Club Leadership

Shrestha-S-19Aug14-4 Sam Shrestha, President

Saumya (Sam) Shrestha joined the MBA program at R.H Smith School of Business in the Fall of 2014. Prior to joining the MBA program, Sam managed two of his own startups which focused on biofuels. Following his passion for sustainable energy and technology, Sam worked on a rural electrification and renewable energy development project in Bangladesh through the World bank during his first year at Smith. He spent his summer as a Technology MBA LDP Intern at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC working on number of practice management solutions. Sam is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal and has a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College. He enjoys playing golf, ping pong and snorkeling.


Jun Wang, VP of Finance

Jun Wang is a 2nd Year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Born and grown up in China, Jun started her global citizenship by obtaining her undergraduate degree in Japan and working in Germany.  Before coming to Smith, Jun was a Product Manager and Lead Auditor at a leading German technical inspection company. She was travelling around the world assessing renewables, energy efficiency, and waste management projects for the United Nations. Her MBA focus is General Management and Entrepreneurship, with a client-oriented mindset and solution driven records, Jun is aiming to gain both the width and depth of knowledge in business development with social impact.  At Smith, Jun serves as the President of Professional Communications Club, VP of Smith Energy Association, Entrepreneurs-Club, and Smith Pride Alliance. She is also the Founder and President of the Smith MBA Toastmasters Club and the Campus Director of HultPrize@ University of Maryland. As a mother of a two-year old toddler, Jun’s short-term career goal is to enter the field of green technology and long-term goal is to create and implement intelligent business models across global to promote environmental and social sustainability.
LinkedIn Photo Tony Uhl, VP of External Relations
Tony graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2009 and then joined the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. He worked on projects that incorporated enterprise and sustainability with a local NGO as an environmental business volunteer. This is where he became interested in the energy sector because it was so visible how much having dependable access to energy for electricity is necessary for poverty alleviation. After Peace Corps he moved to DC and worked for Relief International on enterprise development projects as a portfolio/project manager. His interests in the energy sector surround around novel technologies and business model innovations in the renewable sector. He is currently studying marketing with an emphasis on analytics and general management.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 12.27.12 AM Tiffany Chang, VP of Marketing

Tiffany is a 2nd Year MBA with a professional background in marketing and advertising in NYC. Prior to coming to Smith, she was heavily involved in the New York Chapter of Room to Read as the Program Chair for NY, and she has served in the Himalayas in Simikot, Nepal as a volunteer field reporter and teacher for Namaste Children’s Fund. In her first year at Smith, she also served as a pro-bono consultant with Change the World to help the Water Resources Action Project organization develop an expansion strategy for their water harvesting projects in the Middle East. Tiffany is currently studying marketing and just recently interned with the Ford Motor Company this past summer as a Marketing Leadership Program intern.

OkamotoJ headshot Joe Okamoto, First Year Board Member

Joe is a first year MBA and was previously a human resources coordinator at The Kansai Electric Power Company, the second biggest electricity producing and supplying company in Japan. Joe has experience in talent management and in international natural gas project management. As a fossil fuel coordinator, he was in charge of managing three subsidiaries established in Perth, Australia. Joe brings a diverse and international perspective to SEA.


FordD-18Aug15-6 - Copy Daniel Ford, First Year Board Member

Daniel is a first year student at the R.H Smith School of business. Prior to Smith, Daniel spent five years with Vanguard in Malvern, PA in various finance capacities. These capacities included FINRA licensed Client Relationship Administrator, Mutual Fund Accountant, and finally a Financial Administrator on a corporate financial planning and analysis team. Daniel holds a BA in economics from Washington College where he first became interested in energy following a class on the economics of energy markets.  His passion for energy stems from the fact that energy is a medium that connects society across the globe and enables a common pursuit of human progress and development. He is currently concentrating in finance and strategy.