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Graduate Assistants 2016-17

Matt Foust

Matt is originally from northwest Indiana. He graduated from Purdue in 2010 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  Shortly after graduating, he moved to Houston to work for Halliburton.  He spent over 5 years with Halliburton in the cementing product service line at the Fresno, TX facility.  In this time, he progressed from an associate technical professional, a trainee, to a senior technical professional where he managed an engineering team of 3 as well as overseeing all technical aspects of the cementing field camp reaching $1.2 million/month in revenue.  Matt began the MBA program at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management in August of 2016.  Outside of work and school, his main hobby is powerlifting, and he also owns two rescue dogs.

Humphrey Kanyoke

Humphrey is from Ghana, West Africa. He has a BA (Sociology) from the University of Ghana, with a 2009 graduation date. In the past year, he has worked as the Business  Development Manager for Peach Health, a tech Start-Up based in the U. S but with operations in Ghana that develops electronic medical records and other applications and platforms for hospitals, pharmacies, medical laboratories and patients. Humphrey developed the current country roll-out strategy being used by Peach in Ghana, built a client base of hospitals and clinics, developed the marketing strategy being used currently, built partnerships with various government agencies and interest groups key to the company's operations, and built the Peach brand from scratch. Prior to that, Humphrey managed various projects for a health research organization, the Kintampo Health Research Center, in Kintamp, Ghana from 2009-2014. He started out managing 3 modules of a Bill Gates Foundation sponsored project, INNESS, during which he supervised 7 people. I then managed a project site for 4 years, handling two World Health Organization projects with a combined study population of over 30,000 and supervising over 80 workers. Humphrey also managed the first ever Behavior-change project undertaken by the organization and helped develop protocols to guide similar projects in future.

Viren Tulsian

MBA 2016 | President, Krannert Operations Club | Graduate Assistant, DCMME & GSCMI

Viren Tulsian is a second year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentrations in operations and supply chain management. This summer, Viren worked as a Pathways Operation Manager Intern at Amazon. Here Viren studied the Operational practices at the Fulfilment Center and developed an Integer Programming model to solve for optimum scheduling of truck departures. Prior to joining Purdue, Viren worked for 4 years as a Supply Chain Manager in the Automobile Industry, at Tata Motors Ltd. In this role he worked with suppliers to resolve quality concerns with products, this gave him familiarity to advanced problem solving techniques. In addition, he was also part of new product development, using APQP methodology for development of new products.

Hyejin Kim

Hyejin Kim is a second-year MBA student at Krannert School of Management. Originally from South Korea, she has seven years of experience in global procurement, new product development,

and marketing. Hyejin has skills in strategic planning and analytical problem solving across technology, manufacturing, and consumer goods industries. Throughout her career, she led strategic sourcing initiatives across multiple business units and implemented end-to-end new product development processes in three continents (Asia pacific, North America, and South America).

After working for 5 years as a global sourcing buyer, Hyejin realized that technology is rapidly transforming all business sectors and decided to leverage her experience from fast-moving consumer goods in the technology industry. In summer 2016, she developed a global market strategy for Spensa Technologies and also led a process improvement project in procurement at TVS Motors in India. Hyejin serves as Vice President of External Affairs on Operations Club, and is actively involved in Krannert Graduate Marketing Association and Graduate Women in Business clubs.

Gisela Condado

MBA 2016 | President, Krannert Operations Club | Graduate Assistant, DCMME & GSCMI

Gisela Condado is a second year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentrations in operations and supply chain management. Originally from Venezuela, Gisela graduated as Summa Cum Laude Production Engineer and later worked for 3 years in the supply chain department of multinational companies such as Cargill and Novartis.

Most recently as demand planner at Novartis, Gisela represented the supply chain single point of contact of 12 international plants located in North America, South America and Europe, as well as participated in cross-functional teams in domains such as strategic purchasing, sales & operations planning (S&OP), global launching and inventory management.

During the summer, Gisela worked as an Operation Manager Pathways Intern at Amazon, where she had the opportunity to manage the initial stages of a new self-service tool that will support customers solve their problems in a targeted and fast way, while reducing operational costs for Amazon. This position gave her the opportunity to successfully coordinate 10 cross functional teams at Amazon and find a professional fit in the peculiar working hard and having fun culture of the company.

Akshit Bajpai

MBA 2016 | VP of Technology and Administration- Krannert Graduate Students Association | VP of Case Competition- Krannert Operations Club

Akshit is a first year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentration in Operations and Finance. He is from India, where he graduated as Mechanical Engineer from University of Pune and worked for 5 years in Supply Chain Management for Honeywell Turbo Technologies.

Akshit handled various roles in Supply Chain in Honeywell and most recently handled dual responsibilities of customer planner and Demand and Production Planner, where he was responsible for customer demand management of selected customers and also participated in global processes for total sales planning, production and Inventory planning for his plant. Within Krannert, Akshit is Vice President of Technology for Krannert Graduate Students Association and Vice President for Case Competitions for Krannert Operations Club.

During the summer Akshit was interning with Techshot Lighting in Greenville Indiana. There he worked on preparing an export plan and work on financial projections and operations setup for local orders for Techshot Lighting. Akshit utilized his knowledge of operations, finance and strategy to achieve his internship goals.

Joey Meisberger

MBA 2016 | Krannert Graduate Program Student Mentor | Krannert Fitness Club Member | Krannert Operations Club Member

Joey Meisberger is a second year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentrations in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Joey completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Prior to coming back to Purdue, he worked for 1 year as a contract Mechanical Design Engineer for Sikorsky Aircraft and almost 4 years as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Juno Lighting Group. In his time as a contractor for Sikorsky he researched and designed engineering changes for their commercial and military helicopters, primarily dealing with their Blackhawk platform. In his time at Juno Lighting Group he designed over 25 new product commercial LED lighting fixtures and spearheaded 7 major new product launches as the lead engineer.

During the summer Joey did his internship at Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, OH, where he was an Air Conditioning Sales and Marketing Intern. He created an OEM Account Readiness Tool for the Department of Energy’s new commercial regulatory changes. He also justified multiple new product compressor business cases and optimized a compressor Kanban and inventory stocking plan for FY 2016. He not only utilized his engineering background and operations and supply chain knowledge in his time at Emerson, but he also developed strong sales and marketing skills while contributing to one of the leaders in the HVAC industry.

Pablo Martinez

MBA 2016 | VP of Communications – Krannert Graduate Students Association | VP of Communications Krannert Chinese Business Association | President of Krannert Toastmasters Club | Treasurer – Krannert Energy Club

Pablo comes from Venezuela with a bachelor diploma in Electrical Engineering, and 3 years work experience in B2C and B2B transactions. After that, he worked for the Generation Dept at the largest electric service supply in Venezuela before moving into the service industry.

He later found his passion in customer service and operations when he joined Eurobuilding International Hotel enterprise. A year later, he was granted the opportunity to join Krannert School of Management where he now focuses on service operations and supply chain.

Over the summer, Pablo was running the Miranda Restaurant’s Administration and Training at EB Hotel Miami, located at the vicinity of Miami International Airport. He successfully developed the training guidelines for his position and helped the corporate executives to launch what is going to be the new face of such business.

Matt Jung

MBA 2017

Matt Jung is a second year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentrations in finance and strategic management. Originally from Hawaii, Matt earned a degree in biology with a minor in biochemistry from Brigham Young University Hawaii. Upon graduation he worked for a private government contracting firm in Honolulu.

Prior to coming to Purdue, he worked for 3 years building and overseeing the supply chain department of Pelatron, Inc. As supply chain manager his responsibilities included staffing, training, and streamlining company process to effectively manage all asset and project based material. These initiatives provided Matt with experience in team building, process implementation, and inventory management enhancing his leadership and problem solving capabilities. Over the summer, Matt interned with Y. Hata & Co. Ltd, a large wholesale food distributor in the state of Hawaii. Joining the finance department, he worked closely with the CFO on updating an activity based costing software. His duties included meeting with various department heads to determine costs associated with the company’s various activities. He also led a team that identified losses between unresolved credit memos and returned merchandise.

Taylor Haws

MBA 2017

Taylor Haws is a second year MBA student at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with concentrations in operations and supply chain. Taylor is originally from Arizona and earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from Arizona State University. After graduating from ASU, Taylor worked for two years at State Farm Insurance before coming to Purdue University. Taylor’s most recent role at State Farm was as a Spanish Team Lead in the Express Claims Department. In this role, he directly supported a team of 10-12 Spanish Express associates, as well as 588 other Express associates in nine different locations. Taylor’s main duties were to assist in solving complex claim issues as well as provide coaching for associate development. Additionally, Taylor worked directly with the Estimates, Business Process, and Underwriting departments to streamline the duties of the Express claims associates throughout the entire claims system.