Poets&Quants | 2021 Best & Brightest MBAs: Krithik Tirupapuliyur, New York


I am a calm, analytical, big-picture thinker who enjoys learning, building, and helping others.”

Hometown: Wakefield, MA

Fun fact about yourself: I recently became a certified bartender

Undergraduate School and Degree: Carnegie Mellon UniversityMasters in Chemical Engineering, B.S. in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? Scientist, Merck & Co.

Where did you intern during the summer of 2020? McKinsey & Company

Where will you be working after graduation? Associate, McKinsey & Company

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School: Teaching Fellow of Strategy, Patterns in Entrepreneurship, and International Studies; VP of Knowledge Management, Management Consulting Association; VP of Alumni Relations, Stern Healthcare Association

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? I am most proud of the fact that I participated in the NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge during my first semester at NYU Stern. I pushed myself during a very busy time to work beyond my comfort zone with people outside my normal social circles to pursue two things I was passionate about: healthcare and entrepreneurship. It was a very busy semester filled with meeting my new MBA classmates, taking my first business classes, and recruiting for consulting. After seeing posters for the competition, I knew it was something I had to challenge myself to try out. I met a few students in the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at a healthcare networking event, and we decided to enter the competition with a health-tech business idea that we came up with during the event. We didn’t win the competition, but I learned a lot from coming up with the business model, building a pitch deck, and developing a prototype. All of this set me up for a great second year at Stern, where I pursued more entrepreneurship courses and activities.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? When I was a scientist at Merck, I identified a huge gap in the way my team was dealing with data, proposed a solution, and implemented changes that sparked a revolution in the way the manufacturing division dealt with data.

When we ran experiments in the lab, scientists would spend hours collecting data from various machines, organizing the data in Excel, and plotting graphs used in PowerPoints for the management team to review. After walking through this painful process a few times, I felt that something had to be done to make the system more efficient. I got permission from my manager to work on a solution, networked within our IT department, and started building out a tool to make data collection and analysis more seamless. I integrated our lab equipment to our electronic notebooks, where data would be directly transferred. I then integrated our electronic notebook to Spotfire, a visualization tool, where plots could be made. This allowed our scientists and management team to visualize data in real time as it was being generated in the labs. This meant less time could be spent organizing the data, more time could be spent analyzing it, and actions could be taken on the data more quickly. This new way of working eventually spread to other lab groups and entire manufacturing floors, completely changing the way the manufacturing division operated.

Why did you choose this business school? I picked NYU Stern because I wanted to be in New York City during my MBA. Being in the city has allowed me to have an immersive recruiting process, expose myself to amazing social experiences, and see business in action. During the recruiting season, I was able to tour the offices of many major companies (pre-Covid) and discover many smaller firms that I had never heard of. I get to try new cuisines every week and engage with people from all around the world on a daily basis. In the city, I am constantly surrounded by consumer behavior, technological innovation, and evolving business models. Seeing the concepts you read about in action really helps the course material stick.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? Professor Russell Winer, who teaches the core marketing course, has been my favorite professor at Stern so far. I admire Professor Winer for his commitment to helping students learn marketing concepts, and his course helped change my perspective on a topic I wasn’t previously interested in. His balance of qualitative and quantitative content in…



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