Our student researchers go through a rigorous selection process. Selected students are assigned one of the designated research topics and are guided through their projects throughout the semester by Reshoring Institute Directors. Student researchers must have either taken courses in supply chain management or have some experience in this field. Graduate and undergraduate students may apply for the semester-long paid research assignments

Zach Sudnick
Student Researcher – Fall 2019

Zach Sudnick is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Kentucky. He holds BA degrees in Individualized Studies, Sustainability, and Energy from Miami University.

Zach has worked as an intern for a number of environmentally focused non-profit organizations and government agencies and has held numerous leadership positions within community-based and sustainability-centered student organizations. In his MBA program, Zach will be working as a business consultant for a non-profit food bank with the mission of distributing food to the hungry throughout the state of Kentucky.

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Claudia Muñoz
Student Researcher – Summer 2019

Claudia Muñoz is a Student Researcher at the Reshoring Institute and is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Supply Chain Management at the University of Southern California. She holds a BA in Fashion Design with a minor in Marketing and a Professional Designation degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

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Jasmine Afshar
Student Researcher – Spring 2019

Jasmine Afshar is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Kentucky and
is expected to graduate it May 2019. She holds an MA in Peace and Justice studies from the University of San Diego
and a BS in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Jasmine has served as a translator in refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece and was Operations Manager of the Tiyya Foundation – a nonprofit that provided community support to families of refugees and low-income immigrant families newly resettling in the U.S. In the MBA program, Jasmine is working as a business consultant for a startup that uses technological solutions to assist governments to better support refugees and immigrants. Upon graduation, Jasmine hopes to pursue a career in consulting so that corporations or nonprofits have the tools needed to make a positive impact within their communities and the world.


Tram (Alex) Tran
Student Researcher – Fall 2018

Tram (Alex) Tran is currently pursuing a Masters of Supply Chain Management from Saint Louis University and is expected to graduate in May 2020. She holds a BS in International Business with a minor in IT Management also from SLU. While studying abroad in Madrid in 2016, she found her passion for Supply Chain Management.  This experience led to internships in varies fields of business including transportation, pharmacy benefits, business consultant, etc.

She has served the SLU community as International Ambassador and events organizer for the Korean Student Association. When not studying, working or organizing events, she volunteers at Campus Kitchen and helps international students improve their English skills. Her career goal is to work for corporations or NGOs, where she can make an impact not only for the company but also for the community.

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Nabaparna Ghosh 
Student Researcher – Summer 2018

Nabaparna Ghosh is currently pursuing an MBA from Rutgers Business School, NJ, with a concentration in supply chain management. Nabaparna holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering. Prior to Rutgers, she worked in the tech industry in a client facing role for over eight years. A certified PMP, she has an in-depth experience in project management. She managed some high impact projects for her client, some of which were developing and rolling out new products in the market. Nabaparna is the Vice President of Rutgers Toastmasters club and the Treasurer of Rutgers Women in Business Club. Upon graduation, she plans to deliver value to an organization by helping it manage its operations efficiently using her past experience and business knowledge.


Erin Horiuchi
Student Researcher – Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Erin Horiuchi is a Student Researcher at the Reshoring Institute. She is pursuing her MBA at Santa Clara University with a concentration in Leading Innovative Organizations and is expected to graduate in December 2018. She has five years of human resource experience at a late-stage mobile gaming technology startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Her Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Santa Clara University influenced her analytical approach to understand how to best serve employees as internal customers while developing and delivering engaging employee programs. Erin is the Co-President of Santa Clara University’s Women in Business graduate organization that provides students and alumni with opportunities to cultivate relationships in professional and social environments.

Upon obtaining her MBA, she plans to combine her passion for developing engaging programs and her experience in human resources to aid an organization in strategic thinking and building and developing innovative teams.

Emily Mallett 
Student Researcher – Fall 2017

Emily Mallett  is currently pursuing her M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is expected to graduate in December 2018.  Emily started her career in Package Design and Engineering, specifically in the corrugated and paperboard industry.  Her career in packaging continually sparked her love for blending technical process with creative innovation. Upon obtaining her master’s degree, she strives to combine her packaging career experience with her new analytic and operational skills to enhance the packaging or CPG industry from production to market.

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Kalli Imig 
Student Researcher – Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Kalli Imig graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a supporting area in Information Technology Management.  She currently works as a Marketing Analyst for Milliman, Inc.

During her time at Saint Louis University, Kalli embraced many opportunities. In the Spring of 2016, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain where she was immersed in the culture and traveled to many destinations across Europe. She is an active member of the Service Leadership Program where she gains valuable leadership skills. In her free time, she enjoys going on outings with her Little from Big Brothers Big Sisters, drawing, and reading.

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Paulo Sotiangco
Student Researcher – Spring 2017

Paulo Sotiangco graduated with a double major in Business Administration and Finance from the University of San Diego in May 2017. He started his career with the United States Air Force as a Weather Intelligence Analyst and a Continuous Improvement Manager where he worked with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and assisted U.S. Air Force personnel. This has helped him cultivate excellent leadership skills in a team based environment.  He currently works as a Financial Analyst at Artemis Consulting, LLC.

Paulo has a diverse background in the field of Business, he has worked as an Accounting Intern for Nabil Barsoum CPA which is a small private Beverly Hills CPA firm and as a Lease Acquisition Coordinator for Lease Advisors where he helped manage real estate and financial products for property owners who host cellular sites. He dedicated his time with the Student Veteran of America in the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego where he helped student veterans with resources, support, and connectivity to their respective communities. During his free time, Paulo enjoys reading, traveling and exercising.

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Christina Jonsson
Student Researcher – Spring 2017

Christina Jonsson graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration in May 2017.  She spent her first three years at USD as a student-athlete (and future captain) of the Swimming & Diving Team, where she discovered a passion for hard work and servant leadership. She currently works as a Budget Analyst at Northrop Grumman.

Christina is a dual citizen of both the United States and Sweden and has traveled to many countries, including a study-abroad experience in London. Her favorite countries include Denmark and Sweden, but she still has a long list of countries yet to see. She spends her free time reading, pet-sitting, or baking

Chenell Braddock
Student Researcher – Fall 2016

Chenell Braddock graduated with a Master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in December 2016. During the course of her graduate studies, Chenell had the opportunity to build on her business acumen at the international level while taking courses abroad in Seoul, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and Madrid. She currently works as a Consultant for Accenture.

Chenell has several years of business experience which includes work within the non-profit field as well as client services, and insurance. She has a passion for helping businesses generate innovative strategies with a customer focus that improve processes, as well as identify the various multifaceted problems that organizations encounter within their daily operations.

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Jin Zhao
Student Researcher – Fall 2016

Jin Zhao graduated with an MBA from the University of San Diego in May 2017. She comes from a solid technical background with a strong interest in business operations. Her areas of focus and interest vary from quantitative analysis to project management. She has a Bachelor degree of Science in Electronic Engineering. Before the MBA Program at the University of San Diego, she had more than ten years work experience in manufacturing operations with the responsibility of Project Operations, Engineering Customer Service on Site, International Trading, Souring, Planning, Order Management and Logistics.  She currently works as an NPI Materials Project Manager at Applied Materials.

In 2010, she co-founded GATM (Dalian) Tech&Eng. Co., Ltd as a contractor company in the industry of system integration of electronic information and automation. Through her ten years work experiences in manufacturing operations, she gained solid research, analytical and problem-solving skills to improve work operations. Her experience also provided her skills of communication, teamwork, generating innovative ideas and strategies in the business environment.

Sean Rothrock
Student Researcher – Summer 2016

Sean Rothrock graduated with an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of San Diego in May 2017.   He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.  Sean’s work experience prior to pursuing an MBA was in the petroleum industry, primarily in Houston, TX as an Exploration Geophysicist. He currently works as an Accounting Analyst at Mitchell International.

During the course of his MBA studies, Sean gained significant international business exposure while taking courses abroad in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Lisbon, and Madrid.  When not studying at Copley Library, Sean is most likely enjoying San Diego’s natural beauty while surfing or hiking.

Kendra Uminger
Student Researcher – Spring  and Fall 2016

Kendra Uminger graduated with an MBA in Marketing from the University of San Diego in May 2017. Kendra graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration with an emphasis in theatre. After graduation Kendra worked in marketing at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, working primarily in graphic design. Later she worked in sales for a small music company before beginning her MBA in the fall of 2015. She currently works as an Account Strategist at the Elevator Agency.

Nicholas Privitelli

Nicholas Privitelli
Student Researcher – Spring 2016

Nick Privitelli graduated with a Bachelor of Finance and a minor in Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego in May 2016.  Nick has diverse work experience ranging from restaurant to aerospace. In the beginning of his college tenure, Nick cultivated strong interpersonal skills as a server for TGIS Catering and as a Telefunder for the University of San Diego. Being an Orange County native and going to school in San Diego, Nick found an itch to expand his horizons and see more of the world. This urge to travel eventually led Nick to Madrid, Spain, where he not only studied Finance and Marketing, but he also developed two young Spanish children’s English-speaking proficiency with weekly tutoring sessions. During his junior summer, Nick worked for RBC Bearings and learned to appreciate and respect the intricacies of operations as well as business development.  He currently works as a Business Advisory at EY.

When Nick is not studying or working, you can find him riding his dirt-bike on tracks in Orange County or engaging in some good ole’ fashion friendly-competitive Spikeball.

Po-Yueh Lin
Student Researcher – Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Po-Yueh Lin graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of San Diego majoring in International Business with a double minor in Supply Chain Management and Nonprofit Social Enterprise & Philanthropy. He is currently completing his military service in Taiwan.

As a Taiwanese national, raised in Canada, Po-Yueh enjoys fresh perspectives and challenges. He was an intern for a local literature nonprofit Traveling Stories where he engaged in community outreach and volunteer management. Every few years, Po-Yueh ventured to India to volunteer for Karmapa Foundation, where he worked with people from diverse backgrounds. Through his experiences, he is comfortable in cross-cultural environments and possesses effective communication skills.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, creating arts and solo backpacking.

Andrew Gruszka
Student Researcher – Summer and Fall 2015

Andrew Gruszka graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of International Business degrees with a minor in Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego in December 2015. He currently works as a Global Portfolio Accountant at Capital Group in American Funds.

Andrew has a diverse work background which includes sales, analytics, research, and brand management for both Fortune 500 companies and small startups.  These opportunities have given him a knowledgeable background with many different industries and types of businesses.  In addition to working with the Reshoring Institute, Andrew co-founded an app company called Rocket Apps with a few other USD students and alumni.  During his junior year, Andrew spent 6 months studying abroad and traveling in Europe, where he continued to develop his interest in the International community.  Andrew is a full-time student but enjoys swimming, playing water polo, snowboarding, and cooking in his free time.

Ivan Reed
Student Researcher – Summer and Fall 2015

Ivan Reed graduated with an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of San Diego in May 2016.  As a San Diego native, he also attended SDSU with a focus in Political Science.  Directly after his undergraduate studies, he worked as a political consultant for 5 years.  He then made a transition into a finance role at Ashford University, where he began to make significant operational improvements including the creation and management of a new department focused on student retention. He now operates a San Diego SEO Firm called SunCity Advising as the founder and CEO.

Eric Pardee
Student Researcher – Spring and Summer 2015

Eric Pardee graduated with an MBA in finance and managerial leadership in May 2016 from the University of San Diego. He currently works as a Valuations Senior Associate at Eureka Capital Partners.

Eric graduated with a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2010. After graduation, he moved back to California and began working in finance as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Insurance, and as a Personal Banker for Wells Fargo Bank. After a trip to Europe in 2012, Eric realized that he has a passion for travel, so in 2013 he left the business world to pursue an opportunity and began working as a deckhand on private “mega-yachts”. This occupation brought him to remote locations such as St. Lucia and Barbados in the south Caribbean, and the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific.

Alejandra Bohon
Student Researcher – Spring 2015

Alejandra Bohon graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego with an International Business major and a Supply Chain Management minor in May 2015. She currently works as an Inside Sales Development Associate at Dassault Systèmes

In 2014, she was an operations intern for Master Lock Warehouse in her hometown Nogales, Arizona, where she was exposed to the logistics operations of the company, as well as the many risks and challenges faced within a supply chain. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and enjoyed living amidst the Spanish culture as well as learning about it.  in her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and running on the beach.

Zachary Hines
Student Researcher – Spring 2015

Zachary Hines graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego in May 2015. During his junior year, Zack studied abroad in New Zealand, where he learned about their culture and discovered some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. He currently works as a Small Business Specialist at ADP.

The majority of Zack’s work experience comes from the Restaurant/Hospitality industry, including corporations such as the Ritz Carlton, where he learned the fundamental values of quality, customer satisfaction, and time management. As well as working for the Reshoring Institute, Zack is working for a small business called Speaqua, in collaboration with USD alumni. He is learning diverse aspects of the business including product development, sales, marketing, and team management. Zack has a true passion for surfing and anything involved with the ocean. He plans to travel to places such as Africa and Indonesia in the near future.