MBA Student Association

MBA Student Association (MBASA)

The MBASA provides a chance for students to interact with fellow students, faculty, business leaders, and the surrounding community. The organization offers a series of activities to address professional and business issues that are not generally included in the formal program but are critical to the overall MBA experiences. The MBASA seeks to enhance the educational experience by:

  • Providing social events to unite the student population
  • Bringing together alumni, area business leaders, and MBA students for collaboration
  • Promoting the prestige of the NC State MBA program
  • Creating an opportunity for students to supplement their classroom education
  • Mentoring new MBA students and familiarizing them with the campus and the program
  • Strengthening community ties through outreach activities

Meet the MBASA Board

Afrouz Fetanat

President

My name is Afrouz Fetanat and I am a first-year MBA student concentrating in Innovation Management and Decision Analytics. I was born and raised in Iran and moved to North Carolina when I was 15. I received my bachelor’s degree from NC State in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Throughout my professional career I have had the opportunity to work at Fortune 50 tech companies and top consulting firms. Looking ahead, I hope to take on a product management role at a high-tech company that allows me to set a product’s long-term vision and strategy.

I am honored to be serving as the President of MBASA and hope to enrich the students’ MBA experience by ensuring a balanced mix of professional, social and service events are in place. I also hope to be a voice for student body and communicate their concerns to administration in order to bring about an even better MBA program.

Contact: afetana@ncsu.edu

Vishnu Kotipalli

Vice President

I am a people person who loves to help others around him grow. I value the growth of my community as much as my own. It is this passion that drove me to serve as the Vice President of MBASA. Before I became a part of the Jenkins MBA family, I had a successful career as a Business Analyst with Cognizant Technology Solutions for over five years. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in Software Development and Management. MBA student by day and gamer by night, I strive to contribute as much as I can to the Jenkins MBA program.

Contact: vykotipa@ncsu.edu

Ajinkya Andhare

Communication Chair

I am a first-year MBA student at Jenkins MBA. I am currently serving as the MBASA Communications Chair and the Finance Club President. I have a background in product management and entrepreneurship. Before attending NC State, I founded a business venture in India called Awesome Possum Explorers and led the way in creating and branding a travel experience that changed the way customers perceived tourism.

Contact: aandhar@ncsu.edu

Megan Goodfellow

Events Chair

I was born and raised in San Diego and moved to New Jersey when I was 15. I went to high school in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2006. I went to NC State for undergrad and obtained a degree in Business with a concentration in HR. I worked for Cisco and Target before returning to NC State to pursue an MBA degree. My concentration is entrepreneurship and my ideal job after graduation would be to work for a fashion start up. I love to plan events and bring people together for a good time. I am excited to be planning events for the MBASA! Looking forward to seeing everyone at our events!

Contact: megoodfe@ncsu.edu

Sarah Troxler

Events Chair

My name is Sarah Troxler and I am from Mebane, NC. I graduated from Peace College with a degree in Biology and Anthropology. I am currently an event chair on The MBA Student Association Board. I am concentrating in Supply Chain and Innovation. I enjoy watching Wolfpack sports and going to the beach.

Contact: sgtroxle@ncsu.edu

Jelyse Dawson

Philanthropy Chairs

Boston born. Carolina raised. After graduating from Grambling State University, I went on to work for John Deere in product marketing and HR recruiting roles. I launched a fitness start up in 2014 and am passionate about technology, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Contact: jldawso2@ncsu.edu

Niru Sanghani

UGSA Representative

My name is Niru Sanghani and I am the Graduate Student Association Representative for the MBASA. I was born and raised in Wilkesboro, North Carolina but have been in the Triangle since moving here during high school. Prior to coming to NC State Jenkins, I received my bachelor’s degrees in economics and management & society from UNC Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduating, I began working for a local financial institution, where I got my first taste of the professional finance world. After three years with the organization, I decided it was time to get my MBA. I am concentrating in Finance and pursuing a certificate in Decision Analytics.
In my role as the GSA rep, I am the liaison between the Graduate School and the MBA program. I am here to facilitate collaboration and communicate the goings-on of the MBA program to the other graduate programs at State, and vice-versa. I’m happy to take this role to promote the Jenkins brand within the NC State community and beyond.

Contact: nrsangha@ncsu.edu

Sarah Pickel

MBA Staff Advisor

Contact: sjpickel@ncsu.edu

Join MBASA!

All it takes to join MBASA is a one time payment of $100.  This payment covers your entire time in the program during which you will be able to participate in MBASA sponsored activities as well as activities through other MBA clubs that are supported through MBASA funds.

Talk to a board member if you are not yet a part of MBASA but would like to join.

Interested in a leadership position?

MBASA holds elections in the Fall each year for new board members. Benefits for board members include:

      • $500 conference stipend
      • complimentary tickets to the Shelton Leadership Forum
      • customized leadership development training