Master of Science in Business Analytics

Meet our MSBA Ambassadors

 

Wake Forest MSBA Ambassadors are current students who are available and eager to answer any questions you might have. Our Ambassadors know the MSBA program and the path to get there better than anyone so they can give you the first-hand student perspective you need. We encourage you to reach out any of the ambassadors listed below via email regarding questions about the program, application process, career resources, life at Wake Forest, living in Winston-Salem, or any other questions you may have.

 

Evan Schlameuss

Email: schler13@wfu.edu

Hometown: Saint James, NY
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Finance
Personal: I am originally from New York, but have spent the last four years in Winston-Salem, being part of the Wake Forest community. Appropriately named a Double Deac, I studied finance and German during my undergraduate career. Outside of my academic career, I spent time working for a small hedge fund, and in retail banking. I hope to move to Charlotte at the end of this program and continue my career in finance.

Alexa Li

Email: lic217@wfu.edu

Hometown: Puyang, Henan, China
UG School: Northeast Normal University
Major/Minor: International Business
Personal: I was raised in Chongqing, China. Before I came to Wake, I worked for Nielsen as a marketing analyst. During this experience I was fascinated by the magic of data, especially how to use data to study and predict customer behavior in retail, which led me to the MSBA program at Wake. I love to explore East Asian Studies, and also enjoy hiking and traveling.

Lauren Formica

Email: formle12@wfu.edu

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Economics
Personal: After growing up in Atlanta, GA, I moved to Winston-Salem in 2012 to start my undergraduate studies at Wake Forest. I majored in economics with minors in international studies and environmental studies. After undergrad, I worked for Wake Forest as a Global Programs Coordinator. Now I have returned to the MSBA program as a Double Deac to explore my love of data and to gain business acumen. I have a deep love of travel, spending the afternoon in a coffee shop with friends, and fencing.

Joshua Oyen

Email: oyenj17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Houston, TX
UG School: University of Saint Thomas (Texas)
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Personal: I come from Houston, Texas, where I was born and raised. I studied Applied Mathematics at University of St. Thomas (Texas) and am excited to be an MSBA student at Wake Forest University. I chose WFU’s MSBA program largely because of the corporate partnerships, emphasis on data-based decision-making and data visualization, and the variety of applications explored. In my free time I’m an avid tabletop gamer, enjoying everything from board games to card games to miniatures.

Borong Zhang

Email: zhanb17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Beijing, China
UG School: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Personal: I’m originally from Beijing, China, and came to the states in 2012. I’ve been interested in playing with numbers since I was very young. After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a Math major, I decided to learn how to leverage my quantitative skills in real business problems. The MSBA curriculum design, especially practicum, is really attractive. I enjoy different kinds of food, especially travel to different places and eat.

Ayana Littlejohn

Email: littad17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
UG School: UNC – Greensboro
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Personal: I am a proud Unicorn from the North Carolina School of Science and Math. From there I studied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduation, I worked as a Mathematics Tutor at a local private school for a year before deciding that it was necessary to pursue a degree that combined my technical skills with the business skills of the future leaders here at Wake Forest University. I love to travel and learn about different cultures!

Sarah Hayakawa

Email: hayash17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
UG School: Bucknell University
Major/Minor: Neuroscience
Personal: I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and studied mathematics and neuroscience at Bucknell University. At Bucknell, I conducted independent research in computational neuroscience. I came to Wake Forest to expand my applied knowledge and tools in data analytics. In my free time, I weight lift and am a self-taught make-up artist!

Palmer Sally

Email: sallip17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
UG School: Wofford College
Major/Minor: Finance
Personal: I grew up in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and received a degree in Finance from Wofford College. After learning how quickly the world has been moving to data driven decisions, I knew that getting a Masters in Business Analytics would put me on the fast track to a leadership position. Winston-Salem has been a pleasant surprise with great mountain biking, fly fishing, and hiking spots close by.

Reed Oliver

Email: olivr17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Goshen, KY
UG School: Furman University
Major/Minor: Philosophy
Personal: I was born and raised in Louisville, KY before starting undergrad at Furman University, where I studied Physics and Philosophy. During that time, I spent two summers doing research with a focus on healthcare applications. I decided on Wake Forest to leverage the brand of the business school with the analytic skill set the MSBA Program provides. In my spare time I like to hike, listen to music and dive.

Yingying Chu

Email: chuy17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Wuxi, China
UG School: University of Michigan
Major/Minor: Economics
Personal: I’m originally from Wuxi, China, and I’ve been studying in the US since 2010. I went to a boarding high school in Massachusetts where I experienced cultural diversity for the first time in my life. In 2016, I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Economics. After interning with Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting in Michigan for four months, I decided to continue my education at Wake Forest.

Jingyi Fan 

Email: fanj17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Tianjin, China
UG School: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Major/Minor: Accountancy
Personal:I was born in Tianjin, China, lived in Europe for half a year, and studied and worked in Hong Kong for almost six years. I speak native Mandarin and fluent Cantonese and English. I love food and traveling, and beaches are always my favorite destinations.

Zachary Little

Email: littzd17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
UG School: NC State University
Major/Minor: Engineering
Personal: I grew up in the Northeast spending several years in the Philadelphia, PA area, but I consider a small town in Upstate New York called Horseheads my home. After graduating from NC State University, I worked as an Operations Manager for Anheuser-Busch for two years. I love sports and being outdoors, but also enjoy relaxing with good TV shows and movies.

Wanting Hong

Email: hongw17@wfu.edu

Hometown: Beijing, China
UG School: SW University of Finance & Economics
Major/Minor: Finance
Personal: I am Wanting! I grew up in Beijing, China and I studied finance for my undergrad at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Internships in different financial services made me realize that it is better to learn more about data processing to survive in this big data era. So, I came to Wake Forest to build such skills and I gained more than that. I am a big fan of tennis, traveling and “This Is Us”.

Samuel Mao 

Email: maop15@wfu.edu

Hometown: Shenzhen, China
UG School: Furman University
Major/Minor: Classical Studies
Personal: The important thing is to seek truth and make decisions, and analyzing big data can be very helpful to this endeavor both in our life and in business. MSBA is the exact program that allows me to do so and I am enjoying every bit of it, socially and academically.  I am passionate about data, philosophy, history, language, baseball, soccer, and making meaningful connections.

 

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