Our student blog provides a candid glimpse into the Berkeley EWMBA experience and the vibrant Haas community. These entries are published directly by the students and are not edited by the Haas School of Business.
Shamik Bandyopadhyay, MBA 14
Shamik is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. After a five year stint in the Windows Embedded and Windows Phone divisons, he recently moved to the Hotmail division located at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus. Shamik grew up in Kolkata, India. He has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Canada and a Master’s degree in EECS from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Shamik loves tracking the latest innovations in the social and mobile industries. He can often be found planning the itinerary for his next vacation and adding yet more places to his travel bucket list.
Shamik is a first year student in the EWMBA program in the weekend cohort.
Jennifer Caleshu, MBA 13
Jennifer Caleshu is the Director of Communications for the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s museum located under the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. She joined the Museum in July 2006 upon returning home to the Bay Area after three years in Rochester, New York, where she served as Acting Executive Director and Artistic Director of a not-for-profit art house movie theatre. She previously worked in a number of positions for American Conservatory Theater, where she produced the new opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with Kronos Quartet. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Human Biology, with a focus on child development and issues of adolescence.
Jennifer lives in Marin with her husband and two young children. She is in her second year of the EWMBA in the evening cohort.
Joann Hu, MBA 13
Joann grew up on the tropical island of Guam before relocating to the not-so-tropical city of Fremont for junior high school, and she has remained in the Bay Area since then. She was an undergraduate business major at UC Berkeley, so this is her second round as a Haas student. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree, she worked at Hewlett-Packard managing direct mail, email and interactive marketing programs for the company’s e-commerce store. Currently, Joann is an account manager at Microsoft, crafting digital advertising campaigns that run on MSN, Windows Live, MSNBC, Xbox Live, etc.
Joann is a second-year in the EWMBA weekend cohort. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on the Cal football team (GO BEARS!) and the Golden State Warriors.
Archit Lohokare, MBA 13
Archit is a Managing Consultant specializing in worldwide information security technical sales for IBM Software Group. He joined IBM in 2008 through the acquisition of Encentuate, a Silicon Valley startup of which he was an early member. At Encentuate and later at IBM, he has held several diverse roles in engineering, support, professional services and technical sales and has worked and lived across the globe in Asia Pacific, Europe, North and South America.
A Singaporean by nationality, Archit grew up primarily in Mumbai and Pune, India. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from NTU, Singapore. Archit has a profound interest in technology and startups and aspires to see his entrepreneurial dream materialize someday. Outside of work, Archit indulges in writing and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast whose rides include a Suzuki GSX650F and a Kawasaki Ninja 250. He is a second year student in the EWMBA program in the weekend cohort.
Sonny Chinthamani, MBA 12
Sonny is a Lead Program Manager at Microsoft in the Windows Serviceability division – which is responsible for shipping hotfixes, security updates and service packs for Windows. Prior to joining Microsoft in Nov 2005, she worked at Dell for two years as a systems engineer in the Enterprise Operating Systems group. She got her Master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. Outside of work, Sonny is interested in traveling, recently fell in love with Auguste Rodin’s work on a trip to Paris, and is addicted to reality television (her favorite show is Amazing Race).
Sonny is a third-year student in the EWMBA program and lives in Seattle with her husband, Mikin Macwan, who also works in Microsoft and her pet Yorkie, Zero, who loves to constantly stalk her around the house. She commutes every weekend to Berkeley for MBA classes.
Tony is on his second stint at the Haas School of Business. As an Undergrad at Cal, Tony obtained simultaneous degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Business Administration. He has managed to fully utilize both degrees since graduating, remaining in the Bay Area to work as a consultant and a marketing analyst for various Biotech companies in the area.Currently working at Genomic Health as a marketing analyst, Tony plays a critical role in helping the company to develop, launch, and market the OncotypeDX cancer assays, a tool useful for oncologists and cancer patients in identifying whether a patient is likely to respond to chemotherapy, which helps answer a question with incredible implications in terms of quality of life for cancer patients.While balancing work and school, Tony manages to squeeze in a weekly volleyball game, as well as time for good wine and food. He is also in perpetual debate regarding his next international city to visit. Tony is a third-year student in the EWMBA program, with the Gold cohort (Tuesday/Thursday).