Meet our student ambassadors

When applying for a business master's program, nothing is more valuable than hearing from someone who's in the thick of it. Student ambassadors are current Business Analytics, Finance, or dual degree Business Analytics/Finance graduate students. They're available to answer your questions about life in Iowa City and the student experience at Tippie.

To connect with a Student Ambassador, you can either email the ambassador you would like to speak with at their email address listed below, or you can email Tippie Graduate Programs at tippie-grad-programs@uiowa.edu, and we'll put you in touch.

Business Analytics ambassadors

Benjamin Ahnen

Ben Ahnen

benjamin-ahnen@uiowa.edu

Ben is a Business Analytics student originally from Waukee, Iowa. Ben graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and started the master’s program as a U2G student. He is currently working part-time for DLL and in his spare time enjoys sports analytics, soccer, exercising, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Poorvika Bhat

Poorvika Bhat

poorvika-bhat@uiowa.edu

Poorvika is a Master of Business Analytics student. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science at a university in India. Post that, she worked for 6 years as a Java developer for various companies like Accenture, [24]7.ai, JPMorgan & Chase in India before starting her master's degree at University of Iowa. She likes traveling, reading, and making reels in her free time, and would love to answer any questions you may have related to settling in Iowa, courses, college, facilities, and more.

Gwen Chaiyarat

Gwen Chaiyarat

chaiyarat@uiowa.edu

Gwen is a Master of Business Analytics student. She is originally from Bangkok, Thailand. Gwen received her Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from the University of Tampa in May 2021. She is currently working as an Athletics IT Analyst at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where she enjoys working before, during, and after the games. (Go Hawks!) In the program, Gwen's areas of interest are sports, information technology, and marketing analytics. Outside of the classroom and work, she loves spending time outdoors with her dog, cooking, and exploring local coffee shops. She is looking forward to helping students succeed in the MSBA program at Iowa.

Ben Facio

Ben Facio

benjamin-facio@uiowa.edu

Ben is a Master of Business Analytics student. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Marketing and started working on his master’s degree during his last year as an undergraduate student. Ben is originally from Ames, Iowa but has always been a Hawkeye fan. After he graduates, Ben wants to work for a company that promotes diversity and strives to make positive impacts in the world using analytics. In his free time, Ben loves to play Quidditch and watch the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has lived in Iowa City for 5 years and would love to answer any questions that you may have about living in Iowa City (or Quidditch).

Rajiv Ray

Rajiv Ray

rajiv-ray@uiowa.edu

Rajiv is a Master of Business Analytics student. He is originally from India. His background includes a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Accounting and a post-graduate certification in Human Resource Management. He has also worked for six years as a Human Resource Manager in Deloitte, USI, after which he decided to pursue a master's degree to accelerate his career. He likes making new connections and is eager to help the incoming students and answer all their queries for a successful journey in this program and in Iowa City. After graduation, Rajiv plans to move to Chicago and pursue a career as a Business Analyst in a consulting firm.

Collin Smith

Collin Smith

collin-smith@uiowa.edu

Collin is a Master of Business Analytics student originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's in Psychology at Iowa State University and an associate's degree in Engineering at Iowa Western Community College. In his free time, Collin loves to frolf (disc golf), catch dubs on Fortnite, and lift heavy objects. Collin knows the difficulties of transitioning from a non-technical undergraduate major and is happy to answer any questions you may have on how to prepare for the program.

Finance ambassadors

John Agraz

John Agraz

john-agraz@uiowa.edu

John is a Master of Finance candidate and obtained a BS in Finance from Arizona State University in 2021. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, John served in the U.S. Navy from 2013 to 2018. He is currently in his second semester and covers the Healthcare sector for the Henry Fund. Over the summer, John will be working as a Mergers and Acquisitions intern at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Nicholas Feldmann

Nicholas Feldmann

nicholas-feldmann@uiowa.edu

Nick is a Master of Finance candidate from Waterloo, Iowa. Nick earned his BBA in finance from the University of Iowa after three years of coursework. In the program, he has concentrations in Corporate Finance and Investments. He is an Equity Research Analyst for the Henry Fund covering the Energy, Consumer Staples, and Utilities sectors. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending his Saturdays in Kinnick Stadium cheering on the Hawkeye football team.

Molly Gervase

Molly Gervase

molly-gervase@uiowa.edu

Molly is a Master of Finance student originally from Davenport, Iowa. She earned her BBA in finance at the University of Iowa. In the program, she is focused on commercial banking and is headed to BMO Harris in Chicago for an internship summer of 2022 in their private equity sector. In her free time, Molly enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and spending quality time with friends and family. Molly knows the struggles of balancing the transition of a new school with the graduate course load, and is eager to help new students thrive in both the program and Iowa City.

Business Analytics + Finance dual degree ambassadors

Olivia Hawkins

Olivia Hawkins

olivia-hawkins-1@uiowa.edu

Olivia Hawkins is a dual degree Master of Finance and Master of Business Analytics student, originally from central Iowa. She majored in Mathematics/Statistics and Computer Science at Luther College and worked as a software engineer for two years before starting at Tippie. After graduation, she will be working remotely for Pearson as a FinOps Analyst, continuing her work from this past summer as an intern. She knows the struggles of juggling classwork and moving to a new city during a pandemic, and is eager to help students succeed in the program and in Iowa City.

Susan Kehl

Susan Kehl

susan-kehl@uiowa.edu

Susan Kehl is a dual degree student originally from Dubuque, Iowa. She majored in finance at the University of South Carolina where she played collegiate soccer for four years. She plans to intern for Principal Financial this summer and plans to graduate in May of 2023. Outside of the classroom, Susan likes to travel, stay active, and spend time with friends and family. She is excited to help students and would love to answer any questions about the program or life in Iowa City.

Deanna Kwon

Deanna (Da Hye) Kwon

dahye-kwon@uiowa.edu

Deanna is a dual degree student from South Korea and Japan. She earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in psychology from University of Iowa. She worked as a Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves and a social worker prior to joining the program. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, playing video games, cooking, and searching for new restaurants in Iowa City and areas nearby. Deanna understands the struggles of working, studying, and moving to a new city during a pandemic. She is excited to share her experiences in the program and give suggestions to improve your life in Iowa City.

Anna Leidl

Anna Leidl

aleidl@uiowa.edu

Anna is a dual degree student originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. She majored in finance and marketing at Iowa Wesleyan University where she played college volleyball for four years and softball for two. She is currently a TA for the undergraduate Business Analytics program and plans to graduate in May of 2023. Anna likes to play recreational sports and hang out with friends outside of class, and is excited to be able to share her experiences and help future Iowa students!