The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition came from the S2E Energy founder with a thin, transparent material designed to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites took home $10,000 at the May 25 finals of the 12th annual competition, which is organized and run by UC Davis MBA students.
Second prize of $4,500 went to the creators of Happy Baby vending machines, for on-the-go access to diapers, organic snacks and other baby products.
Davis Roots, a new nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and the University of California, Davis, officially opened at the historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion on April 30. The enterprise was built to support start-ups with the goal of keeping them in Davis once they succeed, and already has two new companies ready to move in.
“The atmosphere at the GSM is awesome! The students are intelligent, friendly, and collaborative. The Davis community is close knit, fun, and welcoming. I have formed close bonds with classmates that will last a lifetime, and am glad that I made the decision to come here!”
“I was honored to be recognized for the contributions I make to the School via the GSM Student Fellowship, and doubly happy that the cash award I was given allowed 2 of my classmates and me to launch a new company.”
“I have a lot of demands on me right now—School, raising 2 kids and working full-time. Being recognized for my contributions to the GSM via the GSMAA student fellowship was a real honor and a way to validate all that I have done while a student at the GSM.”
In January we launched a School-wide diversity plan led by Linda Oubre as our first Chief Diversity Officer. With Linda’s impending departure in June, I am pleased to announce that Kathy Gleed will serve as the School’s Chief Diversity Officer. She will continue in her current role as Director of Academic and Student Services.
Building on the work already underway, Kathy will continue to work with our constituencies to develop and implement initiatives that reflect our commitment to achieving a diverse and outstanding student body, faculty and staff.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.