Board

Who We Are

USIT is overseen and led by a 3-member Executive Team and a 4-member Board of Directors who manage the day-to-day operations of the organization and run USIT's flagship competition events. Each member brings to the organization an unique perspective that we believe contributes to USIT's success. Board of Directors are further supported by 7 Board Chairs who learn the operational, marketing, technical, and financial skills necessary to run a successful venture.

How to join

Board Chairs are selected through a competitive application process at the beginning of each fall semester. Interested applicants will submit both a resume and application and then be called to interview with the Executive Team and Directors. Members are encouraged to attend our information sessions to gain more insight into responsibilities and the application process. We encourage members of all academic backgrounds and experience to apply.

Recruitment has closed for Fall 2018.

Our Team

Executive Team

   Catherine Cheng   President Austin, TX BHP, Finance Class of 2020  president@usiteam.org   Catherine enjoys contemporary poetry, medical mysteries, and Insider Food videos. She is a Business Honors and Finance Junior and has experience in venture capital, investment banking, and equity research. After wrapping up a summer analyzing and valuing cryptocurrencies at Susquehanna International Group, a global quantitative trading firm, she is excited to return to New York and join Evercore for Summer 2019.

Catherine Cheng
President
Austin, TX
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020
president@usiteam.org

Catherine enjoys contemporary poetry, medical mysteries, and Insider Food videos. She is a Business Honors and Finance Junior and has experience in venture capital, investment banking, and equity research. After wrapping up a summer analyzing and valuing cryptocurrencies at Susquehanna International Group, a global quantitative trading firm, she is excited to return to New York and join Evercore for Summer 2019.

   Eric Sun   Vice President Allen, TX BHP, Finance, Mathematics Class of 2020  vicepresident@usiteam.org   Eric likes morning runs, diet soda, and trying vegan food. He is a Business Honors, Finance, and Math Junior and has experience in investment banking and corporate finance. This past summer, Eric was in Boise, Idaho where he reviewed potato products and interned at Micron Technology in the treasury and finance strategy groups. He will be joining McKinsey & Company in Dallas for Summer 2019.

Eric Sun
Vice President
Allen, TX
BHP, Finance, Mathematics
Class of 2020
vicepresident@usiteam.org

Eric likes morning runs, diet soda, and trying vegan food. He is a Business Honors, Finance, and Math Junior and has experience in investment banking and corporate finance. This past summer, Eric was in Boise, Idaho where he reviewed potato products and interned at Micron Technology in the treasury and finance strategy groups. He will be joining McKinsey & Company in Dallas for Summer 2019.

   Matt Hopp   Director of Investment Nashville, TN BHP, Finance Class of 2020  investment@usiteam.org   Matt is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. When he’s not in the classroom or the FERC, you can find him in the nearest body of water: wakesurfing, scuba diving, or just hanging out. Matt has spent the past two summers working in wealth management and credit investing, and he will be joining Point72’s hedge fund internship program in New York next summer.

Matt Hopp
Director of Investment
Nashville, TN
BHP, Finance
Class of 2020
investment@usiteam.org

Matt is a Junior majoring in Business Honors and Finance. When he’s not in the classroom or the FERC, you can find him in the nearest body of water: wakesurfing, scuba diving, or just hanging out. Matt has spent the past two summers working in wealth management and credit investing, and he will be joining Point72’s hedge fund internship program in New York next summer.

 

Directors

   Athena Zeng   Director of Marketing St. Louis, MO BHP Class of 2021  marketing@usiteam.org   Athena enjoys playing tennis, making themed playlists, going to concerts, and skateboarding. She is also a big fan of Michael Cera. Currently, Athena is a Sophomore in the Business Honors Program, and she is interested in combining her business education with entrepreneurship and digital media. Outside of USIT, Athena is a Resident Assistant and a member of Texas Spirits. Last summer, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Athena Zeng
Director of Marketing
St. Louis, MO
BHP
Class of 2021
marketing@usiteam.org

Athena enjoys playing tennis, making themed playlists, going to concerts, and skateboarding. She is also a big fan of Michael Cera. Currently, Athena is a Sophomore in the Business Honors Program, and she is interested in combining her business education with entrepreneurship and digital media. Outside of USIT, Athena is a Resident Assistant and a member of Texas Spirits. Last summer, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

   Jessica Huang   Director of Technology Frisco, TX BHP, Computer Science Class of 2021  technology@usiteam.org   Jessica enjoys traveling, drawing, watching reruns of Friends, and laughing at terrible puns. She is a Sophomore majoring in BHP and computer science and is looking forward to exploring her interests in artificial intelligence, algorithmic trading, and collecting funny socks. She spent the past summer studying abroad in Hong Kong.

Jessica Huang
Director of Technology
Frisco, TX
BHP, Computer Science
Class of 2021
technology@usiteam.org

Jessica enjoys traveling, drawing, watching reruns of Friends, and laughing at terrible puns. She is a Sophomore majoring in BHP and computer science and is looking forward to exploring her interests in artificial intelligence, algorithmic trading, and collecting funny socks. She spent the past summer studying abroad in Hong Kong.

   Rhea Nelson   Director of Operations Austin, TX Electrical Engineering Class of 2021  operations@usiteam.org   Rhea enjoys being active and outdoors whether playing tennis, figure skating, hiking outdoors, or running in races (training to run a marathon). Rhea loves to travel and go on adventures and went on a road trip to Boise, Idaho and visited Iceland this summer. Rhea is a sophomore in Electrical Engineering with interests in engineering management and personal finance.

Rhea Nelson
Director of Operations
Austin, TX
Electrical Engineering
Class of 2021
operations@usiteam.org

Rhea enjoys being active and outdoors whether playing tennis, figure skating, hiking outdoors, or running in races (training to run a marathon). Rhea loves to travel and go on adventures and went on a road trip to Boise, Idaho and visited Iceland this summer. Rhea is a sophomore in Electrical Engineering with interests in engineering management and personal finance.

   Taha Siddiki   Director of Accounting Frisco, TX Finance Class of 2021  accounting@usiteam.org   Taha enjoys supporting the Cowboys, listening to Hip Hop, watching eSports and laughing at cringe comedies. He is a Sophomore pursuing Finance and is interested in the venture capital industry and entrepreneurship.

Taha Siddiki
Director of Accounting
Frisco, TX
Finance
Class of 2021
accounting@usiteam.org

Taha enjoys supporting the Cowboys, listening to Hip Hop, watching eSports and laughing at cringe comedies. He is a Sophomore pursuing Finance and is interested in the venture capital industry and entrepreneurship.

 

Chairs

   Kruthika V Ramesh   Membership Chair Mumbai, India Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Kruthika enjoys learning about finance, law and participating in political discussions. She is a trained singer, and loves listening to The Beatles and Pink Floyd. She writes and performs poetry, and also enjoys urban-sketching. She loves going to art galleries, painting outside on nice days and watching plays. She is currently a Freshman and is interested in exploring her interests in finance and law. She hopes to go onto law school to get her JD-MBA, merging her interests in business and law.

Kruthika V Ramesh
Membership Chair
Mumbai, India
Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Kruthika enjoys learning about finance, law and participating in political discussions. She is a trained singer, and loves listening to The Beatles and Pink Floyd. She writes and performs poetry, and also enjoys urban-sketching. She loves going to art galleries, painting outside on nice days and watching plays. She is currently a Freshman and is interested in exploring her interests in finance and law. She hopes to go onto law school to get her JD-MBA, merging her interests in business and law.

  Elizabeth Zhang  Logistics Chair Montgomery, New Jersey Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Elizabeth is a freshman business major planning on pursuing finance. She enjoys golfing, long walks, Marvel movies, and the Victorious soundtracks. She is also a Lululemon enthusiast. This summer, she hopes to study abroad and looks forward to spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Zhang
Logistics Chair
Montgomery, New Jersey
Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Elizabeth is a freshman business major planning on pursuing finance. She enjoys golfing, long walks, Marvel movies, and the Victorious soundtracks. She is also a Lululemon enthusiast. This summer, she hopes to study abroad and looks forward to spending time with her family.

   Deepti Aravapalli   Media Chair Frisco, TX Plan II, Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Deepti enjoys writing poetry, drawing, and nerding out about all things Harry Potter. She is a freshman majoring in Plan II and Business, and intends to pursue the field of social entrepreneurship. Outside of USIT, Deepti is involved in the social entrepreneurship learning lab and quidditch.

Deepti Aravapalli
Media Chair
Frisco, TX
Plan II, Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Deepti enjoys writing poetry, drawing, and nerding out about all things Harry Potter. She is a freshman majoring in Plan II and Business, and intends to pursue the field of social entrepreneurship. Outside of USIT, Deepti is involved in the social entrepreneurship learning lab and quidditch.

  Lucy Hwang  Analytics Chair Hurst, TX Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Lucy loves anything that involves art. She likes to paint and sketch anything from landscapes to people. She also enjoys writing and reading stories that are mystery and fantasy to even rhetorical analysis. In her free time, she plays video games even if she’s not very good at them; She loves having a team to play alongside with. Lucy also LOVES eating and trying new foods, her favorite cuisine is dimsum. Right now, she’s currently learning how to dance and skateboard. Lucy is planning to pursue a degree in MIS or finance, combining her interest in solving big problems, math, and meeting new people.

Lucy Hwang
Analytics Chair
Hurst, TX
Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Lucy loves anything that involves art. She likes to paint and sketch anything from landscapes to people. She also enjoys writing and reading stories that are mystery and fantasy to even rhetorical analysis. In her free time, she plays video games even if she’s not very good at them; She loves having a team to play alongside with. Lucy also LOVES eating and trying new foods, her favorite cuisine is dimsum. Right now, she’s currently learning how to dance and skateboard. Lucy is planning to pursue a degree in MIS or finance, combining her interest in solving big problems, math, and meeting new people.

   Andrew Chang   Technology Chair Fairview, TX Computer Science Class of 2022  Andrew is a freshman studying Computer Science, seeking to explore applications of CS in the Business field. This past summer, he visited the scenic Banff National Park in Canada. Besides his chronic boba addiction, he enjoys playing basketball, shopping, and all things food--especially Gordon Ramsay.

Andrew Chang
Technology Chair
Fairview, TX
Computer Science
Class of 2022

Andrew is a freshman studying Computer Science, seeking to explore applications of CS in the Business field. This past summer, he visited the scenic Banff National Park in Canada. Besides his chronic boba addiction, he enjoys playing basketball, shopping, and all things food--especially Gordon Ramsay.

   Jerry Zhang   Treasury Chair Katy, TX Unspecified Business Class of 2022  Jerry enjoys watching movies, binging David Dobrik vlogs, and listening to old Taylor Swift albums. He also enjoys traveling, and went on a trip to Japan and Korea over the summer with friends. Jerry is a freshmen planning on pursuing a finance degree, with hopes of combining that with his interests in entrepreneurship.

Jerry Zhang
Treasury Chair
Katy, TX
Unspecified Business
Class of 2022

Jerry enjoys watching movies, binging David Dobrik vlogs, and listening to old Taylor Swift albums. He also enjoys traveling, and went on a trip to Japan and Korea over the summer with friends. Jerry is a freshmen planning on pursuing a finance degree, with hopes of combining that with his interests in entrepreneurship.