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 Executive Members 2011-2012


Heather Padget- President (

Heather received her undergraduate degree in 2005 from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in Business Management.  Upon graduation, she went to work for 4 ½ years as an account manager at APC by Schneider Electric.  Currently, she is an MBA student concentrating on Operations, Global Supply Chain Management, and Business Strategy.  This summer she will be interning at Sears Holdings Corporation in Hoffman Estates, IL.   




Nazim Deen-Vice President (

Nazim graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Computer Engineering.After graduation, he joined AT&T as an Engineering Manager contributing to the Advanced Television project in San Jose, CA.Currently, he is an MBA student concentrating on Operations and Finance. This summer he will be interning at Bank of America as an Operations Intern Analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina.  



Zach Clay-Vice President (

Zach graduated with a degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. He then worked as a project manager on large-scale commercial construction projects with F.A. Wilhelm Construction, an Indianapolis-based construction management firm. He is currently an MBA student concentrating in Operations, Supply Chain Management and Finance. This summer, Zach will be interning with Bank of America as a Quality and Change Delivery Consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Zach is also the President of the Purdue Student Chapter of APICS. 




Venky Arun-Vice President (

Venky completed his Bachelors of Engineering in the field of Electronics and Communication. Soon after which he worked on developing solutions in one of the largest consulting firm in the world.  To develop a perspective on understanding the importance of Intellectual Property in business, he worked as a Technical Consultant in a law firm helping clients in business process improvements, business planning and IP strategy implementations. Currently, he is an MBA student focusing on Corporate Finance and Operations.




Kan Cheng- Vice President (

Kan graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has held various roles in engineering and manufacturing operations in the past six years. Currently, he is an MBA student focusing on Corporate Finance and Operations.




Past Executive Members


Tao Tao, VP External


Tao Tao Wang - VP, External Affairs

Tao Tao Wang graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Economics and Political Science. Upon graduation, she worked as a program manager for a Tier 1 international automotive supplier on domestic and international projects with the Big Three, Nissan, VW, and other foreign OEMs. Currently, she is an MBA student focusing on Operations, Strategy, and MIS. This summer she interned at Dell in Round Rock, TX and worked on various sales operation projects.




Manminder Singh - VP, Internal Affairs

Manminder has 5 years of intensive experience in Operations Management and Engineering Consulting. After completing his engineering in Instrumentation and Control in 2003, he worked with renowned aluminum producing company and a leading engineering consulting company. He has worked on various projects to incorporate process improvement solutions using Lean Principles with a strong record of leading teams, project and production planning and cost estimation and has exposure to global clientele. Manminder recently interned at Navistar where he worked to develop the sourcing and business development strategy for the company.




Saketh Chinni - VP, Finance

Saketh is specializing in consulting, strategy and operations. Prior to this, he worked in Technology Consulting and also ran his own consulting business. He interned at Amazon working on improving business processes and increasing collaboration within their various departments.




Vikram Kurkal - VP, External Affairs & IT

Vikram graduated from Clemson University with an MS in Industrial Engineering. He worked as a Supply Chain consultant for four years for a leading ERP & SCM software provider in Atlanta. In his role, Vikram managed end to end supply chain implementations and improving clients’ forecasting, inventory management, production planning and purchasing processes. Currently, he is focusing in Supply Chain and Strategy. This summer he interned at Dell with the Procurement organization.