Dr. Rajiv Shah joined the faculty of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 as clinical professor in the innovation and entrepreneurship area, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial strategy, new products and technology-management venturing within corporations, and entrepreneurial experience. He also teaches graduate-level courses in the finance area in quantitative and numerical methods in finance. He co-founded and is a managing partner at Timmaron Capital Advisors, a firm that provides advisory services to CEOs, BoDs and PE firms. He also founded The indusLotus Group and consulted for PE, corporate and entrepreneurial clients. Shah has served as chief technology officer, vice president of research and network strategy and vice president of research and innovation for Alcatel North America for four years. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at MCI WorldCom in the wireless strategy and network architecture and design areas over a five-year period and was heavily involved in a half dozen corporate-level merger-and-acquisitions due-diligence activities. Before that, he worked for Texas Instruments for 17 years in various capacities. He served for two years on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as Dr. Chaim Weizmann Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He has an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Rice University, specializing in applied physics, and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Stephen Yurkovich is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and holds the Louis Beecherl Distinguished Chair in engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he is also head of the Department of Systems Engineering. Until early 2011, he held a joint appointment as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, at The Ohio State University, where he was also director of the Honda-OSU Partnership Program, in which he oversaw endowments of more than $40 million. Also at Ohio State, he served as acting director of the Center for Automotive Research in 2007. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious John R. Ragazzini Award in Control Education of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). In 2000, he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. His research has focused on the theory and applications of control systems, in numerous application areas. He has been an author on approximately 250 technical publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. He has authored and co-authored the books Control Laboratory (1992, Kendall/Hunt), Fuzzy Control (1998, Addison-Wesley-Longman) and Control Systems Laboratory (Simon & Schuster, 1998). Yurkovich was very active in founding and developing numerous educational activities of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State, through the development of graduate programs in automotive systems and continuing education for control engineers in the automotive industry.
Abhi Biswas has a diverse background delivering numerous marketing management courses for MBA and Executive MBA programs over the past 20 years at Purdue University, Southern Methodist University, Washington University and at UT Dallas. The courses that he teaches include Principles of Marketing, Advertising and Promotions Management, Consumer Behavior, Brand Management and the capstone Marketing Strategy course. He has also developed and taught Pricing Management, Marketing Research, Product Management and International Marketing. Over the years he has won numerous awards including the “Honeywell Teaching Award” at Purdue University and the “Outstanding Graduate Instructor” award at UT Dallas. He has regularly served as mentor and adviser to the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management Full-Time MBA national case-competition teams. He has an electrical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and continued his graduate studies at the Indian Institute of Management and Purdue University.
Biswas also has industry work experience as a marketing manager for the multinational Metal Box, plc; senior marketing manager, Maser Consultancy; and has been a prolific business consultant to various firms including Visonic Securities, Intervoice, AMR, Caligor Medical and others. He also has been a talk-show host on Indian national television and radio networks.
Dr. Lawrence Chung has been working in the areas of requirements engineering and system/software architecture. The research monograph “Non-Functional Requirements in Software Engineering,” of which he was the principal author, has been adopted and applied by many researchers and used by practitioners. A tool, “RE-Tools,” which has been developed in his lab., has been highly downloaded all over the world, for both education and industrial use. He has been working on a variety of applications — collaborative, ubiquitous computing, smartphone applications for people (elderly) with hearing, speech, vision and memory loss or muscle weakness, and home-appliance and energy-control systems, using a conceptual modeling approach. He has been a keynote speaker, an invited lecturer, a co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Innovative Software, an editorial board member for the Requirements Engineering Journal, an editor for the ETRI journal, and a program co-chair for various international events. He is an associate professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in computer science in 1993 from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Kendra M.L. Cooper is an associate professor in computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a BA Sc, MA Sc and a PhD, all in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests include the use of COTS components, metrics, empirical analysis and formal methods in requirements engineering and software architecture. Dr. Cooper also has industrial experience in the requirements specification and architectural design of complex, large-scale, software-intensive systems. Before joining UT Dallas, she worked as a senior systems engineer on Motorola’s GPRS core network project developing system requirements and extending the product architecture. At UT Dallas, Cooper is a member of the Software Engineering Group and the Embedded Software Center. Her research is focused on topics in requirements engineering and software architecture. Cooper has been working on fascinating projects in three paradigms: component-based software engineering (CBSE), aspect-oriented software development (AOSD) and, most recently, product-line engineering (PLE) methodologies. A common theme in these projects is the systematic modularization and re-use of software engineering artifacts. Although the re-usable artifacts are specific to each approach (such as components in CBSE, aspects in AOSD, core assets in PLE), they share key characteristics: 1) the re-usable artifacts may be at multiple levels of abstraction (requirements, design, code); 2) the behavior of the artifacts needs to be rigorously represented (both functional and quality/non-functional); 3) techniques are needed to systematically reason about the artifacts.
Dr. Gregory G. Dess is the Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics at The University of Texas at Dallas. His primary research interests are in strategic management, entrepreneurship and knowledge management. He has published numerous articles in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly. Much of his work also has appeared in leading practitioner journals, such as Organizational Dynamics, Academy of Management Executive, Business Horizons and Long Range Planning. He serves on several editorial boards, including those for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Journal of Business Venturing. In 2000, he was inducted as one of 33 charter members of the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame. He also co-authored several books, including Strategic Management: Text and Cases (2010, 5th edition, Irwin McGraw-Hill) as well as two books targeted at the practitioner market: Beyond Productivity (1999, AMACOM: New York) and Mission Critical (1997, Irwin Business: Burr Ridge, IL). Prior to joining The University of Texas at Dallas in 2002, he spent six years as the Gatton Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky. Before that, he served on the faculties at The University of Texas at Arlington, Florida State University and the University of South Carolina. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal at the University of Oporto in 1994 and a visiting professor at the Tuck School (Dartmouth College). Dess received his Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech (1971), his MBA from Georgia State University (1976) and his PhD from the University of Washington (1980). He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 2009.
Dr. Bhanu Kapoor is a consultant and owner at Mimasic, a consulting services company for low-power chip design and verification, parallel programming and related information-assurance techniques. He has played leading software-technology development roles in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) startups ArchPro (now Synopsys), Atrenta and Verisity (now Cadence). He started his career with Texas Instruments, where he held various technical posts in the research-and-development labs from 1987 to 1999. He led a joint IT and IMEC, Belgium, project on low-power memory architectures for video applications. He also led a SRC-funded joint TI and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign project on power analysis and optimization. He has helped establish university technical advisory boards and played leading roles in joint industry and university research. Bhanu graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur (IITK), India, in 1987 with a degree in electrical engineering. He received MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Southern Methodist University. He has served as vice president of the IITK Alumni Association. He is senior member of the IEEE and the ACM. He has published more than 50 papers in various IEEE and ACM conferences and journals. He also serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Robert Kieschnick is the coordinator for the Finance and Managerial Economics area in the Jindal School of Management. He teaches courses in business economics, financial management, advanced financial management and empirical corporate finance. He has worked both in the public and private sectors, and in industries ranging from energy to telecommunications. He has published articles on topics ranging from natural gas bidding to the process of taking firms public, their subsequent governance and decisions on financing; both in terms of timing and amount. His current research interests focus on corporate-risk management, working-capital management and corporate governance. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Finance Association, American Economics Association and Financial Management Association. He received his PhD and MA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Duncan L. MacFarlane, P.E., is a professor of electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has written more than 100 technical papers or patents in the general area of photonic systems and components. Specific research projects have included micro-optics; ultrafast lasers, photonic-integrated filters, nonlinear optics, semiconductor lasers, ellipsometry and advanced displays. His work in photonic filters is used widely by practicing optical-component and systems engineers in industry. He pioneered the manufacture of micro-optics using ink-jet techniques, and he invented a novel 3-D volumetric display, which has found application in aerospace. He received his BSEE and MSEE from Brown University, his PhD from Portland State University and his MBA from SMU. He has worked at Schafer Associates, Texas Instruments and at JDS Uniphase, and helped start Celion Networks, a telecommunications-system startup backed by Sequoia. He is a co-founder of MRRA, a company dedicated to improving medical imaging through supporting instrumentation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in electromagnetics, microwave engineering, optics, probability and statistics, communication systems and electronics. MacFarlane is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
Dr. James A. Primbs is an associate professor of systems engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests are in the development of control and systems theory primarily for financial engineering applications. Primbs holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from UC Davis, an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in control and dynamical system from Caltech. From 2001 to 2012, he served as an assistant and then a consulting associate professor in the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. He has won teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate level, given short courses and consulted to industry, and organized numerous conference tutorials and workshops on the application of control and systems methods to finance. He is active both in IEEE and in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), where he has been an officer in the Financial Services Section since 2009.
Dr. Mark W. Spong is dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair and the Excellence in Education Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas.Prior to 2008, he was the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main interests are in nonlinear control theory and robotics. He has published more than 250 papers and four books in the area. Spong is past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and past editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. His recent awards include the 2007 IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, the Senior Scientist Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the John R. Ragazzini Award and O. Hugo Schuck Award from the American Automatic Control Council and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Spong is a Fellow of the IEEE and president of Mechatronic Systems, Inc., a company that he founded in 1996.
Dr. David Springate is the founder and director of the Center for Finance Strategy Innovation and academic director of the Executive MBA program in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. A tenured professor of finance, he is a founder of the highly ranked Executive MBA program and formerly served as associate dean for Executive Education. His teaching interests focus on private equity, international finance and innovation in all areas of finance. The University’s graduate management courses in these areas were all initiated by Springate over the past 13 years. As part of these initiatives, opportunities for innovative applied-finance projects using graduate-student and faculty teams have been structured and successfully concluded. He has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate Teacher in the Jindal School of Management and as Outstanding Professor in the Executive MBA program. Earlier faculty appointments include the International Management Development Institute in Switzerland, the University of Tennessee and Southern Methodist University. He has delivered approximately160 short seminars and custom programs for executive groups and corporations. Dr. Springate served as chief executive of the investment subsidiary of a multibillion-dollar financial institution, as a manager for a listed Swiss investment company, as the chairman of a luxury automobile dealership and as an Air Force project officer. He also has acted in a direct consulting capacity to many corporations, including 3M Corporation, Ford, Goodyear, Prentice Hall and others. He has a PhD in corporate finance from the Harvard Business School, an MBA and two degrees in electrical engineering. He has written articles dealing with the government-private industry interface that have been published in the Columbia Journal of World Business, American City and County, Health Care Management Review, Texas Hospitals and the Monograph Series of the C.D. Howe Research Institute.
Dr. Janell Straach has a diverse background including academic and industry experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University, a Master of Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University, an MBA from the University of Dallas and a PhD from The University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to her current assignment with the UT Dallas Department of Computer Science, she worked in industry for IBM. As an IBMer, she worked with business, government and higher-education clients on techniques for aligning business and information technology using a component architecture to re-engineer existing software applications to enhance new software development projects. She also worked with clients on creating strategies for software integration emphasizing open products and standards. She specialized in service-oriented architecture (SOA) while at IBM and was a subject-matter expert for creation of SOA certification exams. Before IBM, Straach worked for Texas utilities, coordinating their environmental information systems and employee health-information systems. She has taught at the college, university and corporate level.
Dr. Prakash Shrivastava holds MS and PhD degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in MSE (management of technology) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in electrical engineering (computers and controls) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Jabalpur University, India. He worked as a senior scientific officer at the Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore, India for seven years in the areas of flight test and flight-control systems. Subsequently, he spent 22 years in various capacities at the General Motor’s Research Laboratories, Advanced Engineering Staff, Systems Engineering Center, Global Engineering, and Global Quality Organizations at GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Shrivastava also served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University, Michigan, where he taught graduate courses in manufacturing strategy in the Industrial Engineering Department and modern control systems in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He also is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, Michigan, where he teaches the executive MBA course on data mining and an MBA course on decision-support systems. He consults in the areas of modeling, analysis and simulation of business strategies, systems and processes.
James Szot is a senior lecturer serving as director of the Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Education graduate program in project management and as instructor of record for the program’s six core courses in project management. He is a PhD candidate in Strategy, Programme and Project Management at Skema Business School. He earned a Master of Science in Management and Administrative Science degree with an emphasis in organizational development and change management from The University of Texas at Dallas, an MBA with an emphasis in engineering management from the University of Dallas, and a Master of Engineering (Electrical) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University. He is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified project management professional and an inactive registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He serves the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) as a site visit chairman and team member, and has led university accreditation site visits for PMI-GAC around the world. Prior to his academic roles, Szot held various management and engineering positions at Texas Instruments and NCR. His experience includes leading corporate development programs in 17 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Texas. He and his wife, Pat, are majority owners of a real estate brokerage franchise in the Dallas area. He served the community as a member of the Sachse, Texas, City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corporation. In 2002, he completed 25 years of officiating high school football as a member of the Dallas Football Officials Association.
Dr. Lakshman Tamil is a professor in electrical engineering and is an elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has a good blend of both academic and industrial experience. His current research focuses on quality of life technology. He works collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, computer scientists, statisticians, physicians and nurses at UT Dallas’ Quality of Life Technology Laboratory. The team’s projects explore developments including a telemedicine platform, a smart bed designed to prevent bedsores, a home-based sleep-monitoring system and a cognitive support system for healthcare workers. Over the course of his career, Tamil has contributed to more than 100 research publications, 20 patents and directed 13 doctoral dissertations. He was the founder and CEO of Yotta Networks, Inc., a startup that designed, developed and marketed multi-terabit hybrid optical switches. He also has directed research on advanced optical networks at Alcatel Lucent’s Corporate Research Center. He also has been an optical and wireless communication consultant to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Raytheon and Spike Technologies.
Dr. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is a professor of mechanical engineering and holder of Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He spent 20 years as a professor of electrical engineering at various North American universities before becoming director of India’s new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in 1989. He built the center into a leading research laboratory consisting of about 40 scientists working in areas such as aircraft control, robotics, neural networks and image processing. In 2000, he joined Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest information technology firm, as executive vice president in charge of advanced technology. In this capacity he created the Advanced Technology Centre, which consists of about 60 engineers and scientists working on e-security, advanced encryption methods and bioinformatics. He has also held visiting positions at several universities, including MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, the Indian Institute of Science, the University of Minnesota and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is the author or co-author of nine books and more than 130 academic papers. Vidyasagar is an IEEE Fellow, and he is a Fellow of both the Indian National Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering. He is also the 2008 winner of the IEEE Technical Field Award in Control Systems and the recipient of the 2000 Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society.
Dr. W. Eric Wong received his PhD in computer science from Purdue University. He is a professor and the director of International Outreach in Computer Science at UT Dallas. He also has an appointment as a guest researcher from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining UT Dallas, he was with Telcordia (Bellcore) as a senior research scientist and the project manager in charge of the initiative for Dependable Telecom Software Development. Wong’s research focus is on the technology to help practitioners improve the quality of software while simultaneously reducing the cost of development. In particular, he is working on software testing, debugging, risk analysis/metrics, safety/security and reliability. He has extensive experience developing real-life industry applications of his research results. Since 2003, he has received funding from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, NASA, Avaya, IBM, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Hewlett-Packard, Hyundai Motor Company and others. He has published more than 150 papers. He is a recipient of the Quality Assurance Special Achievement Award from Johnson Space Center, NASA (1997). He also serves as the vice president of the IEEE Reliability Society and the secretary of ACM SIGAPP, and he is the founding Steering Committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE).