Smeal M-BAN Ambassadors

Introduction to the Smeal M-BAN Ambassadors, a group of current Smeal M-BAN students who are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions and offer insights.

Smeal M-BAN Ambassadors are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions offer advice and guidance, and provide insights from the perspective of a current student.

Smeal M-BAN Ambassadors Class of 2021
Portrait Name/Email
Portrait of Jonathan Brancato.

Jonathan Brancato
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Economics
Previous Industry: Financial Consulting
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"I find the Penn State Smeal Master's in Business Analytics indispensable for my short and long term career goals in the energy industry. Overall, with the program, I will be able to bring all three levels of the analytical maturity model to any organization I become a part of, including descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive processes. The accelerated nature of the program was also very appealing to me."

Portrait of Amanda Cancel.

Amanda Cancel
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Advertising
Previous Industry: Internship with Affinity Connection
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"I knew I needed to have additional skills to stand out in the job market, especially during the pandemic. During my last semester as an undergrad, I realized that my favorite part of my major was creating strategies for marketing campaigns. The most effective strategies were data driven so I wanted to improve on my analytical skills."

Portrait of Scott Eberhard.

Scott Eberhard
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Previous Industry: Senior Credit Underwriter, Affordable Housing Lending
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"After completing the Penn State Smeal MS in Real Estate Analysis and Development, I desired to continue my studies in Business Analytics to gain a deeper understanding of big data and the processes used."

Portrait of Kailash Jayachandran.

Kailash Jayachandran
Hometown: Chennai, India
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Previous Industry: Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Assistant
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"I wanted to pursue a business-based education after my technical background, which prompted me to pursue the Penn State Smeal MOL program. On top of this business foundation, I wanted to add an analytical perspective to my education. The Smeal Master's in Business Analytics fit into my dream of working in Management Consulting."

Portrait of Shuning Li.

Shuning Li
Hometown: China
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Industrial Engineering
Previous Industry: Productivity Engineer Intern at Ross Stores
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"I think business analytics experience can help me broaden my view of real world business. Nowadays, the role of data becomes an essential part in business. I think having the ability to interpret data and use data to make decisions is going to help me stand out in the job market."

Portrait of Emma Liu.

Chihyu (Emma) Liu
Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Supply Chain Management
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"My undergrad degree is in Supply Chain Management and I realized that business analytics would go hand-in-hand with it. In addition, programming is a skill that I always wanted to excel in and has become more prominent and essential in various career fields in the present world."

Portrait of Ishan Modi.

Ishan Modi
Hometown: Gujarat, India
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Finance
Previous Industry: Real Estate Investment Intern at ABI Investments
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"I plan to achieve my long-term goal by combining the soft (theoretical) skill of finance with hard (technical) skills of data analytics. I wish to continue my studies and build on my statistical knowledge by pursuing a Master’s in Business Analytics to give myself an edge in the market."

Portrait of Zea Morales.

Zea Morales
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Marketing
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"I was excited to see the Penn State Smeal M-BAN program as an opportunity to reinforce my expertise, gain competencies in various technical skills, and continue growing professionally through the Smeal Business program."

Portrait of Sanjana Onteru.

Sanjana Onteru
Hometown: Telangana, India
Undergrad Institution: SRM University
Undergrad Major: Information and Telecommunications Engineering
Previous Industry: Business Analytics Intern at Caterpillar
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"I envision myself swiftly transitioning into a business leader, and pursuing a dual master’s degree made perfect sense to me as it complements my technical background with Business Acumen (Smeal MOL Program) and Analytical Skills (Smeal M-BAN Program)."

Portrait of Daniel Sequeira.

Daniel Sequeira
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Industrial Engineering
Previous Industry: Business Consultant at Ernst and Young
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"Business analytics is an area in which I worked during my last internship and I really liked it. Also, I believe that programming skills are the future and therefore, this program will help me gain new skills that will come in handy in the long term."

Portrait of Yizhen Wu.

Yizhen Wu
Hometown: Chongqing Municipality, China
Undergrad Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Undergrad Major: Information Science
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"The Penn State Smeal M-BAN provides another perspective on how I could help my future company/project to achieve their goals. The M-BAN program combines business with technology. The degree gives me the potential to change the way businesses handle their data."

Portrait of Liam Zhou.

Liam Zhou
Hometown: Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Information Science and Technology
Previous Industry: IT Advisory at Apple
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"My internship at Apple made me realize the importance of business analytics in the modern-day world and how it is utilized in many aspects of our everyday life. I applied for this program because I wanted to gain the knowledge and skillset for business analytics."