FISHER NEWS March 9, 2007
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Deloitte & Touche executive provides tips to participants in business plan competition

Kimmel explores new models for studying interest rates

Fisher alumna keynotes Graduate Women in Business Leadership Summit

OSU team moves into the final round of prestigious tech entrepreneurship competition

Fisher People: Christiana Cordiano

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Deloitte & Touche executive provides tips to participants in business plan competition
More than 100 people attended the second in a series of workshops for the Fisher Business Plan Competition sponsored by Deloitte & Touche. Mark Jensen, partner and national director of Venture Capital Services for Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP., provided tips to competition participants on fundraising for entrepreneurs.

Jensen’s topics included developing compelling elevator pitches and providing methodology to analyze and improve investor presentation materials. He also spoke on preparing for the first investor meeting. He told the aspiring entrepreneurs to deliver their pitches with “passion, commitment and credibility.”

The Fisher competition, now in its seventh year, invites community members to develop business ideas into a formal plan for growth and success. Teams must include at least one Ohio State student and may not have undertaken any formal startup activities, such as raising capital or selling products or services prior to the current academic year.

Fred B. Miller II, director of Strategic Client Services for Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP, said at the workshop that the Fisher competition “provides students with the opportunity to interact with community business leaders, leading venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs.”

The workshop was hosted by Fisher's Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the undergraduate Business Builders Club.

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Scholar Spotlight

Kimmel explores new models
for studying interest rates

Bob Kimmel
Formerly a Princeton economics professor and a researcher at the university’s Bendheim Center for Finance, Bob Kimmel left behind an institution that boasts influential economists tapped for high ranking federal posts and Nobel Prize winning scholars.

Yet Kimmel, an expert in econometrics and financial analysis, feels at home with his Fisher colleagues in the finance department. He is finding that a business school is a better setting for his research.

Kimmel’s research focuses on mathematic models used by Wall Street and academic researchers to track and test interest rate behavior. “The modern school of thought on interest rate modeling began in the 1970s and 80s,” he said. “In the 1990s, the affine yield models came into prominence and have been widely used.” However, many are now saying those models are no longer effective. Kimmel’s work is dedicated to finding other alternatives.

The finance professor shared with Fisher News the latest developments in his studies. Read More

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Fisher alumna keynotes Graduate Women
in Business Leadership Summit

Fisher alumna Lisa Williams, president and CEO of Williams Research Inc., shared secrets of her success at the Graduate Women in Business third annual Women in Leadership Summit on March 2.

A trailblazer in her own right, Lisa Williams, president and CEO of Williams Research Inc., and motivational speaker on leadership, shared with Fisher graduate women the secrets of her success at the Graduate Women in Business third annual Women in Leadership Summit on March 2.

Williams, the author of several academic books and a leadership book, “Leading Beyond Excellence,” was Fisher’s first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in logistics. She was also the second woman in her discipline to become a full professor at Penn State and twice held an endowed chair.

She told the audience of approximately 75 that trailblazing leaders are not afraid of failure. “They blaze new paths in achieving professional goals and personal dreams by releasing fears and accepting their true self-expression.”

Williams conducted a workshop for conference participants to help them identify leadership strengths. The summit also included panel discussions and question and answer sessions with local business leaders. Panelists included: Audrey Tuckerman, vice president of investments for Merrill Lynch; Pam Archer, vice president of; Cheryl Krueger, founder and CEO of Cheryl’s Cookies; Rebecca Woodrow, CIO Americas for General Electric Co.; Jean Patrick, executive vice president of WW Williams Co., and Fisher alumnae Melinda Whittington, corporate accounting director for Procter and Gamble, and Cindy Hilsheimer, founder of SC Search Consultants.

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OSU team moves into the final round of prestigious tech entrepreneurship competition
A team of Fisher and Ohio State students are finalists in one of the nation's most prestigious technology entrepreneurship competitions.

Graduate physics students Michael Hetzer and Lee Mosbacker will compete in the final round of the 2007 MRS Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 10 in San Francisco. Jeff Martin, a full-time MBA student, Erwin Grabisna, a part-time MBA student and Burr Zimmerman, a fourth-year Ph.D student in chemical engineering, are also members of the team. They are one of three groups vying for the $3,000 grand prize.

Their virtual case explores an array sensor for medical imaging based on a spintronic functional polymer.

The team was selected for the final round based upon evaluations by venture capitalists of their pitch presentations for materials-based technologies. They will be competing against teams from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Rutgers University.

The MRS Entrepreneurship Challenge, which featured 18 teams this year, is an international competition that pairs students and professional materials scientists and engineers with business school students to develop concepts for materials-based start-up companies.

Throughout the challenge, scientists and business students formed “virtual teams” to develop a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation that they will present a startup technology to a panel of venture capitalist judges.

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Fisher People: Christiana Cordiano
Title: Instructional Technology Specialist for Educational Technologies

Hobbies: I have two small children at home, so my free time is limited. My hobbies include reading, gardening, weaving, traveling (mostly to Italy, where I have relatives) and restoring my 1890s Victorian home with my husband, Brian.

FisherLure: "I enjoy working with the faculty at Fisher, assisting them with Carmen-related issues. I also like being involved in the distance learning program for our regional campuses. Having worked previously in distance education, I can honestly say we offer a dynamic program with interesting faculty and deliver our courses with cutting-edge technology. Everyone in Educational Technologies is completely dedicated to providing our regional campus students with the best possible experience and that makes working here at Fisher both satisfying and enjoyable. "

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Calendar of Events

March 23
The Fisher MBA Marketing Association will hold an all day marketing hop in Cincinnati. Participants will hear a presentation on 'relevance marketing' at dunnhumbyUSA and also learn more about new age retailing at Kroger. More information is available online at

March 27 and 29
Fisher Serves will volunteer in conjunction with the Children's Hunger Alliance at Etna Elementary School to help with the AfterSchool Nutrition and Education Enrichment Program. More information is available at

March 30
Sandy Harbrecht
, president of Paul Werth Associates, will speak to first-year MBA students at a leadership and professional development event. More information is available online at

April 2
The MBA Marketing Association will hold its 2007-08 board election from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 275 Gerlach Hall. The deadline to apply for the board positions is March 18. More information is available online at

April 3
Entrepreneur Tom Harvey will discuss start-up ventures at the Business Builders Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. More information is available online at businessbuilders

April 5
The Graduate Programs Office is holding a graduation fair for students to order their cap and gown, get career information, purchase announcements and the class ring. More information is available online at

April 16
The rescheduled Undergraduate Student, Faculty and Staff Mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackwell. The event will also feature the undergraduate faculty and staff awards event.

News Briefs

Honor society recognizes faculty and staff members
Seven Fisher faculty and staff members were recently honored at the annual Mortar Board/Sphinx Faculty and Staff Recognition Reception. Kim Copeland Bader, Deborah Ballam, Michael Camp, Mark Christobek, Larry Inks, Nancy Lahmers and Judy Tansky were honored by the senior honorary group for their impact on this year’s graduating class.

PwC CIO to visit
campus April 4-5

Ken Cooke, PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Chief Information Officer, will be visiting Fisher on April 4 and 5 to meet with faculty, staff, students and 65 students the company has hired this year.

For the U.S. operations, Cooke is responsible for establishing and delivering the firm’s technology strategy, including application development and daily information technology operations.

News Briefs

Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management, was quoted in a March 1 Los Angeles Times article on the impact of Chinese investors on American financial markets.

Shenkar told the paper that investors in the U.S. and other countries should prepare themselves to better read and respond to wild, unpredictable swings of the country's stock market.

J. Richard Dietrich, chair of the Accounting and MIS program, was quoted in a Feb. 2 The New York Times article on the valuation of stock options.

Dietrich told the paper that auctions of the options could be problematic and produce low values, but have the potential to attract more customers.

Melanie Caugherty, program manager for the International Programs Office was quoted in the February edition of The Language Educator magazine on business focused language courses.

Caugherty told the magazine that the use of an applied approach through simulations and case studies help students learn the language and business customs as well as provide a true-to-life business solution.


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