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Esteemed Alumni Honored at Tepper School Welcome and Awards Ceremony

Much of the Tepper School’s legacy is represented by the achievements of the alumni, and the great extent to which they contribute to today’s dynamic, global business market.

Much of the Tepper School’s legacy is represented by the achievements of the alumni, and the great extent to which they contribute to today’s dynamic, global business market. The Tepper School Alumni Awards were designed to recognize this high level of excellence.

“We recognize that the reputation of the school is due in large measure to the success of our students and alumni, and we take great pride in the accomplishments that they achieve,” said dean Robert Dammon in his opening remarks at the event.

This year’s winners were honored for their outstanding career accomplishments and impressive service to the school at the Welcome and Awards Ceremony, held at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall on Sunday, August 30.

“I have been fortunate to know these individuals in a variety of ways,” Dammon added. “All of them have impressed me with the degree to which they care about the Tepper School, and how they express their appreciation for the role that their graduate education at the Tepper School has played in their careers.”

Laurie Barkman, MSIA ’99 and president of the Tepper School Alumni Board, provided introductions for the awardees.

“Today we honor three alumni who are making lasting impacts by shaping industries, innovating, and helping others,” Barkman said. “The Tepper School Alumni Awards are an important way that we honor alumni who have achieved extraordinary success in their fields and serve as exemplary ambassadors of our school.”

Tepper Recent Alumni Award for Exceptional Service

Ian Buggs

Ian Buggs, MBA ’11, received the Tepper Recent Alumni Award for Exceptional Service, recognizing his continued service to the Tepper School community.

Buggs is a manager of financial reporting and analysis in the Africa-Middle East arm of Pfizer, Inc. During his time at the Tepper School, Buggs was an active member of the community. He served as the president of the Graduate Business Association and was a highly involved member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, actively assisting the Tepper School Admissions team in its outreach for new Consortium applicants.

“The Tepper School provides a supportive community that extends far beyond Pittsburgh. The pedigree, strength and passion that the students have resonates here and continues to resonate once they leave,” Buggs said of the Tepper School.

He continues his service to the Tepper School as an alumnus, leading the planning efforts for his class reunion, serving as an active volunteer with alumni in New York and now the Middle East, and keeping a close network of current and prospective students. Buggs also continues to work with the Consortium program, traveling to Pittsburgh each year to attend the annual welcome event for new Consortium students.

“As you move into the Alumni community, you should continue to give back…provide input, feedback and time, because the current students will greatly benefit from that,” Buggs added.

Tepper Alumni Achievement Award

Per Lofberg

Per Lofberg, MSIA ’73, received the Tepper Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s accomplishments and leadership in his or her profession, which upholds the highest values and traditions of the school.

“My time at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration was a profoundly transformative period of my life, both personally and professionally,” Lofberg stated during the Welcome and Awards Ceremony. “I have tremendous memories from my years at Carnegie Mellon, and it is my hope that all students will benefit from the school as much as I did.”

Lofberg is the executive vice president for CVS Health, and his leadership and ability to identify innovative practices have helped shape the health care field as it stands today. He previously served as a major driver of the development of the healthcare practice within the Boston Consulting Group, and at Merck-Medco he was instrumental in securing its position as the world’s largest pharmacy benefit manager and mail-order pharmacy.

In his current position with CVS Health, he advises the president and CEO on matters related to business development and strategy. Lofberg continues to share his expertise and experiences with others, actively participating in alumni events.

Tepper Alumni Achievement award

Suresh Sethi

Also receiving a Tepper Alumni Achievement award was Suresh Sethi, Ph.D. ’72. Sethi has maintained his interest in and commitment to higher education and scholarly research, and he now serves as the Eugene McDermott Chair and Professor of Operations Management at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas.

Known for his ability to apply quantitative methods to manufacturing and operations management, Sethi’s contributions to the field of operations management are impressive and widespread. He has written seven books and published nearly 400 research papers in the fields of manufacturing and operations management, finance and economics, marketing, and optimization theory.

“There is nothing sweeter than recognition from one’s alma mater,” Sethi said during the ceremony. “My time at GSIA was one of the most exciting times of my life…it was a time when this trailblazing school was pioneering the analytical approach to management education.”

As a result of his longstanding contribution to industry and academia, Sethi has been recognized as a fellow in several prestigious organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Production and Operations Management Society.