Category: Grad Profiles

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Happi Christian

In the final installment of the Class of 2021 Spotlight Series, meet recent MBA graduate Happi Christian:

Where have you headed after graduation?
I am heading to Adobe as a senior data product manager in their Engagement and Retention Analytics practice.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Business Modeling with Professor Ravi Mantena. Ravi’s unique approach to teaching was highly impactful. The class has helped me develop a deep and intuitive ability to structurally approach business problems and ideate and develop solutions. Nevertheless, I enjoyed all my classes at Simon. They have all played a part in preparing me for my short- and long-term future endeavors.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Inspired, grateful, and joyful.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
So much. Despite joining Simon with a highly technical background (my degree is in telecommunications engineering), I was lagging in strategy and business skills and experience. Simon has significantly helped me develop these skills, which have complemented my technical skills and positioned me for greater success as a data product manager.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
Orientation week. I enjoyed meeting my classmates from all different backgrounds and cultures across the world. I had never interacted with such a diversified set of people before.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
For prospective students, Simon’s MBA program uniquely positions you to integrate into the US workforce easily and successfully post-MBA. Unlike other MBA programs in the US, Simon’s program is developed with you in mind and tailored to meet your needs. It exposes you to classmates of different cultures across the world, which will significantly broaden your understanding of other cultures. Simon’s small class size helps for a highly personalized learning environment and its STEM designation makes you very well positioned to earn high wages in the job market.

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng

Next up are Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng, MS graduates from Simon’s Class of 2021:

Julia Myers (MS in Marketing Analytics)

Where are you headed over the summer?
I am spending the summer with family out on the North Fork of Long Island. I’ll be starting my job as an analyst at NielsenIQ remotely, but I hope to move to NYC at the end of the summer!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Analytics Design and Application with Professor Mitch Lovett. It gave me an idea of what kinds of analytics techniques are used in the industry and how we could apply them to real world client projects, which is really helpful experience to have as I begin my career!

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Challenging, rewarding, and encouraging.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
I believe that the networking and communication experience that I gained while at Simon will be the most helpful in my career. I’ve learned how to not only communicate my analytics insights effectively but also how to communicate and network with coworkers and industry leaders.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory was our graduation ceremony. It was so fun to be able to celebrate with my classmates, and as a University of Rochester undergrad Class of 2020 graduate who had the ceremony canceled due to the pandemic, it was really special to finally have a celebration on campus.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
My advice would be to take advantage of all the learning opportunities at Simon and get involved outside of the classroom. There are so many clubs, networking opportunities, and social events that can really enhance your experience at Simon and further prepare you for your career.



Jonathan Eng (MS in Accountancy)

Where are you headed over the summer?
After graduation, I’m heading to the DC area! I’ll be working for EY in assurance.

What was your favorite class and why?
Professional Communications was one of the most rewarding classes I’ve taken at Simon. Public speaking was something I really wanted to work on, and this course helped me become more comfortable communicating to and within groups of people.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Challenging, empowering, and motivating.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
One of the biggest things I learned from Simon is how to take on new challenges. The demands and pace of the program were a steep learning curve, but working through that has equipped me to navigate unfamiliarity in the future.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
One of the best aspects of Simon for me was the admissions process. I felt supported by the admissions staff the entire way, and having that positive experience was a great start to my time here at Simon.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors or Benet CMC advisors! They really do want to get to know you as a learner and as a candidate and are rooting for you to succeed.

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Andrew Datu and Shruti Mishra

Next up in our Class of 2021 Spotlight series are Andrew Datu and Shruti Mishra, MBA graduates in the Class of 2021:

Andrew Datu ’21S (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
I’m headed to New Jersey for a marketing manager role at Verizon.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was easily Professor Mitch Lovett’s Advanced Market Strategy course. We simulated running a company and delegating roles, and we then dissected the simulated data to inform our decisions against other companies.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Collaborative, challenging, and self-driven.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
The most important thing I learned is to trust my own decisions. Throughout my student experience, I’ve had to write reports, do my research, provide the evidence, solicit opinions, and then synthesize my findings into a digestible conclusion. I’ve learned to value my insights and ability to add value to my teams and organizations.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Visit different campuses, talk to students from different schools, and ensure that the curriculum and opportunities provided at those schools are in line with your goals. You’ll know what fits when you find it. 


Shruti Mishra ’21S (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
I’m joining HP Inc.’s Strategy and Business Development unit in Houston, Texas. As a part of the Digital Transformations team, I’ll be identifying optimization opportunities within HP’s Go to Market processes and leading the implementations of machine learning-based solutions.

What was your favorite class and why?
I’m split between Managing Digital Products and Platforms taught by Professor Ravi Mantena and Digital Business Strategy taught by Professor Roy Jones. Both the classes were very engaging and informative, and I came out having learned things about business practices that are definitely going to help me in in my current role.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Unpredictable, challenging, and rewarding.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Simon’s focus on analytics helped me develop a very strong set of skills that I was able to utilize during my internship, and I believe these will also come in handy for my full-time role. Also, the compassion and generosity I’ve experienced during my time here has made me a better person, and I think that will help distinguish me from my peers more than any other skills.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Work hard, remain true to your goal, and don’t be afraid to take chances.

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Brandon Suber and Zeyu Yuan

Next up in our Class of 2021 Spotlight series are Brandon Suber and Zeyu Yuan, MS graduates in the Class of 2021:

Brandon Suber ’21 (MS in Finance)

Where are you headed over the summer?
This summer I will be moving to New York City to begin working as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in their risk practice. Before moving, I hope to travel down to Mexico to scuba dive on Paradise Reef!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class at Simon was Professional Communications with Professor Estad. I personally believe learning how to communicate in a business setting is the most important thing you can do to prepare for your career. This class fostered a comfortable and inclusive environment for everyone to grow as speakers. By having the opportunity to give and receive live presentation feedback, I felt more connected to my fellow students and invested in their success at Simon and beyond.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Community, quantitative, and teamwork.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
In the past year, I learned a lot about how to quantify a company’s downside risk based on its underlying exposures. Getting into the mindset of dividing risk into its component factors will help me to faster identify and address the root cause of problems that my clients face throughout my career.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
In the week before graduation, Simon did a great job setting up socially distanced events for soon-to-be grads. My favorite memory was getting together and having fun with my friends that week. We went to an outdoor dance, played games at a picnic, and got to see so much more of what the Rochester area has to offer.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Network early and often! Do not be afraid to reach out to alumni on LinkedIn at the start of your program. This is the best way to learn about what you are interested in and the different opportunities available to Simon graduates. Once you know the industry you want to work in, getting a referral is the name of the game. Be sure to connect with the Benet Center for tips on how to get one!


Zeyu Yuan ’21 (MS in Business Analytics)

Where are you headed over the summer?
I will join Guidewire Software as a cyber data science intern this summer.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite course was GBA424 Analytics Design & Application because it allowed us to immerse ourselves in a sea of analytics projects tackling real-world problems, and it provided us with exceptional practical experience that we can proudly showcase to others/potential employers.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Intensive, supportive, and transformative.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
What I believe will help me most in my future career is the analytics mindset that I developed throughout the program—knowing how to break problems into analytical tasks and generate business insights from data.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
I am honored and grateful to be a member of the Master’s Advisory Council, which gave me the opportunity to be a voice for my classmates by sharing their questions and improvements they would love to see, as well as to organize a series of networking events reinforcing the connections between current MS students and our alumni.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Stay motivated and manage your time at Simon wisely.