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June 18, 2014
Congratulations to UCLA Anderson's 2014 Faculty Award Winners!

Loeb AwardsOn June 3, Dean Judy Olian and Faculty Chairman Randolph Bucklin presented the annual faculty awards, which honor excellence in teaching, research, leadership, and mentorship. Award recipients included:

  • Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award: Prof. Bugra Ozel
  • Citibank Teaching Award: Prof. Noah Goldstein
  • Neidorf "Decade" Teaching Award: Prof. Carla Hayn
  • Eric and “E” Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award: Prof. Guillaume Roels
  • La Force Award: Prof. Kevin McCardle for his years of outstanding service to the Anderson and broader community. 
  • Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship of PhD Students: Prof. Richard Roll
  • Xavier Drèze Prize: Marketing Ph.D student Paul Hoban '14 for his paper “Trading Reputation for Traffic: An Examination of Restaurant Daily Deal Decisions.”


Knapp Venture Competition Continues to Launch Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Ynon Kreiz ('93) and Bob IgerOn May 22, five student finalist teams pitched their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, including Bud Knapp and representatives from YP Holdings, Pasadena Angels, BAM Ventures, and Offit Capital. The teams were awarded prizes based on the merit of the ideas and the quality of the presentations. The $15,000 first-place prize was awarded to SmartestK12, developer of a classroom tool that helps teachers manage and grade students more effectively using technology. Read more...

» Watch video of 2008 Knapp Venture finalist Ali Kermani ('09) share his success story at 2014 Weekend Alumni Conference

Use password “AW2014” to watch the video

Matt Gregori '12 Helps Kroger Generate Clean Energy from More than 55,000 Tons of Food Waste Annually

Matt Gregori '12Ever wonder what happens to items in the grocery store that can't be sold or donated? Matt Gregori '12 is putting those 'unwanted' items to good use. He is creating clean energy through anaerobic conversion at the first plant in the nation to do so, processing more than 55,000 tons of organic waste annually into renewable energy.

Matt works for FEED Resource Recovery, a clean technology company founded in Boston in 2007, as the Director of Facility Operations. He is headquartered at the 55 acre Ralphs/Food 4 Less Compton distribution center that services more than 300 stores. After the trucks make their daily deliveries to the stores, they load up all of the expired, over-ripe items and bring them back to the distribution center. That's when Matt gets to work. He oversees the conversion process of these items into a renewable source of methane. The process includes the utilization of waste water from a neighboring creamery, a daily intake of 150 tons of food waste, and a 2 million gallon anaerobic digester. After 45 days at just the right temperature, the mixture produces biogas that is a combination of methane and carbon dioxide. That gas is used to completely power the recovery system, and about 20% of the energy demand of the Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center. The bio gas also powers three turbines, which provide energy to the nearby creamery.

Matt utilized his experience at another biofuel producer, one that created diesel from used vegetable oil, along with his Caltech chemistry degree, to get this current operation underway. With two years under their belt at the Compton site, FEED is ready and able to make this process a possibility for other food distribution centers. As one might expect, the State of California (Cal Recycle and CalEPA) , as well as the City of Compton and the SCAQMD are excited to see the progress and success that Matt and his team have experienced. This is one Anderson alumnus that really is making a difference in our world!

» Watch video on the recovery system

UCLA Recognizes Influential Anderson Leaders with Highest Honors

James Easton Receives UCLA Medal and Joins the Ranks of President Bill Clinton & John Wooden


James Easton Receives UCLA MedalLongtime UCLA Anderson donor and benefactor of the Easton Technology Leadership Program (ETLP), James Easton (UCLA '59) received the UCLA Medal, UCLA's highest honor, on May 8. The UCLA Medal was bestowed to Easton for being a global leader in business and philanthropy and for his extraordinary contributions to UCLA and the larger world. ETLP offers innovative elective courses in technology and leadership that draw heavily on the expertise of faculty in operations, technology management and human resources, as well as upon seasoned industry professionals. The curriculum also includes hands-on workshops, enrichment activities and networking events that prepare students in the program to succeed in diverse technical environments. Read more...

Professor Bob Foster ('65) Receives 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA Academic Senate


Bob Foster ('65)Professor Bob Foster has been selected by the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching to receive the 2014 UCLA Non-Senate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. The award, one of the highest honors given by the UCLA Academic Senate, recognizes academically and professionally accomplished individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. Bob joined UCLA Anderson in 1984 while serving as the CEO/president of four different high tech firms. He is currently the Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management and the Director of the Global Access Program (GAP), the international field study and MBA thesis program for the FEMBA program.


» Read more about Bob Foster

UCLA Anderson Celebrates Excellence in Business Journalism - Exclusive Alumni Discount for Gerald Loeb Awards

Loeb AwardsTuesday, June 24
6:00 p.m.
New York City
Register Now


UCLA Anderson is hosting the 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards honoring distinguished business and financial journalism on June 24 at the historic Capitale in New York City. Attended by the country's top business news journalists and authors, this prestigious award program recognizes and honors journalists who have made significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy. Discounted tickets are available exclusively to alumni for $175. The evening includes a pre-event cocktail reception, dinner and post event celebration with award winners and evening participants. Read more...

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Because of Anderson, the trajectory of both my career and my life have completely changed. I owe the school so much for that, and have committed to give back every chance I get.” -Glenn Lyday '03, Anderson Alumni Network Board President


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