Day: May 14, 2012

Students Take Bloomberg Aptitude Test

While most students had already left Houghton in the rearview following five days of finals, 22 School of Business and Economics students gathered for yet one more exam. The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) was developed in collaboration with financial professionals, recruiters, and academics to uncover knowledge and skills relevant for a financial career.

“Bloomberg already provided students with Bloomberg Certification in the use of the Bloomberg terminal.  Now Bloomberg has strengthed its commitment to students achievement through the BAT,” said James and Dolores Trethewey APMP Professor Dean Johnson. “The BAT allows Bloomberg to bring prospective employers together with skilled investment students.”

Over thirty five thousand people around the world have completed this proctored exam, specifically designed for people who are interested in working with investments. The 165-question exam covers topics ranging from financial statement analysis to portfolio management, ethics, and logic in a three-hour period.

Brent Halonen, a 2011-2012 member of the Applied Portfolio Management Program achieved a notable accomplishment by placing among the top 525 (1.5%) test takers. “The BAT is was a good opportunity to show the world what we learned in school in a unbiased environment,” said Brent. “I think my results reflect the strength of APMP and the educational opportunity that it represents.”

Congratulations to Brent and the rest of the test takers.


Klippel Named Dean of School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics welcomes back Dr. Gene Klippel as the new Dean.

Gene Klippel has been named dean of Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics. He will take over the position on July 1. Klippel replaces Darrell Radson, who left the University in May.

Klippel knows the campus and community, having served as dean of the School from 1994 to 2003. While at Michigan Tech, he led the School to accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International).

“He was consistently the top-ranked candidate in the pool, given his extensive experience at the dean level at a number of universities, his familiarity with AACSB accreditation, and his professionalism,” said Sonia Goltz, professor and chair of the search committee. “We look forward to Dr. Klippel leading the School of Business and Economics as we further advance our programs and scholarship.”

“Dr. Klippel’s strong leadership and communication skills will be vital in achieving the School’s mission,” said Dean Johnson, James and Delores Trethewey Professor in the School. “We look forward to him building relationships with the Michigan Tech community and alumni.”

Previously, Klippel was the founding dean of the College of Management at the University of Wisconsin, Stout and dean of the College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana.

Before joining Michigan Tech in 1994, he was a member of the faculty in the College of Business Administration at West Virginia University, where he was designated a distinguished professor and holder of the Kmart Chair in Marketing.

He also has held faculty appointments at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Klippel has conducted extensive research and scholarship in the field of marketing. Further, he has served as a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Management.

In addition to his academic background, Klippel’s experience includes corporate marketing staff assignments with Ford Motor Company and Cummins Engine Company, as well as president of Market Research of Florida and vice president, consumer research, Management Horizons Inc., formerly a division of Pricewaterhouse/Coopers.

Klippel has also served as an independent consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Drexel Heritage Furniture, Westinghouse and Caterpillar and Caterpillar-Australia.

He received his PhD in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing from the University of Cincinnati.