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Meet the Alumni of MSSM

Our 400+ alumni of the Master of Science in Software Management program are disrupting the ever-changing software industry as technical product managers, entrepreneurs, and more. Rising to the challenge of managing complex software teams, they create valuable solutions at the cross-section of engineering, business, and design.

Their professional accomplishments are recognized each August with the MSSM Return on Education Alumni Award.

Alumni Spotlight

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MSSM Return on Education Alumni Award

Each year, the Integrated Innovation Institute honors an alum of the Master of Science in Software Management program with the Return on Education (ROE) Award. This award recognizes the alum's professional accomplishments since enrolling in the program.

The goal of this award is twofold: to recognize individuals who have successfully applied their education to their professional lives and to inspire students to do the same.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2009: Alok Rishi, Engineering Manager, Apple (Previous CTO & Co-Founder of Khaylo Inc. and Yunteq)
  • 2010: Bertrand Damiba, Senior Product Manager, Google 
  • 2011: Jarek Wilkiewicz, Lead Senior Technical Program Manager - Machine Learning, Google
  • 2012: Shekar Deo and Manoj Rajshekhar, Co-founders of EngageClick (Read News Article)
  • 2013: Ana Pinczuk, Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Anaplan 
  • 2014: Amin Ariana, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Brex
  • 2015: Darel Chapman, Director of Project Management, Intelenex
  • 2016: Giridhar Padmanabh, Senior Director, ServiceNow
  • 2017: Nancy Zayed, Co-founder & CTO, MagicCube, Inc.
  • 2018: Merline Saintil, Head of Operations & Technology, Intuit
  • 2019: Frank Gutierrez, Senior Vice President, Stockpile
  • 2020: Nilesh Jain, Founder and Managing Director,  Clinivantage (Read News Article)
  • 2021: Piyush Gupta, Chief Product Officer, Sounding Board Inc.