Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) was founded in 1942 by Leland James with one concept in mind: build a better vehicle—specifically a truck that was lighter, more durable, and could carry a larger payload.
In 1947, DTNA, which was then called the Freightliner Corporation, opened up a manufacturing facility in Portland. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Daimler grew its customer base and acquired several other manufacturers, and today, the manufacturer is a global operation with over 20,000 employees and an approximate forty percent market share for commercial vehicles.
Last week, I introduced one of our School of Business student ambassadors from the Portland State full time MBA program, Jacey Marushia-Laurain. Now it’s time to meet an ambassador from the part time MBA program: David Lane.
David began the part time MBA program in Fall 2012, and also works full time at Intel as a Manufacturing/ Mechanical Engineer and Operations Program Manager. Here is David’s story and some insights he has gained in his first two years of his MBA program.
Hari Shankar Raghavan (PSU MBA 2011)Hari Shankar Raghavan is an Portland State MBA alum (2001). His impressive experience ranges from CafeGive (Portland) to Amazon.com (Seattle). I recently caught up with Hari to chat about his experience in the Portland State MBA program and his work at Amazon.
Q: Can you please discuss your background prior to entering the MBA program, and what made you decide to earn your MBA at Portland State University?
A: I studied to be an engineer and worked as an engineer prior to joining the MBA program. I did my undergraduate engineering degree in Information Technology, and I worked as a Software Engineer at Cognizant Technology Solutions for three years in India before joining the PSU MBA program.
Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) and Impact Entrepreneurs are currently collaborating on a new website highlighting PSU's efforts as an Ashoka U. Changemaker Campus. The new site will provide a repository of "changemaking" centers, programs, events, courses, career pathways, etc., at PSU, and will provide opportunities for storytelling and inspiration.
Portland State is proud to have earned Changemaker Campus recognition from Ashoka U. Changemaker Campuses are selected by Ashoka U for their institutional commitment to positive social and environmental impact and innovative programs that develop students as changemakers.
An ambitious group of MBA students have been inducted into the Ambassador program at the Portland State School of Business. The Ambassador program was started to to engage current students as the eyes, ears, and voices of Portland State’s Graduate Business Programs, so they can serve as ambassadors to prospective students, the business community, and to internal audiences. Today, you’re going to meet one of these Ambassadors, Jacey Marushia-Laurain, a second year full-time MBA student. Here is her story...
Portland State University's Net Impact Student Chapter is excited to invite all MBA students to join us for one of our biggest events of the year- the Net Impact Careers in Sustainability Breakfast!
Tony FerrerTony Ferrer is a second year MBA student here at Portland State University. He went on the study abroad trip to the Middle East, which focused on international business management, during the Winter 2013 term.
I recently caught up with Tony to discuss his experiences in Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Q: What did the group study in each of the countries that you visited?
A: In Qatar, we studied international business in the Middle East. We primarily focused on the cultural differences, the business climate, and the economic drivers in the region. These insights were re-enforced with visits to local businesses, the Al Jazeera News headquarters, and a reception with prominent regional Portland State alumni, and US and Qatar ambassadors. The course wrapped up with each student proposing a viable business plan that could be launched in Qatar.
Arguably one of the greatest hurdles for the MBA application process is prepping for and taking the standardized exam. With a record number of applications received this year for Portland State’s MBA program, it is now more important than ever to present your most competitive application.
Guest Post: Simon Ngawhika (MBA 2013), Ecosystem Services Fellow at PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Simon NgawhikaSimon Ngawhika earned his MBA from Portland State University 2013. During his time at Portland State University he served as the Net Impact Student Chapter's President. Currently Simon is an Ecosystem Services Fellow at Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS).
Simon's work is now focused in part on the intersection between business and natural ecosystems. He recently shared a piece he wrote for both The Portland Business Journal's Sustainable Business Oregon section and our blog.
Next Thursday, the Portland State School of Business continues its Business Briefing event series by exploring the relationship between business and the natural environment.
We're teaming up with Clean Water Services, Gerding Edlen, and Intel for a panel and discussion on how businesses are working with nature to improve commercial and environmental outcomes.
I've been fielding a lot of inquiries from MBA program applicants from outside of the Portland area recently, and thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite "after hours" activities for those curious about the region.
Last week, I blogged about the outdoors scene in the area, and today I turn my focus to professsional sports. One of my favorite things to do in Portland is attend pro sports games. And we have quite a few options! From basketball to soccer and hockey, here are our professional sport teams to check out.
In the Winter term of 2013, a group of Portland State University students, along with Jacen Green and Carolyn McKnight, went to Cambodia to study social entrepreneurship, learn from non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, and conduct field based projects aimed at helping business owners better serve their communities.
I recently caught up with Melissa Loney, a first year MBA student, and Nick Mastors, a second year MBA student, for the following recap of their adventure.
Melissa Loney at Angor Wat outside of Siem Reap
I feel that joining the trip with only one term completed was kind of like jumping into the MBA program head first. There were many terms and phrases used and discussed that I have yet to learn, however for me, there is no better way to learn than by immersion. Now that I'm back into a normal school schedule, much of what I learned can be applied to what I'm currently learning.
Winter term is in full swing, and the School of Business is planning some exciting events throughout the month. Take a look and check one (or all) out.
Thursday, February 13
- The Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition is hosting their first event! “How to Step Up & Play in the Outdoor Industry.” Held at Portland State’s School of Business Administration room 140, 4:30-5:30pm.
- Connect to Community: Meet and network with fellow School of Business students and alumni at Bridgeport Brewpub, 6-8pm. (Great networking event in my experience!)
I learned to snowboard at age 17. Took my first hike at 20. And just learned to Stand Up Paddle Board. I’m not an outdoor enthusiast by any means, but I sure do enjoy what the Pacific Northwest has to offer in terms of outdoor activities. The best part is, it doesn’t matter which season, there is always something to explore.
Many of the people who come to the Portland State MBA program are new to Portland. For today's post, I thought I'd cover some of the many recreational activities and resources that are either near campus or a short road trip away.
Here are some of my favorite activities to check out, by season:
In 1983, Gun Denhart founded the clothing company Hanna Andersson with her husband, Tom Denhart.
The idea behind Hanna was born after Gun returned home from Sweden — where Gun’s grandmother, the original Hanna Andersson, lived — with bundles of cotton clothes for her children.
Gun’s friends loved the high-quality, pure cotton garments, and soon after, the first Hanna children’s catalog was produced in Sweden, with headquarters located in the Denhart’s own small garage in Portland.
Last week, Sarah wrote about attending the Portland State Alumni Association's panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs working in social innovation.
This Wednesday, the Alumni Association is offering another installment in the series: Career Transition: Determining Your Next Career Move.
This talk is designed for people who feel their current career situation isn't the right fit. If you find yourself in the same boat, rest assured you're not alone.
In fact, the average adult changes careers three times in their life. Many of our students actually come to the MBA program to facilitate a successful career transition.
I decided to attend the Portland State Alumni Association's Social Innovation Entrepreneur Event earlier this month because I wanted an opportunity to network with other PSU alums and learn from the speakers. I was not disappointed in either category.
The event was held in a private event room at Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl District, and was packed with interesting Portland State alumni.
Speaker Panel: From left to right: Cindy Cooper, Jacen Greene, Amelia Pape, and Justin Stanley
Have you heard of The Clymb? You may want to check it out.
Founded in Portland by a team of outdoor and sports industry veterans, The Clymb offers insider pricing on premium outdoor gear, trend-setting apparel, and human-powered adventure travel packages. Membership is free, allowing users to shape the community by inviting like-minded friends.
The Clymb also happened to participate as a client for a Portland State MBA Capstone Consulting project. I recently caught up with one of the capstone team members, Tom Keller, and this is what he had to say about his capstone experience. His colleagues on the capstone team included Dave Tussing, Scott Carruthers, and Adam Clough.
Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson. Photo: Oregonian.
Portland State School of Business faculty member Berrin Erdogan was quoted in a recent Oregonian article about the Portland startup Treehouse.
According to the Oregonian, the 61-person tech education venture eliminated its management positions altogether, giving employees the authority to propose their own projects, to choose what they work on, and to rate one another.
Part of my journey in the MBA program has been getting to know, and joining, professional women leadership organizations in the Portland area. I've had the opportunity to attend many events, including breakfasts with influential leaders, an exciting fundraiser involving shopping and enjoying wine with local businesswomen, and the Portland Business Journal's Women of Influence awards luncheon.
I most recently attended the Women's Center for Leadership (WCL) member appreciation event. The WCL is a group of professional women dedicated to developing leadership skills, sharing experiences and knowledge, and building community in the Pacific Northwest.