Dean's Report 2020/2021

2020/2021 Dean's Report The Dean's Report highlights the major achievements at the UCR School of Business and provides an overview of the school's growth, academic programs and strategic initiatives. ► View the Dean's Report full screen

Alumnus Helps First-generation Students Turn Ambition into Opportunity

Recalling one of his first career fairs as an undergraduate, David Gutierrez ’04 describes being pulled aside by a college adviser with a bit of crucial advice: Clip the brand label off your jacket sleeve. It was an oversight that Gutierrez attributes to the lack of experience that is common to many first-generation college students...
By Darin Estep |

‘If You Have an Idea, Just Try It’

When Anthony Griffin decided to make the move to Japan, he took a few things along with him: a lifelong fascination with the country, one year of studying the language, and the textbook from his business communications course at UC Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2002 and an MBA...
By Darin Estep |

‘A Revolving Cycle of Giving Back’

Analyzing technology and life science companies while gaining an understanding of the technology ecosystem are responsibilities that Don H. Tran ’01 greatly enjoys, and it is part of his job as senior credit review lead at Silicon Valley Bank. “It is fascinating to see innovation occur and to be involved with a bank that has...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

MBA Grad Applies Business Acumen in Brand-New Field for U.S. Army

When the U.S. Army launched a career field in enterprise marketing and behavioral economics, it was designed to attract top-performing officers. Competition was high: Almost 500 applied for the first cohort, which had only 30 openings. In announcing the opportunity, the Army said soldiers applying needed to “exhibit a history of excellence” and have “either...
By Darin Estep |

Knowledge is Empowerment

Among the life lessons Benjamin Gonzalez says he’s learned is, “Personal and professional growth begin by not knowing something.” With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Iowa State University, Gonzalez entered the U.S. Army and served in Iraq, Germany, and Afghanistan. He worked his way up in a variety of medical, transportation, and operations roles...
By Laurie McLaughlin |

Dean's Report 2019

At UCR School of Business, we continue to build an environment that inspires greater engagement and collaboration which empowers all our stakeholders to achieve greater levels of success. Download the 2019 Dean's Report

Veteran, Alumnus - Embraces Risk, Regimentation

His fear of complacency surpasses his fear of sharks. Ruben Hernandez, a UCR Business alumnus, U.S. Marine, and founder of EGA Homes, enjoys skydiving, off-roading, and scuba adventures – sometimes with great whites. He’s no adrenaline junkie, though. For the entrepreneur, it’s more about leaving his comfort zone – ensuring that, at the end of...

UCR Business Alumnus Dazzles Tech World

Jim Merino has been a math whiz since he learned to count. His father and grandfather, both engineers, taught him algorithms in grade school. “They were always tossing brain teasers at me,” he recalls. And he still craves complex puzzles. Today, Merino, a math and data science expert – and graduate of Caltech (BS, 1984)...

Robin Chou Named Associate Dean at National Chengchi University

Robin K. Chou, Distinguished Professor of Finance, was named Associate Dean for Research at College of Commerce, National Chengchi University (NCCU). Dr. Chou’s academic research has focussed on investments, market microstructure and behavioral finance. His work has been published widely in renowned international journals. Research areas explored by Professor Chou include the efficiency of market...