Graduate and Professional Programs

Professional MBA Ambassadors

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Bauer MBA Ambassadors help prospective classmates learn about the amazing opportunities that await them at the C. T. Bauer College of Business. They offer a real-life perspective about being a Bauer MBA student and an insider's view of life in the classroom and beyond.

During the school year, the ambassadors host class visits and informal coffee talks. They also work closely with our Recruitment Office to host MBA Orientation and Tours.

Our MBA Ambassadors look forward to working with you and welcome your questions by phone, e-mail or in person.

For more information, contact Tanieka Young at tjyoung2@uh.edu.


Meet the Bauer MBA Current Student Ambassadors


Meet the Bauer MBA Alumni Ambassadors

BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Natalia Abgaryan


Natalia Abgaryan

Email: nabgaryan@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2020

Industry: Supply Chain, Academia

Job Function: Ph.D. Student, Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Undergraduate University and Degree: BS and MS Economics with concentration in Accounting from the State University of Management, Moscow, Russia

MBA Activities: Bauer MBA Society, Bauer Supply Chain Club

MBA Concentration: Professional MBA, focus in Supply Chain Management

Why Bauer? I chose Bauer because it has a great reputation and the quality of education is very high while the cost of the programs is very reasonable compared to other universities. Additionally, the graduate programs offer a lot of flexibility and a wide range of specializations. The faculty and staff are awesome – very knowledgeable, supportive and inspiring. Everyone here wants you to succeed and will do everything they can to help. It is also a great community - you meet Coogs everywhere you go in Houston!

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Khosro Alizadeh


Khosro Alizadeh

Email: kalizadehshalchi@bauer.uh.edu

Program: Full-times MBA

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics K. N. T. UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, Tehran, Iran

Concentration: Finance

Hometown: Houston, TX

Internship: I have a summer internship as an Analyst at KeyBank, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Summer of 2020)

Work Experience: I spent 5 years as a Math Instructor and then moved to a corporate role for the Tour and Travel Industry as an Accountant, CRM manager and Technical manager consecutively. In 2015, became a small business owner and developed “Saffron” Catering in Tehran, with more than twenty employees.

Why Bauer? Why Houston? I have several reasons for my interest in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Among those, are prestigious graduate placements, numerous faculties who are actively publishing their research studies in international journals, and the Bauer MBA rankings. I have experienced the best possible faculty and a highly competitive atmosphere which are necessary for achieving my goals.

It would also worth mentioning that I live here in Houston with my wife and she is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Houston.

I am the only child of my family and I moved to the Houston two year ago, after growing in Tehran, Capital of Iran, now Houston is my city, I love the diverse culture and community of this beautiful city and more than that I love living in this beautiful weather. I believe I can achieve all of my career goals here in Houston, and have a happy life here.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Lydia Lou


Lydia Lou

Email: lcliou@cougarnet.uh.edu

Program: Full-time MBA

Concentration: Sales/Finance/Leadership

Work Experience: My professional experience prior to the full-time MBA program consists of two years in the hospitality industry and four years in the financial services industry as a registered financial adviser at AIG

Undergraduate University and Degree: University of Houston, Hotel Restaurant Management

Hometown: Austin, TX

Memberships and Organizations: Bauer MBA Society Vice President of Events, Bauer Graduate Real Estate Club

Internships: Risk intern in the Bank Department of USAA

Why Bauer? Why Houston? I moved to Houston for the University of Houston's renowned Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Even though my hometown of Austin, TX will always have a place in my heart, Houston has grown on me and I am pleased to call this diverse and growing city home. While the traffic can be unbearable at most times of the day and requires some strategic planning to avoid, the city brims with adventure. Whether you are interested in the arts, culture, food or having a family, Houston is a wonderful place to explore your interests. Bauer is also an ideal place for your professional interests. The small class size means a tight and supportive peer network. World class faculty means courses that keep up with industry trends and professors that are dedicated to your learning. I chose Bauer because I wanted a nurturing and enriching full time MBA experience and I have found Bauer to provide all that and more.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Shahin Momin


Shahin Momin

Email: samomi23@cougarnet.uh.edu

Program: Full-time MBA

Concentration: Leadership, Real Estate and Investment Banking & Private Equity

Work Experience: Over the last 10 years, I have been focused on our family business’ retail and hospitality assets. Prior to that, I spent 2 ½ years at BHP Billiton.

Undergraduate University and Degree: The University of Texas at Austin – BBA Finance

Hometown: Houston, TX

Membership: Graduate Real Estate Club, Bauer MBA Society and Graduate Professional Students Association (GPSA)

Why Bauer? Why Houston? Given that Houston is the 4th largest city, it was a no brainer to attend the University of Houston and one day become an alumni. With the university’s close ties to leading corporations within vast industries, the wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities were difficult to overlook. Also, while speaking with alumni before choosing UH, they definitely vouched for the professors who truly care about the students getting the most out of their MBA at UH.

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BAUER MBA AMBASSADOR

Kim Weiderhold


Kim Weiderhold

Email: knweiderhold@bauer.uh.edu

Program: Professional MBA

Concentration: Management

Work Experience: I have spent 7.5 years as a Contract Manager for Baylor College of Medicine. Previous to this I worked in a laboratory for 11 years.

Undergraduate University and Degree: St. Mary’s University – BS in Biochemistry; Baylor College of Medicine – Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Membership: EVP Mentorship – Bauer Graduate Women’s Network (BGWN); Member of the Bauer MBA Society (BMBAS); Member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Why Bauer? Why Houston? Bauer offers a high quality education with renowned faculty and programs, and a huge network of Bauer alumni. They also offer a professional degree plan with face to face weekly courses in the evenings. Those were the stiff rational reasons I wanted to earn my MBA from Bauer. What I learned after I committed to go down this path, was that Bauer also offers a sense of community. Every student, faculty member, and staff member that I have interacted with is genuinely interested in making this program work for you. Everyone is here to see you win and offer whatever support they can during your journey. Coursework is important, but having an environment of encouragement and support is equally important. Bauer will give you all of that. I am a local, so it made sense to stay in the city that I live and work in.

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Esteban Caro


Brian Cutrell

Email: ejcaro@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2020

Industry: Oil & Gas

Job Function: Risk & Safety, Engineer

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergraduate University and Degree: Texas A&M University (2005), Computer/Electrical Engineering

MBA Activities: Berlin Study Abroad, Bauer MBA Ambassador, Bauer MBA Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi

MBA Concentration: Corporate Finance & Energy

Why Bauer? Maintaining my career while going back to school was important to me. I needed a program where I could control the pace and dictate my hours. There were a few scheduling challenges as my job requires occasional travel. The professors were readily available through office hours, email, and even phone calls. They went out of their way to be very accommodating to students understanding they have professional jobs outside of class.

Bauer offers a long list of electives that dive further into the business paths that most intrigue you. Beyond my concentration in finance and energy, one of my favorite courses was Effective Negotiating. I also took classes in the up and coming business analytics field.

The most memorable experience during my MBA was my study abroad in Berlin. It was an opportunity to experience business culture outside the United States. By sharing the experience with other Bauer students, it further instilled comradery with other classmates and built relationships beyond the classroom.

Finally, the ROI for an MBA is unmatched in Houston. Other programs can easily cost two to three times more. As a tier 1 university, I knew I was getting a high-level education from the University of Houston without a significant financial burden.

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Mythili Chaganti


Mythili Chaganti

Email: mchaganti@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2019

Industry: Electric Power Utilities

Job Function: Manager, Asset Management & Standards

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate University and Degree: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, Bachelors of Technology - Electrical and Electronics Engineering

MBA Activities: Cougar Investment Fund Class of 2017-18, President Graduate Student Advisory Board, VP - Finance National Association of Women MBA, MBA Ambassador

MBA Concentration: Finance, Leadership Management

Why Bauer? After living in Minneapolis, MN for 15 years, my family re-located to Houston. To expand my community, build a network of friends, and pursue my childhood passion of earning an MBA, I chose Bauer! The diversity of Houston, its professionalism, and a top tier education at Bauer is what attracted me to this city. Friends, professors, and staff at Bauer made my graduate school experience memorable. I not only adjusted to a new city in three years, I also completed my MBA and now host my friends and family with in my new home—Houston!

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Brian Cutrell


Brian Cutrell

Email: bmcutrell@uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2020

Industry: Real Estate

Hometown: Acme, PA

Undergraduate University and Degree: Bucknell University - BS Electrical Engineering

MBA Activities: Bauer Graduate Real Estate Club, ULI Young Leaders Committee Student Representative

MBA Concentration: MBA - Real Estate Certificate

Why Bauer? I chose Bauer for several reasons. First, I liked the small class sizes which allow me to get to know my fellow students. Second, the faculty is top-notch and I knew that I’d be able to learn valuable business skills from them. Within the real estate program, the classes are taught by industry experts with years of experience, and to me, this was the ideal way to learn the material. Finally, the alumni connections in the city are extremely valuable to building a network. My wife is from Houston, and we wanted to stay here after graduation and raise our family, so Houston will be my home. I can’t think of a better place to continue my education than the University of Houston!

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Salem Nseir


Salem Nseir

Email: snseir@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2016

Industry: Health Care

Job Function: Facilities Management & Operations

Hometown: Latakia, Syria

Undergraduate University and Degree: Tishreen University, BS in Electrical Engineering

MBA Activities: Bauer MBA Society, Bauer MBA Ambassador

MBA Concentration: Finance, Global Management, Business Modeling

Why Bauer? Bauer presents a unique combination of well-designed courses, highly recognized professors, world-class facilities, and unparalleled business networking opportunities. The program's solid performance has translated into higher ranking through the years, putting Bauer high on the list competing with, and challenging, nationally- and globally-renowned programs. Looking back at my journey, Bauer was, and will continue to be, the right choice.

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Chris O’Connor


Chris O’Connor

Email: ctoconnor@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2018

Industry: Information Technology

Job Function: Experience Marketing - Brand Strategy & Identity

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergraduate University and Degree: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Marketing Honors

MBA Activities: Bauer MBA Society Marketing Club & Bauer MBA Ambassador

MBA Concentration: Consulting & Marketing

Why Bauer? I moved to Houston with HPE after completing a leadership development program with Hewlett-Packard in Dallas. I wanted to get my MBA from a school that had a nationally recognized professional MBA program, and a robust alumni network dedicated to increasing brand equity. Bauer surpassed my expectations with a program that challenges students to become exceptional leaders in their professional organizations, and their local communities. The professors, staff, alumni, and Bauer organizations provide students with the tools needed to be successful in their careers and fuel the growth of the Bauer brand.

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BAUER MBA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR

Damola Ogunleye


Damola Ogunleye

Email: aogunleye@bauer.uh.edu

Alumnus Graduating Year: 2018

Industry: Biotechnology

Job Function: Head of Quality Assurance

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria by way of New York City

Undergraduate University and Degree: State University of New York at Plattsburgh, BA Biological Science

MBA Activities: MBA Ambassador, President Bauer MBA Society's Healthcare Club

MBA Concentration: Private Equity and Investment Banking

Why Bauer? In one word - Life! I was relocated to Houston by the company I worked for 4 years ago. Over the last couple of years, this city has quickly become the only home I know. Undoubtedly, I attribute the explosion of diversity both culturally and professionally as my main reason/driver for settling here.

In regards to Bauer – fit was extremely important to me (as with any major decision in life). I was looking for a program that had a growing reputation, one that was very involved in its community and one that would potentially provide a significant return on my investment. Bauer, fortunately, checked all the important boxes, which made my decision easy. Being a current student and being immersed in the MBA program here, I know without a doubt Bauer was the right fit for me. Bauer provides its students, the necessary tools in order to maximize their potential.

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