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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

A Rochester Entrepreneur's Story


"You could say the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my blood. Growing up, my father owned his own car repair shop. I enjoyed watching him grow his business from nothing, and knew I wanted to do the same thing someday," says Ellis.

Growing a business from the ground up is exactly what Lorraine Ellis '93 MBA, founder, president and chief executive officer of Research Dynamics Consulting Group, Ltd. has accomplished. Founded in 1993, Research Dynamics employs over thirty consultants around the country, and has been named to the Rochester Top 100 list many times, a list compiled annually by the Rochester Business Alliance ranking the top 100 privately held, Rochester-area companies on revenue growth over a three year period.

Research Dynamics Consulting Group, Ltd. specializes in providing clinical research development support services to firms in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to improve productivity, quality, and cost-effectiveness in their clinical research operations. 

Ellis began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1975, and has worked for companies including Revlon Health Care and Fisons Plc. It was in 1988 when Fisons, a Boston, MA based pharmaceutical company, bought Pennwalt Corporation, a Rochester-area pharmaceutical company that Ellis made her move to upstate NY.

"As Director of Clinical Operations, I was charged with creating a Rochester office from scratch. I hired twenty people in six months - all while commuting to and from Boston. It was a hectic time in my life!" recalls Ellis.

After getting the office up and running, Ellis made the decision to return to school to earn her MBA. "I chose RIT because I found its curriculum to be very practical. The case studies we reviewed were extremely valuable. I was able to apply what I was learning at school to my work immediately."

Upon completion of her MBA in 1993 Ellis knew it was time to start her own business. "With the skills I learned while earning my MBA, and with my experience in the pharmaceutical industry, I was confident I would be successful with my own business venture."

It wasn't long before Research Dynamics was growing quickly.
"The biggest challenge was managing our growth. It can very be difficult to coordinate new sales and the particular staffing requirements needed to service those contracts. Everything has to come together at the right time and in the right place," says Ellis.

Receiving the Realizing Business Potential Award, given as part of the Ernst & Young Upstate New York Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program, is a testament to Ellis's ability to overcome such challenges.

"If there's one piece of advice I would give to budding entrepreneurs, it's that to be successful you must be clear with your goals and pursue them despite all obstacles."


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