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RIT alumni make amazing things happen in the world. Below you will find stories of Saunders College alumni who have gone on to apply their business degrees in successful and meaningful ways. For more information on Saunders alumni who have been recognized by the RIT Alumni Association through several  major awards, please visit the following webpages:


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Saunders Graduate Alumni Spotlights

Saunders College of Business students come from around the globe to study and learn the skill necessary to apply in to real-world business solutions. Upon graduation, our alumni pursue ambitious careers and make the successful transition into the workforce. We couldn't be more proud to showcase a few of our Saunders alumni as they reflect on their RIT experience.


Emily Duke

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

"I would recommend RIT because I feel the degrees offered are worth the time and money. The goal is to prepare you for the real world."

Employer: Cuba Memorial Hospital

Home Country: United States

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Carmen Carbone

MBA in Accounting, Class of 2015

"The feeling of accomplishment has never been so great.."

Employer: PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

Hometown: United States

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Harsh Gupta

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 1999

"My company is beating the industry trend each year and registering growth of 15 - 20% year to year. I have no words to thank RIT enough for this."

Employer: Precision Stamping

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Emily Hart

Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures, Class of 2015

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Seating, Inc.

Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Bokang Khoarai

Master's in Management, Class of 2015

“I loved simulations and the capstone project, as they gave me near practical experience and a chance to apply the concepts taught."

Employer: Nalane

Home Country: Lesotho

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Pallav Mazumdar

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2011

“The professors were all top notch and they brought in so many of their real life experiences in our classes that the studying part became more relatable and not just textual."

Employer: The Lacek Group

Hometown: Bhopal, India

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Ken Radzyminski

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2015

“Outside of the classroom, I was able to collaborate with students from multiple colleges and educational backgrounds to give me a more realistic approach to real world application."

Employer: Cleveland Cavaliers

Home Country: United States

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Seerat Sodhi

Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2014

"Saunders’ distinctive advantage is that the faculty and staff have strong ties with industry players. This is an asset, which students can leverage to find diverse job opportunities and internships."

Employer: Deloitte

Hometown: New Delhi, India

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Chang Su

Master's of Finance, Class of 2013

"At Saunders, you’re not 1 of 100. There is individualized attention to determine what’s beneficial for you."

Employer: Siemens

Home Country: China

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Nan Yun

Master's of Finance, Class of 2012

"The education from RIT prepared me well for the job market. Through the co-op program, I was able to gain internship experience that helped with my job search post graduation."

Employer: Merrill Lynch

Home Country: China

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Saunders Alumni Success Stories

New Experiences Develop a Career


Kirsten Knorr has always been interested in new experiences. Even so, taking chances when meeting new people was a skill she had to consciously develop. And it is this exact quality that has steered her highly successful career path over the years.

After graduation in the Fall of 1999, she obtained a position at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Kirsten began her career in the Rochester, New York office as an Assistant in the Assurance Department. "I was performing site visits at local companies, meeting a lot of people, and participating in company audits. It was a great opportunity to actually see local companies from the inside."

While working at Deloitte, Kirsten had a desire to stay connected to RIT. So, after looking at the various options that the alumni network had to offer, Kirsten decided to get involved in Saunders alumni groups. She also began to assist with Deloitte's recruiting process, attending various career events and panel discussions at RIT and other local universities and weighing in on the hiring decisions for her office. Through those interactions, Kirsten found she had a keen interest in working with young people to enhance their learning and provide advice on career opportunities. This new-found interest would play a key role in her own career path down the road.

At Deloitte, Kirsten advanced to Manager and decided to take advantage of another new experience within the company, facilitating at national learning seminars. While facilitating at the seminars, Kirsten found that she enjoyed helping other people learn how to excel in their careers. Her interaction with the seminars also introduced her to new people and opportunities. Soon after, Kirsten set her sites on an elite opportunity at Deloitte called the Management Development Program. "The Management Development Program is a two to three year assignment where a select group of individuals work in various departments at Deloitte's National Office. The goal is to bring experience from the field to support our company's structure and progress.

In 2005 she packed up her life and moved to Connecticut to begin her assignment in Deloitte's National AERS Learning department. For Kirsten, this position entails working within the department to develop and enhance learning content at both the US and Global levels and to implement that content at national seminars. As part of this role, she also recently took on another new experience as Learning Coordinator for Deloitte's growing group of practitioners in India.

Today she is thriving in this position and enjoying her evolving role in helping employees develop in their roles at Deloitte. Where does Kirsten think she will be going next within the company? Well at the moment she is not certain, but she knows there are many opportunities available and a new experience will show her the way.


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