Vladimir Averbach is our choice for this month's SOM.
His score on the GMAT this Winter was, as is always the case with our
best students, in the 700 range. This high-achiever is determined, as
he puts it, to "continue my education and pursue an MBA at a top
B-school [...] in order to achieve my goal of becoming CEO of a Russian
R&D company." Vladimir's journey has taken him from Voronezh
State University, where he graduated as a physics major with honors,
to Moscow where he now works for a private telecom company as head of
a research lab. In between, he has successfully completed an exchange
year at Union College in the U.S. where he says adapting to the different
cultural environment was even more daunting than keeping up with the
high academic achievements for which he's always been known.
But this particular experience has expanded this young
techie's horizon and given him the tools necessary to effectively and
successfully function in the demanding and multicultural world of the
high tech industry.
Vladimir now has his Ph.D. in physics and is well
on his way to becoming a corporate honcho and industry mover. For six
years now, he has been designing "algorithms that eliminate severe
electromagnetic interference in communication networks using frequency
planning." Pericles is high on the list of those Vladimir considers
instrumental in helping him move closer to his stated goal. Since his
enrolment, he has demonstrated an unflinching determination to learn
and a seemingly unending enthusiasm for participating in every considerable
extra-curricular activity at the school.
With his 730 score and such skills, it is only a matter
of time before Vladimir finds himself in an MBA class at Harvard, Stanford
or any other of those top B-schools. We certainly will be hearing from