Systems Engineering and Management Systems Engineering and Management

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science & Naveen Jindal School of Management

Faculty Teaching MS SEM Courses

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. 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. 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.

Dr. Matthew Durchholz has been working in the areas of systems engineering, modeling and simulation and decision analysis. He leads a team of more than 20 members and is responsible for the modeling and decision analysis for the largest defense acquisition program. With more than 30 years of work experience, he has consulted with over 200 companies on all aspects of managing their supply chain system and was responsible for over 300 implementations of supply chain planning software. He authored and joint published the paper, “Large Scale Data Envelopment Analysis Models”, Annals of Operations Research, 1997, for identifying the efficient frontier for performance and paths to move to that efficient frontier. His background spans Engineering, Operations Research and Economics. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years. He received his PhD in Operations Research from the school of engineering at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Jeff Hicks is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. Formerly, he was Vice President of Strategy for Adecco Solutions, a division of Zurich-based Adecco, a €25B provider of workforce management solutions. Jeff brings more than 15 years of consulting experience, most recently with Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM Business Consulting Services, involving primarily business strategy and organizational change work for a cross-industry portfolio of clients in North America and across Asia. He holds a Master of International Management from Thunderbird, and a PhD from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Dr. Surya Janakiraman is an Associate Professor of Accounting at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has a Ph.D in accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Janakiraman received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, M.B.A. from Indian Institute of Management and a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania. He is also the academic director of graduate accounting programs in the school of management. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Dallas, he taught at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Janakiraman’s non-academic work experience includes production responsibilities in an automobile-manufacturing firm, project management for a manufacturing company and management consulting with a leading accounting firm. Dr.Janakiraman’s research interests include design and analysis of executive compensation contracts, performance measurement and evaluation, accounting information and capital markets, analysis of audit fee, cost behavior and cost management analysis. Dr. Janakiraman has published numerous research articles in the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Management Accounting Research and Managerial Finance. He has also authored a research monograph "Balanced scorecard: Linking strategy to performance" published by the research foundation of the Financial Professionals International. He is in the editorial board of Journal of Management Accounting Research.

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. Peter Lewin, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, studied with Ludwig Lachmann at University of the Witwatersrand for a BA Hons. In economics and earned a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago under Gary Becker. He is currently clinical professor of economics at the UTD, School of Management. He has taught at UTD since 1979, except for 1986-1991 when he was a founding shareholder of a very successful digital-age start-up. Lewin has published in monetary economics, human capital, the economics of discrimination, organizational and managerial economics and a variety of other subjects, but is best known for his work on capital theory (Capital in Disequilibrium, 2011 [1999]). His work on capital, and its relation to the theory of the firm, has led to some related contributions in the management studies literature.

Dr. Alix Minden , P.E., PMP is a consultant and owner at Lifecycle Management Innovations, a consulting firm specializing in Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Strategic Product Development. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Tri-State University. He earned three Master of Science degrees in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and Management, all from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Alix has held various management and engineering positions at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and multiple former divisions of Dana Holding Corporation. In addition to supporting The University of Texas at Dallas, he is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, where he teaches various project management courses. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University in the School of Engineering’s Engineering Management and Information Systems (EMIS) department, where he teaches a systems engineering graduate course in systems lifecycle analysis. Finally, in an effort to give back to the community, Alix leads an international engineering organization, Sigma Phi Delta, where he has served on the professional board since 2002 and CEO since 2006.

Dr. Ravi Narayan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Information Technology and Management area at the Jindal School of Management. He is also the Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. He has 18 years of diverse experiences in consulting, business development and training in the areas of IT Service Management and Governance, Customer Relationship Management and Analytics, and Instructional Technology. His teaching and research interests are in IT Service Management, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management and Governance. He earned a BE in Industrial Engineering from Bangalore University, an MS in Computer Systems from Louisiana State University and a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Nhut Nguyen holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees, all in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Tokyo in Japan, and has extensive industry experience working for IBM Japan, Bell-Northern Research, Nortel and Samsung in various Research and Development (R&D) roles. In the last few years he has been involved in many Standard Developing Organizations (SDOs) to develop new standards for the IT industry, and has served as Rapporteur for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and as Editor for the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG). He has been an adjunct faculty for the Computer Science department of University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), the Electrical Engineering Department of Southern Methodist University (SMU) and University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) starting from 2001, before his current assignment as a teaching faculty with the Computer Science Department of UTD. His expertise areas include large systems, telecommunications technologies, wireless systems, networking protocols, network security and multimedia. Dr. Nguyen is the holder of twelve United States patents, as well as several international patents in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and South Korea. He is also active in academia serving as Technical Program Committee member for several international conferences, most recently for the Eleventh International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, the ICWMC 2015.

Dr. Mike Peng the O.P. Jindal Chair of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner; and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). He received his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1996. He is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and most influential scholars in global strategy—both the United Nations and the World Bank have cited his work. He was recently ranked #4 on a list of most impactful management scholars in the world (based upon citations and Google searches) among those who received their PhDs after 1991. Among his over 150 publications, his textbooks—Global Strategy, Global Business, and GLOBAL—are used in over 30 countries (in Chinese, English, Portuguese, and Spanish). He was Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and is currently Senior Editor at the Journal of World Business. He has consulted for multinationals (such as Texas Instruments and AstraZeneca), governments (such as the UK Government Office for Science), and international organizations (such as the World Bank). At Jindal, he is area coordinator for the Organizations, Strategy, and International Management (OSIM) area, and teaches in the MBA, EMBA, GLEMBA, and PhD programs.

Dr. Carolyn Reichert is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Finance and Managerial Economics Department in the Jindal School of Management. She is also Director of the Master of Science in Finance Program. She worked in the insurance industry and teaches courses in financial management and advanced financial management. Her areas of interest include proxy contests, corporate control, real estate and working capital. She is a member of the Financial Management Association, the Midwest Finance Association and the Southern Finance Association. She earned a PhD from The Pennsylvania State University and has a BS in finance and a BA in mathematics from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Justin Ruths received a B.S. in Physics from Rice University, M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and Washington University in Saint Louis, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Systems Science and Applied Mathematics from Washington University in Saint Louis. In 2011, he joined Engineering Systems and Design as a founding faculty member of Singapore University of Technology and Design where he served as an assistant professor for five years. As of August 2016 he is an assistant professor with appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering at University of Texas at Dallas. His research includes studying the fundamental properties of controlling networks, bilinear systems theory, attack detection methods for cyber-physical systems, and solving computational optimal control problems focused on neuroscience and quantum control applications.

Scott R. Sanderson joined the faculty of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2002 as an Adjunct Professor teaching financial management courses.  He is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas at Austin Professional MBA program taught in Mexico City.  He has lectured in finance and banking for over 10 years in the UT system, earning teacher of the year awards.  As a Senior Vice President with Citigroup, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, he has received Citi’s top award for leadership and excellence three times in the last decade.  He currently oversees the Citi credit card program relationship for two of the largest oil companies in the U.S.  Prior to his current position, he served as the CFO for the Fuels division within Citi Cards. Previously, he held senior leadership positions in start-up telecommunications firms where he gained experience in financial restructuring and business plan evaluation.  He has also held financial positions at Verizon and American Airlines.  Sanderson has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

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 professional 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.

Dr. Mark W. Spong is dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering 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 Professional 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 Professional MBA program and formerly served as associate dean for Professional 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 Professional MBA program. Earlier faculty appointments include the International Management Development Institute in Switzerland, the University of Tennessee and Southern Methodist University. He has delivered approximately 160 short seminars and custom programs for executive groups and corporations. Dr. Springate served as chief professional 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. James Szot is director of the Naveen Jindal School of Management Professional Education graduate program in project management. He earned a PhD in Strategy, Programme and Project Management at Skema Business School, a Master of Science in Management and Administrative Science with an emphasis in organizational development and change management at The University of Texas at Dallas, a MBA with an emphasis in engineering management at the University of Dallas, and a Master of Engineering (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. He is a Project Management Institute certified project management professional and a registered professional engineer and licensed real estate broker in the State of Texas. He is a Director and past Chair of the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs. Prior to his academic role, 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 previously served the community as a member of the Sachse, Texas, City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corporation.

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 professional 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.

J. Chris White joined the faculty of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 as an Adjunct Professor in the project management area, teaching a graduate course in Earned Value Management Systems. He is also the Director of Development for the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis (ICDRiA) at UTD since 2010. He founded a software development and consulting company, ViaSim Solutions, where he leads all modeling and simulation efforts. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Operational Risk Management at Bank of America where he developed models and simulations to help the bank understand the short-term and long-term risks associated with various strategic decisions, such as outsourcing and major reductions in workforce. Before that, he was Manager of TQM at Raytheon where he developed models and simulations to guide the implementation of process improvements and business reengineering initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1990) and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan (1992). He has published several books and numerous articles in the fields of project management, strategic planning, TQM/Six Sigma, leadership, and modeling and simulation. He is a member of the System Dynamics Society, a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB), a Lean Sensei, a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

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).

Dr. Laurie Ziegler is a Clinical Professor in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the faculty in 1993 after receiving her Ph.D. in Business Administration and M.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. After helping to establish the Undergraduate Honor’s Program, she now specializes in negotiation, teaching in several Graduate and Professional Education programs. She uses both the flipped and blended approaches in her course delivery incorporating blogs, asynchronous and synchronous simulations to supplement her multi-media files. She also has a consulting firm, Laurie Ziegler, Inc. which provides human behavior advice to companies such as Raytheon, Texas Instruments and others in the manufacturing sector. Laurie’s research interests and publications are in the area of individual differences, social support and conflict management. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Management, Golden Key Honor Society and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

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