Meet The Board

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Kristina Nikiforova

President

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Kristina was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and grew up outside of New York City. She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she earned a B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies. She has a decade of experience spanning nonprofit program management, startups, project management and consulting. For the past five years, she managed regulatory strategy and permitting for over 200 miles of energy infrastructure projects in the US. She has an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and is a co-founding partner of a Pittsburgh-area brewery. At Tepper, Kristina is part of the Energy Business Track and is pursuing concentrations in strategy and finance. She is part of the due diligence team at a regional angel fund and is always on the lookout for the next big startup idea. When not involved in Tepper activities, you can find her running the Pittsburgh hills with her dog, Max. 

 

This summer, Kristina will be going to PointForward, an energy and logistics-focused startup accelerator managed by Freepoint Commodities.

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Josh Kaplan

Executive VP & Tepper Cleantech Case Competition Chair

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Josh grew up in the Washington, D.C. area before attending Northwestern University to earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2013. After working a recurring internship with them during college, he went to work at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, TX. As a production engineer, he was responsible for safe and efficient operation of chemical reactors and logistics equipment, providing 24/7 support to ensure alignment with safety and production goals. At Tepper, Josh is enrolled in the Energy Business Track, in addition to pursuing concentrations in sustainability, operations, strategy, finance, and organizational behavior. When not otherwise occupied by school or club activities, Josh enjoys various outdoor activities, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and LEGOs. 

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Tenny Schwartz

VP of Finance

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Tenny grew up in Orlando, Florida and attended the University of Central Florida earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas for 4 years as a Gas Turbine Engineer working in the service and maintenance of large scale combined cycle power plants. During that time he learned  about the importance of business and finance in the strategy of a company and that influenced his decision to pursue an MBA. Tepper is known for being at the intersection of business and technology, but it is also at the intersection of engineering, thus it was a great fit for him. At Tepper, Tenny is focused on Finance, Energy Business and Strategy. Outside the classroom, Tenny is interested in playing sports and is a motorcycle enthusiast.

 

Tenny will be going to Amazon this summer working in the Finance Leadership Development Program.

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Matt Killary

VP of Corporate Relationships

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Matt is a native Texan who received a B.S. in Physics from Rhodes College and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. Upon moving back to Houston, Matt’s hometown, he worked as an engineering consultant to help oil and gas companies and utilities with their infrastructure projects. As Matt’s career progressed, his interests shifted to focus more on financial advisory services rather than project management, which led him to pursue an MBA. At Tepper, Matt joined the Energy Business Track and focused on the school’s finance and strategy concentrations. Beyond the classroom, Matt loves traveling, hiking, skiing and is a sports fanatic.

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Aaron Moir

VP of Education & Professional Development

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Aaron is a native of the Boston area, having lived there his whole life until moving to Pittsburgh to attend Tepper. After graduating with a B.S. in Electromechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, he worked as a power systems engineer for the utility company Eversource Energy, focusing on maintaining the reliability of electrical distribution systems. He then moved to Raytheon where he designed and analyzed analog power circuits used in Raytheon products. At Tepper, Aaron is focused on operations management, with additional concentrations in organizational behavior and sustainability. Outside of class, Aaron’s favorite activities include domestic and international travel, hiking, and cooking. 

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Nicholas Hamil

VP of Marketing

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Nick grew up in the small town of Marshall, Michigan before earning a B.S. in Economics from the University of Michigan with minors in Statistics, Complex Systems and Scandinavian Studies. Following this he worked as an analyst/business analyst/business intelligence analyst at Cerner Corporation making reporting for health systems related to the usage of their electronic health records primarily within Tableau. At Tepper Nick has pursued far too many career paths but with a specialization in energy including the energy track and related coursework as well as multiple concentrations including organizational behavior, operations management, finance and more. Outside of class Nick enjoys reading of all kinds be it fiction or non-fiction and listening to music of all kinds be it live or recorded.

Nick will be spending the summer with J.P.Morgan Chase as part of the Chase Associate Program.

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Prashant Jayaraman

VP of Strategic Initiatives

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Prashant is a Chicago-area native and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to Tepper, he worked for 8 years in various roles throughout the automotive industry, most notably as a professional motorsports engineer where he contributed to race wins and championships in several racing series around the world.  At Tepper, Prashant is pursuing a specialization in energy business as well as concentrations in finance and strategy with an eye towards returning to the automotive industry and specializing in the business of electric vehicles. Outside the classroom, Prashant is an avid runner and motorsports enthusiast.