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Our Graduates

A Passion for Cold Brew

September 10, 2020

Aman Ailani ’20 is the founder of SAH.OL Cold Brew, a ready-to-drink cold brew product made with only two ingredients: coffee grinds and water. A Management major with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies, Ailani won Bentley’s inaugural Shark Tank Pitch…

Muscle Cars and Miniature Models

July 23, 2020

Almost nothing brings Brian Shultz ’80, MBA ’87 more joy than giving new friends — and interviewers — a tour of his basement. “See this here?” he asks, holding a large toy box. It reads Barney’s Auto Factory and shows a boy from the early ’60s playing with…

‘A Commitment to Making the World a Better Place’

July 14, 2020

Ahmadou Balde, MBA ˊ18 Works to Improve Education, Healthcare and Training Services in Guinea (Above: Ahmadou Balde with students at a school that is part of NAD Partnership, where he is COO.) “Business is a social…

An Eye for Analytics

June 22, 2020

Growing up in Abuja, Nigeria, Pearl Brian-Esema, MBA, MSBA ’19 remembers her father inviting her to listen in on his business calls. It wasn’t so much the topic of buying and selling crude oil that interested her. She was intrigued by the specialized terms and…

Shielding the Front Line

May 13, 2020

Unlike other alumni who are running into production roadblocks due to a lack of materials amid the pandemic, Daryl Flynn ’93, co-president of Plastic Design, Inc. is lacking people. Namely, workers at his custom plastic fabrications company in Chelmsford, Mass…

When “I Did Everything Right” Isn’t Enough

May 8, 2020

“But, I did everything right.” Of the 30 million Americans who filed for initial unemployment claims in the last two months, were furloughed or laid off as a result of the coronavirus, this is most likely a common thought. They studied hard and got to work.…

“Make Me a Hand Sanitizer — Neat”

April 29, 2020

What do hand sanitizer and your favorite cocktail have in common? Ethanol — a.k.a. alcohol. Since early March, countless distilleries and spirit manufacturers across the country have swapped legacy recipes and aging barrels for an FDA-approved compound and…

5,000 a Day by May

April 23, 2020

Update: Since our first interview, Gravity Diagnostics has processed more than 200,000 COVID-19 samples and met its goal of averaging 5,000 per day. As of July 9, the highest single-day total was 7,000. The company built a second lab and is running six days a…

Dear Detroit: Stop in the Name of Love

April 22, 2020

Alex DeMuth ’15 was driving around Detroit in mid-March, when he noticed the city — his new hometown — wasn’t taking the pandemic too seriously. To be fair, the country itself was still slowly adjusting to the new normal. Michigan hadn’t reached a thousand new…

Saving the World One Sip at a Time

April 13, 2020

Above: Sustainable Sippin' co-founder Shannon Fairweather ’20 with one of the company's reusable straws. ABC Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful) is known for meting out tough advice to aspiring business startups. So when Sustainable Sippin’…