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Executive MBA students Analyze Aerospace Corporation Patents

Students in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program in metro Washington, D.C., were given an opportunity this summer to evaluate patents held by The Aerospace Corporation and make recommendations to company executives on the best ways of commercializing them. Read more

Vehicle Defect Discovery from Social Media

Vehicle safety and performance defects are of major concern to automotive manufacturers. In the last decade, safety defects reportedby consumers to the federal agency responsible have resulted in enormous recalls in industries such as food, toys, medical devices, and automobiles. Read more

Executive MBA alumnus launches organic Vietnamese yogurt company

A family tradition, skills learned in the Virginia Tech Executive MBA program, and a strong desire to give back to the community have all played an integral part in YaÜ.

The new organic Vietnamese yogurt company was created by alumni Fred Chen and his wife, Phuong. Read more

Virginia Tech collaborates with volunteer doctors to provide medical services, learning experiences on game days

Behind the scenes at every Virginia Tech home football game, the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad provides emergency medical services to crowds of more than 62,000 people. The all-volunteer, nationally recognized group of undergraduate students... Read more

Evening MBA students visit Scandinavian companies that put concepts in motion

Twenty-six graduate students from Virginia Tech’s Evening MBA program in the National Capital Region are visiting multinational companies in Scandinavia to get a real world look at how businesses apply the operations and supply chain concepts the students have studied and discussed in the classroom. Read more

Forever investors boost shareholder return

Finance professor Sattar Mansi co-authored a recent study that examined the effect on corporate decision making of investors with long-term investment horizons — i.e., investors who intend to hold on to their investments for more than a year and trade infrequently.

Specifically, Mansi and his co-authors looked at two questions: whether long-term investors improve a firm’s managerial decision making and, if so, whether this generates better returns for shareholders. Read more

Evening MBA leads to J&J power career

Gita Srinivasan (M.S., CHEM ’93; MBA ’98)

Gita Srinivasan credits the Virginia Tech MBA program with jump-starting her successful 16-year career as a portfolio and project manager for Depuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson—a leading medical device healthcare franchise—where she is responsible for managing complex and global software initiatives. Read more

Monument Man

Kenneth Terry, EvMBA '14

Washington, D.C., is one of the most recognizable cities in the world, its skyline, monuments, memorials, and buildings featured in countless movies, television shows, and photos. In particular, the city's monuments define the events and people that have shaped the United States.

Kenneth Terry (civil engineering '94, MBA '14) would know. As lead project manager for the National World War II Memorial, lead engineer on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and, most recently, project executive leading repairs on the Washington Monument, Terry has left his imprint on the landmarks of the nation's capital. Read more

Jeffries confirmed as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

EMBA graduate, Erica Jeffries, confirmed as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) by the Illinois Senate in a unanimous vote (Read more)

VT's evening MBA program ranked #16 in the nation

Virginia Tech's Evening MBA program in the Washington metropolitan area is ranked #16 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools 2016 survey. (Read more)

Congratulations to VT's MBA Program ACG Cup Winners!

Virginia Tech's team of MBA students, Ardian Daku, Cameron Hale, Ziyad Shalaby and Jeffery Tolley won the Virginia state championship in the annual ACG Cup investment banking case competition held in Richmond yesterday. They represented Pamplin extremely well, outperforming teams from the MBA programs at University of Virginia (Darden), the University of Richmond, VCU and William and Mary. Teams from Virginia Tech have finished second twice previously, but this year’s team is the first to take home the championship. A large replica of the check representing their scholarship winnings is on display in the MBA lobby.

PMBA Welcomes New Coordinator

The Professional MBA program recently welcomed Vanessa Garrett as the program’s Admissions and Academic Support Coordinator. In this role, Vanessa will support the PMBA Director in processing the admissions files of prospective students and coordinating the academic needs of current students.

Garrett, originally from Richmond, Virginia, holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in Education from Liberty University. Vanessa has experience in undergraduate and graduate recruitment as well as student services. Prior to her role in the PMBA program she served within Virginia Tech's School of Education where she coordinated scholarships and travel.

Mentoring Program established for all MBA Programs

The Virginia Tech MBA Career Mentoring Program connects current Virginia Tech MBA students and MBA alumni through a mentoring relationship. For students in all MBA programs (full time, PMBA, EMBA and EvMBA), this mentoring relationship is designed to assist in the formation and development of academic and next step career goals.  For alumni, the program provides a means by which to stay connected to Virginia Tech and the MBA program, as well as the opportunity to share experiences and contribute to the success of current Virginia Tech MBA students. 

For more information on how this program will work, please read here.

MBA Alumni Networking

Pamplin College of Business recently held an MBA alumni networking event at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington that featured Mark White, Global Consulting Technology CTO at Deloitte as the keynote speaker. Mark delivered an outstanding presentation about changes in technology entitled “Tech Trends 2015 – Subscribe to the Future.” Dean Robert Sumichrast provided an update about the College and the new Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurism, Dr. Linda Oldham, briefly discussed the activities of the center following its inception in August 2014. The participants met a new member of the Virginia Tech family, The Beam, a robot designed by Suitable Technologies for the “Shelbot” episode of “The Big Bang Theory” in 2010. Beam has helped the University facilitate distance learning in several classes either taught on main campus or in Northern Virginia. Alumni from the four MBA formats; Executive, Evening, Professional, and Full-time worked in teams to provide feedback on these programs that will be used by the Graduate Studies & Policies Committee in its review and revision of the MBA curriculum. Members of the College MBA Advisory Board conducted a meeting immediately after the event.

$5 million gift to fuel Virginia Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiatives

Virginia Tech recently renamed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Pamplin College of Business... (Read more).