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Integrated Innovation Institute

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Exploring career paths? Want more feedback on your resume? Need to practice for an interview?

Alumniii Office Hours give you the opportunity to schedule 1:1 meetings with an alum for advice.

As former students, alumniii have travelled a similar path, and now they want to help you navigate your path.

🔀 Alumniii will change monthly. Some will stay, others will rotate out, and new faces will join!

🤔 How do Office Hours work?

  • You may schedule a meeting with any alum - regardless of your degree program. 

  • Review the alum profiles below and visit their LinkedIn to learn more. 

  • When you find a good fit, click "Schedule A 1:1 Meeting"; you'll be redirected to that alum's Calendly page. 

  • Check when they're available, and confirm a meeting time.

  • Prepare for your meeting (i.e. why did you choose this alum, what questions do you have for them...?).

  • And, of course, attend the meeting and have a great conversation!

✍️ Please Take Note:

  • Meetings are for guidance and advice - not to ask for internships or jobs.
  • "No Shows" are unacceptable and unprofessional. If you cannot make a meeting, cancel it. If you "no show" more than once, your ability to participate in Office Hours will be restricted.
  • A "thank you" message is always appreciated. When applicable, share outcomes too! For example,  if an alum helped you prep for an internship interview, let them know how your interview went.
  • Feedback is welcome; contact Mary Kilcoyne to share.

MIIPS Alumniii

Seema Bansal ‘19
Product Manager II, Microsoft

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

6 years of international Product Management experience, currently innovating interaction design for emergent tech, hybrid work experience for Microsoft Teams.

I'm available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Daniel Behof ‘19
User Testing Manager, Oakley

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Mechanical engineering undergrad who transitioned into user research. From the Midwest but found my footing on the west coast. 6+ years of experience in advanced development roles.

I'm available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Samantha Carlin ‘10
Sr. Product Manager, AppliedVR

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I have 10+ years of product development experience in the telecommunications and healthcare industries - specifically in the medical device space and most recently health tech. I am from the Philadelphia area, and after spending my twenties living in Pittsburgh, Boston, and NYC, I've now settled back home in the Philadelphia area with my family.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Entrepreneurship

Yu-Jan Chang ‘21
Product Designer, KAYAK

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I am currently working at KAYAK as a product designer with a focus on B2B products. Previously, I was a UX Design intern at S&C Electric Company, re-shaping an enterprise app for electricians.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Interview Practice & Portfolio Review

Neha Dwivedi ‘22
Innovations Engagement Partner - Digital Health, Cleveland Clinic

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Professional with background in Biomedical Engineering, and 6+ years of experience across a variety of roles within the healthcare software industry including support, training, implementation, new product incubation, and product management. I grew up in the US and India, and currently call Cleveland, OH home.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Zhuoran Gao ‘19
Senior Product Designer, SAP

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I am a senior designer and a design leader in SAP. As a designer, my past work experience has shaped me as a problem solver for complex problems. As a design leader, I create an open, supportive, and empowering culture for my team to achieve great outcomes and learn together.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Job/Internship Search, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Melody Her ‘20
Product Manager, Disney

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I am a Product Manager primarily working with internal systems. I grew up in Taiwan and just moved from Pittsburgh to LA, recently hunting for great restaurants in the area.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search

Tejas Kashyap ‘19
Product Manager, athenahealth

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I have 4+ years of experience in Product, primarily in the healthcare industry. I grew up in Delhi and now live in Austin TX with my cat and wife.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking,Interview Practice, Resume Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations, Entrepreneurship

Andy Lee ‘04
Senior Product Manager- Incubator, Indeed.com

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

Based in Seattle. Started in physical products and then moved to digital over time. Worked in all kinds of industries, startup and corporate. Specialized in taking products from 0 to 1 and most of experience in incubator/labs/accelerator early stage product development.

Fun fact: I was part of the very first class that graduated.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Networking, Entrepreneurship

Hannah Moon ‘20
Assistant Vice Present: Experience Architect, U.S. Bank

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I am fiercely passionate about creating responsible and ethical user experiences that empower people in real-world contexts. With my broad design, business, and law background, I create smooth human-computer interactions for real-world contexts and aid people in solving problems in their daily practice.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations, Entrepreneurship

Amitesh Rathore ‘22
Product Manager, Honda 99P labs

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I am a Product Manager at Honda 99P labs. I have previously worked as a software product manager to ramp up financial service products.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Networking, Entrepreneurship

John Soh '16
Design Strategist, Capital One Financial

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In the 5+ years of being in the design field, I have done everything from industrial design to architecture to service design and UX. Formerly from South Korea and growing up in Japan, I now reside in the Washington DC area with my family of four.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Ran Tao ‘17
Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Google

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

Yes, I publish the surveys that appear on your Google Search. Yes, I am human.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Marcus Townsend ‘14
Industrial Designer, Amazon

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I have 8 years working in both startup and large in house settings as an industrial designer in consumer electronics. I'm originally from upstate NY, recently moved back to SF from Houston, and travel quite a bit.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations

 

Minette Vaccariello ‘06
Experience Design Principle, PNC

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I have a background in human-centered design, specifically user research, experience design, and strategy. With over fifteen years working in design, technology, and engineering, I have spent the last ten years in healthcare, working in design and product management roles, solving complex problems at the intersection of technology and human-centered design. Currently, I am working in the financial industry designing digital experiences for banking customers.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

William Young ‘11
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Hawthorne Gardening Company

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I have been working for 11 years in a variety of industries, starting with aerospace, to oil & gas, to residential & commercial lighting, and finally to horticultural lighting and controls. I used to row competitively, racing in the 2016 Olympic Trials and joining the US national team in 2017, but now I spend my days in Vancouver, WA tending to a vegetable garden and casually trail running.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Resume Review, Portfolio Review

Xiaotang Yu ‘21
Product Manager, Adobe

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I’ve launched products for various early stage startup and am now working on the Photoshop team at Adobe. Currently working from SF and living with my cat, Huluwa (Mr Hu).

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations

Narjis Zehra ‘22
Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I am an early professional in PM industry, with a focus on AI/ML products. Alongside many of you, I am also currently navigating the professional space. I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, as a first gen-college student and now travel around to see everything else that the world has to offer.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Pivots, Interview Practice, Portfolio Review

MSSM Alumniii

Neha Arora ‘15
Senior Product Manager, Coupa Software

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Experienced in software engineering and product management for over 10 years. I grew up in Delhi, India. Worked at a bunch of financial software companies while in Hyderabad. Currently based in the SF Bay Area.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations

Matt Brada ‘09
Vice President, Digital Transformation, Capgemini

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I've been a global consultant with Capgemini for the last decade, working mostly with Digital Transformation and partner alliance construction. I live in Dallas, TX.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Pratyush Dave ‘09
Director of Field Application Engineering, Americas, Nordic Semiconductor ASA

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I have 35+years of industry experience leading embedded software development projects, and managing teams. I grew up in India until the age of 15 and have been in the US for over 36 years, and I enjoy hiking, biking, and outdoors in general.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Anil Iyer ‘10
Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, MasterCard

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My name is Anil K Iyer, working with Global Companies, Clients, Customers, Startups and Global Teams in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and ASEAN countries. I live in San Francisco Silicon Valley and grew up in West Germany.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Pivots, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Entrepreneurship

 

Krish Karanam ‘18
Senior Product Manager, Nutanix

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Product leader with experience in building Enterprise Tech and SaaS platforms at Fortune-500 companies and successful startups. Experience of working in varied roles like Product Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Marketing, Pre-Sales and Technical Services.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration Career Pivots, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Cheri Lin ‘15
Software Engineer, Google

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I am a software engineer specialized in networking and system software. I am a parent of two kids and two puppies.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review

 

Priyanshi Mittal ‘18
Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

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I have 9+ years of experience in Software Development and Product Management. Having launched multiple products from discovery through execution both in the enterprise and consumer space, I have a passion for solving complex problems and developing innovative solutions that combine cutting-edge technology with a deep understanding of customers' needs. In my spare time, you will see me spending time in arts and crafts, travel, and photography. I also maintain a travel photography blog and a DIY blog.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Job/Internship Search, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Taciano Moraes ‘15
Product Manager, Staircase

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15+ years of experience, being the last 7 in Product Management, mostly B2B startups. A Brazilian that loves extreme sports, living in Toronto, Canada, with his wife.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Entrepreneurship

Nilay Pal ‘20
Vice President, Software Development Manager, LPL Financial

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16+ years of software engineering; 7+ years as dev manager primarily in Financial Services / FinTech. Based out of Charlotte, NC, I love visiting Smokey mountains and Myrtle beach all around the year.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations, Entrepreneurship

Divya Sabade ‘15
Product Manager, Tekion

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting (via ADPlist.org)

I am an energetic, value driven product manager with 7+ years of experience spread across business strategy and operations, technology consulting and leading cross-functional teams to plan, build, launch and manage SaaS solutions. I am also mom to two very cute little ones. 

I'm available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Interview Practice, Resume Review

Prabhu Saitu ‘19
Senior Software Engineer, Apple

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Over 7 years of experience building & scaling mobile products, in startups mid sized companies and large corporations. I grew up in India and moved to the US to do my masters. I can talk about product development & engineering in the consumer space. Have co-founded a failed startup very early in my career and happy to chat about entrepreneurship.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Job/Internship Search, Networking, Resume Review, Portfolio Review, Entrepreneurship

Lakshmanan Suryanarayanan ‘10
Senior Engineering Manager, Google

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I have 25+ years experience working in various Internet companies starting as a engineer writing code to now managing large teams. I live in Southern California with my wife and 2 daughters.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Resume Review, and Career Coaching/Mentoring, Manager Coaching/Mentoring