MIT Sloan Awards Recipients
Class of 2013 Siebel Scholars
Senthil began his career at GE, where he worked in finance-focused roles in the industrial, infrastructure, and media sectors. He then joined Astonfield Renewables, a renewable energy startup operating in developing markets where he worked with multiple stakeholders to build the company’s first solar power plant.
This summer, Senthil worked on growing Sistine Solar, a company he co-founded with the intention of building artistically designed sculptures using innovative solar materials. He is passionate about clean energy and entrepreneurship and had held leadership roles in MIT and MIT Sloan energy clubs and is a staff writer for the MIT Entrepreneurship Review. He is also currently a TA for 15.280 Communications Lab as well as 15.402 Finance Theory II.
Sriram has extensive experience in the arts. He worked in strategy management consulting in India and USA, including over 2 years with India’s premier performing arts center, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), as Manager for Marketing and Business Development. Last year he was selected as a non-voting Board Fellow with the Citi Performing Arts Center and this summer, he worked as a Strategy Fellow with Lincoln Center. He also worked on the MIT AITI initiative in India to enable unique technology-based solutions for Indian music and emerging media markets. At MIT Sloan he is the co-President of the Entertainment, Media and Sports Club and was an organizers for last years international study tour exploring business creativity in Japan and Korea.
Matt is a student in the LGO program and is pursuing his MBA as well as a masters in engineering systems. He is currently on a six month internship at Amazon working to establish layouts for trucking docks in eight new fulfillment centers. Prior to MIT Sloan, Matt worked at ArcelorMittal, a steel manufacturer, where he worked on a number of cross functional teams designing and implementing strategies to lower costs and increase production rates. While at MIT, he has volunteered with the Gordon Engineering Leadership program and the Achieving Careers in Engineering and Sciences program which mentors local high school students and he is a member of the LGO student leadership committee which works with the LGO program office and faculty to shape the direction of the program.
Elena has spent her career in corporate banking and consulting in Europe including working for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on topics such as microfinance in Africa. She has a passion for education and, in her free time, has worked on creating a finance curriculum for her state’s high school system and volunteering as a school board member. She has interned with Teach for America where she devised a data model to predict student outcomes for a charter middle school and helped teach eighth grade geography and chemistry. During the summer, Elena worked on education projects for Bain & Company in their Boston office. At MIT Sloan, Elena is co-president of the Social Impact Club and president of MIT Sloan Ed, which has included developing MIT Sloan’s EdTech Case Competition. She is also a TA for 15.515 Finance Accounting.
Adina spent four years as a consultant in Fidelity Investment's internal strategy consulting group where she supported key strategic initiatives and corporate plans across all Fidelity's businesses. She spent her summer as an intern in the leadership development program at John Hancock in the Investment Management Services group. Prior to studying at MIT Sloan, she volunteered with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center mentoring prospective first-generation students on their college applications. Adina is very active in the MIT Sloan community including being a member of the MIT Sloan Student Senate, co-president of the Investment Management Club, co-president of the MIT Sloan Activities Board, and TA for 15.053 Introduction to Optimization.
McGowan Award Recipient
Prior to MIT Sloan, Danielle managed operations for SkillUp Washington, a philanthropic investment fund which uses strategic investments in education to improve competitiveness and unleash new opportunities for low-income workers. This summer Danielle worked for Dalberg, a management consulting firm which brings a private sector approach to challenges in developing countries. At MIT Sloan, Danielle has focused on economics and private sector development in emerging markets. Danielle has led organization of several major events at MIT Sloan, including the MIT 100K Competition, the Africa Innovate! Conference, and the MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference.
McKinsey Award Winners
Katy Dybwad, Janak Raguraman, and Anthony Roffino, all members of the MBA Class of 2014, were recently named McKinsey award winners.
The McKinsey awards are unique to MIT Sloan and were established by the School’s alumni. The McKinsey Awards — based on community leadership and academic accomplishments — were first presented in 2002. All MBA applicants are eligible to apply during the admissions process.
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“MIT is not only a first-class institution in studying entrepreneurship, but in creating it and fostering it.”