Previous Staff

Siyao Du, Graduate Assistant

Siyao is currently pursuing a Masters in Financial Risk Management at Lubin School of Business at Pace University and graduating in December 2017. She has obtained an MS in Business Enterprise from Fordham University in July 2015 and a Bachelor in Economics and Mathematics at Indiana University Bloomington in May 2014. She is a GA at the eLab now doing marketing and promoting on social media platforms. Her last position at AXA Equitable Financial Services developed her technical skills by utilizing a variety of software tools that have included advanced use of Excel. Also, she has done the sales consulting position at Great Neck Nissan which had provided her hands-on experience to work with a wide range of people that improved her interpersonal and communication skills. She is motivated, creative, and enthusiastic about pursuing a career in the finance industry.


Rachel McCauley, Graduate Assistant

Rachel is pursuing her Masters in Financial Management at Pace University, expecting to graduate in May 2017. She previously graduated from Pace University in 2015 with her B.B.A in Finance. Rachel joins the team having served in various roles within the financial sector including investment banking, asset management and venture capital. Most recently, Rachel worked for a private equity firm where she assisted on two acquisitions and helped manage the day-to-day operations post-close. Previously, she interned at a venture capital group that focused primarily on healthcare and medical devices, during which time she was responsible for screening potential investments and conducting preliminary due diligence.



Jia Liu, Student Assistant, Web Developer

Jia is now a graduate student in Pace University majoring in Computer Science, with vast experiences on Java, Android development, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL, Swift, Matlab, etc. He is graduating in summer 2017 and pursuing a career as a software engineer. He’s received scientific training for years and also holds a M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alabama. He worked as a summer intern in Western Digital, Inc. in 2015.



Sukun Li, Dezer Research Fellow - UX/UI & Graphics Designer, IPgallery

Sukun Li is a PhD Student in Computer Science at Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and put her research towards Virtual Reality and Big Data Visualization. She obtained her Master of Science diploma from Pace University in 2015. Since her childhood, Sukun has been interested with interactive digital media technology and received an Excellent Graduate Design Award when she obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Digital Media Technology. She worked for the Beijing Digital Museum before she enrolled in the Pace's masters program, and currently, she also is a web-engineer of Jeturtle group at New York City.


Sumeet Sunil Gujaran, Dezer Event Fellow

Sumeet Gujaran is the Program manager in the Entrepreneurship Lab. He is also currently pursuing his MBA in Financial Management. He comes from a startup background, with over 4 years’ experience in creating impactful and innovative products. Understanding the pulse of the consumer is an essential quality for building any new product, and that’s where Sumeet’s strength lies. He loves to read, run and ruminate about cool innovative products.


Rachel Engelberg, Dezer Research Fellow - Creative Director, OMGwhen

Rachel is from Vienna, Austria. She attended the American International School of Vienna there. She spent a gap year in Israel, greatly raising her interest in Israeli Start Up companies. She is studying Arts and Entertainment Management at Pace University. She like to take leadership roles, as she has done in high school. She was president of the Romanian Children’s Relief Club. She founded the Conquer Cancer Club at her school, becoming the president, and finding success after hard work and effort. Aside from leadership roles at school, she also decided to found an organization in Vienna, for something she was very passionate about. She founded Hillel Group, a Jewish youth organization. Her best skills include creativity, perseverance, and motivation.



Nidhi Agarwal, Business Development Representative, OMGwhen

Nidhi is an international freshman from Chennai, India. She completed her schooling from Indus International School, Bangalore. She is pursuing a degree in Marketing at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and her expected date of graduation is May 2020. She has done various internships in some of the top organizations in India. She is also very active in volunteering. She started her own non-profit called H2GoodHealth when she was in India through which she started the water supply in the villages near one of the companies she interned for. She hopes to lead the marketing teams of one of the top companies one day.



Nikhil Kalyankar, Associate Director

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Nikhil Kalyankar is the Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab). Nikhil plays the role of a mentor and a guide to students interested in entrepreneurship. He helps students fashion their business strategy and implement technology. He leads a team of student assistants to create and organize events including Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Speaker Series and Workshops.Nikhil has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Management Department. He played a key role in organizing the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest. Nikhil is tech savvy and started programming at a very young age. He has worked for Capgemini India as an Associate Consultant which involved developing an Enterprise Application Software. Nikhil holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Lubin School of Business, Pace University and Bachelors in Engineering from Osmania University, India.


Qiwei Qin, Graduate Assistant

Qiwei is a graduate student from Lubin School of Business, majoring in MBA in Entrepreneurship. He had a Bachelor degree of Mathematics in Harbin Institute of Technology and a Master degree of Finance in University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently running his own business in Whitestone, Queens. He is a very hospitality person and eager to contribute his time helping others to grow together.



Qianwen Chen, Student Assistant, Digital Media Production and Publication

Qianwen is a graduate student from Seidenberg School, majoring in computer science. Before that, Qianwen got her bachelor's degree on mass communication at Shenzhen university, China, focusing on video production. During university, she mastered different types of skills like filming and editing videos and designing posters. Those helped her participate on various kinds of contests such as IBM 2013 Smart Planet Challenge Competition, and won first prize in China. After graduated from Shenzhen university, she worked as an executive producer for Shenzhen Vweed Media Co., Ltd Shenzhen China, produced a series of viral videos for high tech companies like HUAWEI and Uber. In addition, she also had some internship experiences on Internet industry. Those gained her the interest about computer science. With strong background and sensitiveness​ of creative arts like film and design,Qianwen wants to work on High-tech industry as project manager/ UX designer in the future.


Srikanth Bandaru, Technology Specialist

Srikanth is a Computer Science graduate student at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems. Srikanth co-founded a web development company ‘Color Layers’ to help his clients bring their ideas to life through design-oriented solutions. He played the role of a web strategy consultant specialized in Front-End Development. He is an Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer and is also an expert in video and photo editing using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Audition, etc. Srikanth is tech blogger, an avid sports fan and also enjoys travel & modern art.  


John Harrison, Graduate Assistant

John is a Graduate Assistant at the eLab and recent began pursuing his MBA at Pace University.  Having graduated Lehigh University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance in 2005 John chose to pursue his professional interests as part of Johnson & Johnson’s Financial Leadership Development Program.  After two years in the program John graduated with a CMA, CFM, and Six Sigma Green Belt, and was promoted to the position of Senior Analyst.  Over the next six years John took on increasing levels of responsibility rising to the position of Senior Manager before leaving J&J in 2013.  As a GA John hopes to utilize his MBA at Pace and professional experience at Johnson & Johnson to be a valuable resource for the eLab and its associates in the coming years.  Outside the office John is an avid fan of the Yankees and New York Football Giants, fantasy sports fanatic, and also enjoys spending evenings with his wife out in Hoboken.


Andrew Morales, Dezer Event Fellow

Andrew Morales is a research fellow working on the FreshBiz project. He is pursuing a Marketing degree with a concentration in Advertising and Promotion. Andrew is one of the founders of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Pace University. He is also Director of Events of the Advertising Club. Andrew grew up in England and Italy and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. He enjoys travelling, exploring new places, participating in competitive soccer and playing guitar.



Preyash Vora, Dezer Research Fellow, Content Editor, Eco-Fusion

Preyash Vora is a full time graduate student at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He will graduate in the year 2017 with a major in Finance. He is currently a Board member at the Lubin Graduate Society. After graduating with a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from India, he worked at HDFC Asset Management Company as an investment analyst and market researcher. He has been a part of Model United Nations, heading the research team and has been an integral part in the event organization committee for inter school festivals and other events in high school. He loves doing photography, traveling and reading in his free time. His future aspiration is to be an Investment Analyst and a Venture Capitalist.


Wei Xia, Dezer Technical Fellow

Wei is an enthusiastic, diligent, outgoing student completing a Master's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Pace University. He looks forward to working in the field of Computer Science and Software Development. Currently, He is a web developer in the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. This position requires not only excellent technical skills to develop and maintain the school website, but serious thinking and planning skills as well. Working as a web developer has taught him how to build and create beautiful and user-friendly websites. Naturally good at mathematics and algorithms, He also has a strong educational background in Mathematics and Computer Science, and He knows how to apply one to another.


Alexa McKenna, Dezer Research Fellow – Market Research, Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning, Voiceitt

Alexa McKenna is a Pace University student in the graduating class of 2017. She is majoring in Entrepreneurship. Alexa is the winner of the Eleventh Annual Pace Pitch competition with her EaTcard Application. Currently, she is developing the EaTcard App and implementing her business plan. In addition, Alexa has participated in the Pace App Hackathon and is an active member in eLab events. On campus, Alexa is the President of the Fashion Marketing Club, ProFASHIONals, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. In the future, Alexa aims/aspires to manage business operations at a global tech company.



Virali Jhaveri, Dezer Research Fellow – UX Designer, EcoFusion

Virali Jhaveri is a Graduate Assistant to the interim dean at Seidenberg School of CSIS. She is studying Information Systems and have 3 years of experience as a software developer from working on various technical platforms. She completed undergraduate in Information Technology back in India, and is also a diploma holder in Computer Technology. She said ‘Global exposure to the world of technology has always been my area of interest. I like to utilize my time in learning new things. Currently I am studying Drupal, Data Analysis and CRM in order to understand the amalgamation of both technology and business’. She worked as Business Technology Analyst intern summer’15 at OppenheimerFunds. She likes travelling and eating chocolates.



Vidur Bhatia, Digital Marketer

Drawing my bout of inspiration from a dictum by Reggie Leach, “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire”, since childhood I strived for bigger challenges in life. My hitherto individual, academic and professional success singularly rests on one fundamental principle, self-worth. Instituting a positive change and constant improvement in my work, I consistently aim to become better at what I do. To transform challenges of today into opportunities of tomorrow, an MBA is essential. As a young professional and MBA candidate at Pace University, New York with 4 years of experience in the digital marketing industry, I focus on delivering impeccable service & performance. Well versed with online media and driven by passion for marketing & advertising I am motivated to overcome challenges thrown at me.



Paul Artemou, Graduate Assistant

Paul is a joint JD/MBA student at Pace University, expecting to graduate in August, 2016.  He is the Business and Social Media Editor for Pace International Law Review at Pace Law School. Most of Paul's experience was acquired working as an in-house legal intern for Westcon Group, Inc. and Akorn, Inc. Additionally, Paul has worked as a Summer Legal Intern for Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP. After admission to the New York State Bar, Paul plans to work with start-ups, advising them of their legal responsibilities and consulting them on their corporate strategies.  Paul obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 2012 from Queens College, City University of New York.