Professional> Strategy & Operations Management Association (SOMA)

The Strategy & Operations Management Association serves UCLA Anderson students interested in learning more about and exploring careers in the fields of data analytics, business strategy, corporate development, and operations management. SOMA has propelled Anderson students into industry opportunities and learning experiences with alumni and the broader business community through career nights, company presentations, workshops and networking events. The club conducts several analytics and data sciences workshops throughout the year to help club members get data-smart for their summer internships and also full-time careers post-Anderson. SOMA is committed to strengthening and expanding its professional network in the best interest of its members.


SOMA Officers


Aditya Marathe


Oumar Toure

Executive Vice President

Aditi Dutt Chaudhuri

Executive Vice President

James Gische

VP of Internal Affairs

Andrea Sini

VP of Admissions

Don Victorine

VP of FEMBA Relations

Hannah Jiang

VP of Finance

Jared Kerntke

VP of Marketing and Communication

Xiao Cheng

VP of Marketing and Communication

Phillip Dugaw

VP of Career Development – Internal Strategy

Vivian Liu

VP of Career Development – Internal Strategy

Aravinth Srinivasan

VP of Career Development – Operations

Aashwinder Lubana

VP of Career Development – Operations

Kevin Oswald

VP of Career Development – Analytics

Steven Zhu

VP of Career Development – Analytics



Career Night

Fall Career Night is an excellent opportunity for club members to connect with recruiters and alumni through round-table discussions, and learn about opportunities in a variety of functional roles including corporate/internal strategy, operations, supply chain, marketing, corporate finance, and analytics. Companies such as Disney, Mattel, Danaher, Amgen, Google, Amazon, and Google have participated in previous years, and several more companies are expected this year.

Case Competitions

Club members get a chance to show-off and further hone their analytics, critical thinking, leadership, and presentation skills through several case competitions. SOMA creates avenues for a number of case competitions throughout the year and gives access to members to participate in on-campus, inter-school, and online competitions.

Analytics Workshop

Whether from SOMA’s resident student experts or from partners like Cognitir, SOMA members have many opportunities to learn analytics and be fully data-science-ready before their summer internship or full time jobs! Some of the typical workshops include full-day sessions on data sciences such as R, Python, visualization and storytelling, and shorter hands-on sessions on SQL and Tableau.

Interview Prep Workshop

SOMA organizes Interview Preparation Workshops to prepare club members recruiting for the core functions represented by the club. These workshops are organized by second-years who were successful in their internship search, and include mock-interview practice along with case studies typically expected in corporate interviews.

Days on the Job

Days on the Job (DOJs) are organized to give students the opportunity to visit company campuses, interact with recruiters and alumni, and often get critical recruiting tips. SOMA has previously organized DOJs to companies such as Amgen, Amazon, etc. in the LA area.

Dinners for Four/Dinners for Eight

SOMA gives opportunities to students to interact with recruiters and professionals in a smaller group setting through dinners for 4 or 8 people.

Speaker Series

SOMA brings industry talent to campus to educate students on what the real world looks like. Speaker Series and Discussion Forums in partnership with Center for Global Management are some of the events scheduled for this year.