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Dual Career Candidates

The following candidates are participating in the Dual Career Assistance Program and have chosen to make their bios available.

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Todd Abrahamson
Todd is originally from Wisconsin and has completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin/Oshkosh. For 16 years following the completion of his undergraduate degree, he worked in retail management for Menards, Inc. During his time with Menards, he was promoted from assistant department manager to store manager, the highest customer-contact position achievable within the corporation. While in West Lafayette, his wife completed a doctorate degree and accepted a faculty position in Kentucky. Since arriving in Kentucky, he has accepted primary responsibility for caring for their children and attaining an Associate's degree in health information management. He is currently licensed as an RHIT. Through his years of experience, he has demonstrated an ability to work efficiently and effectively to attain outcomes while interacting with a wide variety of customers and employees. He is seeking a fast-paced position that allows him to work with others to achieve organizational goals.

Orasio Becerra
Orasio Becerra is currently the executive vice president of analytics and business solutions for Arch Bay Capital where he led a team that built infrastructure designed to manage a portfolio of more than 10,000 ($3 billion) non-performing whole loans.  Infrastructure consisted of proprietary pricing models, automated SQL NPV calculators, investor reporting and .NET deal decisioning software. Prior to Arch Bay Capital, Orasio was a portfolio manager for the Treasury Risk Asset Management team of ABN-AMRO/LaSalle Bank where he grew the structured subprime portfolio to north of $7 billion and monitored risk for a $30+ billion agency portfolio. In between ABN-AMRO and Arch Bay Capital, he was a member of JPMorgan/Bear Stearn’s Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions team where he structured and coded over 40 RMBS deals into proprietary software including all ABX deals.  Orasio is seeking an analytics position where his expertise in technology can increase a company’s ability to monitor, understand and increase profitability.

Ken Chen
Ken is an information technology and civil engineering expert and graduate degree holder with extensive industry and business experience. He would like a position where he participates in tasks using his engineering and IT expertise, such as data management, engineering solutions and project controls required for business practice with IT platforms.  

Faisal Lateef
Faisal is the lead web application developer for Jspargo & Associates and has extensive experience in building data driven complex Web systems.  He previously worked at the Department of Human Service in Arlington, Va., as .Net consultant and supported the conversion of applications from mainframe to .Net framework. Faisal also worked at DCDMV and led the design and development of Trip Permit System. He has more than eight years of experience in software development and has a deep understanding of all phases of SDLC. He has deep understanding of object oriented development and design and successfully developed n tier applications. Faisal holds a Master’s degree from the University of Essen-Duisburg, Germany in computer science and communication engineering and a bachelor’s degree from Aligarh Muslim University, India.

Brian Mattes
Brian is originally from West Lafayette and completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University.  Since leaving the University, he has earned a JD and an MPH specializing in environmental and occupational health. He currently works with the U.S. Department of Labor in the OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, where he develops regulations that address significant safety and health risks to workers. Through his work at OSHA and previous work with the Institutional Review Board at Yale University, General Counsel at the University of Montana, and the Office of Sponsored Research and School of Public Health at George Washington University, he has demonstrated his ability to work effectively with a diverse group of partners in government, academia, industry and the local community. 

Daniel Roberts
Daniel is pursuing an accounting position where he can apply his professional skills and knowledge in accounting. He will be graduating May 18 with a Master’s in Professional Accountancy Degree (MPA) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Prior to pursuing accounting, he was a middle school mathematics teacher. His strong graduate program in accounting, paired with his work experience as an educator, has prepared him with the content knowledge and professional skills necessary to succeed in the accounting profession.

Hema Suresh
Hema is currently looking for full time employment as a professional accountant in either public accounting, private industry or in higher education areas. She has several years’ experience in the private sector where she managed firm wide accounting activities, including general ledger, costing, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll. Hema has analyzed financial data to create key reports to facilitate executive level decisions. She has also worked in public accounting at a big 4 firm and in the internal audit department of a Big 10 University. Hema is a licensed CPA and CGMA in the state of Indiana.