MBAA Executive Board

Aditya Laijawala (President)

Aditya, better known as Aadi, completed his bachelor's degree in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India. He also has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech and wants to further expand his management skills by pursuing the Tech MBA. He plans to graduate in December 2014 and wants to work for a couple of years before joining his family business. In his free time, he loves to spend time outdoors and stay fit. He has completed several half marathons, a full marathon and a triathlon. He also actively takes part in the activities offered in the Upper Peninsula like skiing and mountain biking.

Christina Jufliak (VP of Finance)

"Christina Jufliak graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and will graduate in August 2014 with an MBA. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in engineering project management. Currently, she works as a consultant in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Tech, while working toward her MBA."

Daniel Tao (VP of Facilities)

"Tao (Daniel) Tao, graduated from East China Normal University 2012 with a bachelor degree of international economic and trade, and minor psychology. He is the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Michigan Tech. He is completing the MBA program already having experiences in a trading company, government office, e-business company, and a non-profit organization. He will graduate 2014 summer and move downstate to start his career. "


Yanzhi Huang (Secretary)

“Yanzhi (Amy) comes from Xiamen, China and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Xiamen University. After graduation, she worked at a sunglass export manufacturer for two years. In the summer of 2013, she joined the MBA program at Michigan Technological University and will finish in August 2014. She enjoys making coffee, cooking, outdoor activities, and the joy of photography.”


Katy Hickey (VP of Social Planning/GSG Representative) 

Katy Hickey finished her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering in the Spring of 2013; wrapping up her German Language Minor in the fall when she started the MBA program here at MTU. Currently, Katy is doing a 9 month Sales & Marketing internship at ThermoAnalytics, Inc., located in Calumet. She hopes that this mix of a technical background and business knowledge will prime her for a strong career in project engineering or engineering project management. Completing an MBA at Michigan Tech allows her to continue having adventures in this gorgeous area. She enjoys mountain biking, camping, hiking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and fishing (any season).”


Joe Giddings (VP of Professional Development)

"Joe Giddings completed his undergrad at Michigan Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. He will be graduating from the MBA program in August of 2014. After graduation he plans to find a job where he can focus on efficiency in either operations, logistics, or supply chain management."


Brian Hutzler (VP of Communications)

“Brian has lived and work locally for several years. He decided that the MBA program at Michigan Technological University would afford him further career opportunities. Brian would possibly like to pursue a career in marketing, sales, or even public relations. Other than school, Brian loves to spend time with his beautiful family. He enjoys to play hockey in the winter and play soccer in the summer. He is grateful that he is able to do all of these things while attending Michigan Tech.