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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.

MSSM Alumniii

Frank Gutierrez ‘10
Director, Software Engineering, Zendesk

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Cutting-edge Software Development and Product Management executive leader optimizing dynamic, scalable web applications and obtainable enterprise products.

I’m available to chat about:

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

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

Biju Joseph Jacob ‘18
Engineering Manager, Meta Platforms Inc (WhatsApp)

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Avid software developer experienced in building large scale low-latency software systems. Currently lead engineering teams responsible for Business Integrity at WhatsApp.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Networking, Resume Review, Offer Considerations/Negotiations

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

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

 

Matt Brada ‘09
Vice President, Digital Transformation, Capgemini

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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

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

David Oh ‘12
Principal Product Manager, Dell Technologies

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I have more than 15 years of product management experiences in Cloud and Telecom industries. I like creating product features/ solutions that addresses to customer and business problems.

I’m available to chat about:

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

Xinyong Lyu ‘20
Software Engineer, eBay

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I have 1.5 years of backend software engineer experience till now. I grew up in Hangzhou, China and now live in the SF Bay Area.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Networking

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

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

MIIPS Alumniii

Anya Gipsov ‘20
Product Manager, WebMD

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Up until one year out of iii, I was building up my career to disrupt the beauty industry, but along the way I found my passion for developing service centered, effective educational products. I'm Ukranian-American from the DMV, and am currently in NYC becoming a pro [home] chef, hobby stylist, and community member.

I’m available to chat about:

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

Chenyu Wang ‘16
Senior UX Designer, Amazon Web Services

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6+ years of driving UX strategy and deliverables to launch enterprise products and features from 0 to 1. I grew up in China and now live in the Seattle area.

I’m available to chat about:

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

Cem Ergin ‘19
Software Engineer, Revel

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I have been working as a Full Stack Software Engineer for the last two years, primarily at start-ups of different sizes. I was born & raised in Istanbul but now live in New York City.

I’m available to chat about:

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

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

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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

Seema Bansal ‘19
Product Manager II, Microsoft

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

Rahul Sekar ‘20
Venture Capital Analyst, Magna International

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting

I am passionate about enabling and facilitating teams to create something meaningful together. I have made multiple career pivots in my 5+ years of experience. I started as a Mechanical Engineer, switched to Product Management, and more recently as a Venture Capital Analyst. In my free time, I like to play chess(I have a lofty goal of reaching 2000 Elo by 2030), read(mostly non-fiction), and learn to cook new Indian dishes.

I’m available to chat about:

  • Career Exploration, Career Pivots, Networking

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