Student Spotlight: Rangoli Bhattacharjee on Her Interests in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Friday, March 20, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

While many of the Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows are graduate students, undergraduate students are also a part of the program. Rangoli Bhattacharjee is one of the outstanding undergraduate students who is a part of the leadership fellows program. She is a Public Health major that attended UNC to explore her academic interest in health. She was also excited about the chance to meet and work with other UNC students who generate fresh ideas and work hard to make them come to life. More

Student Spotlight: Jake Petralia on Combining His Interests in Healthcare and Business

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

Interviewing Jake Petralia for this Student Spotlight blog has been one of the most enjoyable interviews I have conducted, primarily because Jake is absolutely hilarious. I have never laughed so much during a blog interview. Nevertheless, I was still able to learn about Jake’s accomplishments and his experience prior to grad school. Originally from the Bay Area, Jake attended Stanford as an undergrad. While there, he was a pre-med student pursuing his dreams of becoming a physician. More

Basketball Analytics Summit Team Building

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Bryce Parrish

As a first-year MBA student, Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow, and Student Director of this year’s national Basketball Analytics Summit, it goes without saying that there are plenty of things for students to get involved with for which inevitably compete for our time. Despite that, one of the things that is critically important to me is making the time to continually connect with and build relationships with that of my peers. The article below highlights the memorable moments spent leading up to the night spent bonding with my peers, teammates, and friends that serve as part of the Core Planning Team for the Basketball Analytics Summit. More

Student Spotlight: David Ball on Using Business to Drive Social Impact

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

Some of my most memorable experiences in business school have taken place during my international trips. These eye-opening experiences have allowed me to elevate my understanding of other cultures and fueled my desire to learn more about the challenges faced by other countries. Many students in my program have had similar experiences, but David Ball’s have been some of the most interesting that I have heard. More

Learning from the Best: Kenan Institute Onboarding Sessions

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Ashwini Rathi

In this blog post, I discuss how the Kenan Institute gives its student leadership fellows and analysts a holistic introduction to business development through experiential learning opportunities and integrating them with a network of experts. One such example is the student onboarding program, which is designed to provide students an opportunity to get to know the Kenan Institute’s mission and resources, and prepare students to be successful in their projects (such as E-TAP or Startup Consulting). The weeklong, lunch time onboarding program invited UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class faculty to serve as guest speakers. Each speaker lectured on their area of expertise to give students the tools of the trade needed to equip us for the challenges we might face in our real world Kenan Institute projects. The program occurs annually and is open for all current Kenan Institute student team members. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Q&A with Cynthia Reifsnider

Monday, February 2, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

Cynthia Reifsnider is the Director of Research Services and Knowledge Management at the Kenan Institute. She recently provided me with insight into her interest in patent landscaping and the work that she does with students at the Kenan Institute. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Dr. Jason Doherty on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

I recently attended the Startup Consulting presentations to hear about student findings from their projects this fall. Many of the projects that students worked on were related to the sciences. This was very intriguing to me since several of the students were MBAs. This provided an opportunity for them to apply their business principles to startups in the sciences space. Shortly after the Startup Consulting presentations, I sat down with Jason Doherty, the leader of the program, to gain more insight into his experiences and his work with students. More

Student Spotlight: Joanna Furgiuele on Eco-Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Friday, January 23, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

A few days after her stellar dance performance in a variety show that I helped plan for the business school, Joanna Furgiuele sat down with me to discuss her journey to business school and experience as a Kenan Institute Economic Development Analyst (KIEDA). Originally from Yonkers, NY, Joanna attended the University of Montana for undergrad where she studied biology and ecology. While there, she was also on the equestrian team. Joanna enjoys horseback riding in general and even cleaned stalls in undergrad to pay for her riding lessons. After undergrad, she worked in pharmaceutical production for a multinational pharmaceutical company in Montana. More

Student Spotlight: Bryce Parrish on Uniting His Passions for Sports and Business

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

I can always count on running into one of my favorite first year MBAs almost every day: Bryce Parrish. Bryce and I met during the Student Onboarding Program at the beginning of the school year, and connected over our interests in marketing. Since then, I see him around all the time, but especially in the Kenan Institute where Bryce serves as a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow. Bryce has had an active role in planning the upcoming Basketball Analytics Summit. I sat down with Bryce to learn more about his interest in sports and his background prior to business school. More

E-TAP recommends inventory system for LSA America

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Chris Long

For my E-TAP assignment, I worked with LSA America. LSA America is a manufacturer of the Allegro, a specialized light support aircraft that have many extraordinary features. These aircrafts can climb to 1,000 feet in a minute, cruise at 120 miles per hour, weigh 680 pounds, and expend only 3.5 gallons per hour. Further, these planes are affordable and last longer than the rest of its competitors. The CEO, Doug Hempstead, bought LSA America from a company based out of the Czech Republic, and has since moved the company’s operations to Littleton, NC. The company already has letters of intent and contracts from China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and more. LSA America has the potential to bring numerous jobs to Halifax County. More