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Penn State Net Impact

Penn State Net Impact

Through speakers, workshops, field trips, panels, and discussion meetings, PSNI focuses on a collaborative learning environment where all members help educate each other. The role of the Board of Officers is to facilitate this learning and cultivate relationships with professionals and organizations in the business world. We discuss topics related to social entrepreneurship, socially responsible investing, sustainable supply chains, sustainable growth and development, corporate citizenship, social marketing, green building, and community economic development.

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Officer Bios

Ryan Laudermilch, MBA Class of 2017Ryan Laudermilch, President

Ryan is the 2016-2017 President of Net Impact for the MBA program.  As president, Ryan has goals of strengthening the relationship between the graduate and undergraduate chapters, integrating community non-profit projects, and facilitating volunteer opportunities for members.

Prior to joining the Smeal MBA program, Ryan was an outdoor retail buyer in State College and the Philadelphia area. Concurrently, he was a rowing coach for five-years, including two-years as the head coach of the Penn State Crew Club. Both careers shaped his interest in sustainability and conservation practices.  

Ryan has an undergraduate degree from Penn State in Kinesiology. While at Smeal, he is concentrating on Supply Chain, Marketing, and Finance. The career goal for Ryan is to work in business-to-business transactions.

Shihya Huang, MBA Class of 2017Claudia Huang, VP of Communications

Claudia Huang is the VP of Communications for Net Impact.  She came to the Smeal MBA program after working as a program manager with Foxconn for three years. She led cross-functional teams in new product introduction, and developed strategic projects which secured long term partnerships with major customers. Claudia started her career in marketing and public relations, launching several successful marketing campaigns and enhancing product exposure in the market, all while learning about the business in various industries. Her interest in sustainability stems from her past traveling and working experiences where she was able to see the positive impacts businesses create to benefit the environment and society.

Christopher Palo, MBA Class of 2017Chris Palo, VP of Finance

Christopher (Chris) Palo is the VP of Finance for Net Impact.  He grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Bethany College in West Virginia, receiving a BA in Political Science and a BA in History. Upon graduation, Chris began his career in Washington DC at a nonprofit specializing in international development where he worked to improve the lives of some of the world’s neediest, including those in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake. Transitioning into business, Chris worked as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia where he negotiated and managed strategic agreements in support of various government clients.  With its inclusive culture, a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, and the benefits of one of the strongest alumni networks worldwide, Smeal was the clear choice for Chris. He is also involved with the Consulting Association and enjoys attending live performances including musicals, live operas, and ballets.


Viswanath Anakkara Vadakkath, MBA Class of 2017Viswanath AV, VP of Projects and Career Development

Viswanath is the VP of Projects and Career Development for Net Impact. He hails from Cochin, India, and grew up in Bahrain. He graduated from Amrita University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Before coming to Smeal, he worked for 4 years with Caterpillar India. He has held leadership positions within Plant Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Quality Assurance. Viswa chose Smeal because of the school’s strength in supply chain management, small class size and vast alumni network. His interest for environmental sustainability stems from the ‘Green Manufacturing’ projects that he has done at Caterpillar, and his drive towards social impact took shape with his involvement in Make A Difference (MAD), a non-profit organization that strives to ensure equitable outcomes for children in shelter homes across India. He enjoys seeing new places, listening to music, and playing cricket and table tennis.