Alumni Awards 2015: Nicole DeBlase ’06, Financial Economics

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we’re featuring our 2015 Rising Star alumna, Nicole DeBlase ’06, financial economics. 

DeBlaseNicole DeBlase is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, a position she has held since early 2014. Prior to this, she worked her way up the equity research ladder from Baltimore to Wall Street. She started off as an undergraduate intern at the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company and moved into their rotational analyst program after graduation. When that bank was acquired by PNC in her second month on the job, effectively eliminating her department, she decided to fulfill her longtime goal of moving to New York City. She started out on Wall Street as an Equity Research Associate at Deutsche Bank. During her time there, she and her supervising senior analyst built an Industrial Conglomerate team that leapt the ranks on the Street under their direction, and she was promoted to Vice President a year earlier than normal. When her supervisor left Deutsche Bank for Morgan Stanley in 2011, she decided to join him. Since then, she has risen through the ranks from a Senior Analyst covering machinery stocks to an Executive Director, and achieved “runner-up” status in the Machinery category in Institutional Investor magazine. In addition to building a career in finance and a life in Manhattan, Ms. DeBlase has traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America, and has run her first 5K after an extensive amount of training.

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Congratulations to Our 2015 Alumni Award Winners!

12662632914_2f93612cac_zEach year, the UMBC Alumni Association celebrates those people who have made outstanding contributions to the University, their fields, and their communities. This year, we extend that honor to the following distinguished alumni and faculty:

Engineering and Information Technology:
Andre Gudger ’99, Information Systems
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing, and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Natural and Mathematical Sciences:
Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim ’01 Ph.D., Applied Physics
Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Kelly Group

Visual and Performing Arts:
Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, Music
Professor and Chair of Music and Drama, American University of Kuwait

Distinguished Service:
The Honorable Allan Kittleman ’81, Political Science
County Executive, Howard County Government

Rising Star:
Nicole DeBlase, ’06, Financial Economics
Executive Director, Equity Research, Morgan Stanley

Outstanding Faculty:
Dr. Tara Carpenter, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Join us as we celebrate at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 8!

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Meet the Newest Alums: McGee, Hartman, Good, and Bennett

UMBC is  full of hard-working people who aspire to do great things, and the class of 2014 is no exception. Today, we wanted to share with you what some of our recent graduates are planning to do with their Retriever education.

McGee2014-7101_modBetween setting UMBC Track and Field varsity team records and holding internships with leading firms and government agencies, Brandan McGee, financial economics and health administration and policy, was also president of the Economics Council of Majors. In the 2012-2013 school year, McGee won the UMBC Student Affairs Leadership Award. Now, after graduation, he plans to earn an MBA while working for AAI Corporation.

Hartman2014-7054_modAs a 33-year-old single mom, Melissa Hartman, M.S.W., earned an associate degree from the Community College of Baltimore County. She knew she needed something more to address the social policies dealing with drug addicts, and so she enrolled at UMBC as a Charlotte Newcombe Scholar. While here, she mentored pregnant women with substance abuse problems and provided guidance to girls at the Waxter’s Children Center. She was also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Social Work Honor Society. Hartman plans to continue her career in the social work.

Good2014-6867_modTaylor Good, mathematics and political science, was a part of SGA for four years and was elected to its Finance Board before his senior year. During his college career he used his knowledge of both math and political science through his work at Maryland StateStat through through the Governor’s Summer Internship Program and studied at the University of Cape Town for a semester. Now, Good is working as a consultant at Deloitte LLP.

Bennett2014-1106_modMark Bennett, M.P.P., has traveled across the country with his research that focuses on the effects of desegregation on the athletic programs of historically black colleges and universities. From the Southern Economics Association in Louisiana to the Texas Tech University, Bennett has won awards for arguments on topics including immigration reform and U.S.-China relations. He has also completed internships with Shared Hope International, World Vision, and with the office of U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. Bennett plans to attend law school after working for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Read more about the Class of 2014!