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Smith Biz: The Robert H. Smith School of Business Alumni Newsletter logo  January 2022
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Wishing you double the cheer in the new year!

Last year saw many new initiatives and innovative programs take shape at Maryland Smith. Van Munching Hall is once again buzzing with excitement and activities! We are going to keep up this momentum and we are grateful for the support of the Maryland Smith Community and your investment in our future. Watch for more great things to come!

Dean Prabhudev Konana

Robert H. Smith School of Business

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Dean Newsletter Feature GraphicJanuary Highlights with Dean Prabhudev Konana        

"We’ve had an incredible year at Maryland Smith, with Van Munching Hall and our other campuses coming back to life with in-person classes and all kinds of inspiring experiences for our students. Now we’re looking forward to new challenges, and in 2022, increasing engagement with our alumni and their companies is one of our highest priorities.


Maryland Smith is as successful as our alumni, and I’ve been so pleased to meet many of you over the past several months, from those who recently graduated to those who were here in the 1960s!" Read the Dean's letter.

Invest in the Smith School to continue to provide exceptional experiences for our students.

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WellmanRemembering Dr. Mark Wellman


As originally announced on December 28, it is with incredible sadness that we share the news that Dr. Mark Wellman, assistant dean of corporate relations and director of the Business, Society and the Economy program of College Park Scholars, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away over the weekend. In addition to his decades with BSE Scholars, he also directed the university’s three largest short term global immersion programs, taking students to the United Arab Emirates, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

In 2010, Dr. Wellman received the University of Maryland Brit Kirwan Undergraduate Education award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the university. He also received numerous awards for teaching, including the Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence award and the Outstanding Faculty Educator award.

Each of the students he has taught will remember his enthusiasm, kindness and genuine interest in their well-being. Share your memories and photos of Dr. Wellman on the website.

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January Alumni Spotlight GraphicKristie Curameng Bradford MBA ‘05: Thriving, Where Business and Technology Meet

What does a typical work day look like for Kristie Curameng Bradford, MBA ’05? Well, there’s really no such thing — and that’s precisely why she loves her job.

“No days look similar,” says Bradford, director of intellectual property at IBM. “There are so many things I could be doing in one day.

In her current role, she is responsible for monetizing innovations, from strategy development to transaction execution. Her focus is in quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and monetization via Venture Capital and Private Equity channels.

In her prior role as a business development executive, Bradford led healthcare-specific mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnership for IBM Watson, the well-known supercomputer best known for beating out contestants on “Jeopardy!” in 2011. Of course, Watson is much more than that – AI has come a long way in the past decade. Read Kristie's full story.

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tech-mgmt program

Tech Management MBA & Graduate Certificate Program.  Starting in August 2022, the 10-month graduate certificate program –  a collaboration between the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the School of Public Policy – is tailored to deliver the multi-disciplinary skills modern leaders need to successfully identify and implement technology across their organizations and markets.

Students will also gain a broader strategic understanding of the new economics of innovation and data, how to quantify the lifespan value and risk of investments in new technology,  and explore both the legal and ethical implications of technology development or adoption. Learn more.

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Alumni Chapter Board nominations are open. Are you interested in making a lasting impact on Maryland Smith and the alumni community? Apply to join the Alumni Chapter Board (ACB) today! The ACB carries out the board's mission to:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationships to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.

Submit your Alumni Chapter Board nomination by March 11, 2022

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Young Alumni Council nominations are open.  Undergraduate alumni who graduated from Maryland Smith in the last 10 years are invited to apply to join the Young Alumni Council.  Members work to strengthen the connection between the school and young alumni by creating programs and organizing events specifically for young alumni.

Submit your Young Alumni Council nomination by January 31, 2022

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Recruiting at Smith. You will often hear us talk about "Terps Helping Terps." Alumni from Maryland Smith can actively support students through their career journey.

We have a variety of valuable ways for you to connect with Smith talent and our world-class programs. Here are eight strategies we recommend to help your company build a presence on our campus, exposing your brand to a pool of ideal candidates. Whether you participate in all eight or a select few, take a look to see which methods best fit your recruiting needs. Our employer relations team is available to assist you in implementing your approach. Contact Cynthia O’Brien, Assistant Director of Employer Recruiting, at

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AA 1.2022 Events

The Alumni Association is heading on the road and visiting a city near you! Join fellow Terps to commemorate reaching our ambitious $1.5 billion goal for Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland. Share your passion for Maryland and celebrate boldness, curiosity and a spirit of discovery while hearing from Associate Vice President, Alumni and Donor Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Amy Eichhorst about exciting updates on campus.
January 18 Terps in Your Town: Seattle
January 19 Terps in Your Town: San Francisco
January 20 Terps in Your Town: Los Angeles

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UMD Career 2022

UMD Career Week January 24-28. Join the UMD Alumni Association for their annual Career Week, a professional development and career enhancing series. These sessions will provide you with relevant, meaningful, professional development and career driven content while highlighting career resources.

Smith Featured Programs:
January 25 Navigating the Government Contracting Universe 
January 27 Baltimore Business & Networking Event

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January 18 Terps in Your Town: Seattle
January 19 Terps in Your Town: San Francisco 
January 20 Terps in Your Town: Los Angeles 
January 24 - 28 UMD Career Week 
January 25 Navigating the Government Contracting Universe
January 25 Virtual Wealth Management Career Panel
January 27 Baltimore Business & Networking Event
March 3 Women Inspire - Save the Date
March 9 UMD Giving Day - Save the Date
April 22 - 24 Black Alumni Weekend
April 26 Pitch Dingman Competition - Save the Date 
April 30  Smith Reunions - Save the Date
Alumni Association Webinars Check the AA calendar for additional events with fellow Terps 
Past Webinars View all of our Maryland Smith alumni past webinars 
Bootstrapped Podcast Listen to all of the Dingman Center's past episodes
Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business Catch up on the Center for Global Business's past episodes
Global Pulse Watch the Center for Global Business's past recordings
The Inc Tank Podcast  Listen to all of the Snider Center's past episodes
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