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When Naveen Jindal studied business at the University of Texas at Dallas, the experience provided him with the education and inspiration that propelled his future success. Since graduating in 1992, Jindal—who received a 2010 UT Dallas Distinguished Alumnus—went on to become the chairman of his family’s steel manufacturing business and a five-term member of parliament in India. He even founded a university, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in Haryana, India, in honor of his father.
Now, students who attend Naveen Jindal School of Management also receive the same kind of inspiration and education to make great strides in their own careers. The school has six areas of concentration for business students—finance and managerial economics; marketing; organizations, strategy and international management; accounting; operations management; and information systems. All programs offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
UTD students can also gain invaluable work experience from the school’s Institutes and Centers of Excellence. For example, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides training and resources for students interested in starting their own business, as well as mentorship from successful entrepreneurs. To put students’ ideas and education to the test, the Center holds an annual UT Dallas Business Idea Competition to win $20,000 in cash and scholarships. The school’s Startup Launch Program provides mentoring support and seed money to undergraduate and graduate students with scalable business ideas. The program helped launch student ideas such as the TraceIT mobile app for the trucking industry; Blanco Farms Exotic Mushrooms, which meets the demand around the state for locally-grown mushrooms; and Kwest, a scavenger hunt app for tourists.
Similarly, UTD’s Center for Information Technology and Management allows students to collaborate with technology professionals on real-world business problems or research projects. Other Centers and Institutes at the Naveen Jindal School of Management are the Center and Laboratory for Behavioral Operations and Economics, the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, the Center for Finance Strategy Innovation, and the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks.
The professors at UT Dallas made the difference academically. Greg Thielemann brought so much energy to class. I had the opportunity to be a TA for some of his undergraduate classes. What I learned from that experience I use in my work today. In addition to teaching me the importance of being economic with words, I appreciated the dry sense of humor Irving Hoch brought to class.
My fondest memories always came from direct connection I had with the faculty. I started at UTD just after it grew to be a 4-year institution and the faculty-to-student ratio was unbelievably low. Routinely, my professor led the department or was doing material research related to my field of study. To me, the access and engagement I experienced in my undergrad felt like I was receiving a master’s-level education.
I really enjoyed my professors and the smaller class sizes led to better discussions. UTD was also an excellent location for me. There was a good mixture of older and younger students. I was one who enjoyed talking to the more mature students who had more experience in life than I did.
When I was an Emerging Media & Communications student, our program was under the school of Arts & Technology. With this degree, I was able to customize my learning experience with the many options ATEC offers. I chose to focus somewhat on videography, skills I use on a weekly basis now. Whether it be for work or for my non-profit volunteer work with a local animal rescue, I utilize my video editing skills to create pieces for use on social media. During my semester or so at UTD, it was interesting to see the different paths each student took in their degree. Some chose to focus on photography, some on web design, others on app design/UI, and so on. This made group projects and classroom discussions quite interesting as everyone had unique perspective to bring to the table.
My favorite thing about attending UTD was the class sizes. I never felt like I was just a number which actually was the major reason why I chose UTD over other schools. Even in my larger classes the professors still knew my name and I never felt intimidated to ask questions or participate in discussions. I attribute this to much of my academic success. I think the thing I enjoyed the most about both of my majors was how customizable the degree program was. Even though the school is on the smaller side the selection of classes I could pick from to satisfy my degree requirements was pretty big. For my bachelor’s, I was able to pick from various concentrations to tailor the degree to my interests. For my master’s I was able to enroll in an independent research course that allowed me to do research abroad for a semester. The flexibility in the degree programs really let me explore my interests to a degree which would have not really been possible at many other schools. My absolute favorite class was a seminar course I took my last semester of grad school titled “Immigrants and Immigration." The class was extremely small (about 10 people) and everyone, including the professor, sat around a big table for class. Since the course was based on discussion, I really appreciated the laid back and casual atmosphere. Sometimes those kinds of classes can make me feel like I’m on the spot, but the way the class was taught was so familial that it really helped all the students thrive academically.
My favorite thing about UTD is that they offered classes during times that worked with my work schedule, and they weren't “night school” afterthoughts—they were legitimate classes with serious curricula that got down to business. I studied on campus for my BS in Accounting and Information Management, and I really liked that I was able to receive a degree that could be utilized in more than one potential career path. During graduate studies I enrolled in the Global MBA program, and studied online—the quality of the online curricula was also exceptional in this program. The professors in the online program were responsive to questions, and as a whole, encouraged dialogue and discussion among the students in a way I hadn't experienced in the classroom. Since most of the students held full time employment in this program, we were able to really apply the materials from class in our discussions about our real world work experiences—this was probably the most helpful learning tool I've ever utilized.
At UTD, there is a good mix of professors from academic backgrounds and professional careers outside of academia. I always felt that this gave a well-rounded knowledge of how things work in theory and also how they play out in real-world situations. In addition, the professors with non-academic backgrounds have connections to employers in their industry. It was common for students to be placed in internships at those companies because they were able to secure a recommendation from a professor.
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Much like Naveen Jindal, UTD’s graduates have been able to use their education, dedication, and ingenuity to thrive. Key alumni in business include James R. Von Ehr II, founder and CEO of molecular nanotechnology company Zyvex Corporation; Lynn A. Dugle, vice president and deputy general manager of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems; and Sam Gilliland, director, chairman, and CEO for Sabre Holdings Corporation. Politicians include U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess; Duane Quam, who is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives; and Angie Chen Button, a member of the Texas House of Representatives. UTD also has graduated talented creatives. Writer and filmmaker Alan Govenar, pop singer Ryan Cabrera, and author and illustrator Barbara Vance are all UTD graduates.
The University of Texas at Dallas is on a 500-acre campus located in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. Those who stay in the modern looking buildings on campus not only have the option to live in traditional residence halls and apartment style housing, they can also choose to live in UTD’s Living Learning Communities (LLCs), which encourage students of like minds to share their interests. For example, the Arts and Technology LLC hosts movie screenings, art competitions, parties, and networking events where students can meet with arts and technology professors. Students in the Social Sciences LLC have volunteered for the Innocence Project, participated in the Mock Trial Team, and attended informal dinners with faculty members.
The University of Texas at Dallas offers online degree programs through its School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences and Jindal School of Management. Some of the degrees that can be earned online include master’s degrees in accounting, marketing, criminology, and business administration. In addition, the school also offers two Chess in Education courses, which teach how chess can be used by educators to improve students’ academic performance. These degree programs are conducted completely online through a combination of streaming video and downloadable course files, although in some cases, students may be required to take proctored examinations on campus.
UTD’s sports teams participate in American Southwest Conference (ASC) and NCAA Division III competitions. The school’s varsity sports include volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf. The school has won ASC championships for soccer, tennis, volleyball, baseball, and basketball. In addition, the men’s basketball team made history in 2006 when it beat the University of Texas at Arlington in the championships, making UTD the first Division III team to defeat a Division I team that season. The team also won the American Southwest Conference Tournament in 2014. For students who love to play and watch sports at the intramural level, UTD offers a range of options including basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and football.
UTD’s faculty members have made great contributions to research that have generated lucrative awards. In 2016 alone, the school won $88,166 for a PTSD treatment study, $338,894 for neurophysiology research, and $182,000 for a spinal cord simulation study*. Overall, the University of Texas at Dallas has contributed to the knowledge base of several disciplines through its research. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, for example, conducts research studies on developmental psychology, speech science, cognitive-neuroscience, social psychology, and language science. Also, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences has eight research centers including the Institute of Public Affairs, which focuses on government issues, and The Negotiations Center, which conducts research on how negotiations are conducted in business and government settings. * https://research.utdallas.edu/osp/grant-award-numbers