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Tepper School Welcome and Awards Ceremony Recognizes Student Achievements and Celebrates the Tepper Community

This annual event serves as an opportunity to honor students for their impressive accomplishments and service to the school, and many of them weighed in on how the Tepper community had impacted their lives.
 Pictured from left to right are 2015's student award winners: Ohemaah Ntiamoah, Conner Mickelson, Akshay Nemlekar, Joshua Eickmeier and Katherine Tippets.
Community was on the minds of many at this year’s Tepper School Welcome and Awards Ceremony.

The event opened with remarks by dean Robert Dammon and Kera Bartlett, MBA '16, president of the Graduate Business Association.

“The Tepper School has one of the most supportive communities that you’ll ever find,” Bartlett said. “We are a community that understands that we accomplish more together than we do individually. That is where our power comes from.”

Bartlett went on to offer advice for incoming students, encouraging them to always be genuine, unique and hardworking.

“You were admitted because you have something unique to contribute to our community…inspire us with what you want to achieve, and do so authentically.”

Five returning MBA candidates were recognized at this year’s Welcome and Awards Ceremony, held at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall on Sunday, August 30.

“It is so important to take the opportunity to celebrate our successes, both of our students and our alumni…these achievements reflect so positively on the Tepper community,” Kate Barraclough, head of the MBA program at the Tepper School, stated preceding her introductions of the awardees. 

Katherine Tippets, MBA '16, was awarded the McGowan Fellowship Award. The McGowan Fellows program was established in 2010 by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to create a select community of highly talented, emerging business leaders who are dedicated to ethical leadership, community building and show an interest in public service.

Tippets holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She previously held positions in mechanical engineering at Nordson Asymtek leading multiple process improvement projects, and she completed the Accelerate Leadership Program internship this summer at Intel Corporation.

When I decided to come to Tepper, I heard the word “community” a lot… but I didn’t fully grasp what kind of an impact that community would have on me,” Tippets said during her acceptance speech. “Without the support of [my classmates] I would not be here, accepting this award.”

Ohemaah Ntiamoah, MBA '16, earned the Arjun V. Gokhale Spirit Award This award is distributed by an administrative staff committee to a returning first-year full-time student or second-year part-time student who demonstrates academic excellence, a zest for life, dedication to team work, and the ability to bring diverse people together.

Ntiamoah elaborated on the importance of community, stating, “The Tepper community is a powerful collective of sharp minds and willing hearts… we are privileged to be part of a community that challenges us, day after day, to grow in character and knowledge.”

Ntiamoah holds a BA in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and she formerly worked as a finance counselor with the Education Management Corporation. This summer, Ntiamoah completed her internship as an associate brand manager with the Kraft Heinz Company.

Conner Mickelson, MBA '16; Akshay Nemlekar, MBA '16; and Joshua Eickmeier, MBA '16, received the Henry Ford II Scholarship Awards. Each year this award is presented to one full-time, one part-time and one Online Hybrid MBA student with the highest grade point average at the end of the first academic year.

Mickelson represents the full-time program. He earned his BS in zoology from Weber State University, and he previously held a position as a Laboratory Technician with Nelson Laboratories. Mickelson completed a summer internship with the Chief Strategy Office of Mylan in the Pittsburgh area.

Nemlekar joined the part-time, on-campus MBA program after earning a BS in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously worked in quality assurance at Thomson Reuters in Pittsburgh, and as an engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. He is currently the VP of Operations and Strategy at Jenny N. Design, and this summer he interned with AT&T in Mobile Network Operations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Eickmeier earned a BS in mechanical engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to participating in the Online Hybrid MBA program at the Tepper School, Eickmeier currently serves as an Accounts Receivable Manager at McMasters-Carr Supply Company in Cleveland, Ohio.