It has been 15 years since the Rady School of Management opened its doors to welcome a premier group of students and inspire the next generation of business leaders. Graduates have gone on to lead top companies, and have even launched companies that are leading in their respective industries. Despite less than two decades of operation, the school has reached many remarkable milestones, including earning spots on top ranking lists, launching more than 150 operating student and alumni led startups and graduating students who are now leading global organizations.

Since its founding in 2003, the Rady School MBA program has expanded its curriculum to include additional graduate programs designed to meet the needs of the business world. The Master of Finance, Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Professional Accountancy programs joined the stellar MBA programs offered at the Rady School to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to tackling important issues in all facets of the vast network of global industries.

Through the generous support of the business community, the school has grown exponentially in its 15 years, expanding the ranks of its world-renowned faculty, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovative thinking and significantly contributing to our economy. Here’s a look at the top 15 accomplishments the Rady School has achieved in its first 15 years.

  1. Over 150 operational startup companies have been started by Rady School alumni and students. These startups have revolutionized industries, led to breakthrough medical devices, drastically enhanced the lives of the visually impaired, improved personal wellness monitoring and have forever transformed our world for the better. Many of the startups are a product of the Rady School’s unique Lab to Market core sequence and accelerators.
  2. The Rady School community is driving local, national and global economic impact. Rady School start-ups have raised over $1.1 billion in the last 15 years.
  3. Founded with the intention to provide quality business education to leaders in innovative industries, the Rady School has launched distinguished graduate programs to serve the needs of the business community, including the school’s flagship Full-Time MBA and FlexMBA programs, which are already recognized among the best.
  4. In addition to the MBA programs, three specialty graduate programs have been launched: a Master of Finance, a Master of Science in Business Analytics and a Master of Professional Accountancy.
  5. The school also has three robust undergraduate programs, a business minor, an accounting minor, and a entrepreneurship and innovation minor, all of which are among the most popular minors on the UC San Diego campus.
  6. Rady School faculty are recognized as leaders for the quality of their research. Over the past 15 years, the school’s faculty have been ranked #1 in the U.S. for intellectual capital by Bloomberg Businessweek, 14th globally for faculty research by the Financial Times and 12th globally in student rating of teaching quality by The Economist.
  7. Since its inception, the school has received strong support from the business community. The school’s many supporters have been generous with their time and with gifts to support the mission of the school. Notable gifts include: a $100 million gift from Ernest and Evelyn Rady to fund strategic priorities and recruit faculty; a $4 million legacy gift and endowed chair from Nobel Laureate and Rady School Professor Harry Markowitz and his wife Barbara, a $30 million naming gift from Ernest and Evelyn Rady, a $7 million gift from Pauline and Stanley Foster for fellowships and an endowed chair, and a $5 million gift from Carol and William Stensrud for program development and faculty recruitment.
  8. The Rady School has established five Centers of Excellence: the California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID), the Beyster Institute, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Social Innovation and Impact, the Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation, and the S. – Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability. Each of the school’s centers focuses on a different topic of importance and provides additional learning opportunities and experience for students.
  9. Launched in 2013, the StartR Accelerator at the Rady School is a non-profit program for Rady School students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. The StartR program includes workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies. At the conclusion of the program, teams present their pitches at Demo Day, attended by investors, industry experts and the San Diego community. To date, 61 companies have participated in StartR, raising over $41 million in capital.
  10. The Rady School’s mystartupXX program is a one-of-its-kind accelerator that was created to increase and encourage diversity in entrepreneurship. Program participants take workshops on launching startups, team building, leadership, market assessment, consumer feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models, and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business. Each team works with a mentor and advisors who monitor and encourage their progress.
  11. The Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital investment fund, was established to support the Rady School’s educational objectives in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and transfer of discoveries into the marketplace. Students screen investment leads, perform due diligence, make investment recommendations, and monitor portfolio companies. To date, the fund has invested in five early stage companies.
  12. The Rady School’s Center for Executive Development (CED) offers courses and certificates that provide valuable learning experiences to meet the needs of executives and managers in the rapidly changing world of business. Popular CED courses include: leadership, team building, and interpersonal skills. Executive Development faculty are industry experts, renowned researchers, engaging teachers and authors.
  13. The Rady School’s D. program began in 2009, attracting top doctoral candidates from around the world. Rady School Ph.D. students have gone on to teach at top schools across the U.S. and the globe.
  14. Two state-of-the-art buildings have been constructed to house the Rady School and provide a modern and technology-forward learning space. Otterson Hall opened in 2007 and Wells Fargo Hall Opened in 2012. Wells Fargo Hall has been LEED Gold certified for its sustainable practices.
  15. The Rady School earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 2011. AACSB International is the premier business education accrediting body, with less than five percent of business schools worldwide achieving accreditation.


August 2, 2018 0 comment
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Uri Gneezy’s research focuses on putting behavioral economics to work in the real world, where theory can meet application. How do incentives motivate people to work harder or change their behavior? These are questions often asked by behavioral economists – researchers who study psychology as it relates to the economic decisions.

Gneezy, a professor of Economics and Strategic Management at the Rady School of Management, was recently named one of the top behavioral economists in the world by The Best Schools.

“The work done in the field of behavioral economics can have a profound positive impact on our society, and I’m honored to be included in this group of researchers,” Gneezy said.

Gneezy’s research in the field of behavioral economics has been featured in prominent academic publications, including American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Econometrica. His research has also been referenced in the New York Times, Washington Post, Marketplace, Quartz, TIME, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe and the Economist.

In addition to his scholarly articles, Gneezy penned a book exploring the way field experiments can be used to understand the hidden motives that drive the economic decisions humans make in their daily lives. “The Why Axis,” co-written by John A. List, offers insight into human behavior and how these behaviors impact social, business and economic problems.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Gneezy was named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in trusted insights and analytics that accelerate the pace of innovation. He received the prestigious honor by conducting research that ranks among the top one percent of most cited works in economics during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact.

“The Rady School is privileged to count Uri among the ranks of our world-class faculty,” said Robert Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management. “As one of our founding faculty members, Uri has played a key role in shaping leading-edge research and resulting curriculum in behavioral economics for our students.”

About Gneezy

Gneezy studies topics such as incentives-based interventions to increase good habits and decrease bad ones, the effect of consequences on cheating, Pay-What-You-Want pricing, and the detrimental effects of small and large incentives.

Gneezy is currently working with several firms, conducting experiments using basic findings from behavioral economics to help companies achieve their traditional goals in non-traditional ways.

Before joining the Rady School, Gneezy was a faculty member at the University of Chicago, Technion and Haifa. Gneezy received his Ph.D. from the Center for Economic Research in Tilburg.

July 19, 2018 0 comment
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Last week, we shared where Rady School of Management MBA students are interning this summer. The 2018 Master of Science in Business Analytics cohort recently wrapped up their classes and are spending their summers interning at a number of top companies.  The 1-year program graduates will be finishing their studies later this summer or in early fall after completing their internships.

Here’s where the Master of Science in Business Analytics students can be found this summer.

Master of Science in Business Analytics ‘18 Summer Internships

Mirum Agency
Alphonso Inc.
Bridgepoint Education
Paragon Real Estate Investments
Buyfom, Inc.
Alibaba Group
Sabio Mobile
Red Door
Alphonso Inc
Kiran Analytics
Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.
System 1
First Republic Bank
PowerUp Technology, Inc.
21 Century Fox
Realscloud Technology
MemJet Technology
Affine Analytics


July 13, 2018 0 comment
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Whether they’re interning at top global companies or starting their own businesses, Rady School of Management students are spending their summers advancing their careers with exciting internship opportunities.

MBA students completed their first year of studies in June and will cross the commencement stage next year. Throughout the summer, the MBA students will be working in their desired fields gaining invaluable experience and building extensive networks. Rady School MBA interns can be found at companies such as Tesla, IBM, Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures.

From China to San Diego to Chicago to Tokyo, here’s where in the world Rady School students will be interning this summer:

  • ExxonMobile
  • Genemo, Inc.
  • Beyster Institute
  • IBM
  • BioDuro
  • IBM
  • TuSimple
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Xendee
  • ViaSat
  • KLA Tencor
  • Tesla
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Varian Medical Systems
  • Solar Turbines
  • VAVi Sport & Social
  • 1798 Consultants
  • Beyster Institute
  • Station Casinos
  • RakiRaki Ramen
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Max InterAmericas, Inc.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Roku


July 6, 2018 0 comment
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San Diego has been the epicenter for a startup company revolution for years, launching innovative companies in biotechnology, consumer products, mobile applications, medical devices and more. To cater to the needs of the region, the Rady School of Management integrated startup-centric curriculum to encourage students to develop entrepreneurial skills necessary to launching a company or innovating systems and operations at existing companies.

Each year, entrepreneurs and innovators gather at San Diego Startup Week to celebrate the pursuits of local startups and entrepreneurs supporting America’s Finest City’s startup ecosystem. The weeklong event hosts panels, sessions and pitch competitions covering topics relevant to those in the industry. Topics covered marketing strategies, blockchain for startups, design thinking, app development and fundraising for success.

Four Rady School of Management alumni were invited to share their expertise and knowledge as startup experts at a variety of panel sessions.

  • Silvia Mah (MBA ’10) led three sessions – From Bench to Blockbuster, which explored how to turn an idea into a fully-functioning company, Choosing Your Unique Path for Passionate Entrepreneurs, and San Diego Startup Ecosystem, a panel analyzing the current state of San Diego’s startup scene and evaluating future projections. Mah is a startup expert, with two businesses dedicated to launching startups developed by women and minorities.
  • Lauren Lindner (MBA ’15), Director of Strategy for Brain Corp, hosted a talk titled Scaling an Artificial Intelligence Business: How to go from Local to Global. Brain Corp develops artificial intelligence technology with cloud-based capabilities.
  • Marcos Rivera (’07) spoke in part A and B of the Hiring Product Managers: The Who, What, When, and Why for Success. The two-part series explored the intricacies of hiring the right people for the complex position. Rivera works as a Program Director of Product Management for Vista Equity Partners.
  • Julio de Unamuno (MBA ’14) was a speaker in the panel titled Minorities Doing Crazy Sh*t. The diverse panel featured minorities who are leading startups in San Diego. De Unamuno’s company LabFellows, a Rady School StartR Accelerator alum, created a platform that simplifies the logistical needs of life science companies.

UC San Diego also hosted a Pedicab Pitch competition, which featured three experts judging pitches from participants. More than 40 people participated in the event, showcasing their 90 second pitches in one of downtown San Diego’s most popular forms of transportation – the pedicab.

July 3, 2018 0 comment
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Each year, the graduating Rady School of Management MBA cohorts honor their favorite professors who guided and enriched their experience throughout the course of the two-year MBA program. The annual Teaching Awards serve as an opportunity to acknowledge the top-tier education and counseling Rady School faculty provide their students.

The awards are separated into two categories – Most Valuable Professor and Excellence in Teaching. Four professors received Most Valuable Professor, and one professor earned the Excellence in Teaching award from both the Flex and Full-Time cohort.

2018 Rady Teaching Award Recipients

Most Valuable Professor Terrence August – FlexMBA 2018

Terrence August has industry experience in information technology, consumer products and software and researches the economics of software, information security and more.

Most Valuable Professor Ayelet Gneezy – Full-Time 2018

Ayelet Gneezy is a professor of Behavioral Economics with focuses on pricing, social preferences, prosocial behavior and more. She leads the annual Global Business Immersion trip in Israel and teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and global innovation.

Most Valuable Professor Vincent Nijs – Full-Time 2018

Vincent Nijs is a marketing expert and helps run the Rady School Master of Science in Business Analytics. He teaches Topics in Marketing: Customer Analytics.

Most Valuable Professor – Kimberly Davis King – Full-Time 2018

Kimberly Davis King is an expert in the field of entrepreneurship, with more than 17 years of experience in the venture capital industry. She teaches workshops in the flagship Rady School Lab to Market program.

Excellence in Teaching – Hyoduk Shin – Full-Time 2018

Excellence in Teaching – Hyoduk Shin – FlexMBA 2018

Hyoduk Shin’s research focuses on supply chain, software and network security and forecasting. Professor Shin recently taught the Operations, Information Systems, & Data Analysis course at the Rady School.




June 28, 2018 0 comment
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Culminating a successful year of learning and growing, the most recent Rady School of Management Lab to Market FlexWeekend 2018 cohort wrapped up its final class with a pitch presentation event highlighting the top three teams of the cohort. The signature Rady School course sequence exposes students to every step of the entrepreneurial process, from idea development to compiling a go-to market strategy, culminating in the presentations as the capstone course.

Over the yearlong sequence, 12 teams were launched with companies ranging from medical diagnostic development to patient advocacy software. The top three teams were recently selected to pitch in front of a panel of experts to showcase the high caliber entrepreneurial efforts of the graduating cohort.

Panel experts included Tim Rueth, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC San Diego and investor; Greg Horowitt, a co-founder and managing director at T2 Venture Capital; Richard E. Campbell, a partner at Procopio; Gioia Messenger, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Avaak Inc.; and Robert Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management.

The three teams selected to pitch in the Lab to Market finals — Akira, Beggy and mezhAir — displayed the diverse talents of the graduating cohort. Akira was the first team to pitch at the event.

The medical diagnostic industry is booming, and a group of Rady School students are developing the next big thing – microneedle technology for drug delivery. Akira, developed by Shamal Mehta (MBA ’18), Ph.D. and Christpher Westropp (MBA ’18), M.D., has come up with a solution similar to the EpiPen to treat severe allergic reactions and drug overdoses. The Akira technology is painless, cheaper to produce and less susceptible to user error.

Inspired by being a working mother on the go, Rady School graduate Suvi Tanninen (MBA ’18) developed Beggy, a stylish and functional “smart” purse with wireless charging capabilities. The purse is designed to be customizable to fit the needs of each customer with inserts designed to charge a number of electronics, as well as a rechargeable battery fitted at the bottom of the purse to ensure connectivity.

The final group to present was mezhAir, a system that measures the amount of a microscopic and harmful pollutant, PM 2.5. Recent research indicates that excessive levels of the pollutant can lead to a number of respiratory problems and lung cancer. Colin Lober (MBA ’18) and John Walsh’s (MBA ’18) company mezhAir created a way to measure the level of PM 2.5 in a space, bringing awareness to the pollutant and encouraging solutions to eradicate the issue.

After each presentation, the panelists provided valuable feedback to the teams on potential product improvements, suggestions for reaching larger audiences and advice on how to address potential entrepreneurial pitfalls.

Although the Lab to Market sequence has come to an end for the FlexWeekend 2018 cohort, the marketability and profitability of their companies has inspired the recent graduates to continue working on their projects.

Del Foit, a lecturer at the Rady School of Management, shared his satisfaction with the recent graduated cohort.

“These three projects show the depth and breadth of our students’ capabilities to recognize a market need and create functional products and solutions to meet these needs,” Foit said. “Their commitment to their innovative ideas have resulted in some amazing companies that will have a positive impact on the way we live, work and play.”

June 20, 2018 0 comment
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As the school year comes to a close at UC San Diego, another fantastic group of students crossed the commencement stage, earning Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance (MFin), Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) and Ph.D. degrees

Rady School Dean Robert Sullivan kicked off the momentous occasion by welcoming everyone to the event and honoring the friends and family present who helped support the graduates on their path to pursuing higher education.

“Today is a day of recognition and celebration,” Dean Sullivan said. “First I would like all of us – especially today’s graduates – to recognize the commitment, sacrifice, and hard work of the families and friends of today’s graduates. You’ve helped make this day possible! Congratulations to you, the family and friends.”

The largest graduating class of 2018 was the MFin cohort with 136 graduates. The MBA cohorts graduated 127 students and the MSBA cohort graduated 54 students. This year, there were also two students who received Ph.D.s in Management.

Before degrees were conferred to the graduates, Rafael Pastor – a celebrated force in executive leadership – delivered the keynote address to the graduates and attendees.

Graduates of the MBA program will head to companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, General Motors and Dexcom. Master of Science in Business Analytics graduates earned positions at stellar companies, including 21st Century Fox, Qualcomm and Expedia. Master of Finance graduates found success with leading organizations, earning jobs at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Encore Capital and Guided Choice.

In addition to joining prestigious companies, many graduates have found success launching their own startups. From breweries to medical devices to a product that brews the perfect cup of coffee on the go, graduates embracing the entrepreneurial skills learned at the Rady School are choosing to pursue their startups full-time after graduation.

George Bryan Cornwall, a graduate of the FlexWeekend MBA Class of 2018 was selected to give the student commencement address. In his speech, Cornwall celebrated the achievements of his cohort and lauded the Rady School for its commitment to honoring its mission statement.

“We have all emerged from this experience at the Rady School with new skills and new perspectives,” he said. “We also have a broader, extensive and growing family that we are part of. One of the most important factors was the chance to interact with an elite cohort of people. People I would be proud to call colleagues and comrades.”

An accomplished alum in the financial sector was invited to give the alumni address. Bosco Lujan (MBA ’12), a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, welcomed the newest graduating cohorts to the robust Rady School alumni network.

“You didn’t just obtain a graduate degree today, you are now official bearers of the Rady name,” Lujan said. “As you become successful, always look back to your Alma Mater, cherish what you’ve received, and assess all you can give back.”

The event concluded with remarks from Dean Sullivan honoring and congratulating the graduates on their hard work.

“To our graduates: today you join an elite group of approximately 1500 Rady alumni who continue to make measurable, positive impact both locally and around the world,” Dean Sullivan said. “Our entire Rady School community celebrates and congratulates you; we are so proud of all of your accomplishments.”

June 18, 2018 0 comment
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The Master of Finance (MFin) program at the Rady School of Management was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top MFin programs in the world. The Financial Times ranking is the first major ranking for the Rady School MFin program, which launched in 2014 and was eligible to be ranked by the publication for the first time in 2018. The Financial Times used data from the school’s first MFin class for its 2018 ranking.

The program received high marks for its percent of female students (highest among U.S. ranked schools), international students (3rd highest among U.S. ranked schools) and international faculty (2nd highest among U.S. ranked schools). It the only MFin program ranked in California and it placed 14th in the U.S. and 65th globally.

“I am delighted the MFin program at the Rady School has been recognized for its excellence,” said Master of Finance Program Executive Director Michael Melvin. “Although it is still very new, it is clear the program has achieved excellence in a competitive global market. We look forward to growing the recognition of our program in the coming years.”

The Financial Times Master of Finance ranking is a highly-regarded ranking based on information provided by schools and a survey of school MFin alumni. The school survey constitutes 42% of the ranking’s total weight, while the alumni survey 58% of the ranking’s weight.

The Rady School MFin program provides rigorous, hands-on training to prepare graduates to immediately contribute in environments where quantitative and analytical skills are at a premium. Students learn leading-edge methods for analyzing big data for financial decision-making and risk management. The program’s emphasis on quantitative models and methods ensures graduates are equipped to develop innovative solutions to the complex problems facing the financial industry.

For more information about the Master of Finance program at the Rady School, visit the program website.


June 18, 2018 0 comment
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From young and eager innovators with big ideas to career professionals looking to revamp their industries, entrepreneurs come in many forms. The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is committed to fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship by making it accessible to all through a number of programs, accelerators and community partnerships. A recent event targeted a very specific audience and highlighted the new Veteran Ventures Accelerator housed in the Rady School of Management.

Throughout the years, a growing number of veteran students at the Rady School are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, launching sustainable startup companies out of programs offered by the School, such as Lab to Market and the StartR Accelerator.

Sean Haggerty, founder and president of Protector Brewery, took advantage of the Lab to Market program to help his brewery get off the ground. Since completing the Lab to Market sequence and graduating from the Rady School, his brewery has grown significantly, launching a number of beers and securing a brick and mortar location in San Diego.

Haggerty recently spoke at an event highlighting veteran entrepreneurship at UC San Diego.

“The Rady School of Management was integral in the success of Protector Brewery,” Haggerty said. “There are a number of accelerators and incubators at the UC San Diego that serve veteran students and support their unique needs and abilities.”

Globier, a veteran-founded company launched at the Rady School, is also making waves in the food and beverage industry. Noticing a lack of beer in the nightclub industry, Joshua Schaffer (MBA ’17) worked with a fellow student to launch the world’s first glow-in-the-dark brew.

Another Rady veteran pursued a startup in the healthcare industry. Ryan Ruehl (MBA ’18), a Marine veteran, worked with fellow Rady alum Jon Wilensky (MBA ’17) to develop Braykion – a wearable sensor paired with technology that encourages healthcare workers to wash their hands, preventing spreadable infections.

The Rady School launched Veteran Ventures, an accelerator dedicated to helping veterans turn business ideas into functioning companies in 2017. The 10-week program supports veterans interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial process, introducing them to mentors and helping them scale their ideas into successful enterprises. The program is free and open to the community.

Recognizing the former military students bring specialized skills and experience to the School, the Rady School Admissions team worked to provide active duty and veteran students fee waivers for the application to the School as a thank you for their services.

“Veterans bring a unique set of experiences and leadership to the MBA classroom.  The insight they bring adds a great deal of depth and exposure to students who pursued a very different civilian career,” said Jay Bryant, Director of Admissions at the Rady School. “Rady Admissions offers application fee waivers and specialized one on one admissions advising sessions for applicants.  Once a current student, veterans have access to a tight-knit network and resources from UC San Diego’s Veteran Resource Center.”

As more veterans join the Rady School of Management community network, the School is eager to continue to cater to the population to support and grow their entrepreneurial skillset.

June 15, 2018 0 comment
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