Economic Ambassadors

Tim Albright

Economics Major | Political Science Minor
Class of May 2020 | Email
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 303) with McDermott, Economics Statistics 1 (ECON 202) with Schultz
Why Economics? I chose economics not only because it was interesting to me, but because it's such a versatile major. Economics can be applied to a numerous amounts of different work fields and because of that, I think it gives you an advantage in the workplace. You gain a different perspective and set of tools than a lot of other majors, and can apply them in ways others aren't trained to or trained to think to.
Bio: Tim is a senior from Bolingbrook, IL. He majors in Economics with a minor in Political Science. After being recommended to try out Econ by coworkers, Tim found a new interest and has grown to enjoy Econ. Outside of classes, you'll be likely to find Tim at the Illini Union Bookstore where he is a Student Supervisor. Any chance he gets Tim loves to travel and has found California to be his favorite destination, Yosemite National Park in particular.

Jacqueline Betthauser

Economics & English Majors | Business Minor
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Department of Economics Career Intern, Chi Omega
Internship Experience: The Mather Group
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Women in the Economy (ECON 442) with Powers
Why Economics? I chose to study economics because it is great preparation for life after college. Through the major, I have learned a breadth of valuable knowledge and skills that will aid me in any career path I take.
Bio: Jacqueline is a senior from Niles, IL majoring in Economics and English with a minor in Business. Jacqueline came into college only majoring in English, but decided to explore Economics after taking Econ 102 with Professor DiIanni. Picking up the second major has provided Jacqueline with a lot of opportunities, with her favorite being studying in Vienna, Austria last semester through the LAS Econ in Vienna program. This past summer she interned at a private wealth management firm. She is now excited to use her economics degree to pursue even more opportunities after graduation this spring.

Pooja Deshmukh

Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2020 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Illinois Business Consulting, The Daily Illini, Women in Economics
Internship Experience: Investment Strategy and Services Intern at PNC (Summer 2019), Finance and Operations Intern at iVenture Accelerator (Summer 2018)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Law and Economics (ECON 484) with Schultz, Economics of Poverty Alleviation (ECON 455) with Osman
Why Economics? Economics is not only the study of markets, but also the study of how people make decisions. I enjoy studying not only the graphs and theories, but also applying it to current-day issues, such as poverty in developing nations, some of the market failures they face, and how we can go about fixing the market failures. It is also a very versatile major which allows you to explore various career paths.
Bio: Pooja is a senior and Vice President at Econ Ambassadors. Previously, Pooja has had experience working with startups as well as interning in Asset Management at PNC Bank. Currently, Pooja is a project manager at Illinois Business Consulting, where she has worked on a variety of different projects. She looks forward to pursuing a career in consulting full-time and working in the Chicago area!

Ashley Drake

Economics Major | Leadership Studies & Business Minors
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Department of Economics Career Intern, Student Alumni Ambassadors, LAS Brand Ambassador, ECON 303 Student TA, Alpha Omega Epsilon
Internship Experience: Human Resources Corporate Intern at Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Economics of the Workplace (ECON 447) with Professor Sun
Why Economics? Economics influences a variety of fields. With combining math and analytical skills, economics is used to directly impact the world. Using both analytical and interpersonal skills in economics makes it the best career path for me.
Bio: Ashley is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Leadership Studies and Business from Algonquin, Illinois. While at Illinois, Ashley has also been involved in both the Student Alumni Ambassadors and Alpha Omega Epsilon, holding a variety of officer positions throughout her undergraduate career. Additionally, she is active in the LAS Brand Ambassadors and involved in the Economics Department as a Career Intern. She is looking forward to pursuing additional schooling and then a career in Human Resources upon graduation this spring!

Jessica Gosswein

Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2021 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Delta Delta Delta: Academic chair, member of philanthropy and sisterhood committees, Economics Club
Internship Experience: Intern for Exactus Advisors Summer of 2018 and 2019 (boutique organizational consulting firm)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 303) with Zhao, Economics Statistics 1 (ECON 202) with Schultz 
Why Economics? With a strong suit and math and being a 'people person', Economics seemed to be a great major to combine two of my strong suits. Economics truly shows how people and economies work to make the world go around.
Research: Research for Exactus Advisors to find potential clients for a productivity tool they created to sell to buying groups.
Bio: Jessica is a Junior from Naperville, IL majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. Outside of class, she is a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority where she holds the position of Academic chair, as well as being a member of both the sisterhood and philanthropy committees. She has interned for Exactus Advisors the summer of her Freshman and Sophomore year and continues to gain interest in the field of Consulting.

Eric Kim

Economics & Statistics Major | Informatics Minor | Data Science Certificate
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Korean Student Organization,
Korean Liberal Arts and Science Organization, Illinois Economic Consulting
Internship Experience: Data Operation Intern @ Principal Financial Group
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Financial Economics (ECON 460) with Gao
Why Economics? With a strong suit and math and being a 'people person', Economics seemed to be a great major to combine two of my strong suits. Economics truly shows how people and economies work to make the world go around.
Research: Data Analyst with Professor Rebecca Thornton
Bio: Jong Bum (Eric) is a senior majoring in Economics and Statistics and minoring in Informatics. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Georgia. He serves as an Illinois National Guard while he is in school. Eric is pursuing a career path in data analytics.

Jonathan Lee

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of May 2020 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Statistics Club, UIUC Mathematics and Analytics in Sports
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Game Theory (ECON 437) with Arga
Why Economics? Economics is the theory behind every choice we make in this world and covers a wide range of subjects. I find it important to understand why someone, a company, or government would make a certain choice given the circumstances.
Bio: Jonathan is a senior studying Economics and Statistics. He lived half is life in Los Angeles, CA and the other half in Seoul, South Korea. His favorite sports teams are the Lakers and the Dodgers. He is interested in a career related to data analytics.

Joseph MacPhee

Economics Major | Political Science Minor
Class of May 2020 |
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Economics Club
Internship Experience: The Hanover Insurance
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: American Economic History (ECON 402) with DiIanni
Why Economics? Economics is by far the most interesting class I was enrolled in during high school so I decided to apply to colleges with it as my major and it turned out to be a great decision!
Bio: Joe is a senior who plans to graduate in May of 2020 with a degree in Economics and a minor in political science. Post-graduation Joe plans on working in the insurance industry in the Boston area. Joe is from downtown Boston and enjoys volunteering at local organizations as well as working during his summer. He enjoys playing basketball and football in his free time!

Nikita Mamidi

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major| Statistics Minor
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Illinois Business Consulting, Econ 203 Student TA, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Applied Machine Learning in Economics (ECON 490) with Khazra and Farhoodi
Why Economics? I have always been interested in data analytics. The Economics and Statistics courses I have taken at the U of I have helped me analyze data better, gain critical insights, and better understand economic phenomena. The best part about Economics is that it is a versatile major that prepares one for careers in Finance, Consulting, Data Science and Government Policy. A better understanding of Economics can enable one to shape the market, economy and create policies that directly impact people’s lives.
Bio: Nikita Mamidi is a senior studying Econometrics and Statistics. She is from Hyderabad, India. After graduating she plans on taking up a job as a Consultant or Data/Business analyst. She eventually hopes to set up her own startup. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends, play badminton, and watch basketball.

Jia Lin (Jay) Mei

Economics Major
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Alpha Phi Omega, Asian American Association 
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 303) with Petry
Why Economics? I've always enjoyed the social sciences such as psychology and anthropology, but with a bit of math thrown in. To me, Economics was the best that combined all of my interests into one major. By learning theory and analytics, I'm looking forward to use this kind of knowledge after I graduate.
Bio: Jia Lin (Jay) is a senior majoring in Economics, but looking to switch over to Econometrics with a minor in Mathematical Statistics. Recommended by a friend in high school, he sought out the major and found it to be an excellent combination of theory and applicable skills. Currently, he's involved with Alpha Phi Omega and looking for graduate programs or careers in healthcare and the government.

Ariel Montieth

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major| Music Minor| Data Science Certificate
Class of May 2021 | Email
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): IWiE (Illini Women in Econ), ECON 203 TA, Illini Contraband, UIUC Jazz Bands
Internship Experience: Scalewonder (Berlin, Germany) 
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Econ Statistics II (ECON 203) with McDermott and Microeconomics Theory (Econ 302) with DiIanni
Why Economics? The power of economics is its ability to use numbers to represent a larger social trend. With being a fan of both math and people's behavior, economics is a stampeding force that will never cease, and I cannot wait to join in.
Research Experience: Honors Research Project under Professor DiIanni for ECON 302
Bio: Ariel is a junior from Peoria, IL who is majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics with a minor in Music and certificate in Data Science. After taking ECON 102 with DiIanni, her perspective on Economics changed for the better. Outside of class, she is involved in other RSOs on campus as well as heavily involved in music. She explored europe while interning as a management consultant for a startup in Berlin this past summer; and is looking forward to how her life and career path will be influenced in the future.

Ivan A. Murillo-Quiroz

Economics & Statistics Majors (pursuing)
Class of May 2020 | Email 
Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): ALPFA, Econ Club Professional Outreach, Illinois Economic Consulting
Internship Experience:IFS-Advisory Start Internship at PwC (Summer 2018)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: ECON Statistics II (ECON 203) with McDermott and Intro to Microeconomics (ECON 102) with DiIanni
Why Economics? Economics is everywhere in the world, and being able to understand Economics allows us to view the world with a new perspective.
Bio: Ivan is a junior from Plainfield, IL who is majoring in Economics and pursuing a double major in Statistics. He is also involved with ALPFA, Econ Club, and Illinois Economic Consulting and has completed the Start Advisory internship at PwC this past summer.

Vandana Ravi

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major| Informatics Minor
Class of May 2021 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Indian Student Association
Internship Experience: Akuna Capital, Pico Trading
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 303) with Zhao
Why Economics? I chose to study Quantitative Economics because of the various opportunities it allows me to explore after graduating.
Bio: Vandana Ravi is a junior majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics with a minor in Informatics. She is from Naperville, Illinois and has been an active student on campus her past four semesters. She hopes to explore more about her interests in the field of Econometrics by taking more upper level courses throughout the rest of her time at UIUC. She hopes to pursue a career in trading after graduating in May of 2021.

Ruchira Ravirala

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics Major | Statistics & Business Minors
Class of May 2021 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): ECON 203 Student TA, Project Manager at FACES Consulting, Career Services Paraprofessional at The Career Center, Data Analyst at ATLAS
Internship Experience: Data Science Intern at Innominds Software, PR and Marketing Intern at Borgen Project, Data Analyst Intern at ATLAS internships
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Applied Machine Learning in Economics (ECON 490) with Khazra and Farhoodi
Why Economics? Economics is very versatile. I thought it was only demand = and supply and bunch of other theories but I realized it includes statistics, econometrics, computer science, business, and much more. It has opened multiple doors for me. I don't feel tied down to one major. I feel with econ I can be a part of many.
Bio: Ruchira is a junior majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics. She is interested in data analysis. Furthermore, she wants to gain maximum work experience as possible before she graduates. Besides her academic interests, she loves to sing, play the keyboard and write poetry in her free time.

Jacob Sadah

Economics Major | Business Minor
Class of May 2021 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Assyrian Student Association
Internship Experience: O'Connnor & Battle Law Firm (Chicago, IL)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:  Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 302) with Buckley
Why Economics? I chose Economics for an invaluable education that provides the analytical, quantitative, and logical skills that are crucial to securing a job in today's competitive workplace.
Bio: Jacob is a Senior from Wood Dale, IL majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. Over the summer, Jacob Interned at O'Connor & Battle, a law firm in downtown Chicago where he worked as the executive assistant to the managing attorney. It was through this experience that he found his knack for law which motivated his decision to gear towards Law School. He is currently President of the Assyrian Student Association and enjoys volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.

Manav Saxena

Economics Major 
Class of May 2022 |
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Economics Club: Professional Outreach Chair, Association of Data Science and Analytics: Active Member
Internship Experience: Data Science Intern for HCL Technologies (New York)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Intro to Microeconomics (ECON 102) with Vasquez, Economics Statistics 1 (ECON 202) with Schultz
Why Economics? I chose to study economics because it is so relevant and applicable; economics seems to be connected to everything in life: even the simplest and smallest of decisions that we make everyday have some sort of connection to economics. With a good foundations in economics, I am able to better understand the world around me.
Bio: Manav is a sophomore from New Delhi, India studying Computer Science and Economics. He is particularly interested in further exploring the connection between the two fields, and he hopes to soon code programs, using economics concepts, that analyze large and complex datasets. Within economics, Manav is very interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies, game theory, and market structures. In fact, Manav has written a paper about the market structure of the Indian IT outsourcing industry. Aside from economics, Manav enjoys playing tennis, working out, and trying new things. He is looking forward to this coming year.

Daniel Stumpf

Economics Major | Computer Science Minor
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Theta Chi, Econ 303 TA, Economics Study Abroad
Internship Experience: Data Analytics Intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance 
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Game Theory (ECON 437) with McDermott
Why Economics? In high school I was drawn to economics through taking Macro, and I loved seeing how different countries interacted with and influenced each other. Since then, I believe Economics is great real life application of Mathematics.
Research: Undergraduate assistant with Toxicity and Housing Discrimination research for Peter Christensen
Bio: Daniel is majoring in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics with a minor in Computer Science. Born in Elmhurst, IL, Daniel grew up playing Trombone and spending most of his time at the pool for swimming and water polo, and continues to do so at college. At U of I, Daniel is pursuing a career path in data analytics or financial planning and is on track to graduate in Spring 2020.

Tianyi (Roxy) Wang

Economics and Psychology Majors
Class of May 2021 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): Illini Women in Econ Marketing Chair, GLOBE "blue" cohort leader, academic tutor in Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Research Assistant at Berenbaum Lab
Internship Experience: Psychopathology intern at The Sixth Hospital of Peking University (Beijing, China, 2019)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Econ of Organizations (Econ 490) with Arvan, Economics STAT 1 (Econ 202) with Schultz
Why Economics? I chose economics because of the introductory economics class I took in high school. The class covered multiple topics in easy-to-understand terms with interesting examples and videos. Although I applied for every college on my list of schools with psychology as my first major, I have selected economics courses since the first semester in U of I till now, finally declaring it as my second major.
Research: Research side project on change preference in social psychology with PhD student in Social Action Lab of Dr. Dolores Albarracin
Bio: Tianyi (Roxy) is an international student from Beijing, China double majoring in psychology and economics. Although the two disciplines are almost completely different, she is trying to bring diverse ideas and perspectives into both fields. With further explorations in organizations and industries through economics classes, Roxy is hoping to become a psychotherapist or clinical psychologist with multi-disciplinary knowledge in the future.

Shangya Xu

Economics & Quantitative Economics Major| Statistics Minor
Class of May 2020 | 
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Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors): ATLAS Internship, LAS Brand Ambassador
Internship Experience: ICBC (Shanghai, China), Huawei (Hangzhou, China)
Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors: Economics of Labor Markets (ECON 440) with Wu
Why Economics? Nash equilibrium leads me to the economic world. I was interested in economics when the first time my high school teacher showed me how game theory works in the real world. I decide to major in economics since I believe that economic theories can be employed in every part of our life and I can make better choices for myself using what I have learned.
Research Experience: Research intern for Pro. Mehta's Global Media project
Bio: Shangya is a senior student, majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics and minoring Statistics. She is an international transfer student from China and expecting to graduate in May 2020. Besides her academic interest in game theory, she is also interested in media since she has been broadcaster and voice actress for many years. Now, she is looking forward to pursuing business/marketing analytics in the future.