“Easing transition between graduate life and a successful consulting career”

Meet The CCM Executive Team

Jeremy Curuksu, President

Jeremy is a postdoctoral fellow in theoretical biophysics at MIT. Before MIT he was a research assistant in mathematics at the polytechnic school of Lausanne in Switzerland. He studied biology and mathematics, and held consultative positions in banking, healthcare, and education. He enjoys coding and developed a website for advanced consulting training. At CCM, Jeremy has been VP Case Practice, Coordinator of Workshops, and Project Leader for the Volunteer Consulting Group.

Mike Lu, Treasurer

Mike is a second year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at MIT with a research focus on protein-based drug delivery. He holds a B.A. from Wabash College and has experiences working in management consulting as well as private equity. Prior to joining CCM, Mike participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group. He is now CCM treasurer as well as manager of the Business Discussion Night.

William Herbert, Adviser

Will is a 4th year PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, focusing on materials for energy applications and extreme environments. He previously obtained an MEng in Materials Science (1st class) from Oxford University. Will has been with the Consulting Club at MIT for several years, serving as VP for the Volunteer Consulting Group (6 projects total), VP Business Discussion Nights, and finally President (in 2013).

Jingnan Lu, Senior VP Internal Relations

Jingnan is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at MIT. She has a BS degree in Chemistry from Syracuse University. At CCM, Jingnan has been VP Business Discussion Nights and Project Leader for the Volunteer Consulting Group. She is now assuming a role of Adviser/Senior VP.

Benjamin Lai, Senior VP External Relations

Benjamin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a focus on computational mechanics. He is the Industry Relations Chair for the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers. He has worked in the defense industry and for a construction management consulting firm in Manhattan. He enjoys traveling, networking, and scouting for new ventures. Benjamin holds a M.S. from Stanford University, a B.S. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Bard College at Simon's Rock. At CCM, Ben has been a Project Leader of the Volunteer Consulting Group and is now assuming a role of Adviser/Senior VP.

Bigyan Bista, VP Business Discussion Night

Bigyan is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology/Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT with research emphasis on breast cancer progression and metastasis. Prior to joining the CCM Executive Team, Bigyan was involved with the Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) as a participant and also adviser. He is now VP of the biweekly Business Discussion Nights. Outside of CCM, Bigyan serves in the Graduate Student Council and is a member of Science Policy Initiative (SPI) at MIT. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Peter’s College.

Summer Jiakun Zhao, VP Case Competition

Summer is a first year Master student in the Technology and Policy Program under the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, with a research focus on alternative vehicle and fuel development. Before coming to MIT, Summer had experiences working in the energy industry, management consulting, and public policy. Summer is also on the leadership team for the MIT Clean Energy Prize.

Sabin Dhakal, VP Case Competition

Sabin, a doctoral candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard, studies intratumoral heterogeneity and population dynamics in Joan Brugge’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School. Sabin holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Hanover College. At CCM, Sabin is manager of the MIT-Harvard Case Competition. Outside of CCM, Sabin is involved in the Harvard Graduate Science Policy group and part of Science, Technology and Society secondary concentration program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Elisha Yadgaran, VP Case Competition

Elisha is a member of the 2015 class in the Chemical Engineering department at MIT. Before joining CCM, he was involved in a number of academic labs and industry positions. In his free time Elisha enjoys spending time with his fraternity brothers, athletics, and programming.

Peter Zhu, VP Case Competition

Peter is a third year PhD student in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT with a research focus on process simulation and optimization. He completed his BS degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). While at UIUC, he was one of the vice chairs of the Chinese Student Scholar Association responsible for organizing career related events. Prior to joining CCM, Peter worked as a technical consultant at Corning and Alcon.

Diana Lu, VP Internal relations and Case Practice

Diana holds a PhD in Biology from MIT and a BA in Molecular Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She was an HHMI fellow in translational research in the Health Science and Technology (HST) Division of Harvard/MIT, and currently at BWH her research aims to evaluate biomaterials for clinical and commercial application. In her spare time, Diana is an executive board member of the Cal Alumni Club of New England and a member of the MIT Ballroom Dance Team. She's a passionate of Biology, Beavers, and Bears.

Sohini Chakrabortee, VCG Engagement Manager

Sohini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in MIT. She obtained her PhD from the Institute of Biotechnology and then a post-doc from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. During her PhD she set up a short course in Business Enterprise. Sohini has worked for several non-profit organisations which entailed coordinating career events in biotech/pharma, business pitch competitions, lectures by Nobel Laureates, fund-raising events to support educational and developmental projects for the less-privileged, and others. Sohini is a member of the MIT Think Tank and at CCM she is Engagement Manager for the Voluntary Consulting Group.

Ayla Ergun, VCG Engagement Manager and Case Practice

Ayla is a bioinformatics specialist at MGH, mining large scale genomic datasets. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School working on immunological gene networks. Before joining the CCM executive team, Ayla participated as a team member in the Volunteer Consulting Group. She is now Coordinator for Case Practice and Engagement Manager / Project Leader for VCG.

Hasan Celiker, VCG Engagement Manager