Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT 690, GPA 7.08
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian IT Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Naval Architect
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Navy Submariner
GRE 322, GPA 3.24

Our 2016 Honor Roll: The 40 Under 40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors

Laura Huang of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School

Laura Huang of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School


As in previous years, we asked each professor a series of questions to help our readers get to know each of them as individuals, not just professors. For instance, what started these rising stars on their journeys to where they are today?

While the paths to professorship are as diverse as these forty scholars are–Yale’s James Choi says he knew he wanted to be a B-school professor when having been a management consultant for a few months out of college, he realized that he neither wanted to be his firm’s partners nor his clients–the life stories that would’ve unfolded had they not chosen this profession are just as intriguing.

Read ahead to find out which professors say that if they weren’t in academia, they’d be making a living in comedy, working as a line cook, serving as the general manager of a well-known ice hockey team, and… a rabbi. Another told us if he wasn’t in this field, producing academic research and teaching future business leaders, he’d simply be criticizing others’ decisions without getting paid for it.


Speaking of future business leaders, MBA students had a ton to say about this year’s top 40. Mostly, praising the professors for making tough material both easy to grasp and relevant to what’s happening in the world around them. However, much of the feedback students gave us helped make it very clear why these 40 professors are so outstanding.

What students’ testimonials confirmed is that being a top business school professor is as much art as it is science, and as much performance as it is an innate passion. A passion for transferring not just knowledge of a subject, but confidence and excitement for it. Here’s what students had to say about some of this year’s under-40 professors:

“It is clear to anyone watching that she thrives in her role as mentor and role model to a generation of entrepreneurs.”

“Transforms a subject many expect to be dry and uninteresting to a truly enjoyable and stimulating course.”

“She teaches us how to think rather than what to think.”

“The professor that you imagine when you are applying to a top business school.”

“Class felt like a ‘spa treatment’ because you learned a lot in a relaxed environment.”

“Without her, I doubt the company I started would have had such a tremendous first year.”  

“He was responsible for making me choose economic research as the field where I am currently developing my career.”

“By far my most memorable class at business school.”

“Her advice still resonates in my ears as I think about running my own venture.”

“He is a consummate professional and a master at his craft. I realized this within minutes of his first lecture.”

“She’s the real deal.”

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