How does Saunders being a part of RIT make it different from other business schools?
Mozrall: We live in a technical world and RIT prepares students to live, work, and succeed in this world. Saunders is uniquely positioned to deliver degree programs that reside at the intersections of business and technology—fields such as management information systems, technology management, digital business, supply chain management, and computational finance.
What is your vision for building corporate partnerships?
Mozrall: I have a long history of working in cooperation with our career services division and establishing strong relationships with employers and corporations, both big and small, across a wide array of industries—understanding their needs and then ensuring our students are prepared to meet their needs.
What is your vision as to how Saunders College can help faculty and students across the university with their innovation and entrepreneurship aspirations?
Mozrall: Saunders College offers and promotes a variety of courses, events, and (in partnership with the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship) multidisciplinary experiential activities in innovation and entrepreneurship. The college is very supportive of activities that link our business students with technology, design/art, and humanities students promoting entrepreneurial outcomes. These multidisciplinary activities broaden the educational experiences of all participating RIT students.
RIT offers an applied learning environment. Many of our experiential activities link industry mentors with student teams. These types of activities assist our efforts to integrate practice and theory into educational outcomes. It makes our innovation and entrepreneurship programs unique. One of our best-known programs is the Saunders Summer Start-up—a full-time accelerator program for student teams with high value concepts. This program not only provides lifelong learning experiences, but also viable and fundable businesses. These teams develop, present, and vet their projects to a panel of “venture capitalists.” Strong Arm Technologies, which participated as a Summer Start-up Project to develop advanced injury-prevention equipment, recently received a strategic investment from 3M. This is one example, but there are many more.
What will the new MS in computational finance degree offer to incoming students?
Mozrall: RIT’s master of science in computational finance leverages the combined strengths of Saunders College of Business, including a Top 50 finance program, and the expertise of our School of Mathematical Sciences. Also referred to as “Quants,” or financial engineers, individuals in these positions use their strengths in business, modeling, and data analysis to understand, develop, and use complex financial models. This is necessary in a wide array of industries well beyond just the financial industry.
Where do you view the business school’s role with STEM disciplines?
Mozrall: While preparing our business students to lead in this technical world, we are also preparing individuals with technical backgrounds to develop knowledge of business processes so that they can also be effective decision makers in their respective fields.