The Rady School of Management StartR Accelerator is a popular aspect of the MBA program. The non-profit accelerator program provides tools and a space for students and alumni need to start and grow their businesses. While in the program, participants can utilize workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies.

Seven teams were admitted into the prestigious accelerator.

BarStar maximizes weight training by preventing injuries and plateaus for athletes.

 

Cool2Zero develops unique and proven technology to reduce electricity use in large commercial coolers and freezers by up to 40% and increase equipment life by up to 200%. Savings of thousands of dollars each month can be realized.

 

 


Intelligent, content-adaptive video compression.

 

 

Greyble is reducing water footprints on residential properties with an appliance that recycles indoor wastewater for outdoor irrigation.

 

 

 

USYNO is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and China Yuan.

 

 

Veocor pioneers software technologies that will reduce cost and improve quality of care by identifying patients at increased risk of stroke who benefit from anticoagulation.

 


Weighty Corn LLC provides technologies for removing fiber from corn.

 

November 8, 2017 0 comment
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The mystartupXX program is a one-of-its-kind accelerator that was created to increase and encourage diversity in entrepreneurship. Participants take part in mystartupXX workshops focused on various aspects of launching startups – team building, leadership, performing a market assessment and obtaining customers’ feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models, and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business. Each startup works with a mentor and meet regularly with advisors to monitor and encourage their progress.

Seven teams recently joined the mystartupXX accelerator.

 

Amniotic Wrap is a wearable device for mothers with postpartum depression to aid in bonding with their children and alleviate their challenges.

 

Brandpackers helps mid-sized companies establish an on-campus presence by training student ambassadors that can grow your brand and discover talent.

 

HapiFlo is a data-driven audio-guided yoga app that provides personalized breath and alignment instructions during yoga sequences to empower busy people to take control of their stress and to better their health.

 


A mobile platform for helping businesses discover and employee women looking for short term remote work.

 

 

 

SafetyNow will provide a quick background check on violent crimes.

 

 

Sage Well offers Asian health conscious teas, snacks, and products translated for the US consumer market tastes, quality, and regulations.

 

UsYNo is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and China Yuan.

 

November 7, 2017 0 comment
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Gone are the days of businesses born with the sole purpose of earning profits. Social entrepreneurship – which focuses on developing businesses that raise profits while also addressing social, environmental and cultural issues – are gaining momentum in today’s business landscape.

The rise of social entrepreneurship inspired the Rady School of Management’s newest business development hub – the Social Venture Accelerator.

Inspired by a need to support socially-conscious business endeavors, Lada Rasochova and Kim Davis King worked to create the latest Rady School installment in support of entrepreneurial pursuits dedicated to making the world a better place.

“Recognizing a need for a program geared toward developing and sustaining socially conscious businesses, the Rady School of Management launched the Social Venture Accelerator,” said Rasochova, executive director of the California Institute for Innovation and Development and director of the mystartupXX and StartR accelerators. “The establishment of this accelerator will pave the way for future innovative and social entrepreneurs to develop products, services and initiatives that will positively impact the world for years to come.”

The program consists of six sessions covering topics ranging from business model development to fundraising. The final session serves as a pitch presentation where participants will share the fruits of their labor with peers and potential investors.

King — co-director of StartR and mystartupxx and an adjunct professor at the Rady School – shared the benefits of the program.

“The workshops provide participants the opportunity to research, discuss and critically reflect upon the landscape and impact of social enterprises and non-for-profits,” she said. “We take a business approach to develop a social business model canvas and utilize advanced lean startups and customer development principles for social ventures. This hands-on workshop covers the techniques and methods.”

The Social Venture Accelerator is funded by the Center for Social Innovation and Impact – a center dedicated to inspire students and alumni to address the big issues and big challenges our society is facing. The development and launch of the accelerator is one of the actions that Rady is taking as part of our role in the broader Changemaker Campus plan at UC San Diego, which encourages the campus community to actively engage in serving the global community.

October 27, 2017 0 comment
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The Rady School of Management is home to San Diego’s  number one MBA program, as well as top-ranked Master of Finance and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs. But not everyone aims to pursue a degree – some are interested in building specific skills, such as public speaking, leadership and finance. Enter the Center for Executive Development.

Housed in the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, the center is home to a variety of courses covering topics from Social Media Marketing to Microsoft Excel to Compassion in the Workplace. Designed with professionals in mind, these foundational courses set the stage for participants to develop skills to help them succeed in the workplace.

If you are looking to take your skills to the next level, a certificate program is right up your alley. Executive Education is currently home to eight certificate programs designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of skills, such as leadership to marketing strategy. In order to obtain a certificate, participants are able to choose from an approved list of courses to satisfy the number of hours required for the course.

The most popular certificate programs include Mindful Leadership – which covers skills and practices to develop more empathetic and compassionate leaders – and the Leadership certificate – a program with an emphasis on coaching, mentorship and time management. So far, 15 of these certificates have been granted to participants in these programs this year.

“We are finding that the Certificate Program has been a great incentive for those who want to develop their professional skills,” said Jeannie Campanella, who heads business development for Executive Education. “Once participants have a few classes under their belt, they seem to have the motivation and desire to go for a certificate since it is a quick way to update their resume with the most relevant and current information.”

Emily Hart, the marketing manager at Dudek, felt the need to get back in the classroom to sharpen her skills and develop her leadership capabilities. She decided to take the Mindfulness in the Workplace course to get a better understanding of how to create and foster a cohesive and compassionate environment at work. One course quickly turned into two certificates.

“I started researching programs that would fit my needs and my company’s culture,” Hart said. “The Executive Education program at the Rady School of Management offered the most applicable selection of coursework balancing communication, process, and execution for specific and sometimes overlooked or difficult topics.”

The initial class inspired Hart to continue to take courses with Executive Education. With two certificates under her belt, Hart is adamant that her time with the Rady Center for Executive Development Executive Education has benefitted her career trajectory.

“In my career, I have been able to use the techniques I learned and share them with others to create a similar ‘safe’ space for solving problems in a respectful and efficient manner,” she said. “The cumulative impact of the coursework has been a shift in my approach to be more curious, more of a coach, and to self-correct when bad habits sneak into my behavior.”

Hart, who holds certificates in both Leadership and Mindful Leadership, believes that entry-level employees to chief executive officers can benefit from the programs at Executive Education.

”Even an executive with decades of experience will benefit by unpacking communication tools in the current and incoming workforce climate.”

 

 

 

October 16, 2017 0 comment
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Two extraordinary gentlemen have found their home at UC San Diego’s business school. Both as founders – one as a professor and one as a donor and board member.

What do a well-respected Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences and esteemed philanthropist businessperson have in common? Both have found their home at the Rady School of Management.

Now in its 14th year, the Rady School of Management has celebrated hundreds of accomplished alumni and welcomed many students from diverse backgrounds. But the ongoing success of the school can be likened to two phenomenal individuals – Professor Harry Markowitz and Ernest Rady.

Since its inception, Ernest Rady has been an integral part of the Rady School’s foundation, committing $30 million to name the school in 2004, and $100 million in 2015 with a goal of becoming one of the nation’s best business schools. Additionally, Ernest gave a $1 million matching gift for fellowships in 2014.

Throughout his time with the Rady School, Rady has committed to staying active with the school through frequent visits to campus, delivering lectures, engaging with students and alumni, and supporting future students through his endowed fellowships.

“Our gifts are inspired by an anticipated ROL – return on life,” he said. “We want to do something that will have a lasting legacy and a significant impact. We want the resources that we have been fortunate enough to accumulate to go to help other people.”

Markowitz, who joined the Rady School of Management in 2008, has illuminated the lives of students through engaging lectures, inspiring conversations and tough but rewarding coursework. He received the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing modern portfolio theory, which is a theory on diversifying stocks to get the best returns.

Because of his connection to the Rady School, Markowitz pledged to commit approximately $4 million to establish a fellowship that supports future students. In addition, Markowitz chose to donate his prestigious medals to the school, including the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (Nobel Prize) awarded to Markowitz in 1990; the Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize awarded in 2013; and the John von Neumann Theory Prize awarded in 1989.

“I was trained at the University of Chicago; I taught full-time, part-time and lectured all over the world; but the Rady School and UC San Diego are my home,” said Markowitz. “I am delighted that my legacy will live on at the Rady School.”

Recently, Markowitz, Rady and Rady School Dean Robert Sullivan met to celebrate the accomplishments of Markowitz’s illustrious career. Rady, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, sought Markowitz’s sage advice, asking, “What advice do you have for me as I go through my 80s?”

Harry’s response? “Do what makes you happy.”

Dean Sullivan commended the two bastions of the Rady School for their support and commitment to student success.

“Ernest Rady remains a pillar of our community, and with him, Professor Harry Markowitz,” he said. “For ten years they have helped shine a spotlight on excellence and accomplishment.”

Although the buildings at the Rady School have expanded, the curriculum has been updated to reflect current trends, and thousands of students have crossed the commencement stage, the mission of the school remains the same – to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. A mission created, sustained and happily carried on thanks to the brilliant and compassionate minds of Harry Markowitz and Ernest Rady.

 

October 13, 2017 0 comment
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Six teams recently graduated from the Rady School of Management’s StartR cohort and presented their company pitches to students, staff, faculty and potential investors at the biannual StartR Demo Day event.

Housed in the Rady School of Management, StartR is a non-profit accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. Recently, the Rady School partnered with the Jacobs School of Engineering to form the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur – a program designed to help students gain business acumen, build new ventures, and improve career preparedness. This StartR class was the first graduating cohort to feature students from the Jacobs School of Engineering.

“Since Fall 2013, 51 teams have graduated from StartR,” said Dean Sullivan. “Of those 51 teams, 30 are still operational, meaning 60 percent of these startups have been sustained – that’s a remarkable number.”

The success of StartR teams was reinforced when current student and recent StartR graduate Josh Shaffer (MBA ’18) stopped by to discuss the success of his company, Glöbier. He spoke about how the business is growing and expanding to clubs and venues across San Diego, as well as Las Vegas.

In addition to the sustainability of StartR companies, Dean Sullivan mentioned how the companies are not only alive, but continue to thrive.

“StartR teams have raised about $41 million in capital,” he said. “Currently, 11 teams are housed in the prestigious EvoNexus accelerator.”

StartR Graduating Teams

BarStar maximizes weight training by preventing injuries and plateaus for athletes by applying a precision medicine approach to weightlifting that increases both gym profitability and member health. Rady entrepreneurship minor Austin Fennacy developed a system that allows barbells to capture user data.

FASTech aims to make video streaming and storage faster, easier and more cost effective using intelligent, content-adaptive video compression.

Greyble is reducing water footprints on residential properties with an appliance that recycles indoor wastewater for outdoor irrigation. According to the company, their system has enabled the average user to decrease water consumption by 55 percent each month.

USYNO is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and Chinese Yuan. Current methods are costly and take time to send and receive money, but USYNO enables currency to be exchanged quickly, cheaply and safely.

Veocor Diagnostics uses non-invasive ultrasound imaging diagnostic tool that identifies and quantifies blood flow in the heart to direct anticoagulant prescription.

Weighty Corn LLC provides technologies for removing fiber from corn using sieving and air classification. This process increases the production of ethanol and produces higher quality feed for chickens and hogs.

StartR Awards

After the pitch presentations, Lada Rasochova presented the Spark Award to StartR longtime sponsor Sheppard Mullin for the company’s dedication and contributions to the StartR program, including the incorporation of many of the teams.

Longtime mentor Darrel Drinan was presented with the Guru Award in recognition of his dedication to mentoring teams in each StartR cohort.

“The contributions of Michael Umansky of Sheppard Mullin and Darrel Drinan, as well as all of our program sponsors and mentors, are vital to the success of our teams,” Rasochova said. “We could not do this without them.”

 

October 12, 2017 0 comment
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1)  Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics?

I chose to pursue a MS in Business Analytics degree because I wanted to incorporate analytic techniques into making business decisions. Having skills in analytics is becoming more and more of an advantage across many industries and I wanted to get an edge by adding these skills to my resume.

2) Why did you choose the Rady School?

I chose the Rady School because of its deep integration with both the scientific and industrial community surrounding the San Diego region. I also am very impressed with the Rady faculty and look forward to learning more about how to improve business processes from the curriculum.

3) What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects? 

As an Alum of UC San Diego and an entrepreneur, I am very committed to working toward San Diego’s technological and entrepreneurial environment. Rady is unique because of its consistent focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. With so many great entrepreneurial faculty and students on campus, Rady provides a great environment for anyone with an idea to successfully grow it into a viable venture.

4) What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking Customer Analytics (MGTA 455), Collecting and Analyzing Large Data (MGTA 452), and Business Forecasting (MGTF 405).  Each of these courses will provide great hands on experience to acquire, clean, and visualize relevant datasets. I’m also very eager to start the Business Analytics Capstone project, which will allow me to test out the new skills and put them to work in a real world environment.

5) How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

My perspective on my career has not shifted as I still am very entrepreneurial and project-based. However, my vision has been enhanced by allowing me to see the multitude of situations in which to apply analytics in making better decisions.

6) What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to work on multiple projects in which I can provide consultation for companies and organizations. I especially would like to help startups receive revenue as soon as possible so that they can be more independent and sustain themselves going forward.

7) What advice do you have for prospective students?

I advise prospective students to make the best of their time at Rady and get a head start on all of the resources at UC San Diego. It is never too early to start networking with the faculty, administrators and current students. My decision was highly influenced by my communications with all of these individuals and I am very pleased with my decision.

8) Anything else you would like to share?

It has been a great experience thus far. Rady and UC San Diego are great places to be for entrepreneurs, scientists and those that want to change the future.

October 3, 2017 0 comment
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I graduated from the Rady School of Management with the Flex-Weekend 2017 MBA cohort and since graduation, it has been an incredible journey!  My team and I were bootstrapping Protector Brewery when I enrolled at Rady. The idea for Protector Brewery started in 2010 and we opened for business on June 2, 2017.  I was a Navy SEAL for 11 years I learned that the one variable you can control is the amount of work you put into anything. Although it has been a ton of work, there was so much value in building a company while simultaneously pursuing an MBA because the material in every class was immediately applied to my business plan.  Building a company has been as humbling as my experience in the military.  However, the support from the San Diego community and recognition for creating San Diego’s first and only organic beer company has made it all worthwhile.

Taking some lessons from my marketing class at Rady and my experiences in business thus far, people are very interested in what the goals of a company are, not just the product.  I really enjoy listening to TED Talks and there is a session by Simon Sinek called “How great leaders inspire action” which reinforces that people are inspired by the “why” of a company.  There were a lot of these “why” factors that influenced the seven-year process to start Protector Brewery.  However, there is one important “why” factor which is ranked at the top.

I took a class in my undergrad that quantified the dependence of humans on the environment and had to complete an assignment that measured my carbon footprint.  I plugged information into a program about where I lived, what type of vehicle I drove, how often I bought locally sourced foods, etc …  The result was powerful – if every person on Earth lived the same way I did, it would take 3.5 Earths to sustain that dependency.  In terms of sustainability, I have always felt a personal responsibility to future generations and that “why” has been a powerful factor for the seven years it took to build Protector Brewery from idea to opening (2010-2017).  An important lesson I learned at Rady was to look at the unmet need and understand what “job” your product is satisfying with the consumer.  So, I saw there were no organic beer companies in San Diego, but there were a lot of organic restaurants and supermarkets.  With that in mind, I tried to match my motivations to brew beer and satisfy an unmet need in the market place.

All the professors at Rady were open to letting me use my startup idea for projects in class.  I have found that pursuing a MBA increases your chances of success in a startup.  My Marketing and Brand Management class gave me the tools to lead with our company’s brand.  When I took Marketing Analytics, the data pulled from our analysis showed a high utility value for Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage in a beer.  Taking principles from our New Product Development class, we added a non-alcoholic beverage on tap and to our surprise; customers were mixing the drink with other beers to create more new products. The Negotiations course saved us thousands of dollars when bidding out construction projects to contractors.  My class in Operations helped identify “bottlenecks” in the brewery and calculate our “safety stock” of beer during high demand events.  Lab to Market has been a key component in the strategy development of our company. Creativity and Innovation has propelled us into constantly creating new beer styles and our Hazy IPA, which has been extremely popular, is a product of that initiative.  Finance, Strategy, Business Law & Supply Cost Management have guided our growth in so many ways – even with hiring employees.

I think the journey of an entrepreneur has to start with an intrinsically motivated factor.  There is an element of extrinsic motivation, which is related to making money, but the internal “why” is what I believe propels people past their limits.  In my experience, there is an important commonality that links the journey of a SEAL and an Entrepreneur.  That commonality is that you can give up on your dream anytime you want.  The journey of a startup is so difficult that I often compared it to some hardships I endured when I was a Navy SEAL, just in different ways.  I have learned that pursuing the “why” with the right people will attract positive involvement in the community.

Recently, I was featured on the Stay Wealthy San Diego podcast, which explores the minds and experiences of the entrepreneurs that make the San Diego community interesting and energetic.  They ask entrepreneurs what “wealth” means to them, not necessarily just tied to money. In the interview, I go into depth about our trademark dispute, licensing for breweries, organic application, etc … I also argue that San Diego is starting to rival Silicon Valley in terms of innovation.  Protector Brewery managed to beat everyone to market as San Diego’s first and only organic beer company and we even received a Proclamation Letter signed by Councilmember Chris Cate for that achievement.  Furthermore, we even become a finalist for the 2017 San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) Manufacturing Awards.  Finally, our connection to Rady is still ongoing and we are providing our first lager to the 2017 Rady School of management Oktoberfest!

In summary, I developed a mantra for myself and morphed it into an alliteration to easily remember during the difficult times – Endless exposure, endless experimentation and endless endurance. I accepted that there are no easy days from this point forward and 18-hour workdays are okay.  This is a very important way to frame the journey in your mind because it is a very different path than many of the peers you may measure your workload against.  When it gets tough, keep the destination in mind, but remember that that is ALWAYS the minute-to-minute journey.  The thousands of unfinished tasks and choices to be made in a short period of time will be daunting.  But, if you can appreciate the small victories and be grateful for the daily opportunity to pursue your dream, then I believe you are already successful.

Sean Haggerty (MBA ’17) is a corporate coach, performance coach for SEALFIT and collegiate leadership coach.  He is also the founder and president of Protector Brewery. Haggerty is a Navy SEAL Chief with 11 years experience, 4 deployments to the Middle East & 116 combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He holds a BA in Business from Ashford University & MBA from the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego. 

September 27, 2017 0 comment
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Elaine Kub (MBA ’07) was one of the few students who came to the Rady School of Management directly after earning her undergraduate degree in engineering.

“It was great to learn from classmates who had already been out in the real world, and at the same time to contribute a different kind of wide-eyed energy,” she said. “Our class had a good time harnessing the startup spirit for a multitude of new clubs and organizations. Ultimately, it was the math and analytical skills, refined in Rady’s finance and investment courses, which set me on my professional career trading and writing about the commodity markets.”

  1. What impact has Rady had on your career progression?When I entered the program, I was fairly unsure about what direction I wanted my career to take, but my Rady connections opened my eyes to career opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise known even existed. An idea and a connection will get you just so far, however. It was the knowledge and skillset learned in the classroom which truly made it happen. Without the classes and events at Rady, I would have had no idea there was so many opportunities for funding new business ideas, nor would I have known where to begin the formal process of starting a business.
  2. Has your Rady MBA enabled you to change industries or functional areas or even achieve a promotion?I started with just an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and ended up with a career in the investment industry. That might have been possible without an MBA, but my years at Rady were definitely an inspiration.
  3. What event or realization served as a ‘turning point’ for during your Rady School and/or professional career?After speaking at a conference, someone came up to me and asked for reading recommendations on the topic I was presenting (agricultural commodity prices). It occurred to me that there wasn’t really anything out there. Looking at it in the entrepreneurial mindset taught at Rady, that meant there was a market opportunity! I think having a well-rounded education from Rady gave me the confidence to step up and write my book, which fits well into that particular niche of market opportunity.
  4. What is the most memorable moment from your Rady School experience?Early in the first year, we were individually captured on video, just speaking extemporaneously about ourselves. This was so we would have to watch it and truly see how we appeared to others. That was eye-opening. It really showed me the value of growing up and getting “polished” by business school before going out among others in the real world.
  5. What is the best thing about being a Rady alumni?Always having a great reason to go back and visit beautiful San Diego!
  6. Tell us a fun fact about you, or something people may not know about you.So far I’ve been to five of the seven continents. It’s just the long flight to Australia and the next leg to Antarctica which are holding me back!
September 20, 2017 0 comment
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To tell you about my internship journey, I have to go way back – back to my undergraduate years studying Electrical Engineering in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut. My focus was on renewable energy and my final year project was on simulating the breaking system of hybrid electric cars. After graduation, I faced the reality of the Middle Eastern job market and the absence of jobs in my desired field. My dreams of helping the earth in the sustainability field lost out to the reality of the offer I got from an oil and gas company. Dreams don’t pay the rent.

However, I kept the dream alive, and after getting accepted into the Rady School of Management, I focused my internship search on sustainability. With help from my career advisors I was made aware of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps program. I applied and was accepted.

EDF Climate Corps is a summer fellowship program organized by the Environmental Defense Fund, whereby it selects and trains graduate students and matches them with organizations that have certain energy goals.

I got assigned to Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas. Here are a few fun facts about Huntsville: it has only one small cinema, and I luckily found an apartment that is within walking distance. Downtown Huntsville has a lot to offer, such as several antique shops for the many people who are into antiquing I suppose.

At Sam Houston, I was engaged with the Facilities Management and Energy Management offices to help them achieve their goals of determining their university’s carbon footprint and figuring out ways to conserve energy and money. I knew the latter would be quite challenging since SHSU only paid $0.047/kWh for their electricity, or to those who don’t understand that number: extremely cheap.

I set about gathering utility data from the past three years and calculated the university’s carbon footprint. Then I focused on what I considered the more important aspect: reducing this footprint by focusing on energy efficiency. To my surprise, most of the school was using old fluorescent T8 bulbs that consume a lot of power, therefore, it was perfect for LED retrofits and occupancy sensors. Since the university had a sprawling campus with 241 buildings, I focused my efforts on specific projects: LED retrofits for the parking garage and library, and installing occupancy sensors in 300 bathrooms.

Next, I turned my attention to a major consumer on campus: the residence halls for the students. With around 1,900 rooms and close to 4,000 students, residence halls consume about 25 percent of the university’s water. I checked the rooms and noticed that the faucets and showerheads they use are 2.2 and 2.0 GPM flow rated. Therefore, by changing to 0.35 GPM and 1.25 GPM faucets and showerheads respectively, we can achieve significant water savings.

Finally, during the time I spent on campus, I interacted with some college kids and asked them what they knew about energy efficiency. This being in the heart of Texas, I wasn’t particularly surprised to find out that many had no clue. This gave me the idea to implement an energy awareness campaign, which was not part of my initial plan for the internship. I contacted the marketing department of the university and we collaborated on the implementation. Since I wanted the campaign to be student facing, and since students love hashtags, we created the campaign slogan: #SHSUgoesgreen, which became part of the university’s sustainability logo. We designed brochures with energy saving tips that will be handed out to all the dorm rooms, and we printed t-shirts with our campaign logo for the RAs to wear as they hand the brochures out, promoting conversation about energy efficiency. We will also be interacting with the students on the university’s social media account through our hashtag, and will hold social media contests to promote energy saving behavior.

Of course, it’s easy to say the bulbs or the faucets need to be changed, but it’s very difficult to convince an accountant to part with the money required to do so. That’s where the most important aspect of my internship comes in: I must financially analyze every suggested project, considering initial investments required, possible rebates, and the resulting annual savings.

I can proudly say that the projects I suggested have the potential of achieving around $200,000 in annual savings with a combined NPV of around $1,500,000, and reducing SHSU’s carbon footprint by about 750 metric tons of CO2e annually.

My time at the Rady School helped me use my entrepreneurial skills to implement long lasting changes on the campus. Not too shabby for an ex – oil and gas engineer.

Rawad Abi Saab is an electrical engineer and current Rady MBA candidate. He enjoys being active and participating in activities such as camping, hiking, exercising, swimming and surfing. He is passionate about sustainability and works in the field to ensure future generations are able to enjoy the beauty of  our planet.

 

September 5, 2017 0 comment
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