News at Smith

Subscribe to News at Smith feed
Updated: 1 hour 38 min ago

Smith Master of Finance Rises to No. 2 in U.S.

Fri, 2018-06-15 16:10

The Master of Finance program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business climbed to No. 2 in the United States in a Financial Times report published on June 18, 2018.

Smith MBA Named Women in Technology’s ‘Rising Star’

Thu, 2018-06-14 10:53

Christine Antonsen, slated to earn an MBA degree in September from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, recently took home the Rising Star award from Women in Technology (WIT), a Washington, D.C., area organization that works to advance women working in the tech sector.

Competitive Dynamics Conference Features Curt Grimm

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:52

Curt Grimm, the Charles A. Taff Chair of Economics & Strategy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, traveled to Canada in June 2018 to deliver a keynote address at “the other” Smith School of Business — Queen’s University’s Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business in Kingston, Ontario.

Best and Brightest Online MBAs

Fri, 2018-06-08 14:08

Zaneta Purvis and Jason Young represent the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School in Poets&Quants’ inaugural “Best & Brightest Online MBAs,” which spotlights top graduates from the Class of 2018.

Students Shine at Spring 2018 QUEST Conference

Wed, 2018-05-30 16:40

Thrust Consulting, an undergraduate team of engineering and business students, won the Most Outstanding Capstone award at the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Conference on May 3, 2018, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The team helped its client, GE subsidiary Middle River Aircraft Systems, boost production efficiency at its facilities in Middle River, Md. Smith School marketing student Philip Peker '18 provides the following summary of the conference:
Thrust Consulting, an undergraduate team of engineering and business students, won the Most Outstanding Capstone award at the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Conference on May 3, 2018, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The team helped its client, GE subsidiary Middle River Aircraft Systems, boost production efficiency at its facilities in Middle River, Md. Smith School marketing student Philip Peker '18 provides the following summary of the conference:

It’s the first week of May. Enter: bluer skies, sunnier days, and the sweetness of summer. Not only is it a time for new beginnings, but for conclusions and celebrations of what has come to pass. On the unforgivingly hot day that was Thursday, May 3, 2018, one of the most selective and prestigious academic programs at the University of Maryland hosted its biannual QUEST Conference.

Summer Reading List for Business Leaders

Wed, 2018-05-30 15:59

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business proudly presents its 15th annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, as recommended by faculty members. The 2018 edition covers everything from blind spots in statistics to the power of habit. Smith School professor Nicole M. Coomber recommends “How to Have a Good Day,” by Caroline Webb. “In this book Webb walks you through a number of science-based techniques to have better days at work,” Coomber says.

At UMD Commencement, Al Gore Offers 5 Rules To Live By

Thu, 2018-05-24 08:39

In a speech that spanned three themes – personal advice, America's democracy and the environment – former Vice President Al Gore delivered the University of Maryland's commencement address.

In his personal advice, the former congressman and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, offered five rules to live by. He said:

"In researching this speech – true story – I tried to remember who gave the commencement address when I graduated from college, and honestly I have no idea who it was. And I dare say that will be your reaction years from now.

UBS Executive Gives Grads Three Leadership Rules

Wed, 2018-05-23 16:27

Leadership starts with understanding people, keynote speaker Dana Ritzcovan ’93 told graduates on May 19, 2018, at the undergraduate commencement celebration for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Outstanding Seniors Honored at Undergraduate Banquet

Fri, 2018-05-18 10:54

Every graduating cohort has students who are shining stars, and it is with great fanfare that Victor Mullins, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, celebrated them on May 3, 3018, at an annual awards banquet. The event also honored a few faculty members who were nominated by seniors and a retiring professor who has been a positive influence on the Undergraduate Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Undergraduate Consulting Students Connect Maryland Businesses To Global Economy

Thu, 2018-05-17 12:33

Greg Rafal, an undergraduate program manager for the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business writes about a global consulting project that Smith students worked on during spring 2018.

During the spring 2018 semester, seven undergraduate students worked on a consulting project for a joint venture between Maryland-based company, Murray Corporation, and China-based company, King Seal. The students were tasked with identifying potential market opportunities in China, India, and Sri Lanka under the supervision of David Ashley, adjunct professor of marketing. The semester-long project resulted in specific actionable recommendations for the joint venture and real-world global consulting experience for the students.

24 Seniors Graduate from the Business Honors Program

Wed, 2018-05-16 16:52

On April 26, 2018, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business celebrated 24 outstanding seniors graduating from the highly-selective Smith Business Honors program.

Smith Undergrads Celebrate End-of-Year Festivities

Wed, 2018-05-16 10:27

Meeting new students and professors, preparing for finals, celebrating an academic landmark and getting ready to enter the “real world” after graduation all were made a little easier in the final weeks of the academic year for students at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Smith's Undergraduate Program hosted several events to help students mark these milestone occasions.

Sophomores Complete College Park Scholars Program

Tue, 2018-05-15 16:31

Sixty-four sophomores in the Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business successfully completed the two-year College Park Scholars program on May 4, 2018. Over 800 College Park Scholars, mentors, and faculty attended the annual academic showcase where the BSE sophomores presented their semester-long Capstone projects. The event was held at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.

Finance Students Watch and Learn with Berkshire Shareholders

Tue, 2018-05-15 10:47

Since 2006, finance professor David Kass has led students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on an annual trek to Omaha, Nebraska, to partake in the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting. This year he and Smith School finance professor Elinda Kiss tried something different. They hosted more than 100 students, faculty and staff for a “Watch & Learn” event on May 5, 2018, at Van Munching Hall.

UMD Alumnus Talks E-commerce and Pivoting on Bootstrapped

Tue, 2018-05-15 10:38

On this episode of Bootstrapped, we interviewed UMD alumnus and co-founder of Zentail Daniel Sugarman ’10. Daniel and his co-founder, Daniel Sperling-Horowitz, first launched a business called HD Trade Services that used technology to decrease fraud in international trading.

Smith Undergrads Join Terps Against Hunger

Tue, 2018-05-15 08:26

Hundreds of volunteers packed more than 28,000 meals on April 24, 2018, as part of a weeklong Smith Pride initiative at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The schoolwide Terps Against Hunger event, launched by the Smith Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA), was the first of its kind at the Smith School. “The event served as a way to connect the Smith community to the larger efforts of a campuswide charitable endeavor,” said Graham Schuckman, a finance major who coordinated the event.

Business Academy Brings Diversity to Smith School

Fri, 2018-05-11 14:21

The Smith Business Academy celebrated its five-year anniversary on April 27, 2018, by hosting the inaugural Men of Distinction Summit for high school students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Students from Paint Branch, Roosevelt, Gaithersburg, Blake and MacGruder High Schools participated in the event, along with students from Ron Brown College Prep and the Literacy Lab in Washington D.C. Overall, more than 150 students attended the summit.

High School Competition Adds Fizz to Smith School

Fri, 2018-05-11 14:01

High school students from Prince George’s County applied hard skills in a soft drink case competition on April 20, 2018, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Center for Global Business Hosts Fintech Discussion

Thu, 2018-05-10 14:12

The Center for Global Business (CGB) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and the U.S. Department of Commerce welcomed the Chief Fintech Officer of Singapore’s Monetary Authority, Sopnendu Mohanty on April 23, 2018 to discuss trending issues in fintech and blockchain technologies while focusing on the U.S. approach to fintech opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. The event was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. and hosted leading experts in fintech and blockchain, including the Smith School’s own, Nagpurnanand Prabhala, professor and area chair of finance, and Michael Faulkender, associate dean and professor of finance.

2018 Best MBAs

Tue, 2018-05-08 14:08

Poets & Quants has released its "Best & Brightest MBAs, Class of 2018." Now in its fourth installment, the feature highlights achievements, leadership and volunteerism from 100 full-time MBAs from 60 leading business schools worldwide. In this group, Erin Moore represents the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.