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Texas MBA | Evening MBA

Meet Our Evening MBA Students

Texas Evening MBAs are a highly-motivated and inspired group of rising managers and seasoned professionals seeking a flexible path to an MBA that will give them the knowledge and expertise necessary to become leaders in their industry. Get to know them through the profiles below and find out what it is like to be an Evening MBA student at McCombs.

Explore a sample of our Evening MBA class by clicking on one of the photos to the left.

Karthik Bollepalli,
MBA '15

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Current Job: Applications Engineer, Raven Industries, Inc.
Undergrad Degree: Electrical and Communications Engineering, Osmania University
Grad Degree: Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston 

Why McCombs?
"I chose McCombs for the following reasons: (a) Excellent faculty and one of the best (top 10) ranked part-time MBA programs. (b) Very comfortably suited in Austin, one of the fastest growing cities in the US. (c) Programs like MBA+, Texas Venture Labs, Tech-Ops Challenge that give students a hands-on experience along with academic excellence."

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Sya Farahmandi,
MBA '14

Hometown: Austin, Texas; Originally from Caracas, Venezuela
Current Job: Latin America iPhone Project Manager, Apple, Inc.
Undergrad Degree: Electrical Engineering with Diploma in Telecommunications, Universidad Metropolitana

Why McCombs?
"There has already been an impact in my perspective and my long-term ambitions. I’m building awesome relationships with amazing people. There is definitely a continuous hunger and a responsibility for me to persevere and succeed at a very high level. We are given an opportunity to learn now so we can later lead and change the world for the better."

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Alyssa Calhoun,
MBA '16

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current Job: Corporate Governance Associate, Dimensional Fund Advisors
Undergrad: Finance, The University of Texas at Austin

Why McCombs:
“Through my undergrad experience at McCombs I was able to witness firsthand the excellent education McCombs offers. The professors are some of the best in their field and bring real-world examples into the classroom. The career services are invaluable at helping all McCombs students find internships and full time positions post-graduation. And last but not least, the students are extremely bright and collaborative.”

Cecile Dong,
MBA '16

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Current Job: Senior Associate, Gerson Lehrman Group
Undergrad Degree: Political Science and Business Administration, East China Normal University

Why McCombs:
“McCombs has the highest price/performance ratio among all part-time MBA programs. It charges at the public school level and offers a high quality education as a Top 7 school. Also, for those who are into technology and entrepreneurship, Austin is the best location for a b-school.”

Ali Mirjahangiri,
MBA '14

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Current Job: Account Manager, ePlus Technology 
Undergrad Degree: Business Economics, University of California, Riverside

Why McCombs?
"Austin is a great town to be in. When I set foot on UT's campus for my interview, I knew that this was the school I wanted to go to."

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Charlie Biedenharn,
MBA '15

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Current Job: Entrepreneur; Owner of Bakery Lorraine
Undergrad Degree: University of the Incarnate Word

Why McCombs?
"As a small business owner I am involved in every aspect of running a business from daily operations to bookkeeping. I chose McCombs because I wanted to further my competency of every aspect of my businesses as I continue to grow existing concepts and pursue new ventures."

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Nathan Cliver,
MBA '14

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Current Job: Project Manager, Google, Inc.
Undergrad Degree: Finance & Marketing, University of Central Florida

Why McCombs?
"What I enjoy most are the stories and debate with my classmates on the different practices at our companies. The diversity across backgrounds and industries gets me excited about the ideas I can bring back to my own organization. This intertwined with case discussions and industry knowledge from the professors make for an educational experience that you cannot get from reading a book."

Jarren Wenderlein,
MBA '14

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas
Current Job: Attorney, Texas Department of Insurance
Undergrad Degree: Government, The University of Texas at Austin

“I am really impressed by the quality of professors and both depth and difficulty of the material presented in classes. Coming into this program with a previous graduate degree, I was initially curious about both the nature of subject matter completely new to me and the rigor with which it would be covered in a part-time program. So far, this program has absolutely held my attention and challenged me both personally and intellectually above my initial expectations.”

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