Spring Quarter Electives

With the ’08 classes now taking electives, the slate of offerings has diversified for both Full-time and Flex students. Here’s a look at this quarter’s elective classes, the professor, number of units, and program.

  • Marketing Strategy (David Bell, 4 – Flex)
  • Marketing Communications (Ayelet Gneezy, 4 – Full)
  • Business Development (Alexander Zak, 4 – Full)
  • Corporate Governance (Uri Gneezy, 2 – Full)
  • Global Operations (Vish Krishnan, 2 – Full)
  • Sustainable Enterprise (Josh Skov, 2 – Flex)
  • Managerial Accounting (James Wallace, 2 – Flex)
  • Problem Solving (Jay Kranzler, 2 – Full)
  • Negotiation (Uri Gneezy, 4 – Flex)
  • Project Management (Alexander Zak, 4 – Flex)
  • Investments (Ross Valkanov, 4 – Full)
  • Risk Management (Ross Valkanov, 4 – Full)
  • Portfolio Theory in Practice (Harry Markowitz, 4 – Flex)

Distribution of electives across days of the week is as follows:



Rady Goes to TJ

Life Tech visits DJO in Tijuana

The Rady Life Tech Club recently visited DJ Ortho’s maquiladora manufacturing facilities in Tijuana, Mexico.  Headquartered in Vista (north San Diego County), DJ Ortho designs, manufactures, and markets rehabilitation and regeneration products for the non-operative orthopedic markets. The trip was hosted by Jerry Wright, Director of Corporate QA & Operational Excellence at DJ Ortho. In 2005, DJO’s Tijuana manufacturing plant was honored as one of IndustryWeek’s Top Ten Best Plants in North America. The trip included a tour of the manufacturing and distribution facilities and a candid conversation with DJ Ortho’s Tijuana-based leadership. Discussion topics included outsourcing in China vs. Mexico, marketing of medical devices, and lean manufacturing techniques. The trip provided a hands-on experience for Rady students seeking to learn more about cutting-edge manufacturing in the medical device industry.


Dean Sullivan Gives MBA Student Update

Deal Sullivan addressed students from the Full-Time program this afternoon to provide an update on the state of the school. The meeting was in response to a request from the new officers of the Rady Student Association. Here are the highlights, in order of delivery:

  • Cohorts will increase in size to 75 after moving to Otterson Hall. Rady will maintain a single cohort through 2009.
  • Flex program recruiting is going on the road with an info session at Amylin on May 8.
  • The launch of an evening MBA program has been tentatively scheduled for March, 2008.
  • Dan Bradbury and Vyomesh Joshi have joined the Dean’s Advisory Council.
  • Leo Spiegel will chair a subcommitee on MBA Programs.
  • Rady has fast tracked accreditation to reach for a 2-year goal.
  • Rady is working closely with student leaders to enhance program culture, operations, and innovation on an ongoing basis.

Guzik Launches Sailing eList

Brian Guzik ’07 has stepped up to launch the sailing email list for Rady.  The list will connect and leverage Rady’s community of skippers by providing a dedicated communication channel.  Look for a flotilla coming your way soon.  You can sign up for the sailing list and many others on the email list page of the alumni website.

Alumni Spotlight on Martin Sabarsky ’06

Martin with daughter Alexandra

Martin Sabarsky ’06 is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Diversa Corporation (Nasdaq: DVSA). We caught up with Martin to launch the Alumni Spotlight, a regular feature of the Wire. Diversa is a public biotechnology company where, for the past seven years, Sabarsky has worked in a number of different roles with increasing levels of responsibility. As Vice President of Corporate Development, he is currently responsible for mergers and acquisitions analysis, negotiating and documenting collaboration, license, and mergers and acquisition agreements, investor and public relations, corporate communications, and SEC reporting.

Wire: How has Rady impacted your job function and success?
Sabarsky: Rady has increased my credibility and confidence as my role has increasingly been to help lead the management of change within Diversa, as part of a corporate restructuring in 2006 and a pending merger announced in February 2007. In addition, much of the coursework and case studies in several disciplines have proven very useful in specific projects I have undertaken during and after Rady.

W: What class (or classes) do you retrospectively view as most valuable?
MS: Courses on Strategy, Operations, and Strategic Cost Management have proven to date to be the most useful in my current role. [Generally,] classes that attempt to synthesize multiple discliplines (e.g., strategy, marketing, finance, etc.) have been the most valuable.

W: How have your goals changed since graduation?
MS: Since graduation, I am even more interested in pursuing venture capital in the future, as I believe it would afford me the opportunity to use/leverage my transactional experience and further hone multiple skill sets in finance, strategy, and operations.

W: Any updates in your family or personal life?
MS: My daughter Alexandra (5 yrs old) begins kindergarten in the summer, and Rady baby Sophia (16 months) is talking up a storm and continues to develop quickly to try to catch up to her big sister.

Rady Alumni Get Goowy

Goowy Logo

The Rady Alumni Association has adopted technology from San Diego-based Goowy Media to improve alumni communication. Widgets from Goowy’s Yourminis platform have been added to the alumni website to highlight posts from this publication, The Wire, and report on another Rady asset, San Diego weather conditions. The pilot program is the product of an independent study that three Rady students recently completed with Goowy. Thank you to Scott Parish, Rady’s Web Communications Manager, for putting the pieces together.

Kennedy and Drucas to Speak at Women in BioScience Conference

Ciara Kennedy ’06 and Renee Drucas ’07 are scheduled to appear as panelists at the 2007 Women in BioScience Conference on May 19 at the Salk Institute.  Dr. Kennedy, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Cypress Biosciences and President of the Rady Alumni Association, will appear alongside Drucas, a Director of Manufacturing at Invitrogen, to discuss careers in drug development.

Conference details and registration are available here.