Simone Rodriguez Honored as One of Poets&Quants' Best and Brightest MBAs

Simone Rodriguez (MBA ’20) was recently named one of the Top 100 Best and Brightest MBAs across the globe by Poets&Quants.

The Top 100 list celebrates MBAs from the Class of 2020 who embody the excellence and voices of their schools. The Best and Brightest are considered to be the leaders in their class who rally, the mentors who champion, and the volunteers who carry the heaviest burdens.

“Simone is the definition of professionalism,” says Dana Romano, Associate Director of Career Management at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. “Her personality is one that is impossible to forget.”

With a background in biology and electrical engineering, Rodriguez previously served as a Product Development Engineer as Ras Labs, Inc. One of the main reasons she chose to pursue her MBA at Katz was the dual master’s degree program in mechanical engineering with the Swanson School of Engineering.

Tapping into her business acumen, Rodriguez led the development of a pitch competition to be incorporated into Swanson’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Neurotech Entrepreneurs Workshop.

“The workshop provided engineering graduate students and young professionals with the business aptitude to commercialize their research,” says Rodriguez. “As the lead student coordinator, I worked with brilliant minds across multiple universities and companies to develop an intensive and rigorous curriculum in market analysis, customer and stakeholder analysis, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, fundraising, and entrepreneurial tactics.”

During her time at Katz, Rodriguez served as President of the Consulting Club, a Case Writer for the Katz Invitational Case Competition, an MBA Student Ambassador, and Tutor for Financial Management. She was also named a Kenneth R. Woodcock Leadership Fellow and inducted into the 457 Club—a club that recognizes a select group of students for their success in the MBA program and their positive impact on the Katz community.

“Her willingness to help others, her take-charge positive attitude, friendly, and open personality, and genuine desire to contribute and make a difference filters through everything that Simone does,” says Romano. “You can’t help but want to be around her. She exemplifies the qualities that we strive for our students to obtain through their experience at Katz.”

Rodriguez will be joining Cognizant Technology Solutions as a Consulting Healthcare Manager in Dallas, Texas. One day, she hopes to start a tech transfer consulting company that supports the commercialization of technology at academic institutions and companies. Rodriguez also plans to learn new languages and cultures well enough to communicate in a business setting in order to grow as a global leader.

To read Poets&Quants’ full interview with Simone Rodriguez, please click here.