Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors contribute to the center’s mission, develop leadership skills and network within the IndustryX ecosystem. They are supporting forces behind  technical content development, technology partner recruitment, client recruitment, web content, social media and graphic design. Our student ambassadors are carefully selected based on their outstanding achievements, innovative outlook and enthusiasm.

Wayne State University student

Egbe-Etu Etu

  • Technical Content Lead

Egbe-Etu Etu is is a Rumble Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial & Systems Engineering department at Wayne State University. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering, with which he explored the efficiency of emergency departments (ED) during normal operating conditions. His current research focuses on developing data-driven, multi-scale simulation optimization models for healthcare operations management with an emphasis on improving the ED’s performance in response to a medical surge.

Pooja Ramesh 
  • Data Science Ambassador

Pooja Ramesh received her undergraduate degree in accounts and finance from Mount Carmel College and is working toward completing her master’s degree in data science and business analytics from Wayne State University. She believes in the power of an analytical thought process and is constantly looking for avenues to craft data-driven solutions for a variety of clients and worthy causes. Outside of the world of big data, Pooja has been practicing Indian classical music for over 15 years and has a senior grade education in that domain. She has volunteered at the Alzheimer’s Association and Friendship Circle, which has enabled her to work with nonprofit organizations and drive tangible progress in communities where she works and lives.

Bhaskar Aggarwal
  • Data Science Ambassador

Bhaskar Aggarwal received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and is working toward completing his master’s degree in industrial technology and operations with a specialization in supply chain management from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Bhaskar is a highly driven, self-motivated individual with experience in manufacturing, sustainability and supply chain. He has worked on multiple projects regarding sustainability, solar panel project simulation for net zero energy building and energy audits. His career interests include innovation, automation and green technology.

Hammad Ahmed

  • Supply Chain Ambassador

Hammad Ahmed is a senior in the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University working toward completing a double major in supply chain and information systems. During his study abroad program in Italy, Hammad gained experience analyzing lean and just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing supply chain systems. He also worked on various procurement cases, one of which involved developing solutions for choosing automotive suppliers.

Elham Taghizadeh
  • Supply Chain Ambassador

Elham Taghizadeh received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering at Wayne State University. Elham’s research interests include supply chain management, optimization, network resilience, big data enabled analytics and data-driven decision making.

Jonathan Ristola
  • Partner Onboarding Ambassador

Jonathan Ristola is the legal consultant and former design engineer at the MSU Innovation Center. He is currently studying international food law at the Michigan State University College of Law while concurrently completing a Ph.D. at Wayne State University in industrial engineering with a focus on manufacturing systems in a globalized economy. His startup passions are focused in the sustainable health space, where he has founded a startup of his own called VEG-N.

Zayan Huda
  • Social Media Ambassador

Zayan Huda is currently earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) with a concentration in marketing. He is a member of the American Marketing Association chapter at UM-Dearborn and has been pursuing a variety of Google and Facebook ads certifications while enhancing his financial literacy during the pandemic. Zayan has expertise in social media content strategy and digital marketing strategy.


Vidhi Shah

  • Marketing and Graphics Ambassador

Vidhi Shah is a master’s student in Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, where she is majoring in data science and business analytics. She additionally completed a postgraduate degree in management studies with a focus in finance. Vidhi’s interest in data science and business analytics began during her employment at Morgan Stanley. She has interned in the healthcare, clothing, fashion and media industries, where she developed her marketing talents. Her skills include strategic planning, business analytics, analytical software, marketing strategy and digital marketing.