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Honors Day Awards, 2020

Dean's Message

It is my pleasure to present the 12th annual Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Honors Day awards. This year, we celebrate the many accomplishments of Scheller College’s extraordinary students, faculty, and staff, as well as the generosity of our benefactors. As dean of Scheller College of Business, I am extremely proud to be a part of this tradition and commend the honorees for their outstanding achievements.

I would also like to recognize a few of the College’s accomplishments for 2019-2020. The Jones MBA Career Center was named #3 in the world for Full-time MBA career services by The Economist (2019). Scheller College was named #11 in Undergraduate programs among U.S. public business schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), and our MBA programs were nationally recognized as the #6 Full-time MBA (The Economist, 2019), #9 Evening MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), and #8 Executive MBA (Financial Times, 2019) among U.S. public business schools.

Additionally, the achievements and expertise of our students and faculty have been highlighted in the media and across publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and The Today Show, among others.

The financial support of our many distinguished benefactors, alumni, corporate partners, and friends enabled the endowment of many of the awards. Their valued support enables Scheller College to continue to attract world-class faculty and a myriad of diverse, exceptional students.

I remain excited by the progress we are making as a globally recognized business school and know that with our unique positioning at the intersection of business and technology we will continue to advance in 2020 and beyond.

Thank you for your continued support and personal dedication to Scheller College of Business. We are proud to be Tech Savvy. Business Smart.


Maryam Alavi

Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair,                                                                                                                                                      Professor of IT Management


Faculty Awards


Recognizing research excellence, including quality, quantity, impact, magnitude of contribution, recognition through the peer review process, and quality journal placement.

Sudheer Chava

Sudheer is an internationally recognized scholar who focuses his research          in the area of financial technology and innovation. His research has been published    in the top journals in finance and related disciplines with more than 6,000 citations of his work. He has won numerous prestigious awards for his research and has been cited in rules issued by the SEC as well as media outlets including the Wall Street Journal. Sudheer serves as the faculty director for the Masters of Science  in Quantitative and Computational Finance program and has recently established the Financial Services Innovation/ FinTech Lab at Georgia Tech to make research in this area more available to the business community.



Alex Hsu

Alex's research focuses on macro-finance, which is at the intersection                  of macroeconomics with asset pricing and corporate finance. His research papers have been published in a wide range of top-tier finance and management journals. Because his work has significant policy implications for government policy, firms, and financial markets, Alex has presented his research at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C. He has also given presentations at more than 50 national and international conferences and workshops in the past few years.





Basak Kalkanci

Basak has developed a strong research portfolio in the emerging research      areas of social responsibility and operational transparency in supply chain management. Her extensive research has been published in the leading journals in her field and offers practical and actionable insights to advance the thinking on sustainable operations in practice. Basak’s focus on relevance and impact    has generated interest in her research from a wide range of organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and media outlets such as ScienceDaily. In recognition of the importance and innovation of her work, she recently received the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability Emerging Sustainability Scholar award.


Recognizing tenure track faculty who inspire and encourage students, engender curiosity and love of learning, and strive        to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the subject matter.

Manpreet Hora

Manpreet is an exceptional educator inside and outside the classroom.              He is a highly effective communicator in class – making complex material transparent to students, and encouraging excellence from them. In addition        to co-teaching a PhD seminar, Manpreet teaches the Service Operations Management elective course to three different student audiences – undergraduates, Full-time MBAs, and Evening MBAs. His success in every class he teaches is evident from his outstanding teaching evaluations. His classes are always interactive and link concepts in service operations with practice through the many cases he has developed including simulations and real world engagement.



Ravi Subramanian

Ravi is one of the few professors who teaches in almost every program that Scheller College of Business offers, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, Executive MBA, and custom programs. He successfully leverages his research and industry experience to enhance the classroom experience for  his students. Ravi's classes are always well received and appreciated by his students, as clearly seen by his outstanding teaching evaluations. He employs a variety of innovative approaches with the aim of elevating the stature of the core classes offered by Scheller. Ravi also contributed to Georgia Tech’s overall effort to rethink its curriculum by designing a new course at the undergraduate level, titled "Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value."


Recognizing non-tenure track faculty who inspire and encourage students, engender curiosity and love of learning,              and strive to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the subject matter.

Jacqueline Garner

Jacqueline is an outstanding teacher and mentor, and students are responsive    to her enthusiasm, clear instruction, and approachability. In addition to developing and teaching innovative courses in finance, she developed new technologies for Scheller College’s online programs including the Masters          of Science in Analytics. Garner was recognized as Lecturer of the Year by          the undergraduate students, as well as being highlighted as one of the Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors by Poets & Quants. Jacqueline's course evaluations are consistently outstanding, and countless students have thanked her for making finance engaging and fun. She pours herself into teaching        and mentoring, and makes a difference to students in the classroom as            well as in their personal lives.



Bob Myers

Bob has a love of learning and a deep commitment to innovation and experimentation. He has demonstrated great breadth, teaching and creating      an ever-expanding set of courses for undergraduate students, graduate students, and study abroad programs. He is an excellent mentor and a very engaged faculty advisor to the undergraduate Operations Management Club, supporting students through case competition coaching and connections to professional organizations. He has created and co-authored numerous cases that have come from the collaborations he has developed with local businesses. His commitment to bringing the business community into the classroom has enhanced the academic experience for all of our students.


Student Awards


Recognizing a graduating senior who demonstrates the highest scholastic achievement and leadership on campus                      and in the community.

Abbey Yates

Abbey's concentration is in Information Technology Management and she plans to finish her BSBA degree in May with a minor in Film & Media Studies. She is a Scheller College Dean's Scholar and was named to the ACC Honor Roll two years in a row while competing on the Georgia Tech swim team where she was named one of the NCAA Student Athletes Top 6 for Student Service. Abbey has been a Product Analyst intern with NCR and a Digital Technology intern at Coca-Cola while serving as president of the Scheller Business Ambassadors.

Recognizing the student who holds a high cumulative scholastic average in the third-year class, and who demonstrates leadership and service at Georgia Tech and in the greater community.


Christopher Sewell

Christopher's concentration is in Information Technology Management           and he plans to complete his BSBA degree in Spring 2021. He is also seeking      a Computing and Business minor through the Denning Technology and Management (T&M) program. Christopher interned in the Global Project Management Office of NCR, interned at Rigor, INC, and served as Capstone Project Manager for his T&M team at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).    On campus, Christopher is the president and scholarship chairman for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a collegiate member of the Executive Round Table and project leader for Consult Your Community, a student-run organization that provides pro bono consulting services to small businesses in the Atlanta area.

Recognizing in-state undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance in accounting,                  with preference for students pursuing careers in accounting.


Benjamin Goldenthal

Benjamin's concentration is Accounting, and he plans to finish his BSBA degree in December 2020. He is a member of the Honorary Accounting organization and served as the Trombone Section Leader of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band for two seasons. Benjamin is on the Finance Board of the Bremen Holocaust Museum and has interned with the Starwood Capital Group and Printpack, Inc.






Peyton Woods

Peyton's concentration is Accounting, and she plans to finish her BSBA degree  in December 2020. She is also seeking certificates in Information Technology Management and Business Law and Ethics. She is a member of Scheller Women in Business, the treasurer of the Honorary Accounting Organization, and serves as a teaching assistant. Peyton worked as a legal intern at Mahaffey, Pickens & Tucker, a tax intern at Smith & Howard, and an audit intern at KPMG.

Recognizing Evening and Full-time MBA students who demonstrate exceptional integrity, academic merit, and leadership.


Matt Beecher

Matt served as an Evening MBA Ambassador from 2017-2019. In this role,      he encouraged current, former, and prospective Scheller students and was awarded the accolade of 'Mr. Ambassador' in 2019. He earned a 4.0 GPA        for seven of his nine semesters in the Evening MBA program and missed only one class during his academic journey at Georgia Tech. As an alumnus, Matt serves as a member of the Tech Square Phase 3 Planning and Programming Committee to optimally shape the future home of Scheller College.





Henry McGill

Henry serves as the vice president of placement for the Net Impact student group, where he runs the non-profit consulting class and the Board Fellows programs. He grew the Board Fellows program from six students on the boards of five companies to 16 students on 14 different boards. As a graduate research assistant (GRA) for Georgia Tech Strategic Consulting, Henry has worked on the Institutional Strategic Planning team tasked with facilitating the development of Georgia Tech’s new Mission, Vision, and Values statements as well as the Institute's 10-year strategic goals. Henry has also been involved in other activities such as the Philanthropy Committee's Scheller Day of Service and the Saint Bernard Project, case prepping first-year students through the Consulting Club, and as a member of the Strategic Partnerships committee.


PhD Awards


Recognizing PhD students who contribute exemplary scholarship and innovation to their respective academic disciplines    and Scheller College through outstanding research and teaching.


Mahdi Mahmoudzadeh

Mahdi has an outstanding record in research, teaching, and service. During      his proposal defense, the committee noted his dissertation as " of the      best works presented at Scheller College in recent years." Mahdi's forthcoming paper is solo-authored, a significant accomplishment in the Operations Management (OM) area. He has two papers under review by Dr. Enno Siemsen, a leader and highly respected researcher in the Behavioral OM field. Dr. Siemsen's recommendation letter states "Mahdi is an excellent PhD student... He has the highest integrity in all his undertakings, and will undoubtedly become very influential in his field."



Katsiaryna (Katja) Siamionava

Katja's research focus is on top management team collaborations as well              as customer cross-platform engagement with video content. Her second-year paper "Conversations About Metrics: A New Model for IT-Business Integration" is currently in the second round of review by the top-tier outlet Information Systems Research. She presented her paper "Cross-channel Engagement: The Effect of Mobile TV Streaming on Traditional TV Viewership" at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), in Munich, Germany in December 2019.


Staff Awards


Recognizing staff members who demonstrate outstanding job performance, going beyond what might be expected                and demonstrating high levels of execution in their primary job duties, auxiliary roles, and organizational citizenship.


Mark Lambros

In addition to the excellent performance of his daily responsibilities, Mark consistently goes above and beyond to cover 'other duties as assigned.' His friendly and professional attitude reflects his commitment to Scheller College and the continued success of its programs. Mark is a key resource for the College, embodying a positive attitude, friendly demeanor, and a dedication      to quality workmanship.



Schantel Mitchell

Schantel is a supportive leader who improves the performance of those      around her. She consistently goes the extra mile to provide skilled services        to the College's faculty and staff. As stated by her nominator,"...I have found the services of Schantel Mitchell to be excellent, truly exceptional, and among the very best I have experienced in my 40+ years of affiliation with Georgia Tech."






Arianna Robinson

Arianna is an exceptional staff member who goes above and beyond her work  to contribute to the success of the Center and the College. She has demonstrated outstanding performance by leading the Scheller College Graduate Sustainability Fellows and Undergraduate Sustainability Ambassadors programs, advising the highly engaged Net Impact MBA Chapter, and managing the College's application for the Corporate Knights Better World  MBA Ranking.

College-wide Awards


Recognizing faculty, staff, or students who demonstrate creative thinking or accomplishment.


James Hoadley

James has consistently demonstrated creativity in designing and implementing new and unique initiatives for CIBER. Most recently, James was the initiator and primary producer for CIBER's new podcast 'Mondo Merkato,' to demystify the world of international business through education and entertainment. Since inception six months ago, the podcast has more than 1,500 listens across multiple platforms from locations such as Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan,    and Japan.


Recognizing a faculty or staff member who aspires to service excellence and who acts as an outstanding role model.              This award acknowledges and celebrates service excellence among faculty and staff.


Narayan Jayaranan

Narayan is unparalleled in his continual service and commitment to Scheller College and its students. The respect he holds among his faculty colleagues is manifested in his regular appointment to elected committees, and he always serves with great skill and alacrity. Narayan's service to the College includes membership on the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Committee and the Faculty Advisory Board, voluntary tasks that entail a great deal of work and time. Narayan's service to the Institute has been equally impressive, including service on the Institute Executive Board, the Academic Senate,          and the Institute Graduate Committee.