IT while at it. Seeing this combination and having gone through the program for almost two years now, I know that the knowledge I have gained and skills I have learned from my time thus far have already made me grow in ways that I did not even foresee for myself. Classes such as Web Applications and E-Commerce, Crime & Conflict in Cyberspace, Accounting I & II and Organizational Behavior have served me especially well in my pursuit to becoming an entrepreneur and starting my own business in the near future. Hands down the best decision I have ever made in my career. Go Hokies!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient James Jung

James Jung
B.S. Chemistry | Purdue University

As a professional who recently made a career change, pursuing the Virginia Tech MBA program was a great decision for my personal and professional growth. It provided me with fundamental accounting and business knowledge that I apply daily at work and gave me an opportunity to build a professional relationship with classmates and professors. Also, the program's flexibility has allowed me to continue working full-time while preparing for career advancement. 

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Andrew Lensing

Andrew Lensing
B.S. Finance, Minor in Economics | George Mason University

I always knew I wanted to further my education past my undergraduate degree, just needed to find the right program. I was looking for a program that was much more than a “check the box” MBA, but instead one that would push and challenge me as a professional while fitting into my already busy schedule. The part-time Evening MBA program at Virginia Tech has been that perfect fit for me. The in-person setting has been instrumental in developing and growing my soft skills that directly translate to my job as a financial manager working in government contracting industry. The focus of the program to build leaders, not just graduates, is accomplished with top quality professors and a collaborative style of teaching.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Alexis Monahan

Alexis Monahan
B.S. Psychology and B.A. Communications | Virginia Tech

As a Double Hokie, I am proud to be a student in the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program.  The core courses provide fundamental business principles, which can then be personalized into areas of specialization through the elective offerings.  With guidance of the Evening MBA staff, I have been able to craft my plan of study to my career goals by specializing in organizational leadership.  And the knowledge and skills I have learned have been immediately applicable to my professional career, which I am able to maintain while attending evening classes.   The program has truly provided me with so many networking connections, mentorship possibilities, and career advice services.  I know that my time in this excellent program will benefit me in the years to come.  Go Hokies!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Pedro Rivera

Pedro Rivera
B.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics | Virginia Tech

Enrolling in Virginia Tech's Part-Time MBA Program has been extremely valuable towards my professional development by allowing me to directly apply what I have learned in the classroom to my daily work and facilitating the development of stronger professional relationships with managers, colleagues, and clients. All the professors and faculty of the Program understand that all the students are working professionals, so the program is centered around flexibility to enable the students to effectively balance their professional and academic work. Through Virginia Tech’s Part-Time MBA Program, I have grown in confidence regarding my own understanding and ability to become a successful leader in the corporate environment.

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith
B.S. Accounting and B.S. Finance | George Mason University

As a manager at Deloitte, the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program gives me the flexibility to continue to build my career, while furthering my education. I am certain that the lessons I have and will learn in this program will help me become a better leader at my firm and in my community. Let's go Hokies!

Virginia Tech MBA Scholarship Recipient Michaela Suomi

Michaela Suomi
B.S. Management, Minor in International Business and Business Leadership | Virginia Tech

Before I applied to the Virginia Tech MBA program, I called the MBA Program Director, Dana, to have a conversation about if the MBA program would be a worthwhile investment, given that my undergraduate degree was in business management from Virginia Tech. I was concerned that there would be too much overlap between the two degrees. Dana shared with me about how the MBA program has classes in some of the same topic areas, but that the graduate classes would teach from a completely different vantage point and I would learn from a new angle. I am happy to say that she was completely right and I am very glad that I decided to go forward and apply to the MBA program at Virginia Tech. The classes built upon the foundation of my undergraduate and took my understanding of the topics to a much higher level that is more applicable to my job and future roles that I want to grow into. I have taken classes while working full time and I have been very grateful for the flexibility of the Evening MBA program. I have been able to set my own pace and adjust my course load depending on how busy I am with my other commitments. The class sizes are small enough that I have been able to still make some great connections with classmates and the faculty is always very approachable and helpful! I have enjoyed the autonomy to be able to pick and choose across the different elective areas to create a course of study that is completely tailored to my interests and future pursuits. Go Hokies!

Below are a few of our accomplished recipients that received scholarships during the Fall 2020 semester.

Seth Rodgers

Seth Rodgers
BS Management | Penn State

"Ethical leadership is transforming the professional landscape in both the private and public sectors for the better. Responsible stewardship starts with education, and I am honored to join the Hokie family in guiding that next step. As my own development continues, a Virginia Tech MBA will aid in my vision to promote positive change!"

John Kiefer

John Kiefer
BS Aerospace Engineering | Virginia Tech

“Working professionally as an engineer in the fast paced technology industry challenges me daily to learn and to adapt. The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program provides an exciting curriculum that I am confident will pose a new challenge that I hope will prepare me with the skills necessary for the next phase of my career.  Additionally, I'm excited at the prospect of learning from such an accomplished group of faculty and at the opportunity of working alongside a cohort of peers with such a range of backgrounds and skill sets. Similar to my time as an undergrad in Blacksburg, I fully expect that the people I meet along the way will be the longest lasting impact of my participation in the program.

Vadim Zhitnikov

Vadim Zhitnikov
BS Nursing | Brigham Young University

“Working full time and having a family and paying for my graduate degree could be challenging. I am very grateful for the scholarship which will help me tremendously. I am the first person in my family to have a BS degree and on the way to be the first person to have a graduate degree. The MBA degree from Virginia Tech will help me advance in my healthcare profession but moreover it will open more doors for me if I choose to go a different route in my career. "

Christopher Barden

Christopher Barden
BS Finance | George Mason University

"I hope the Virginia Tech Evening MBA program will help enhance my business understanding and knowledge, while being able to implement what I learn during the day at work. The biggest advantage I see in the VT MBA program is being able to get an education from a world class university, in-person while continuing my professional career. I hope to build relationships with other working professionals in the DC Metro area and learn from our experiences to help us collectively improve professionally and personally."

Ben Waters

Ben Waters
BS Civil Engineering | Clarkson University

“I hope to use my Virginia Tech MBA to further my education on the business side of my industry, and to complement the engineering education I received in undergrad. I hope to strengthen my management and financial skills in order further my development at my current company, and to use the skills I learn to advance my career and take on more responsibility. The end goal is to be able to manage my own projects at my job”

For the Fall 2019 semester, 13 incoming Evening MBA students received scholarships. Below are a few of our accomplished recipients. 

Kevin Kuan

Kevin Kuan
BS Business Information Technology | Virginia Tech

"Through the juxtaposition of technical development and strategy management projects as a Cloud Infrastructure Consultant, I believe the Evening MBA Program will sharpen my skills and provide the tools for me to reach my goals in both realms. The flexibility of the program has allowed me to continue working full-time and the material learned in class can be directly applied to my work. Furthermore, the analytical nature of the classes has helped me comprehend how different industries operate and network with individuals in those respective industries. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this excellent program, Go Hokies!" 

Dena Carey

Dena Carey
BS Nursing | Bellarmine University
BS Health Science | James Madison University

“As a student in the Evening MBA program, I’m excited for the chance to expand my knowledge from nursing and the sciences to better understand how the business of healthcare works. I want to be a versatile leader that understands the many aspects of healthcare from operations to management and leadership to financial decisions and what impact they have on our organization. Personally, I am looking forward to the challenge of diving into the world of business and becoming a new member of the Hokie family!”

Marcel Thom

Marcel Thom
BSBUS Management | Wayland Baptist University

“As a former United States Air Force supervisor, leader, and manager, I love the opportunity to mentor and foster teamwork, to form a cohesive, hostile free work environment for everyone that I supervised and managed on a daily basis. I feel that these skills would be a very valuable contribution to Virginia Tech’s MBA program because of my professional business experience, project management, and analytical skills. I plan on using my business management, military leadership, and experiential skills to further my knowledge as a true subject matter expert in the business and financial arena as a public servant in the United States Government.  I feel that although my undergraduate degree is in Business Management, I need to take it further by attaining my MBA in a reputable program such as Virginia Tech, in order to sharpen my skills as a successful business leader."

Adriana Caldarelli

Adriana Caldarelli
MS Environmental Policy | New Jersey Institute of Technology
BS Natural Resources Management | Rutgers University

“I spent much of my career as an environmental regulator, and in that capacity my technical degrees served me well.  However, I have recently transitioned into program development and have been finding that my technical degrees were no longer sufficient for this new phase of my career.  After considering a number of programs, I chose the Virginia Tech part-time Evening MBA program because it allows me to learn the business skills I need while still being able to meet my professional and personal obligations.  The program is conveniently located, and, unlike many similar programs, it is not an online program.  The classroom time allows for better interaction with the professors and my classmates and allows me to further build my professional network.”

Marshall Kregg

Marshall Kregg
BA Government & International Relations | George Mason University

“I am an Army veteran and currently work in cybersecurity. I have been in program management for the last 2 years. Being in program management, I touch about all aspects of the business processes within my program like technical expertise, workflow management, delivery, and finance. Virginia Tech is at the tip of the spear when it comes to MBA programs of the future. The MBA at Virginia Tech can be tailor-made for information technology and cybersecurity professionals. We are one of the only schools which offers an in-person MBA that can focus on IT and cyber management. I am blessed to have the opportunity to take classes, such as ‘Cybersecurity Program Design and Operations’, to learn from experts in the field that translate directly to my career.  Since the beginning of my transition out of the military, starting VT MBA is proving to be the best decision that I have made.”

Meet the five highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Spring 2019.

Paras Jain

Paras Jain
BS Computer Engineering | Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya

"I am a Software Architect by profession and usually I am involved in the technical aspects of the business. I was always curious to learn more about the business aspects.  [The] MBA at Virginia Tech provides me the opportunity to do just that. I got the opportunity to learn the business aspects like Economics, Accounting, Operations Management, Finance, and Marketing. I am specializing in Business Intelligence/Business Analytics which is very much relevant in my current field. So far I am enjoying the program very much. The professors are very knowledgeable in their subject areas, and the program is in the evening which enables me to keep my job and still continue my education."

Veronika Lantseva

Veronika Lantseva
BS Marketing Management | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“In my career as a consulting professional, I have worked with organizations across multiple industries. The Virginia Tech MBA program has allowed me to further sharpen my business acumen and to study cases to learn what strategies have or have not worked for other business leaders. In this program, I have had the chance to get to know talented individuals, both professors and students, and to learn from their experiences. I very much look forward to the study abroad because it will give me the opportunity to meet leaders of Scandinavian firms, to learn about how they run their organizations, and to see what I can bring back and apply in my work.”

Lashawnda Rufino

Lashawnda Rufino
BBA Finance | Howard University

“The Virginia Tech MBA program has had a significant impact on my professional career. I have taken elective classes in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics that have been extremely useful in my career growth. The application of the Business Intelligence assisted me in leading my organization’s transition to the Microsoft Power BI platform. Using Power BI, we have created user-friendly, interactive reports and dashboards that provide insightful and actionable information to our senior leaders.”  

Nagaraj Tukkapuram

Nagaraj Tukkapuram
BTech Mechanical Engineering | Sri Venkateswara University

“The Virginia Tech MBA program has broadened my perspective and provided me the essential tools needed to analyze the impact of business decisions in a competitive global Business Environment. I believe my education at Virginia Tech MBA program has transformed me personally and professionally and imparted the confidence and skills to lead me anywhere in the world. I will treasure my MBA experience for years to come, as I carry my personal piece of history.”

Kay Zacharias-Andrews

Kay Zacharias-Andrews
BS Biological Sciences | University of Mary

“I always knew that I wanted to get my masters, but I couldn't find a program that fit my life and career goals. That is until I found Virginia Tech's MBA program. Virginia Tech's Evening MBA program allows me to pursue my interests and further my career all while allowing me to maintain my personal obligations. The material has been directly applicable to my work and had immediate impacts on my career. The location is convenient, and I enjoy the community of students and instructors from diverse career backgrounds.”

Meet the seven highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Fall 2018:

Carrington Austin

Carrington Austin
BS Systems Engineering | University of Virginia
“Although I have just started my journey with the Evening MBA Program, I have been planning for this step in my life for several years, and I cannot imagine a better place to have landed than at Virginia Tech. The program fits perfectly into my schedule, and through the wide range of course offerings I am able to explore different business aspects than what I am exposed to every day at work. The program is providing me with the opportunity and skills necessary to achieve the professional growth I am seeking.”

Yasemin Birkan

Yasemin Birkan
BS Information Systems and Operations Management | George Mason University
"My recent admission into Virginia Tech’s nationally-ranked Evening MBA program has already proven to be a great opportunity for me to learn from experienced business professionals coming from diverse backgrounds. I decided to start my MBA journey early in my career after I began working in corporate finance while finishing my bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Operations Management. I am confident that this program will help me gain a stronger comprehension of finance and accounting after taking the coursework offered through the Financial Management Area of Specialization, while also allowing me to develop critical communication, teamwork, and leadership skills." 

 Michelle Hansen

Michelle Hansen
BA International Affairs | George Washington University
“I'm a software entrepreneur and started the Virginia Tech MBA program to fill gaps in my business knowledge. Many of the program's courses have been immediately relevant to running and growing the business, such as accounting, negotiations, and innovation strategy. The program has given me opportunities I wouldn't have otherwise had to expand my perspective and network, including touring factories in India, creating marketing for a well-known local restaurant chain, pairing me with an alumni mentor at a venture-backed startup, and attending a venture capital bootcamp. The faculty are knowledgeable and helpful, and the students are engaged and collaborative. It's a wonderful program.”

Dipanker Paul

Dipanker Paul
BE Computer Engineering | Assam University

“While I am guided by experience and intuition today, I do want to learn the formal methodologies of management. A nationally recognized and accredited program like Virginia Tech MBA will help me do just that. Coming from an IT background, Virginia Tech MBA will provide me a solid foundation and body of business knowledge which will help me marry technology with business to create a more innovative, productive and profitable organization that I may work for in the future."

Constance Samuels

Constance Samuels
BS Hospitality Management | Virginia State University

“The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program allows me the opportunity to pursue my goal of obtaining a graduate degree without interrupting my career. I desired the business acumen and refined skills to assist with my trajectory into more senior leadership roles, building upon my background and experience in hospitality management. It was imperative that I coupled my experience with a program that was both reputable and convenient. I have already started using skills and lessons learned in the program within my current role, bolstering my technical ability and influence within my organization. I am confident that my return on investment, in time and money, will contribute to my overall future and success.”

Darshan Sangani

Darshan Sangani
BS Operations Management and Information Systems | 
University of Maryland, College Park

“I'm a firm believer in the power of reinforcement and repetition. After studying business at the University of Maryland: Smith School of Business, I went on to work for about 3 years, prior to starting the Evening MBA program at Virginia Tech. Going through the courses in the Evening MBA program after having worked for a little bit makes the subject matter applicable to real-life scenarios and has enabled me to learn with fresh perspective. As I advance in my career, the Virginia Tech MBA will allow me to hone my fundamental core business skills, grow as a leader, and build my professional confidence.”

Bilal Shamim

Bilal Shamim
BS Accounting | West Virginia University

“As a professional who has focused primarily in Financial Statements and Tax Compliance, the program has contributed immensely to my learning and skill set. Due to the technical nature of the courses, I have gained a deeper understanding of Finance, Data analytics and business strategy. It has helped me gain new insights via collaboration on projects and sharing ideas with peers who bring substantial work experience from different industries. I am honored to be a part of this highly ranked program with great faculty and alumni network.”

David Yarnell

David Yarnell
BS Biological Sciences | John Carroll University

"I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to creating lasting friendships both personally and professionally. Virginia Tech's MBA program will help shape me into a strong leader in my industry.  The Hokie network is unbelievable, and I am proud to be a part of it."





Meet the five highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Spring 2018:

Jackie Glass
BS Economics, BS Marketing Management | Virginia Tech

"The Virginia Tech MBA program has expanded my knowledge of all business units faster and more efficiently than any on-the-job training could do. It has allowed me to explore different fields while gaining valuable networking opportunities and in-depth experience in my chosen field. I am thankful such a highly-ranked MBA program with excellent professors, staff, and students is available to me in the DC area!"

Nidaal Jubran
BS Psychology, BS Mass Communication | Towson University
"For me, there was never a question that I would return to school for my MBA. Although this is still the beginning of my journey, my experience with the Virginia Tech faculty and student body have been enriching and more rewarding than I could have anticipated. The program has opened my eyes to a variety of disciplines within the Virginia Tech MBA program. I found that I have developed a passion for Accounting and Finance in particular, and I look forward to gaining knowledge of these topics in greater detail in the semesters to come. Combined with my background in statistics and marketing, I am confident that a Virginia Tech MBA will not only help me to reach new heights in my career, but may also afford me with the leadership skills to mentor and support other young professionals as they chart their own course for development."

Girish Kharat
BE Electrical Engineering | Veermata Jijabai Tech Institute
"The Virginia Tech MBA program has helped me understand how businesses work beyond technology initiatives. Coming from the engineering background and working all these years as a technologist, I had myopic view towards business decisions. With the learnings from this program, I am able to understand strategic planning, think divergently, and develop leadership skills which are paramount in leadership roles. Enrolling in such a nationally-ranked MBA program is already proving to be a good investment of time and money."

Richard Mack
BS Mechanical Engineering | Clemson University

"Starting my Virginia Tech Evening MBA this Fall, I immediately recognized the value in the degree. Within the first month I was able to apply concepts I was learning in class to my everyday work. Working as a Sales Manager for a manufacturing company, we collaborate with all facets of the organization on a day to day basis. The topics explored in the Virginia Tech Evening MBA allow me to better communicate with colleagues across organizational borders. Not only has it already improved my intracompany communication, it has also improved my ability to understand my customer's actions and requests. I look forward to the continuation of these trends through the rest of my time at Virginia Tech."

Syed Mansoor
BS Computer Engineering | NED University Engineering & Tech

"[The] Virginia Tech Evening MBA is a key driver of positive change in my professional career and it has given me the knowledge and opportunity to acquire and strengthen my current professional position. VT MBA's relevant course offerings and highly qualified faculty and administration are an asset to the program."

Meet the six highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Fall 2017:

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Taylor Cavanagh
BA Economics; Minor in Foreign Affairs | University of Virginia
“The Virginia Tech MBA program has opened my eyes to a wide variety of careers beyond the field of Government contracting and given me the tools to pursue them, whether it be marketing, finance or operations management.  The analytic nature of the program has better prepared me to be successful in this world of big data, while the program's flexibility allows me to balance my career with my studies and personal life.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this program, surrounded by such talented classmates and teachers!”

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Melissa Divecchia
BBA Marketing, Minor in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude | College of William and Mary
“I was looking for a reputable program that would allow me to pursue my MBA on my own terms.  I have experience in IT consulting, and the Virginia Tech MBA program allows me to combine my previous knowledge with an enhanced business perspective.  I value the flexibility and quality of the program because I can continue my full time employment and prepare for life changes at work and beyond.”

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Thomas Frick
BS Business Administration, BS Economics, Magna Cum Laude | Elon University
"Working for a financial technology company, I was looking for an MBA program that would round out my knowledge in finance, but also allow me to learn more about project management and product development. VT’s Evening MBA has given me that and more. Through the program, I’ve built a strong foundation in ethics, analysis, and leadership, which has benefited me both personally and professionally. Also, the flexibility of being able to complete the program part-time at my own pace, while working 40-50 hours a week, has been invaluable."

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Cole Jamison
BS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Cum Laude | George Mason University
“The Virginia Tech MBA program has been an excellent way to build upon my engineering background and provided me with a skill set that will be useful as I grow into higher positions throughout my career.  The classes have been full of great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interesting discussions that frequently relate the curriculum to current events.  I couldn’t be happier to be a member of the Virginia Tech community. I look forward to continuing the program!”

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Kyrylo Kruchynin
BS Applied Mathematics | Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University
"The Virginia Tech MBA is contributing to my professional growth on a daily basis when I have to work on solving business problems as a software developer. Deeper learning of business disciplines helps me to better understand user needs and to develop better solutions. The knowledge of Finance and Accounting classes assists the most as I work in finance industry."

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Katie Pidano
BS Electrical Engineering, Honors | Temple University
“Coming from an engineering background, I wanted my master's degree to be less technically focused. The Evening MBA program has given me a great overall understanding of how businesses operate and how all of the different areas interact. I have enjoyed getting to know my classmates and their varied employment backgrounds and I know that the Virginia Tech MBA will help me to succeed in my career in the future.”

Meet the ten highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Spring 2017:


Stephen Boynton
BA Economics | Virginia Tech
"Choosing to pursue a MBA at Virginia Tech has been a phenomenal decision for my personal and career growth. Currently working in pricing and project control for a small business, the MBA program has allowed me to supplement my real-world working experience with a strong foundation of business knowledge. Virginia Tech's network of alumni as well as the opportunity that the program provides for networking with peers provide invaluable tools for students to utilize in order to help further their careers. Go Hokies."


Gowtam Chirluri
BS Business Administration | University of North Carolina at Wilmington
"The MBA program at Virginia Tech has been a rewarding experience. I have appreciated the accessibility to a DMV campus and convenience of scheduling my classes so that I can continue working full-time. In addition, the curriculum has provided me with a strong foundation in core management, leadership, and finance principles, which have resulted in valuable benefits when applied at my job. "


Cara Fishman
MS Systems Engineering | Virginia Tech
BA Sport Management | University of Michigan
"Virginia Tech’s Evening MBA program has given me the strategic perspective necessary to lead well in the workplace. The Evening MBA offers personalized flexibility without compromising on intellectual rigor. I am grateful for the experiences I have had at Virginia Tech and proud to be a part of this academic community."


Tobias Planert
International Business and Cultural Studies | University of Passau
"Working for a small start-up company in the electrical utility market I decided to enhance my skills through the Evening MBA Program to help me in my effort to grow the business and expand our manufacturing capability. It has been a great decision - now only in the second semester, I can already say that the classes have helped me gain valuable new insights. I thoroughly enjoy making new connections with other students and teachers, and learn about their professional backgrounds. The program is very well taught and administered, and it remains small enough to be personal."


Meghan Pope
MA Advertising | Syracuse University
BS Media Art and Design, BS Communication, Minor in Film Studies | James Madison University
"The Virginia Tech MBA program is helping me achieve my professional goals by providing me with core business knowledge as I shift careers from Marketing to Finance. The courses help me to develop as a business professional and a leader while also creating opportunities to network with professors, mentors, peers and alumni. In addition, the flexibility of the program allows me to juggle a full-time job and my family life with two children while still pursuing my degree."


Farzana Rahman
AB Biology & Psychology | Cornell University
BS Pharmacy | Northeastern University
"The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program has been amazing. Choosing to go back to the classroom after so many years was a difficult and scary decision but the collaborative and intellectually challenging environment has made it worthwhile and exciting."


Bryon Russell
BS Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise | Virginia Tech
"The VA Tech MBA Program has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and gain invaluable knowledge in areas of business which I had no prior experience. The diverse course load I’ve taken has provided me countless insights as to how I can be a more informed decision maker, better problem solver and stronger leader. The last three years have offered me tremendous personal and professional growth and I have no doubt that VA Tech’s holistic approach to teaching business and management has broadened my competency as a manager and better positioned me for business success in the future."


Aashish Raj Simha
M.Eng. Computer Engineering | University of Maryland
B.S. Computer Engineering | Purdue University
"The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program will supplement my engineering education and broaden my skills. I wish to use my new found skills to take up leadership roles within my organization and drive innovation and growth. I am sure an MBA from Virginia Tech will help me achieve my professional goals."


Sarah Walker
BS Business Administration | University of Missouri 
"Virginia Tech hit all the wants and needs for my graduate education: Nationally ranked part-time MBA program, flexibility for evening courses to enable me to continue working full-time, and access to a large local alumni community. Additionally, the University’s mission of "quality, innovation, and results" align perfectly to what I wish to accomplish with the program."


Esha Zaman
BS Business, Accounting & Finance |  Virginia Tech

"The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program is a great fit for me because it not only accommodates my work schedule but it has provided me with a great opportunity to enhance my technical and professional skills. I am able to build a long lasting and impactful network with the professors and my fellow classmates while learning in a friendly environment."

Meet the four highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Fall 2016:


Joey Lauffer
BA Political Science | James Madison University
"The MBA program at Virginia Tech has done a great job enhancing the skills I have developed in the Defense Contracting Industry as a Project Manager. As a manager who prides himself on knowing as much as possible to be prepared and effective, many classes such as finance, accounting, operations and DSS especially helped sharpen my skills. The application of the curriculum to my career has lived up to the hype, and I look forward to taking things to the next level once I graduate in May. LET’S GO! HOKIES!"


Swapna Lele
MS Chemistry, BS Electrical Engineering | Birla Institute of Technology and Science
"Joining the Evening MBA program has been one of the best decisions of my life. The MBA setting has helped me to put the “entrepreneur” hat on and be comfortable in it. Running my IT startup comes with its unique set of challenges that I try to meet to the best of my ability, and with the empowering skills and tools that I gather and practice from my MBA courses at Virginia Tech."


Syed Tariq Mansoor
BE Computer Systems Engineering | NED University of Engineering and Technology
" [The] VT Evening MBA is a breath of fresh air in my professional and personal life. It's competitive learning environment, effective administration and great faculty not only have given me the ability to remain committed to my studies but also have provided me with an opportunity to take my career to the next level."


Steven Paska
BS Civil Engineering | George Mason University
"Choosing to pursue a MBA at Virginia Tech is proving to be a hugely beneficial decision for taking my career to the next level. As a licensed civil engineer, the MBA program has allowed me to supplement my technical experience with a strong business foundation. Virginia Tech's network of alumni and mentoring program has already proven a valuable tool for advancing my career."

Meet the seven highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Spring 2016:


Peter Caylor
BS Electrical Engineering | California Institute of Technology
"What drove me to choose the Evening MBA program is the flexibility it offers. Both the flexibility to adjust my course load to accommodate work commitments and the flexibility to tailor the MBA to meet my personal needs. The large number of electives has allowed me to focus on my area of interest (technology entrepreneurship) and still participate in some of the unique opportunities of the program, like the study abroad trips."


Justin Door
MS Astronautical Engineering | USC
BS Aerospace Engineering | Embrey-Riddle
"Virginia Tech’s MBA program has been helping me broaden my horizons and take a more holistic view of the business world. As an engineer, I haven’t always had the insight needed to understand why business decisions are made that differ from the most sound technical decision, so being within this program has helped me better understand these concerns and perform better today in my technical role. Going abroad to India has helped me better understand the difficulties developing countries face, and better appreciate their achievements within the aerospace sector where I work. These experiences and my education at Virginia Tech are helping me perform better in my role right now, and prepare me to advance in my career in a globally competitive environment."


Leonard Mahoney
BS Accounting | Rowan University
"I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend Virginia Tech at the National Capital Region. The Evening MBA program is perfectly designed for individuals like me that want to further their education while still being committed to their career. I look forward to the opportunities that will be available to me after graduating from such a highly ranked school."


Kevin McInnish
BS Electrical Engineering | University of Texas at Austin
"The VT MBA program has given me a deeper appreciation for the scope and ideals of successful management in an ever-changing world. The program continuously challenges me to embrace stepping out of my comfort zone to become a more confident and knowledgeable peer and leader. I am certain that what I learn here will pay dividends for the rest of my career in intellectual property."


Natalie Pinnoi
BS Psychology | College of William & Mary
"The study abroad trip through the MBA program was an experience of a lifetime. Going to both India and Dubai and seeing the similarities and differences between the two countries themselves and the United States was extremely educational. Learning about the nuances of each state/country, their history, or lack thereof, and their unique culture was tremendously valuable and will continue to be valuable throughout my professional career. The experience opened up new areas of opportunities that I was not previously aware of and now, will most certainly tap into in the future."


David Tervonen
BS Mechanical Engineering | Michigan Technological University
"The Pamplin College of Business is known for expertise and accomplishments in business intelligence/analytics and one of the driving reasons why I chose to apply for acceptance to the MBA program. My job entails using performance data to inform management decisions in areas such as: organization, scheduling, budgeting, accounting, predictive analysis, and change control. My experience with the MBA program to date gives me assurance that my skillset will be greatly enhanced upon completion of the MBA program at Virginia Tech."


Greg Wigton
BBA Management Information Systems | University of Notre Dame
"The Virginia Tech Evening MBA program has allowed me to continue to work full time while pursuing a graduate degree. My experience managing cyber security Research & Development efforts for the federal government has provided me the skills to identify promising technologies, create and execute program schedules, and manage successful research projects. My education from the VT MBA program will provide me with the experience and knowledge to help transition those research projects into viable technology products that can be commercialized or spun into a successful business."

Meet the four highly accomplished students who received MBA program scholarship awards for Fall 2015:


Mark An
BS Industrial & Systems Engineering | Virginia Tech
“As a Strategy Consultant and Manager with Deloitte Consulting, the Virginia Tech MBA program has helped me to gain a more holistic understanding of business organizations across people, process, and technology. It has increased my repertoire of proven methods and techniques to help address common client challenges in strategy and operations. Personally, it has also helped me to become a more informed financial investor.”


Mahsa Dornajafi
MS Electrical Engineering | University of Maryland
BS Electrical Engineering | University of Missouri – Rolla

"As an engineer in the position of a Research and Development Manager, I have learned how to transform laboratory experiments into manufacturable technologies. However, I have realized that scalability and manufacturing are only one side of product development, and that an understanding of the business side is what is necessary to make technology accessible to the public. My MBA education will compliment my technical training and teach me how to approach product development more holistically, with insight into the entire process from inception through sale."


Paula Eichenbrenner
BA Slavic Languages | Tulane University
"As a non-profit leader, the VT Evening MBA is preparing me to create a larger impact for the greater good with first-rate education on timely topics including data analytics, business ethics and marketing. At the conclusion of the program, I will be a more informed citizen - and a more attractive candidate in the increasingly competitive job market."


Brenden Jeziorski
BS Information Sciences & Technology | Penn State
“The Virginia Tech MBA program has allowed me to continue working full-time during the day while furthering my education at night. I have been able to apply the IT and business skills from class into my work, allowing me to further my career from day one.”