Poets & Quants Names Two Rossers Among ‘Best and Brightest’ Students in Nation


We’re constantly reminded how awesome Michigan Ross BBA students are –– whether they’re launching successful companies before even graduating or steering an autonomous-car company out of a simulated PR nightmare. So we’re always excited when they’re recognized for their hard work and achievements.

Meet the Ross BBAs who were named Poets and Quants 2017 “Best and Brightest.” They’re two shining examples of the amazing power in the Class of 2017.

Eric Katz, BBA ‘17

Last year Katz’s startup company, Kulisha, took home the top prize in the social impact track of the Michigan Business challenge and won a global competition to help end hunger (pictured above). Kulisha produces a sustainable, commercial grade fish feed that will help divert food waste from ending up in landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help stop trawling. Designed for small-scale aquaculture farmers in Kenya, Katz says the product has the potential to increase farmers’ yields and help improve profits.

Katz has also been recognized as a Forbes “30 Under 30” Scholar. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Graham Sustainability Scholar, Center for Positive Organization Fellow, Diener Scholar, Weiser Familiar Social Entrepreneur Scholar, and Dow Sustainability Fellow. He has interned for Are You a Human in Detroit; the Quinault Indian Nation; and has worked as an English professor in Turkey. He says his long-term goals are to “make an impact in whatever I choose to do.”

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Lindsey Hirt, BBA ‘17

Hirt says she knew she wanted to study business “when I read the Ross School of Business’ mission statement –– to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world.” The Okemos, Mich. native has focused her Ross studies on management and operations with a minor in community action and social change. She is president of the Michigan Ballroom Dance Team, lead fellow in the Center for Positive Organization’s +LAB, and a member of Cru and the Ross Leaders Academy.

After graduation, Hirt will work for Cardinal Health in its Human Resources EMERGE Leadership Development Program. She says her dream job is to be a Chief People Officer and to work in higher education as a management and operations professor.

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