Raul Biascoechea, MBA '02
: Tell me about your current role.
Raul: As the Chief Customer Engineer, 747/767/777 Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, I lead a team of approximately 80 engineers, engineering technicians, and managers. The primary role of my team is to work with customers to configure the new airplanes they purchase. In addition, my team serves as the technical liaison between customers and Boeing from the start of configuration activities through the delivery of the aircraft. Read More >>

Rachel Ford, MBA '08
: What did you get most out of your MBA education?
Rachel: I wanted to learn the language of my business world. I had practiced or been exposed to many of the concepts covered in the coursework, but did not necessarily understand the complete picture. The MBA program helped fill the gaps. When I build a product strategy or business case, or am looking for budget or process efficiencies, I now have a comprehensive toolkit with which to do so, rather than a mixed bag of partially learned tools. Read More >> 

Luis NavarroLuis Navarro, MBA '05
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Luis: I am Director of Social Responsibility for the Port of Seattle.  
Sandeep: How did your UWB MBA education help you achieve career success?
Luis: The MBA education was/is a key to new promotions, opening new doors in strategic thinking, team management skills, strategic thinking and management, and career path development strategies, among many other crucial components of my work. I can truly say that not a single day goes by without my making workplace and personal decisions that draw upon skills learned in the MBA program at UW-Bothell.   Read More >>

Jennifer Olsen, SPHR, CCP -  President Resourceful HRJennifer Olsen, MBA '05
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Jennifer: I am President, Resourceful HR, LLC.Our clients count on us to give them sound HR advice. My job is to ensure our clients get the help they need when they need it and have the best possible experience working with us. Resourceful HR is privately held and currently has a staff of 7. Resourceful HR is built on two pillars: 1) delivering the highest quality guidance and programs for clients while, 2) giving equal importance to work/life balance within the team. Read More>>

Subodh Parulekar, MBA '07
Sandeep: What do you do now?
Subodh: I am co-founder and CEO of AFour Technologies. My current focus is on establishing the long term vision for AFour’s services and marketing strategy. My primary responsibility includes Sales and Business Development. Thus, my #1 “Key Result Area” (KRA) is AFour’s revenues. The company has operations in Pune, India, and Bellevue, Washington. We currently have 21 employees, and have a goal of reaching $3 million in revenues in 3 years. Read More >>

Joe Ridge, MBA '07
: What do you do now?
Joe: I have been the Director of Supply Chain for Philips Healthcare - Seattle since 2007. Our business is focused on portable defibrillation products. As a standalone business unit, I have responsibility for Industrial Operations (Factory) and the Supply Chain. Our team is about 140 strong and I have eight direct reports. My aspirations are to practice my craft (for Philips) in a different locale with different products and customers. Read More >>

Uday Shivaswamy, MBA '09Uday Shivaswamy, MBA '09
Sandeep: Why is the UW Bothell MBA special?
Uday: The open, lively and passionate discussions we had in class between students and instructor, and how instructors facilitated quality understanding of divergent views on topics, along with an understanding of concepts as applied to multiple areas of the economy, were all powerful learning tools. This was a fantastic experience that proved that UW Bothell is a great business school. Read More >>

Ryan Smith, MBA '08
: What is your current title? What are your current responsibilities?
Ryan: I am the Director of Application Services at Providence Health and Services. My team is made up of 54 healthcare IT professionals with experience ranging from nursing to technical engineering. We provide implementation and operational support for clinical and business systems covering four acute care hospitals and over 25 ancillary clinics including home care and hospice. I began my career at Providence ten years ago as a graveyard helpdesk analyst and have worn many different hats in the organization since. Read More >>