Business Briefs

Cognizant Exec Speaks to Students About AI

Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies
Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies (UConn School of Business)

Bret Greenstein, vice president and global head of artificial intelligence for Cognizant Technologies, recently spoke to 350 undergraduate business majors about the emerging role of artificial intelligence in a variety of industries and functions. He also shared his perspectives on careers and gave advice to students as they plan internships, jobs and careers. Continue Reading

UConn’s MBA Program Earns Global Ranking

(Image Courtesy of Bloomberg Businessweek)
(Image Courtesy of Bloomberg Businessweek)

UConn’s MBA program ranks in the Top 50 among public MBA programs around the world, according to a new report released by Bloomberg Businessweek. UConn ranked No. 42 among public universities when compared with programs in the U.S., the Asia-Pacific region, Canada and Europe.Continue Reading

Prof. Thompson Honored for Excellence in Public Engagement

Kevin Thompson (MGMT) has been honored by the Provost with an Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. (Devin Basdekian / UConn School of Business)
Assistant Professor-in-Residence Kevin Thompson is the recipient of the UConn Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement in the non-tenure track faculty category.Continue Reading

Diversity of Thought Propels Management Society Case Competition

The Business Management Society (BMS) recently hosted a case competition with power-tool manufacturer TTI, the parent company of Milwaukee, Ryobi and Hoover. Student turnout was large, drawing participants from BMS, Women and Business, and other business students. They were tasked with evaluating different marketing strategies to increase the company’s brand exposure on campus. Groups took several routes of action including social media, virtual reality, and brand ambassador programs.

After the competition, the judges awarded prizes to three winning teams:

The first place team included: senior Caleb Saleeby (Management), junior Kevin Dean (Management) and senior Michael Boni (Economics). The second-place team included: senior William Simics (Finance); junior Julia Simics (Real Estate), junior Swathy Shriram (Management); and junior Gina Wiezbicki (Marketing). The third place team members were: senior Suxian Kuan (Management); sophomore Tanvi Dandekar (Finance), sophomore Angela Wang (Finance) and junior Emily Curina (Management & Economics).

Ben Morneault, president of BMS, was impressed at the variety of majors and grade levels among student competitions. “Diversity in thought is so often overlooked in case competitions, but these teams understood the importance of diverse teams, and it showed in their solutions,” he said.

The Business Management Society and Women in Business meet on Tuesdays in the School of Business. For more information, please contact Ben Morneault at, or Sam Adamo at

Tesla Speaker Draws a Crowd

Carine Dumit, senior policy advisor at Tesla, was the keynote speaker at a recent event hosted by the UConn Net Impact Graduate Chapter. Her discussion focused on the electric vehicle industry and its role in creating clean energy. She said the most common questions among new customers are: What does an electric vehicle cost? And where can I charge it?

The program was in partnership with the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council and the Graduate Business Association and was attended by 40 MBA and MSBAPM students and professors. The Nov. 7 program was at the GBLC in Hartford.