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 Professional 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. He holds 13 patents, primarily in the area of automotive engine control systems.
Abhi Biswas has a diverse background delivering numerous marketing management courses for MBA and Professional 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. 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 Professional, 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.