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Posted 2.14.13

Mike Sambrook, second ear MBA studentMike Sambrook, a second year MBA student, is a recipient of an MBA Student Scholarship. A graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, his background is in the field of intellectual property law. Mike worked for nearly eight years as a corporate patent attorney prior to entering Weatherhead’s MBA program.

As a native Clevelander, Mike’s desire to return home to contribute to efforts that support positive change in the region influenced his decision to attend Weatherhead. Mike also notes that “the outstanding reputation of the faculty, the school’s unique Design in Management curricular theme, and the school’s location in Cleveland’s vibrant and culturally rich University Circle area were all significant factors.”

Among Mike’s favorite courses in his program is a two-semester Design in Management thematic elective co-taught by Richard Buchanan, PhD, professor of information systems, and Simon Peck, PhD, associate professor of marketing and policy studies.

“In the first semester we explored the principles of design thinking as a novel toolset for analyzing information, systems and organizations through a series of small projects,” Mike recalls. “Now, in the second semester, I am in a student group that will apply the design thinking process to assist a regional nonprofit organization in maximizing the impact of the grants it makes in the areas of mental health, education and the arts.”

Upon completing his degree program this May, Mike plans to apply his Weatherhead MBA education by working with innovative companies and technology entrepreneurs as a business-minded legal advisor in the areas of intellectual property management, corporate and venture development and technology commercialization—especially if such work contributes to technology-based economic development in Northeast Ohio.

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