A Letter from the President

Welcome to the BU Business & Technology Club – also known as BizTech. We are very excited for this academic year with new and old members alike, and we guarantee an eventful year. We all share a passion for new and innovative technologies and its impact on the business world. Now more than ever, integrating a digital strategy and investing in new technology is vital to any business in order to stay competitive in this rapidly changing market.

We focus on three goals to support our students. We expose students to the biggest and best companies, careers and technologies in the industry today. We serve to prepare students for the future by giving them the foundations to build their knowledge base through methods they might not find in the classroom. This includes exclusive corporate events, technical learning workshops and outings, and our technology newspaper. We also undertake a semester long project focused on creating improvements throughout the BU IT components affecting students. With the help of BU faculty, we are able to guide our students successfully to create meaningful changes on campus by letting them practice their skills in a supportive environment.

If you are a student interested in joining BizTech, you are more than welcome to attend any of our general meetings or events.  You may also email biztech@bu.edu or check us out on Facebook to learn more. If you are a company or professional interested in working with us, feel free to email me at denniska@bu.edu or biztech@bu.edu. On behalf of the Executive Board, I thank you for your interest in BizTech and we hope to see you at one of our events!
 
Dennis Karpovitch

OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD


Dennis Karpovitch

PRESIDENT

Dennis is the President of BizTech. He is a Junior in Questrom, studying Finance and Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. He has been with BizTech for three years and is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi, Allocations Board, and the intramural soccer league.


FAVORITE SOURCES OF WORLD NEWS?


Vice and BBC.


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?


His most spontaneous adventure was a trip to California (from the East Coast) for only one day.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE?


He aims to pitch his own start up and get it off the ground. The glass is always half full.



Serena Nair

Vice President

Serena is the Vice President for BizTech. She is a senior, majoring in economics with a minor in business. This is her third year with the BizTech e-board. Previously, Serena took the role of Director of Finance & Director of Marketing. She’s currently the president of Eye2Eye. On campus, she’s been a part of the BU Figure Skating Team and a part of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. Over the summer, she worked for CareAcademy as a Product Marketing Intern and the summer before as both an HR & Communications intern at a telecommunications company in Miami. 


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?



Zip-line upside down through a jungle, solo-travel along the Irish coast, ‘befriend’ monkeys at a temple in Bali, and travel to Rhode Island for a donut.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE?


Raise awareness in equality for gender and sexuality in the workplace! My non-profit means so much to me and it’s mission is super valuable to everyone on campus. I hope that through the conferences and the events it hosts, we can make an impact not only for students about to enter the workplace but also for local residents in Boston who haven’t been given the same opportunities as us.

WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING YOU ARE DONIG RIGHT NOW?


Founding a start-up with a classmate of mine!! No one tells you how much you have to challenge yourself and push all boundaries to create something tangible from an idea. My co-founder is super impressive and I love learning from her and helping her ideas come to life! Keep an eye out for all the amazing work she’s going to do.



Briana Le

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Briana is the Director of Marketing for BizTech. She is from San Jose, California and transferred last fall into Questrom concentrating in Information Systems and Marketing. She also represents the Class of 2021 Vice President of Marketing for Questrom’s Student Government and is excited to be a Questrom Transfer Peer Advisor.


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?


The most spontaneous thing she’s ever done was chase waterfalls.



IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHO WOULD PLAY YOU?

Tina from Bob’s Burger!


Sunny Zhao

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND TECH TALK COORDINATOR

Sunny is the Director of Finance and Tech Talk Coordinator of BizTech. He is a junior studying Finance and Management Information Systems with a Minor in Computer Science. He is from New York City and this is his third year with BizTech, second year on the Executive Board. He joined BizTech to be a part of a community that is enthusiastic about how technology is changing the way we live. He is particularly interested in artificial intelligence and robotics. Sunny is also a member of On Broadway Off Broadway, BU’s community service choir.


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?


I once went on a spontaneous drive with friends at 9 pm from Boston to Rhode Island to watch the sun rise by the beach.



WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE?

I hope to create a tech startup before I graduate.


Ashni Shah

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Ashni is the Director of Operations for BizTech. She is from Kenya and is a junior studying Computer Science with a minor in Business. She is also a part of Global App Initiative.


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?

The most exciting thing she’s ever done is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


Jakob Katzman

DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS

Jakob Katzman is the Director of Corporate Relations for BizTech. He’s a Junior concentrating in Finance and Accounting. This is his first year with BizTech. He’s currently an analyst in the BU Finance and Investment Club.


WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE PAST?

In the past, Jakob has helped create math courses about finance for New York City high schools and has started his own hedge fund.


MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?

The most spontaneous thing he’s ever done is go on the paleo diet and completely cut wheat and sugar.

FAVORITE PART OF COLLEGE?

Exploring the city of Boston.



Charisma Nguyen

INTERN

Charisma Nguyen is an intern of BizTech. She’s a junior, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. This is her first year with BizTech and she’s excited to, not only educate the student body about the business technology world, but gain and develop knowledge to advance her studies. She’s also apart of Alpha Kappa Psi – a business fraternity and actively volunteers for the Vietnamese-American community.


ANY FAVORITE LINE FROM A MOVIE?


Alright, alright, alright

Matthew McConaughey’s signature line from Daze and Confused

WHAT’S THE COOLEST THING YOU’VE DONE?

Able to meet Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus and able to talk to him about his new company, Anduril Industries.

CURRENTLY…

Working as a researcher supporting clinical trials for a skin disease and as a marketing analyst intern for Forsight.ai.



Zhixing Che

INTERN

Zhixing Che is an intern for Biztech. She is a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, and minoring in Business Administrations. She is excited to start her first year with Biztech. Outside of Biztech, she is the Consulting Director for 180 Degrees Consulting and the Event Coordinator for Women in Computer Science.


FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Milan Kundera, Haruki Murakami, Herman Hesse

MOST SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE(S)?

I solo traveled to Milan, Venice, and Paris, then got stuck in Milan for an extra week due to stolen wallet and passport.



FAVORITE MUSICALS?

Cabaret, Come From Away, Hamilton

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTSIDE OF ACADEMICS?

Painting! (oil, watercolor, acrylics)


Sahana Sreeprakash

INTERN

Sahana Sreeprakash is a project intern for Biztech. She’s a sophomore in the College of Engineering and the Questrom School of Business, and is thrilled to jump into her first year at Biztech. Outside of Biztech she is a self-employed freelance photographer and photojournalist, and an active member of BU on Broadway.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU WERE LIKE AT AGE 10

Insufferably self-righteous and itching to save the world one angsty slam poem about global warming at a time.

COOLEST THING YOU’VE DONE

My new year’s resolution a couple years in a row was “one adventure a day” but I’m afraid if I might need to consult with a lawyer before recounting the best ones.

ANY FAVORITE LINE FROM A MOVIE

I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day!

Meg, from Disney’s Hercules
IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?

First of all, it’s more of a goblet than a glass, and secondly, it’s half empty — which means there’s potential for me to fill the rest of it as my whims see fit.