Industry Immersions News
In the Field: Immersion Tours Unpack California’s Agribusiness
MBAs and ag students see agricultural supply chain up close
“It was mind blowing,” to see 16 lines simultaneously packing salad mixes in a warehouse running 24-hours, six days a week, writes Julie Morris, Food and Ag Immersion Coordinator.
Bonjour! Come for the French, Stay for the Career Development
Antoine Broustra says immersion offerings are key to launching careers
Industry Immersions are launch pads for big career opportunities, says Antoine Broustra, our new senior director of career development.
How to Plug into Sustainable Energy
Three alumni share insights into an industry dominated by California policy and innovation
Incoming students get a sample of the upcoming Industry Immersion courses through a panel discussion with recent alumni.
Alums in Tech Offer New Students Peek into Industry Immersion
Panelists: Be curious, be kind and explore your interests
Alumni in high tech shared their experiences and advice with new students during a panel discussion as part of orientation.
CFO Industry Immersion: To Pivot or Not to Pivot
A prospective student gets a fresh take on teaching by case study
“This real-world experience, coupled with top-tier faculty and a collaborative environment, would provide a lasting tool-kit to succeed in any career,” writes JP Hawkins, a prospective MBA student.
Industry Immersion Exposes Students to Life as a CFO
From startups to public companies, finance is never boring
“It’s much more entrepreneurial than I’d imagined, and covers way more than just finance and accounting,” writes MBA student Stephen Auyeung.
Chevron Challenges Immersion Students on Sustainability Goals
In balancing climate change with shareholder returns, it's complicated
Balancing climate change with shareholder returns in the Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion, students tackled a live case study on California’s cap and trade policy for Chevron, one of the world’s largest oil companies.
Three CEO Tips from an MBA Class in Sustainable Energy
Industry leaders from tech companies, startups and utilities share their case studies
“The Sustainable Energy Immersion truly captured just how diverse this industry has become,” writes MBA student Paula Avery.
My Immersion into Biotech
Engineers, scientists and MBAs tackle live case studies presented by executives
“Most MBA programs leverage cases to help bring texture to business concepts, but the Immersion program brings cases to life and lets you experience them,” says MBA student David Bodimer.
At the Convergence of Agriculture and Business
Food and Ag Immersion brings executives and researchers together with MBAs
“The Food and Ag Industry Immersion has been my most rewarding learning experience,” writes MBA student Laudan Yavari.
Industry Immersion: CFO as Storyteller and Voice of Reason
Executives from AT&T and a veteran startup CFO advise students
In the CFO for Technology Industry Immersion course, AT&T executives and a startup veteran share their finance stories from managing a global giant to navigating unchartered waters in a new venture.
New Pathways in Biotech Innovation
Students tackle case studies on stem cells and IBM’s use of AI in precision medicine
Industry Immersion: IBM’s vice president of research and an OncoMed Pharmaceuticals executive challenge students with live case studies on targeted cancer research and AI-powered precision medicine.
Industry Immersion: Training Tech CFOs of the Future
Chief Finance Officers share career advice and M&A case studies
Technology CFOs from financial software company Intuit and an AI-driven drug startup challenge MBA students on M&A scenarios and post-merger integration.
Executives from Genentech, McKinsey, Dandelion Energy and Moleculera Labs inspire creativity and curiosity among MBA and UC Davis graduate students teaming up to solve live case studies.
Executives from Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Mars Challenge Immersion Students
Finding actionable goals within complex global systems
“You need to lift yourself 50 feet up and see the entire playing field,” says Ralph Jerome, VP of innovation at Mars, Inc. “Where are the weakest links and how can you assemble them in a way that have impact?”
Industry Immersions Kick Off in Ag, Biotech, Energy, Tech Finance
From food and biotech startups to new organic brands and big energy markets
“These Immersion areas are strong at UC Davis and are also what people are really talking about,” says Dean Rao Unnava. “We felt that the power of the university should be utilized.”
Qualtrics CFO David Faugno Shares IPO Lessons with MBA Students
Guest Speaker in CFO for Technology Industry Immersion course
As the first guest speaker in our CFO for Technology Industry Immersion, veteran financial executive David Faugno challenged student teams to develop solutions for management problems he faced in a company IPO.
Q&A with Associate Professor Ayako Yasuda
Academic Coordinator, CFO for Technology Industry Immersion
Leading the new CFO for Technology Industry Immersion, Yasuda shares how the course will give students a leg up in lead financial roles at fast-moving tech firms.
Drawing on UC Davis’ No. 1 national ranking and worldwide impact in agriculture, our new Food and Ag Industry Immersion brings top executives to prepare innovative agribusiness leaders.
Q&A with Research Professor Nicole Biggart
Academic Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion
Leader of our new Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion shares the issues that MBAs, Ph.D. students and executives will tackle in the course.