Full-time MBA

Tippie Business Strategy Association (TBSA)


Creating strong programs and events to enhance the MBA experience for Business Analytics Academy students


Collaborating to create the most innovative educational and professional opportunities for students pursuing MBAs in strategy development and operations excellence



Farhan Saad Ahmed - President

Academy/track: Business Analytics

Undergraduate: Economics and Political Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan)
Prior Employers: Starcom Mediavest Pakistan, Interactive Research and Development (Public Health)
Why this student organization and position: The ability to use analytical tools and derive value from data is a critical hard skill in today's business world, and it is this realization and skillset that I want to promote among my peers and incoming students. This platform gives me the autonomy to explore not just my own interests but also work with the students in the program to enhance their MBA experience, as well. Why this position? Because who doesn't like being president?!
Interests: Politics, international affairs, soccer and plenty that I'm still figuring out.

Sameer Afzal Farooqi - Vice President

Academy/track: Business Analytics
Undergraduate: Economics and Political Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan)
Prior Employers: S&P Global Market Intelligence (Formerly SNL Financial)
Why this student organization and position:"The best way to control the future is to create it. Analytics is the vehicle that gets from the randomness and chaos of the past to the structure and organization of the future through the highway of informed decision making. It is the closest thing we have to a time machine." - Stephen Hawking The face that Hawking did not say this does not make it any less true.

Interests: Mountain climbing, theater, technology, media, food, naps, etc.

Oladipo Thompson - Treasurer

Academy/track: Business Analytics
Systems Engineering
Prior Employers: Transocean and Shelf Drilling
Why this student organization and position:As a member of the new Business Analytics track, I'm eager to take a lead on shaping student experiences in this track. I wish to bridge student and market expectations with the academy's offerings. Being the Treasurer of Business Analytics academy gives me the opportunity to achieve these goals while also sharpening my leadership skills in the process.
Interests:Technology, operations, and helping others!


Fall Events

  • Career Exploration Trip to Des Moines: The TBSA arranged the Fall Career Exploration Trip to Des Moines on the 23rd of October 2014. As a part of this trip, students visited three major companies: Hagie manufacturing company, Pioneer and Casey’s General stores. Not only was this an opportunity to learn about the organizations, industry and their challenges, but it was also a great platform to interact closely with the members of the leadership teams in these companies.
  • Tippie Table Talks: Tippie Table Talks is a networking event that is facilitated by the Career Services team of the Tippie School of Management. During this event, students got the opportunity to sit across the dinner table with several key alumni of the Des Moines area and closely network with them.

Spring Events

  • Career Exploration Trip to Quad Cities: A Spring Career Exploration Trip, similar to the Fall Trip was organized by the TBSA on the 29th of March, 2012. Students visited the World Headquarters of Deere and Company and interacted with key members of the leadership team. The students also visited a micro distillery: Mississippi River Distilling Company and learnt about the intricacies of managing a start-up.
Spring trip group photograph

Tippie Students at Deere and Company-World Headquarters

Ongoing Events

  • Consulting/Case Interview Club engagements: The TBSA runs the Consulting/Case Interview Club. The Club helps students in preparing for Case Interviews.
  • Student Scholarships: The TBSA is planning to sponsor a number of certifications like PMP (Project Management Professional) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)