“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, External Board 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, External Board Adviser

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 Internal 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, Senior VP External Relations

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.

Ayla Ergun, VCG General Adviser

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. In 2014 she has been Coordinator for Case Practice and Engagement Manager / Project Leader for VCG. Ayla is now the General Adviser for VCG programs.

Elisha Yadgaran, VP Case Competition and Seminar Series

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 and Business Discussion Night

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.

Sabin Dhakal, VP Case Competition and VCG Engagement Manager

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.

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.

John Ballew, VP Case Practice and VCG Engagement Manager

John is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research Research in MIT. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Bioengineering and BS in Biochemistry from the University of Texas, Austin. During his doctoral studies, John also completed a degree in Management Practice and gained business development experience with a biotechnology start-up company. Prior to joining CCM, John participated in the annual MIT vs Harvard Case Competition.

Diana Lu, VP 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.

Jyoti Dev, VCG Engagement Manager