Spears School News

Through struggle, OSU accounting student
Jordan Mazariegos gained life perspective

Ariel West
  (May 24, 2017 at 11:48 am)

Jordan Mazariegos is an accounting senior at Oklahoma State University.

For Spears School of Business accounting senior Jordan Mazariegos, coming to Oklahoma State University was the gateway to a new life in the United States.

Born in Mexico City, Mazariegos was two years old when he and his parents packed up their lives and moved to Anaheim, Calif. With the help of a mysterious person his father had met along the way, Mazariegos and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla.

“Interestingly, the person that my dad met on his journey to the United States, my dad never saw him again,” Mazariegos said. “We moved [to Tulsa] because he called my dad and told him he had an apartment ready for us. So, my dad started paying rent and brought us over and we started our life in Tulsa. I don’t even know [the guy’s] name.”

Mazariegos attended Union High School and made many friends and genuine relationships with teachers that were always ready to lend a helping hand. He played soccer and had dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, even making it to the state championship his senior year. He knew he wanted to go to college to provide for his family, but when he was in his teens, he realized he wasn’t quite like every other student. Continue Reading

Big Data Boot Camp drills Spears business
analytics students in preparation for internships

Ariel West
  (May 24, 2017 at 10:45 am)

Master of Science in Business Analytics students attended the 2017 Big Data Boot Camp to hone their skills in preparation for internships.

Oklahoma State University Master of Science in Business Analytics students recently got a taste of their future career path at the annual Big Data Boot Camp hosted by the Spears School of Business.

The weeklong boot camp is required for MSBA students completing their first year in the program. The camp not only covers the basics technical skills students will need to have for their future careers but also covers some soft skills that companies look for when making hiring decisions. The boot camp is provided free by Spears Business in partnership with SAS.

“No business can survive without making data-driven decisions,” said Miriam McGaugh, Spears Business clinical assistant professor of marketing and instructor for the Big Data Boot Camp. “Analytics isn’t going away. We train students to utilize software and technology to make processes more efficient in business.” Continue Reading

How does unethical behavior affect us?

Ariel West
  (May 19, 2017 at 10:13 am)

We hear about business scandals all the time, from Wells Fargo creating fake bank accounts to increase profits to Hampton Creek’s inflated sales numbers. But what happens to us morally after we do something wrong?

Oklahoma State University associate professor of management Rebecca Greenbaum with co-authors and former OSU PhD students Julena Bonner, assistant professor at Utah State University, and Matt Quade, assistant professor at Baylor University, investigate the aftermath of unethical behavior on an individual in their latest research.

The article combines emotions theories with previous research to explain the effect unethical behavior has on an individual’s self-image. Greenbaum and her co-authors were interested to see if people fear for their own reputations and discovered that people tend to try to “make up” for their shame by displaying desirable qualities. Continue Reading

Spears School’s Kinda Wilson recipient of
2017 Excellence in Teaching/Training Award

Terry Tush
  (May 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm)
Kinda Miller and Shona Gambrell

Kinda Wilson and Shona Gambrell, director of Online Learning at the Spears School, at the USDLA National Conference.

Spears School of Business marketing professor Kinda Wilson was recently awarded the 2017 Excellence in Teaching/Training Award at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) National Conference in Indianapolis.

Wilson was nominated for the award by the Spears School Online Learning office staff. They worked with her over the past year on the development of her online undergraduate and graduate level Innovative Marketing Social Media Strategies courses. The online learning staff provided video production, instructional design and animation support for the course and nomination.

Wilson has taught for the School of Marketing and International Business for more than 10 years at the OSU-Tulsa campus. “She has proven to be one of the very best teachers I have ever had; and, having been a department head for over 20 years, I have seen many, many teachers,” said Josh Wiener, head of the School of Marketing and International Business.

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As she prepares for graduation, Carson Guinn credits her parents for inspiring her to pursue a career in finance

Dollie Elliott
  (May 2, 2017 at 10:01 am)

Carson Guinn is a senior economics and finance double major with a minor in accounting from Wichita, Kansas. She will graduate from Oklahoma State University on May 13.

Her parents Lynn and Kim Guinn graduated from the T. Boone Pickens College of Business at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, outside of Amarillo. “Pickens was a large supporter of the school as well as a major supporter of Oklahoma State University. So we have a running joke in my family that although we didn’t graduate from university, we have the same alma mater because T. Boone Pickens is such a huge supporter of Oklahoma State. So we’re kind of all Cowboys,” said Guinn. Continue Reading

Four OSU business students qualify to compete at
Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

Ariel West
  (April 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm)

From left, Kalina Keester, Anna Hudson, adviser Vicki Johansen, Sydney Lauderno and Kayla Roberts had a round of achievements at the PBL State Conference.

Four Oklahoma State University business students will be traveling to Anaheim, California, to compete in the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in June.

Earlier in April, management junior Anna Hudson, international business junior Kalina Keester, accounting junior Sydney Laudero and finance junior Kayla Roberts competed at the PBL State Conference hosted by Tulsa Community College-Metro. All four placed in the top three of their respective competitions to qualify for the National Leadership Conference. OSU Spears School of Business academic counselor Vicki Johansen also attended the conference as the OSU PBL chapter adviser. Continue Reading

Living Out of the Box Enactus club at OSU
aids the world through social ventures

Ariel West
  (April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am)

OSU entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson (back) visited Nicaragua, which inspired him to take action.

Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship students have taken a giant step toward their goal of helping the world.

Students from the OSU Living Out of the Box Club wanted to create a social change in the world through entrepreneurship. The club’s founder, entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson, was inspired during a trip to impoverished Nicaragua and wanted to make a difference. The club was modeled after OSU entrepreneurship social venture Life Out of the Box, founded by Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button, who support and advise the LOOTB Club.

“It was honestly baffling how poor this culturally rich country was,” Masterson said. “I got there and met the Nicaraguan people and fell in love with the community. There is so much potential in Nicaragua for commerce and growth, so I wanted to contribute in some way. I came back from the trip and created the Living Out of the Box Club for OSU students, and our first project was creating a social venture in Nicaragua where we partnered with Kiva Microfunds, a micro-lending organization, to get Nicaraguan cacao businesses up and running.” Continue Reading

Graduate students recognized at
annual awards banquet

Taylor Mullan
  (April 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm)

From left, Imran Selim and Duygu Phillips were honored at the awards banquet.

The Watson Graduate of Management hosted its annual awards banquet on April 7. MBA student Duygu Phillips was recognized as the Outstanding Masters Student for the MBA program, the Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and received OSU Marketing Analytics recognition. MBA student Imran Selim was recognized with an Outstanding SAS Student Certificate and OSU Marketing Analytics.

Phillips is an Exxon Mobil Scholar with a concentration in marketing analytics and entrepreneurship, so she is taking classes such as CIE Scholars. She has been the editorial assistant to Marketing Journal (JMPTP), which has helped her become involved in academia and learn through articles and research. Phillips learned about the publishing process for an academic paper, which is great preparation to pursue a PhD.

Also, she is the MBA Association Vice President of International Affairs, and started the Brown Bag Lunch Series, where business professionals and students meet over lunch, network, exchange ideas and get advice. She has been developing her own business and was accepted into the incubator in accelerateOSU, the student startup center. Continue Reading

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Tim Woods

Dollie Elliott
  (April 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm)

Timias “Tim” Woods, originally from Tulsa, Okla., received a bachelor’s degree in both business administration and economics from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He recently visited the Stillwater campus to speak to Nancy Titus-Piersma’s Real Estate Finance class to share his experiences in the real estate industry.

Woods is the National Director of Asset Services for Matthews Real Estate Investment Services in Dallas. Currently, he is focused on growing a new division at the firm and tapping into new sources of revenue.

Why did you choose to major in business?

I think I originally wanted to go into banking when I first started as a freshman. I chose economics as a major after finishing Econ 101. Something about the graphs and adjusting demand/supply curves based on the scenario provided intrigued me. Continue Reading

Eight OSU student teams make finals for
Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 25, 2017 at 9:35 am)

Eight Oklahoma State University student teams have made it to the final round of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship’s inaugural Business Plan Competition.

The teams will present in a live pitch competition hosted by the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch April 28 at Backstage in downtown Stillwater.

“The goal of the competition is to showcase OSU’s innovative technology and resources while highlighting the collaboration and innovation of the student teams,” said Haley Kurtz, event coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch. “We wanted to host a competition for all OSU students from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, and show that entrepreneurial ideas help promote economic development.”

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OSU MBA students learn about
different aspects of consulting

Taylor Mullan
  (April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm)

Ajay Gupta spoke to MBA students in April.

Ajay Gupta, consultant at McKinsey & Company, shared his insight on the various sides of business and consulting with Oklahoma State University MBA students this April.

Gupta began with one of his favorite aspects of consulting. He shared what keeps him at his job and why he enjoys it. Gupta enjoys his job because he has a variety of work and clients, which provides him with quite a bit of exposure to various industries. Emphasizing these aspects helps him develop his personal value.

“Every engagement with the client offers an exciting challenge,” Gupta said. “Customers have a choice, so I make sure I provide plenty of value to each of them.”

Gupta explained the type of people who enjoy working for McKinsey & Company. He says it is a good system if you like to do work and be rewarded for it.

His message shifted to matching career paths with interests. Consultants pursue career paths that match their interests. The generalists work across industries and functions to get a range of experiences and skills. The practice consultants focus on a certain industry or function. An implementation coach helps organizations develop the capabilities they need to continuously deliver sustained improvement. Continue Reading

OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovations
receives $500,000 to expand ROK-Net program

Spears School News Staff
  (April 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm)

ROK-Net logoOklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in efforts to improve health care across the nation.

CHSI is a joint partnership between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“We are honored to receive support from the trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said William Paiva, director of CHSI. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.”

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OSU School of Accounting hosts
largest Research Conference to date

Ariel West
  (April 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm)

Brad Lawson, professor of accounting at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, hosted the annual Accounting Research Conference this year.

Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting boasted the largest attendance to date with approximately 60 accounting faculty and PhD student attendees at its annual Accounting Research Conference.

The School of Accounting, with support from the Center for Executive and Professional Development, hosted the conference in the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The conference, which began in the 1980s, brings in some of the preeminent researchers in the field of accounting.

This year’s conference included research presentations by Daniel Collins, professor and Henry B. Tippie Research Chair in Accounting at the University of Iowa; Mary Hill from the University of Oklahoma, and OSU School of Accounting’s own Leah Muriel. Jimmy F. Downes from the University of Nebraska and a graduate of OSU’s accounting PhD program also presented at the conference. Continue Reading

OSU Entrepreneurship introduces ‘Fail Up
Night’ promoting discussion about failure

Ariel West
  (April 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm)

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is turning the tables on failure and opening the discussion for understanding with Fail Up Night on April 26.

Fail Up Night is the latest program from the Riata Center, designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that trials are an opportunity to learn and grow.

“We wanted to find a way to remove the negative stigma about the word ‘failure’ and get the conversation going because it’s a normal everyday occurrence for entrepreneurs,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of outreach programs for the Riata Center. “Understand and accept that mishaps are going to happen when you are starting a business or trying something new. Entrepreneurs need to learn how to fail fast. It’s trial and error, and a lot of the times failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an opportunity to try something different. You learn and grow from it, and you will become a better entrepreneur for it.” Continue Reading

Chance Imhoff shares how his agricultural roots sparked his interest in entrepreneurship and management

Dollie Elliott
  (April 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm)

Chance Imhoff is a 5th generation farmer from Prague, Okla. Growing up, he was very active in FFA and 4H, so Oklahoma State, being a land-grant university, was always an attractive option for him. “I’ve always known I wanted to come to OSU. It was actually the only school I applied for. And coming to OSU was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Imhoff.

Imhoff started at OSU as an ag-business major, but later decided to change to entrepreneurship and management. “After a semester in CASNR I wanted to broaden my scope and meet new people, so I chose entrepreneurship because I had different business ventures growing up and knew I had a passion for running a business,” said Imhoff. Continue Reading

OSU MBA students learn about interacting
with different personality types

Spears School News Staff
  (April 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm)

Ann Dyer spoke with OSU MBA students.

Oklahoma State University students learn quite a bit about themselves and their classmates during their course studies and how to interact with others. Ann Dyer spoke with OSU MBA students about leadership and working with various personality types inside and outside of business.

Dyer begins her discussion with critical success factors to leading successful change programs. She emphasizes the importance of doing research on the company or organization you seek to work with to drive change. This principle applies to an external consultant as well as a new employee.   Dyer also discussed the need to build a case for change by comparing market positions, including threats, and create a vision for what success could look like. The case for change should include a financial business case, approach to achieving the outcomes, aligned budgets, and finally, an understanding of what the risk of doing nothing would be.

The topic then switched to the students and how they should present themselves. This is the importance of a personal leadership brand, including how you speak, what people say about you and what impact you make; that is your legacy. While developing a personal brand, it is important to learn from mistakes, trial and error, and never take things too personally. Dyer discussed the concept of recognizing key observable behaviors, assertiveness and responsiveness. These behaviors can help you understand your social style and determine the style of others who you are working with. She stressed that it is important to determine and adapt your style to other’s style if you seek to make an impact. Continue Reading

OSU student team scores again, receives $11,000
at Oregon New Venture Championship

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:12 am)

MITO Material Solutions’ Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith pose with Richard Gajan (right).

For the second week in a row – and the third time in the last three months – Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions was among the top winners at a collegiate pitch competition. This time, MITO placed second at the Oregon New Venture Championship hosted by the University of Oregon.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO received $10,000 in investment prizing for placing second and $1,000 for winning the Palo Alto Software Best One Page Pitch. Continue Reading

Certificate Series for Emerging Leaders
in Manufacturing Hosted by OSU

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:10 am)

The 2017 Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing, hosted by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business, will take place at the OSU-Tulsa campus between June and October.

This multi-day certificate program will consist of 10 sessions and will help emerging leaders reflect on the leadership styles that work best for them and their employees. The program includes individual leadership, organizational and team development sessions. Continue Reading

Three Spears School graduate students
recognized during Graduate Education Week

Spears School News Staff
  (April 19, 2017 at 10:52 am)

Master’s student in telecommunications management Siddharth Suresh won first place in the 3MC and was awarded $2,000.

Three Spears School of Business graduate students were recently honored during the Graduate College’s Graduate Education Week activities on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

Siddharth Suresh, master’s student in telecommunications management, was the first-place winner in the President’s Fellows’ Three Minute Challenge (3MC), and was the recipient of a $2,000 award. Also, Varsha Akkaloori, a master’s in business analytics student, received the People’s Choice Award in the 3MC competition and a $2,000 prize.

The 3MC competition includes the top five Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competitors for non-thesis masters, education specialists and graduate certificate students and the top five Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitors for thesis master’s and doctoral students. Continue Reading

SAS Analytics Day brings in national
and regional experts to Oklahoma State

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 9:19 am)

SAS Analytics DayThe seventh annual SAS Analytics Day will be May 5 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center at Oklahoma State University. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

SAS Analytics Day will bring in national and regional speakers to share their expertise and knowledge with the Oklahoma business and analytics community. The primary goal of this conference is to link OSU’s master’s in business analytics’ students with members of the local and regional business community to help students grow their professional network.

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OSU student team places first in Love’s Cup,
qualifies for Tri-State Competition

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 8:44 am)

From left, David Thomison, Jaquelyn Lane, Rachel Davis and Chance Imhoff make OSU history by being the first OSU team to win the Undergraduate Division.

Oklahoma State University student startup team VisionaRx made OSU history by winning the grand prize earlier this month from the Love’s Cup Undergraduate High Growth Division in Oklahoma City.

VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of OSU students Chance Imhoff, management and entrepreneurship; Jaquelyn Lane, chemical engineering with an entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, chemical engineering pre-med emphasis. The team is coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurship and advisor for student teams at accelerateOSU, OSU’s entrepreneurial incubator program.

The team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize for taking first place in the competition and qualify to continue on to the Tri-State Competition, which hosts teams from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma and will take place May 30-31 in Las Vegas. Lane also won the IBM Pitch Award and was awarded $1,000. This is the first time that an OSU student team has won the undergraduate division of the competition. Continue Reading

OSU accounting grad student earns top CPA exam score, receives OSCPA Silver Medal

Ariel West
  (April 18, 2017 at 9:05 am)

Sarah Polakow will be awarded the OSCPA Silver Medal. Photo (c) Lifetouch Portrait Studios Inc.

Oklahoma State University accounting graduate student Sarah Polakow will be awarded the OSCPA Silver Medal from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) on May 20 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Polakow scored the highest on the CPA exam and passed all four parts of the exam within testing windows III (September) and IV (December) of 2016. Without the guidance of accounting professor Bob Cornell and associate dean Carol Johnson, Polakow says she would have switched majors long ago.

“When I first started out in the accounting program at OSU, I had a rough go of things and seriously considered switching majors,” Polakow said. “During a meeting with Dr. Cornell and Dr. Johnson, they told me that what someone had learned and the work ethic they acquired wasn’t always accurately measured by their grade point average. It was because of their encouragement and my family’s support that I chose to stay in accounting, and I am so glad I did. Continue Reading

11th annual OSU Energy Conference in Tulsa
will feature some of nation’s top experts

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 18, 2017 at 8:03 am)

OSU Energy ConferenceThe 11th annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference in Tulsa will feature the nation’s top experts in the energy industry discussing issues making today’s headlines.

The conference is from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. May 10 at the Renaissance Hotel. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

This conference is hosted by the OSU Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business in association with the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma.

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Top experts will be speaking at
11th annual OSU Energy Conference in OKC

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 18, 2017 at 7:58 am)

OSU Energy ConferenceThe 11th annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference in Tulsa will feature the nation’s top experts in the energy industry discussing issues making today’s headlines.

The conference is from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 at the Cox Convention Center. This conference is hosted by the OSU Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business in association with the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma.

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Spears School business analytics students
reap success at 2017 SAS Global Forum

Ariel West
  (April 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm)

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty.

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business master’s in business analytics students and faculty took home several awards earlier this month while attending the annual SAS Global Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Business analytic graduate students Anirban Chakraborty and Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu received the SAS Student Ambassador award, which included an all-expense paid trip to the conference to attend and present their papers. Only 15 awards are given each year to students worldwide, and this is the seventh year in a row that an OSU student has received the award.

Business analytic graduate students Indra Kiran Chowdavarapu (left) and Anirban Chakraborty (right) received the SAS Student Ambassador award.

An OSU team of students competed in the SAS Student Symposium and was named a Top 8 Finalist, which awarded the entire team an all-expense paid trip to attend the conference and present their research symposium ideas. The team consisted of master’s in business analytics full-time students Jayant Sharma and Sid Grover, who was also awarded the SAS Student Scholarship award, and online learning students John Eacott and Par Aravazhi. This is the second year in a row that an OSU team has competed and finished in the Top 8 and the eighth year in a row that an OSU student was awarded the SAS Student Scholarship.
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OSU selected as host for Mandela Washington Fellowship

Spears School News Staff
  (April 14, 2017 at 8:59 am)

Craig Edwards, associate professor of Agricultural Education, will lead the program on campus.

What began as a class assignment will result in the beginning of an international relationship and a wonderful opportunity for 25 African community leaders.

Richie Roberts, doctoral student in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, sat in his grant seeking class and began putting together a proposal for submission. Under the direction of Craig Edwards, AECL professor and advisor, Roberts proposal was approved to bring 25 Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa to the OSU campus through a U.S. Department of State, International Research Exchange grant.

“I felt like we had a really good chance of getting approved,” Roberts said. “The curriculum is great for the students coming over and partnering with Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Business School really put us over the top.” Continue Reading

Spears School honors Tiffany Thurmond,
other students at 64th Awards Banquet

Dollie Elliott
  (April 12, 2017 at 9:15 am)

Tiffany Thurmond

Tiffany Thurmond, a marketing and business management major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Raymond D. Thomas Award, given annually to the top senior in the Spears School of Business. Each year, a faculty committee in the business school votes who will receive the award and the lifetime membership to the OSU Alumni Association.

The honor will allow Thurmond to carry the Spears Business flag as a part of the opening ceremony to the Oklahoma State University spring commencement and will be the first business student to receive her diploma.

“When I look at this award, it brings tears to my eyes,” said Thurmond. “Words could not express how thankful and honored I am to receive this award. For me, academic success and campus leadership are not the most important factors that this award signifies. The greatest factor that this award recognizes, a factor that is so precious to me, is the fact that it represents that I was blessed to have the opportunities to change people’s lives while attending OSU. Continue Reading

OSU student team receives more than $90,000
at Rice Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm)

Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions places second in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions has once again proved itself by placing second at the prestigious Rice Business Plan Competition, an annual collegiate pitch competition hosted by Rice University.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO’s product is an adhesive epoxy additive which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation and automotive industries. It is based on technology developed at the Helmerich Research Center in Tulsa.

MITO received $50,000 in investment prizing for placing second, provided by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Finger Interest and the Anderson Family Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Keith placed fifth in the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition and received $500 in cash. Kurtz received a total of $40,000 in investment prizing for winning the Courageous Women Entrepreneur award, provided by nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group. Continue Reading

Oil and gas finance experts visit OSU to give
students a glimpse of working in the industry

Dollie Elliott
  (April 6, 2017 at 10:05 am)

Betty Simkins (second from right), interim head of the Department of Finance, hosts oil and gas experts as they visit her energy finance class to share the various career opportunities in oil and gas finance. Guest speakers (from left) Curt Jennings, senior marketing representative, Rose Rock Midstream; Ashley Tucker, Business Development – Project Origination, Blueknight Energy Partners, Clint Duty, vice president, engineering and operations, Targa Resources, and Jeff Oliver, president of Firefly Energy Services.

Four oil and gas finance experts recently visited Oklahoma State University to share their experiences with students to assist them in preparing for careers in the industry.

“We strive to bridge the ‘theory/practice’ gap. It is crucial for students to interact with industry professionals to overcome this gap,” said Betty Simkins, professor and interim head of the Department of Finance in the OSU Spears School Business.

The group shared that Oklahoma is one of the country’s prime locations for oil and gas production not only because of the extensive infrastructure but it is home to numerous service providers, making oil and gas production three times more affordable than most other states in the United States. Continue Reading

Two OSU student startup teams will
compete in Love’s Cup finals

Ariel West
  (April 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm)

Two student teams from Oklahoma State University’s accelerateOSU incubator will be competing in the High Growth division finals of the statewide Love’s Cup business plan competition, hosted by Innovation to Enterprise (i2E).

Graduate team Hepa-Cera is composed of members Duygu Phillips, MBA; Vibhore Srivastava, master’s in Industrial Engineering, and Kalyani Ektate, Veterinary Biomedical Science. Undergraduate team VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of members Chance Imhoff, Management and Entrepreneurship; Jacquelyn Lane, Chemical Engineering with an Entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, Chemical Engineering Pre-Med emphasis. The teams will compete April 6 and 7 at i2E’s Oklahoma City office. Continue Reading