Dr. Hasan Pirkul
Dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management
Since 1996, Pirkul has led the Naveen Jindal School of Management through tremendous growth to increasing stature. He oversaw the construction of the school's $38 million facility, which was completed in 2003.
"We all knew that the building we are in now was absolutely necessary for us to continue growing, but also to be competitive with the best business schools," he said. "And we were right because the new building played a very important role in the progress that has taken place since then."
Under his leadership, the school's academic programs are continually ranked in Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report.
Last fall, the school was named the Naveen Jindal School of Management in honor of a gift donated by alumnus Naveen Jindal MBA'92, who is chairman and managing director of Jindal Steel and Power Limited in India.
Pirkul has created an academic environment that fosters scholarly inquiry, innovative teaching and research productivity. Pirkul helped create the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™, a widely used measure that he believes is his best contribution to research. The rankings serve as a benchmark of faculty research output in leading peer-reviewed journals.
"I’m proud of it because it helped us establish ourselves as a top 15 research school in the U.S. and it gave goals for our faculty to accomplish," he said.
As a teacher, Pirkul said he's proud of advising 16 PhD students, many of whom have gone on to become successful academics. His research interests include design of telecommunication networks, distributed computer system design, knowledge-based systems, locating facilities, neural networks and genetic algorithms.
He is the founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Technology and Management. He has served as an associate editor of Management Science, Operations Research and Journal of Database Management.
He received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey. He earned his master's in management science and PhD in computer information systems at the Simon School, University of Rochester. Before joining UT Dallas in 1996, he taught at The Ohio State University from 1981 to 1996.
The Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Sr., created the chair in December 1988 to honor the Caruth family by supporting a distinguished professor with a national or international reputation to deliver superior educational guidance for future leaders of the state. Pirkul assumed the chair in September 1996.
Pirkul has transformed the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The school's academic programs are highly ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. Student enrollment has soared from 2,252 in 1996 to 6,593 in fall 2012. The faculty is five times larger, increasing from 45 to more than 200, with more than 20 named professorships. Since 1996, the number of academic programs has risen from six degrees to 26.
"The message that Investiture sends to the University community as well as the outside community is that UT Dallas not only places a high value on research accomplishments, but also that UT Dallas is here to compete with the best universities in the U.S. with substantial numbers of distinguished professorships and chairs. We have the means of attracting the very best faculty out there and retaining them."