After a rigorous selection process, we are pleased to announce this year's Fellows. All are first-year MBAs, members of the Class of 2016.
Nick Babikian is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to Anderson, Nick was as a Project Manager at Kinetic Systems Inc., an international construction company. Before being promoted to Project Manager, he worked as an engineer based in Frankfurt, Germany and was a consultant to design teams on projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Nick graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. At USC, Nick rowed for the men's crew team and placed second in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. At UCLA Anderson, Nick is a member of the Investment Finance Association and the Public Speaking Club.
Ian Martin is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to arriving at Anderson, Ian was a Senior Cash Desk Associate in PIMCO's Portfolio Management Group in Newport Beach. At PIMCO, Ian managed the cash investment and liquidity monitoring process in all of PIMCO's publicly traded mutual funds and separately managed client accounts. Prior to PIMCO, Ian was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an Infantry and Intelligence officer. His service includes a combat deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010 as a Weapons Platoon Commander. Ian graduated from Bucknell University in 2007 with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. At UCLA Anderson, Ian is a First Year Director in the Investment Finance Association, and is a member of the Anderson Veterans Association.
Blake Nixon is pursuing his MBA in Finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to Anderson, Blake spent five years in Beijing, China, most recently as a Manager in KPMG China's Transaction and Restructuring group, where he led teams focused on M&A advisory including strategy, due diligence and corporate finance. His global deal experience ranges from advising middle-market firms to some of the largest cross-border transactions involving China, including representing clients on both the buy-side and sell-side. At UCLA Anderson, Blake is a member of the Investment Finance Association, Greater China Business Club and the Anderson Golf Club. Blake holds an Economics degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA.
Doug Taylor is pursuing his MBA in Finance at UCLA Anderson. Prior to Anderson, Doug spent seven years at Thomson Reuters in the Capital Markets Consulting Group in New York City. At Thomson Reuters, Doug was a consultant to equity and debt capital markets investment bankers, helping them market their transactions to institutional investors. At Anderson, Doug is a First Year Director of Investment Banking for the Investment Finance Association and a member of the UCLA Anderson Outdoor Adventure Club. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Economics.