MBA Sustainability Ranked Among Global Top 10 for 2015!

betterbusinessThe recently released “Better World MBA 2015 Ranking” from Corporate Knights adds another top 10 ranking for Duquesne’s one-year full-time MBA emphasizing sustainability. This program has been ranked among the top 25 in the world for seven out eight years since launched in 2007.

The new Better World ranking aims to identify the full-time MBAs that best prepare graduates to change the world and improve the business climate. This year, the competition was intense since 121 schools were evaluated. As shown below, we’re in very nice company near the top of a list of the world’s finest business schools!

1 York University – Schulich School of Business Canada
2 McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management Canada
3 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
4 KAIST South Korea
5 University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business Canada
6 Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business United States
7 University of Cambridge – Judge Business School United Kingdom
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan School of Management United States
9 Harvard University – Harvard Business School United States
10 Duquesne University – Donahue Graduate School of Business United States
11 University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business Canada
12 Concordia University – John Molson School of Business Canada
13 Saint Mary’s University – Sobey School of Business Canada
14 INSEAD France
15 University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business United States
16 Yale University – Yale School of Management United States
17 University of Mannheim – Mannheim Business School Germany
18 University of Bath – School of Management (BAT) United Kingdom
19 University of London – London Business School United Kingdom
20 University of Warwick – Warwick Business School United Kingdom
21 University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business United States
22 Macquarie University – Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australia
23 Manchester University – Manchester Business School United Kingdom
24 Stanford University – Stanford Graduate School of Business United States
25 Paris – HEC School of Management France

2015 Better World MBA Results | Corporate Knights

IDEO Design Thinking Workshop

It was incredible how much knowledge we gained about breakthrough innovation!

Our MBA Sustainability Cohort participated and competed a training session on Design Thinking from IDEO. For those of you who don’t know, Design Thinking is a structured and proven approach to speeding up breakthrough innovations.

Our instructors helped our teams navigate the different stages of Design Thinking along the 4-hour simulation. Each group came up with dozens of ideas during our “Ideation” phase that focused on helping a town in California find new uses for stuff the residents no longer needed. Furthermore, we created storyboards to help visually represent the actions we developed to promote sustainable lifestyles in this town.

By following the key principles of Design Thinking, particularly being observant and testing out hypothesis in a quick, iterative fashion, we developed extremely imaginative, but feasible ideas swiftly. Stay turned to see how we apply these tools during our consulting projects.

Duquesne MBAs Intend to Power Pittsburgh like Doc Powered the DeLorean: W2E!

In “Back to the Future II” (1989), Doc raids Marty’s garbage and turns it into fuel for his DeLorean.  No longer science fiction, converting waste to energy (W2E) is the absolute cutting edge of renewable fuel in the United States, and it could be coming to Pittsburgh soon.

For our first consulting project, we are collaborating with quasar energy group to explore feasibility and public-private partnerships for turning bio-waste into energy.  On a rainy day in late October, our MBA Sustainability class, accompanied by several professors and graduate students from Duquesne’s environmental science program, took a trip to Wooster, Ohio.  Why Wooster, you ask? Wooster is home to quasar’s partner, Ohio State’s agricultural institute, and their flagship anaerobic digester facilities that turn bio-waste into energy.

Anaerobic digestion technology provides clean, renewable energy for our homes and cars. The process takes organic waste and breaks it down in the absence of oxygen to harvest the energy insides.  When forty percent of food produced in America ends up in a landfill, this technology aims to provide an alternative.[1] The opportunity is huge:  In just the 2nd quarter of 2015, Allegheny County sent almost 407,000 tons of waste to the landfill![2]

We are ecstatic to be tackling such a massive problem. As one student named Mark said, “Coming from the energy field, I am really looking forward to working with anaerobic digestion technology to help find renewable solutions to our country’s energy issues.”

“Doc needs fuel” clip:

[1] NRDC Issue Paper – Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.
[2] “Municipal Waste Disposal Information.” Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Waste Management. 11 Aug, 2015. Web. 30 Oct, 2015.

Check out Rebecca Bykoski Class of ’14

Check out Rebecca Bykoski’s interview with TribLive on the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program she designed! Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of the Duquesne SMBA program and is a current member on the Alumni Board. Prior to returning to school to earn her MBA, she was a junior high special education teacher. This just goes to show that you do not have to stay on the same career path forever! The SMBA program is a great way to help shift your career into a new direction! Follow the link below for more information on Rebecca’s interview!

The Corporate Cup

On Saturday July 18, 2015, a group of students were sponsored by their client to participate in the first annual Huntington Bank Corporate Cup to help raise money for Pelotonia Cancer Research. The group was able to rock some Duke pride with team t-shirts, represent Duquesne, and be sponsored by Tom Nist of Huntington Bank to go toe-to-toe with 9 other corporations to fight for the number one spot. The team was able to work and play along side various ranking managers and employees of these other corporations and Huntington Banks itself. They participated in events such as 5 vs 5 basketball, 6 vs 6 volleyball, Tug-of-War, Cornhole, and even an obstacle course. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to immerse themselves in the community and rub elbows with their client and other young professionals, while working hands-on in their practicum course.  And they even got to have a little fun while doing so!

Duquesne TeamPictured from left to right: Brandon Martin, Sarah Jilbert, Meng Dong, Derek Craig, Katie Greer, and Dave Sexauer

Congratulations are in Order!

Duquesne’s Graduate Net Impact chapter is excited to announce that we have achieved GOLD chapter status this year! Although the statists aren’t out yet for 2015, less than 17% of the over 300 Net Impact chapters were awarded gold status in 2014. In order to achieve this prestigious status, a chapter must host at least ten events (or host eight events with one program) and have two events featuring meaningful collaboration throughout the year.

Some event highlights this year were “Tacobout Debt Day,” the collaboration social with Carnegie Mellon University, and the alumni job search panel. “Tacobout Debt Day” was part of the Net Impact two-cents day competition where our members handed out free tacos to students in order to raise awareness of the national debt. We finished top 20 in the competition and earned a free trip to Florida for one of our team members… who met Bill Clinton!

Another successful event was the social with Carnegie Mellon. Several members from their graduate chapter joined us for happy hour and appetizers to discuss our Net Impact chapters as well as network. It allowed us to form a great chapter connection right down Fifth Avenue! After this event we had another networking opportunity with alumni of the sMBA program. We invited a panel to come out and give us the cliff notes version of job searching. It was extremely helpful and our chapter learned a lot about Boolean searching!

Now that we have had such a wonderful year and accomplished our gold chapter goal we are ready to pass the reins to the sMBA 2016 class! – Sarah Jilbert


From left to right: Meredith Wingerson, Zach Snyder, Gina Johnson, Vani Hans, Phillip Venanzi, Sarah Jilbert, Caitlin Merritt, Katherine Smith, and Alyssa Haber.

#FlashBackFriday Sustainable Ballers!

IMG_20150203_195853 Flash Back Friday! Back to the spring semester when a group of students rallied together to find a way to relieve the stresses of life. The solution? Intramural Coed Basketball! With the obvious choice for the team name being “The Sustainable Ballers”, the crew assembled. The roster was assembled and the players took the court. Under the leadership of stellar Collegiate athletes like Brandon Martin, David Sexauer, Arielle Love, and Elise Farris, the Ballers went on to only lose 2 games total (one of those being in the championship game), finishing with a record of 6-2, second best in the league. It proved to be a long, but fun and entertaining for everyone. Plus a little exercise never hurt anyone! Pictured left to right: Dan Kriger, Derek Craig, Kamryn Thorpe, Elise Farris, Zach Snyder, Brandon Martin, and David Sexauer