Meet Some of the Ross BBA Students and Alums Making Headlines


By Paul Kirsch

I meet incredible students every day in my role as the managing director of the Ross BBA program. The students who walk our halls and fill our classrooms are some of the smartest, hardest-working, most driven students you’ll find anywhere — so it’s no surprise that while they are here (and even after they graduate), they make headlines for the impact they are making in their communities and on the world.

I wanted to take a moment to share a few recent stories about Michigan Ross students and alums that caught my eye. The work and contributions of these individuals has inspired me and excited us all here at Ross.

Take a look at some of these recent stories, and if one of them resonates with you, leave a comment and let us know:

Ross BBA Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship That Will Send Her to Tanzania For A Year

Megan Malm, BBA ’18, is preparing to spend an entire year in Tanzania. She is the 2018 recipient of the University of Michigan Wallenberg Fellowship, which is awarded each spring to a graduating senior who has shown exceptional promise and accomplishment to service and the public good. The fellowship provides Malm with $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after her graduation. She’ll be living in the Tanzanian cities of Dar-es Salaam and Mtwara, studying the role mobile phones play in reducing poverty.


Three Ross BBAs Among ‘Best and Brightest’ in the Country

Sabiyah Turner, Danny Sheridan, and Kara Cendrowski were recently listed on Poets & Quants “Best and Brightest Undergrads” of 2018 for their exceptional work and accomplishments during their time at Ross.

Read more about each of these incredible students in this recent post:


Ross BBA Alum Named One of the Top 25 Influential Black Women of 2018

Tamika Curry Smith, BBA ‘95, was recently named to the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business list of 2018.

Tamika is currently the head of diversity and inclusion for Mercedes-Benz USA, and has had an impressive career: She was previously the president of TCS Group, Inc., a firm that provides human resources and diversity and inclusion solutions; the director of diversity at Target Corporation; and director of diversity for Deloitte Consulting.


New Student-Led Club at Michigan Ross Helps BBA Students Land Jobs in Growing Tech Fields

When Tony Yuan, BBA ’17, first launched a club to play video games at Ross, he was just looking for some other like-minded students to have fun with. He had no idea it would grow into a career in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries for him and other Ross students.

Read about how Arbor Esports is helping students land coveted jobs:


Million-Dollar Gift From Ross BBA Alum Launches New Scholarships For Students

Mike Jandernoa, BBA ’72, and his wife, Sue, recently gave a $4.3 million gift to the University of Michigan. $1 million of the gift will establish a fund here at Ross that will offer need-based scholarship awards to incoming Michigan Ross undergraduate students. Thank you Mike and Sue for this generous gift! Their generosity will help make a Ross education more attainable for many.


Michigan Ross BBA Student Writing for Poets & Quants as New Campus Correspondent

Johanne Vincent, BBA ’21, has already taken advantage of Michigan Ross’ many offerings (such as the Ross Summer Connections program) and has fallen in love with the school. Now, Johanne has the opportunity to share those experiences with a larger audience, writing for Poets & Quants as a campus ambassador.

Vincent wrote about Ross professors in one recent post, saying that Ross is full of sincere professors “who love what they do, and want you to love the subject they teach too.” She’s also impressed by her peers: “I’ve never met a group of students who were so motivated and driven to achieve their dreams and help their classmates do the same.”


Michigan Ross BBA Student Competed for $1 Million United Nations Hult Prize for Plan to Completely Change the Internet as We Know It

Amulya Parmar, BBA ’21, led a team of Ross students through the United Nations Hult Prize competition. Together with James Lorenz, BBA ’21; Bidnam Lee, MBA ’19; Nathan Stevens, MBA ’19; and Margaret Fleming, MBA ’19, they have a plan to completely revamp the current infrastructure of internet delivery using something called whitespace technology, which allows wifi to be transmitted in a manner similar to radio waves.