MBA students honored

Published: October 11, 2013

Nine win prestigious annual awards

At the first MBA lunch of the year, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs Jake Cohen announced the winners of an array of prestigious awards: the Siebel Scholars, the McGowan Award, and the McKinsey Awards.

Class of 2014 Siebel Scholars:

The Siebel Scholars Program, established by the Siebel Foundation and Tom Siebel, who gave a Dean’s Innovative Leader Series (DILS) talk on campus Oct. 11, recognizes “students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic excellence and leadership” in 17 of the world’s leading graduate programs in business, computer science, and bioengineering.


			Senior Associate Dean Jake Cohen and Jerry Chiang, LGO ’14Senior Associate Dean Jake Cohen and Jerry Chiang, LGO ’14

Jerry Chiang, LGO ’14: Co-founded ENHANCE International, a consultancy focused on the Greater China Region; co-chair of the LGO Leadership Committee; had an integral role on the CLGO Synergy Committee; completed an internship with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.


			Jake Cohen and Jeff Clark, MBA ’14Jake Cohen and Jeff Clark, MBA ’14

Jeffrey Clark, MBA ’14: MIT Sloan Student Senate vice president of academics; co-chair of the MIT Sloan Ambassadors Program; active member of the Operations and Management Consulting clubs; completed an internship with Bain & Company.


			Jake Cohen and Katy Dybwad, MBA ’14Jake Cohen and Katy Dybwad, MBA ’14

Katy Dybwad, MBA ’14: Worked as an educational consultant for the Myanmar Foundation for Analytical Thinking; active in the MIT Sloan Student Senate; vice president of mentorship for Sloan Women In Management; co-founded the “Sloan Sit” initiative, which introduced students to regular meditation practices; completed an internship with McKinsey & Co., Inc.


			Jake Cohen and Rhiannon Kopynec, MBA ’14Jake Cohen and Rhiannon Kopynec, MBA ’14

Rhiannon Kopynec, MBA ’14: Partnered with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education to develop a strategy for decreasing high school dropout rates; co-president of MIT Sloan’s Education Club; served as an organizer of the first EdTech Conference; MIT Sloan Student Senate vice president of the Admissions Committee; completed an internship with Bain & Company.


			Jake Cohen and Jeff Sun, MBA ’14Jake Cohen and Jeff Sun, MBA ’14

Jeffrey Sun, MBA ’14: Spent more than a year building a seed-and-fertilizer loan program in East Africa; played a major role in the 2013 MIT Sustainability Summit; active in the MIT Sloan Student Senate as vice president of student experience and co-director of the Camp Sloan Initiative; worked with Nike’s Supply Chain Innovation Group; worked as a senior consultant with the Monitor Group.

McGowan Award:

The McGowan Fellows Program was created in memory of William McGowan, founder of MCI Communications. During his time in business school, McGowan was able to finish his studies in part due to a fellowship. By fully funding fellows during their final year in 10 of the top 20 business schools in the United States, the McGowan Fellows Program aims to continue the tradition in McGowan’s memory. The award, presented for the first time in 2010, is based on academic achievement, a written application, and input from faculty and staff.


			Tiana Veldwisch, MBA ’14Tiana Veldwisch, MBA ’14

Tiana Veldwisch, MBA ’14: Serves as co-president of the MIT Sloan Healthcare Club, co-chair of the 2014 MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference, and co-president of the LGBT Club; spent four years working for athenahealth as a product innovator, designing and building tools for medical billing processes.

The McKinsey Award:

The McKinsey Award was established by alumni and is unique to MIT Sloan. It is the only award of its kind between the company and a leading business school. The first McKinsey Awards—granted based on community leadership and academic accomplishments—were presented in 2002.


			Samuel Clark, MBA ’15Samuel Clark, MBA ’15

Samuel Clark, MBA ’15: Clark has a bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from Harvard University. He worked as director of the governor’s office in the state of Maryland. He is optimistic about starting his MBA here at MIT Sloan. “My goal is to be a thoughtful leader, ready to work with the world’s most influential executives in order to affect positive change,” he says.


			Ruxandra Tentis, MBA ’03, of McKinsey & Co., greeted McKinsey Award winners Patrick Swanson, Sam Clark, and Lydia Ng (far right), all MBA ’15Ruxandra Tentis, MBA ’03, of McKinsey & Co., greeted McKinsey Award winners Patrick Swanson, Sam Clark, and Lydia Ng (far right), all MBA ’15

Lydia Ng, MBA ’15: Ng received a bachelor’s degree in life science from National University of Singapore. She worked as an airport manager for Changi Airport Group Singapore. She says she hopes to gain many things from her time at MIT Sloan, including “a future in consulting, an impressive quantitative toolkit to apply to challenging operations problems, and a close group of lifelong friends from MIT.”


			Patrick Swanson, MBA ’15, and Ruxandra Tentis, MBA ’03Patrick Swanson, MBA ’15, and Ruxandra Tentis, MBA ’03

Patrick Swanson, MBA ’15: Swanson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Military Academy. At the end of his time at MIT Sloan, Swanson plans to begin a career in management consulting. “As a Sloanie, I will implement the School’s vision, seeking out opportunities to have an impact as a principled business leader, armed with lessons learned in the classroom, in practice, after hours, and from my previous military career,” says Swanson.