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    Jesse Gardner

    Ph.D. Student in Accounting
    Jesse Gardner is a PhD student in the Leventhal School of Accounting. He is interested in financial accounting, financial statement disclosures, and capital markets. Prior to entering the PhD program, he worked for PwC as a Tax Senior Associate in their New York City office. During his 3 years with the firm, he rotated between the Real Estate and M&A tax groups. Jesse is licensed as a CPA, and earned a MBT degree from USC in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech in 2013.

    Aikaterini Giannoutsou

    Ph.D. Student in Data Sciences and Operations
    Aikaterini Giannoutsou is a PhD student in the Data Sciences and Operations department in the Marshall School of Business. She previously obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics at New York University and worked as a Research Assistant at the Operations Research Center of MIT where she focused on healthcare operations. Her current research focuses in mechanism design and the dynamics of two-sided platforms.

    Ju Rie (Alyssa) Han

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    Ph.D. Candidate in Management and Organization
    Alyssa Jurie Han is a Ph.D. student in the department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business. She received her B.A. in cognitive science and psychology from the University of Virginia. Alyssa primarily studies interpersonal perception and the consequences of actor-observer asymmetries, as well as the role of perspective-taking in the management of such asymmetries. Her second stream of research involves extending research on person perception to the examination of how individuals perceive organizations.

    Jihoon Hong

    Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing
    Jihoon Hong is a Ph.D. student in Marketing specializing in quantitative marketing. He is broadly interested in crowdfunding, innovation, and new product development. Before coming to Marshall, he worked as an R&D engineer for a leading telecommunications company and electronics company in South Korea.

    Michael Huang

    Ph.D. Candidate in Data Sciences and Operations
    Michael Huang is a PhD student in the Data Science and Operations department in the Marshall School of Business. He previously studied Operations Research at Columbia University where he worked on research in healthcare operations. His research interests are in developing better optimization methods and algorithms to improve decision making under uncertainty.

    Shobhit Jain

    Ph.D. Candidate in Data Sciences and Operations
    Shobhit is a final year Ph.D. Candidate in Data Sciences and Operations department at USC Marshall School of Business. His research interests include information design, social networks, revenue management, and design of algorithms. Prior to joining USC, he completed his B.Tech in Production and Industrial Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2016.

    Taylor James

    Ph.D. Student in Accounting
    Taylor earned both her BA and MA from Baylor University, where she studied accounting, marketing, and Spanish. A licensed CPA in the state of Texas, Taylor worked for Deloitte in Dallas for 3 years specializing in tax accounting methods as part of their Strategic Tax Review group. Her research interests include financial accounting and tax related topics. In her free time, Taylor enjoys skiing with her husband Jeff, practicing yoga, and teaching English as a second language.

    Artem Joukov

    Ph.D. Student in Finance and Business Economics