Department of Economics graduate students and alumni continue to prosper. Job placements for recent graduates include Foong Yee Law (global services consultant, IBM), Denise Okamoto (statistical analyst assistant, Orange County Department of Child Support Services, Research and Reporting Team), Bobby Tam (product specialist, Farmers Insurance) and Sarey Torres (BOA instructor, International Education Corporation). Miao Li was awarded an internship from Arclyte Technologies.
Students also have been active in research this year. One of our students, Neda Jahedmotlagh, received first place in the CSULB Student Research Competition in February 2013 for her work on “The Impact of Airport Security Body Scanning on the Demand for Air Travel.” Neda was also chosen to represent our university in the Business, Economics, and Public Administration category at the 27th Annual California State University Student Research Competition last May. Eric Boyd, Samuel Valdez and Ramon Vivero won third place in the Second Annual Economics Poster Competition for their research on “The Decision to Hit-and-Run: An Expected Loss Model.”
Our student group, Student Association of Graduates in Economics (S.A.G.E.), hosted a fundraising event November 2012 that featured economist and comedian Yoram Bauman. Bauman is nationally known for his comedy routine on the “Ten Principles of Economics.” The event was a success, and students obtained an interesting and amusing perspective on economics.
Finally, congratulations to Yan Ma, who graduated in December 2012 and received the prestigious award of Dean’s List of Graduating Master Student. This is a testament to Yan’s excellence, since this award is only given to the top one percent of the graduating class in the College of Liberal Arts.