October 14, 2011
  Class of 2011 Earns Top Honors

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Individuals admitted to the Ross Global MBA Program are chosen from a select group of candidates who have accumulated several years of professional experience in the corporate world before joining the program. Global MBA students bring their significant knowledge and experience to classroom discussions, student team interactions, and the Ross community as a whole. With the completion of their MAP project in July, students in the Global MBA Class of 2011 completed the academic requirements of their MBA program. With the recent approval from the University's Board of Regents, the class has officially graduated. Congratulations to the Global MBA Class of 2011!

We offer congratulations to the entire class. In addition, we would like to offer special recognition to class members who have distinguished themselves even further through their outstanding academic performance. In the Global MBA Class of 2011, eleven graduates were recognized for their academic achievements; 6 graduating with High Distinction; 5 with Distinction. "High Distinction" is awarded to those graduates with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and "Distinction" is awarded to those with grade point averages between 3.25 to 3.499. Congratulations to the outstanding Global MBA graduates, listed below, who completed the program with honors.

The following students graduated with the academic honor of high distinction:

Koji Koyakumaru

Nippon Life Insurance Co.

Achariya Leevanichayakul

Chai Prasert Yont Co., Ltd.

Joon Deok Park

Hynix Semiconductor

Martin Reynoso

C.M. Pineda Realty

Nicholas Shang


Xiaoqi Wang

NS Solutions Corp.


The following students graduated with the academic honor of distinction:


Ukrit Archapairoj

Kasikornbank PCL

Masashi Nishio

ITOCHU Corporation

Jae-Hyun Oh

Maeil Business Newspaper

Masaru Tarui

SKY Perfect JSAT Corp

Hirofumi Yamazaki

McKinsey & Company, Inc.


  Global MBA Leader in Thought and Action

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – On June 23, 2011 at the annual Global MBA dinner, Professor E. Han Kim, Director of the Global MBA Program, presented the Ross Leaders in Thought and Action Award to Class of 2011 President, Masashi Nishio of ITOCHU Corporation. The award is an honor presented to graduating MBA students who have distinguished themselves and have made a significant and lasting impact on the Ross community through their innovative ideas and leadership talents. Masashi is pictured here receiving the award from Professor Kim.


Masashi was recognized for being a leader among his peers throughout the program. As class president, he led the class in social and academic events throughout the program; including spearheading fundraising efforts for the March 2011 tragedy in Japan. He actively pursued relationships outside of the comfort of the Global MBA class to expand his network to include MBA’s from all other Ross programs and his assistance in helping Class of 2012 students acclimate to the program and prepare for their experience in Ann Arbor was invaluable. We are grateful to Masashi for his contributions to the program.

  Michigan Football

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - On Saturday, October 1, the Class of 2012 joined more than 111,000 other football fans at Michigan Stadium as Ross' East Asia Management Development Center hosted them to an afternoon of Michigan Football. The students pictured below were all smiles in spite of the cool weather. The noon game had a chilly start, but the Wolverine's turned up the heat throughout the stadium as they worked their way to a win over the University of Minnesota.   


The Wolverines dominated the first half of the game with a score of 31-0 at the break. The team remained strong in the second half resulting in a 58-0 win for their Big Ten opener. The following weekend, October 8, the team won the match against Northwestern boosting their overall record to 6-0 where it stands today.


Michigan Stadium, also known as the 'Big House', is the home of Michigan Football. As one of the country's most classic, widely recognized sport facilities, Michigan Stadium has come to symbolize the pride, tradition and excellence of the University of Michigan.

  Excellence in Teaching

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Hyun Soo Ahn, Associate Professor of Operations Management, was selected by the Global MBA Class of 2011 as the recipient of the sixth annual Global MBA Award for Teaching Excellence. The Global MBA class openly acknowledges the efforts of one core faculty member each year by honoring them with the award. Professor Ahn, who taught the business statistics core course, won the distinction and was presented with a keepsake plaque in June, 2011.  Pictured here, Professor Ahn receives the award from Professor E. Han Kim, Global MBA Program Director.

Professor Ahn holds a PhD in industrial and operations engineering from U-M. His research focuses on designing and managing production and service systems. His articles on supply chain management, flexible workforce, and revenue management have appeared in leading journals, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. In addition to the Global MBA, Professor Ahn also teaches in the BBA, MBA, Master of Supply Chain Management, and Executive MBA programs at Ross, delivering courses in management science, statistics, and supply chain analytics. He also regularly supervises student projects.

  Keep in Touch
A reminder to Class of 2011 graduates, as you settle in back home, please stay connected. Be sure to update your address in iMpact at http://www.bus.umich.edu/AlumniCommunity/AddressUpdate.htm and in Wolverine Access via the Student Services Center. Also remember to forward your umich email address to the email account that you'll use most frequently. It only takes a minute, details are available at http://www.bus.umich.edu/AlumniCommunity/EmailForLife/default.htm.

For questions or concerns regarding this newsletter, contact:

The Global MBA Program

Editor, EAMDC Newsletter


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