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Dr. Arun Upneja is the Dean of the School of Hospitality Administration
Dr. Upneja comes to SHA from The Pennsylvania State University, where he held the positions of Professor of Hospitality Financial Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Schreyer Honors College—a position that included oversight for more than 200 honors courses, academic advising, and career development for 1,800 honors students. Dr. Upneja has spent his career as both a practitioner and teacher of hospitality administration. He earned his B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management, his M.B.A., and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Houston. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Jammu in India. Following six years of hotel management with Mumbai-based Indian Hotels Company Limited, Dr. Upneja spent 17 years sharing and building on that knowledge at Penn State, where he established new interactive honors programming for faculty and students and won numerous awards for his research, including the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award (2007) from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.
Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s had 794 bylines in the Boston Globe, writing about everything from the hiring of Boston’s new arts czar to what it’s like to climb on top of a wind turbine (surprisingly peaceful). He previously worked for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder, among others. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in pinball and the student newspaper. He is a Massachusetts native, a lifelong Red Sox fan and a North Shore resident.
Eden McColl is a sophomore at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration. Originally from San Diego, CA, Eden is currently pursuing a major in Hospitality Administration and a minor in Public Relations. She is a teaching fellow for Principles of Food Service Management and has held previous internships in the restaurant and PR industries.
Eric Ieong (Boston University, SHA ’19) is a graduating senior at the School of Hospitality Administration. Originally from Macau, he finds his interest in the world of hospitality. He has completed internships in hotel operations at Venetian Macau and human resources at Swire Hotels, Hong Kong. He also has held serval leadership positions within SHA, such as the VP of Finance for SHA Student Government 2017- 2018 and Dean’s Host for 2018 – 2019. Upon graduation, Eric will be joining the Four Seasons Hotel, Macau Strip as a Rooms Operations Manager-in-Training.
Marut Raval is a junior studying Hospitality Administration with a dual concentration in real estate development and marketing. He is from Swedesboro, New Jersey and has held previous internships in hotel operations at IHG and Marriott. In the fall of 2019, he was part of Hyatt’s European Development team in London. Marut will be interning at Hersha Hospitality Trust as a member of the asset management team this upcoming summer.
Vi Ramyarupa holds a B.S. from the School of Hospitality and is studying in the MMH program at the same institution. She has worked in varying areas of the industry from hotel operations in Bangkok and Singapore to membership clubs in New York City. Additionally, she has interned for hotel asset management companies and commercial real estate firms in Boston as well. This semester, Vi served on the Planning Committee for the SHA Leadership Summit.
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