The Graduate School of Management at UC Davis brings together distinguished scholars and industry experts from all over the world. Alongside our students, they create a vibrant educational experience with real-world relevance and a culture of camaraderie.
Our instructors have both academic expertise and practical experience, giving you a well-rounded and relevant MBA education. Plus, with a low student-to-faculty ratio, these high-quality faculty will know you by name and serve as mentors as you grow your professional network after graduation.
They've trained at top schools, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, The University of Chicago, Cornell University and Northwestern University. Through a powerful combination of case studies, seminars, guest speakers, simulations and team projects, they turn complex concepts into actionable tools you can use throughout your career.
student: faculty ratio
globally for overall quality
(The Economist, 2021)
Ph.D., Computer Science, UC Davis, In Progress
M.S., Computer Science, Sonoma State University, 2017
B.S., Computer and Electrical Engineering, UC Davis, 2004
Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction
Areas of Expertise
Online MBA, MSBA
Mak Ahmad is currently driving product and programs for Instagram Reels.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Professor Shannon Anderson is an expert on the design and implementation of performance measurement and cost control systems. Her research spans the fields of management accounting and operations research. Anderson’s research has been funded by grants from professional accounting organizations such as the AICPA, the IIA, the IMA and CIMA, and from national research organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council.
Anderson joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in June 2010.
Charles Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups. In those many interactions, he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them. Ansbach has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Lecturer Cyrus Aram brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience in the areas of customer strategy, business transformation, planning, program, change and quality management. He has domain level expertise in customer strategy, business process transformation, lean sigma, program and change management, performance management and business controls, and thought leadership. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Sacramento State College of Business Administration.
Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Chair in Finance
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Professor Brad Barber is an internationally recognized authority on investor psychology, stock analyst recommendations, online trading, and mutual fund performance. His research includes the effect of expenses on money flowing into mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, the impact of coordinated trading by individual investors, and how active equity trading is hazardous to individual investor wealth.
Stephen G. Newberry Chair in Leadership
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University, 1999
Masters of Arts, Sociology, Stanford University 1992
Bachelors of Science (with honors), Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University 1991
Research Expertise: Future of work, occupations and professions, collaboration
2019 & 2020 Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence
Masters in Management, University of Kent, Canterbury
B.S., Managerial Economics, UC Davis
Paul Bianchi is an experienced and successful human capital executive and consultant with over 25 years of high-technology leadership experience from innovative companies like NeXT, Apple, Ask Jeeves, PeopleSoft and Illumina.
Research Professor and Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Chair, Social, Political and Economic Sciences section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Research Expertise: economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change and social bases of technology adoption
Course Taught: Strategic Innovations in Energy Efficiency
J.D., University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Chief Economist, Briscoe Economics Group, Inc.
M.S., UC Davis
Nicholas Briscoe is Chief Economist at Briscoe Economics Group, Inc. He provides valuation consulting and expert witness testimony in a wide variety of economic and financial matters. He teaches as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as part of the adjunct faculty. Mr. Briscoe’s prior positions include Manager in the forensic services division of the accounting firm Crowe Horwath, LLP, as well as Senior Economist at Cohen | Volk Economic Consulting Group.
Ph.D., Rice University
Research Expertise: Marketing research, marketing science, decision and management sciences, consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction
Professor David Bunch is an internationally recognized expert on marketing research, marketing science and decision and management sciences. His research interests include consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction, travel behavior, vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles.
Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Connecticut
John Carter is an accomplished data and analytics executive and consultant with broad industry experience leveraging data and analytics to drive business impact. His expertise includes enterprise data management, business analytics, predictive modeling, digital transformation and AI/machine learning. He is currently helping companies use data and analytics to strategically transform their organizations and capabilities to accelerate growth.
Master of Science in Accountancy from California State University, Sacramento 2000
Master of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento 1997
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1993
Dr. William Cron is Visiting Professor at the University of California-Davis; Guest Professor at Ruhr University - Bochum, Germany, and Professor Emeritus at the M. J. Neeley School of Business. During his 17 years at TCU, he has served as Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the Deputy for Faculty Research at the Neeley School of Business and was the J. Vaughn and Evelyne H. Wilson Professor in Business. Professor Cron received a BSBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and MBA and DBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.
PA, CFF, CFE - Partner, Crowe Horwath
M.S., Taxation, Golden Gate University, California
Mr. Davis is the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Sacramento, CaliforniaTax Practice. He has more than 28 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to closely held business, their owners in the food and food production related businesses. He works closely with his clients to understand their business and goals. He coordinates with Crowe auditors to effectively and efficiently provide tax services to jointly served clients.
Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Assistant Adjunct Professor
President, Fido Management
MBA, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation
Joe DiNunzio is a senior executive with more than three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, an entrepreneur and an educator.
Lecturer and Former Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence
Master of Science in Management - Concentration in Finance, MIT, 1985
Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics, UC Davis, 1983
Alternative investing, portfolio management, investment cycles, fixed income
Areas of Expertise
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University, 1997
M.S., Engineering Management and Leadership, Santa Clara University, 2004
Supply Chain Digitalization
Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency
Supplier Relationship Management
FDA, ISO 13485:2016, and MDSAP Regulations
Areas of Expertise
Business Analytics, Operations Management, Management & Organizations, Technology Management
Integrated Management Project (IMP)
MBA, Marketing Emphasis, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2014
M.A., Communication, Mass Communication Emphasis, University of the Pacific, 2007
B.A, Communication, University of California, Davis, 2004
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
B.S., California State University, Sacramento
Lecturer Douglas Findlay brings over 30 years of experience in the technology sector, building extensive expertise and practical knowledge in the areas of product marketing, product management, new market development, market strategy, channel strategy, sales management, and business operations.
Stephen Garcia is a professor in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. He was previously professor of psychology and professor of organizational studies at the University of Michigan, where he also held faculty appointments at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Garcia is an expert on the psychology of competition and a scholar in the field of judgment and decision-making.
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Research Expertise: Accounting, accounting and financial theory, evaluation of accounting methods, financial information and disclosures.
Professor Paul Griffin is a leading international authority in accounting, financial information, and disclosures.
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Sharad Gupta is an executive leader with large-scale strategy and execution background in driving modern data and analytics and technology transformations in the healthcare industry. He is a tech-savvy leader and is an industry-recognized thought-leader with focus on applying data science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, data science, digital technologies, and modern architectures for business growth and transformations.
Lecturer John D. Hancock provides valuation consulting services in civil and business litigation through economic and financial analysis. He also teaches at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as a visiting professor. Hancock's prior positions include office director at Spectrum Economics Inc.; office director at QED Research Inc.; manager of litigation support services at Arthur Young & Co.,; assistant professor of economics at Drake University; and co-founder of Economic & Financial Consultants, a Midwest forensic consulting firm.
Professor of Technology Management
Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., Stanford University
Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor Andrew B. Hargadon has written extensively on innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly the commercialization science and technology and the management of research and development. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.
Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and is founding director of two key centers at UC Davis—the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center. These centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering and business. They provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world.
Hargadon received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.
Prior to his academic appointment, Hargadon worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.
A senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Hargadon is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2003).
His most recent book is Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World (Stanford University Press, 2015).
Hargadon received his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in engineering from Stanford University’s Product Design Program.
- AlwaysOn 2012 Power Players in Greentech: The University Players.
- Charles M. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2010-present.
- Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, 2009.
- Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis, 2005-present.
- Vanguard Award for the Energy Efficiency Center, Comstock’s Magazine, 2006.
- Professors of Manufacturing Fellow, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.
- Boeing Fellow, Future Professors of Manufacturing, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.
Ph.D., Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Courses Taught: The Individual & Group dynamics, Managing People in High-Performance Organizations, Strategy and Structure, People Analytics
- Expert in market categorization processes, organizational identity, and industry evolutionary dynamics
Greta Hsu is Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, M.S. in Statistics, and M.A. and B.A. Sociology from Stanford University.
Through her research, Hsu develops understanding of how market categories are socially constructed, how they are used and strategically manipulated by market actors, and how they shape market evolution and competitive dynamics. Her work includes studies of industry dynamics in the cannabis, e-cigarette, wine, film, book publishing, global fashion, and high-tech industries. She has published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and the British Medical Journal.
Hsu is an associate editor at Administrative Science Quarterly and co-editor of Research in Organizational Behavior. She was formerly a department editor and associate editor at Management Science, senior editor at Organization Science, and co-editor of the Culture and Economic Life book series at Stanford University Press.
- Seeman Faculty Term Fellowship, UC Davis, 2011.
- Invited Speaker, Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management, 2011.
- Invited Speaker, The 13th Organizational Ecology Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 2010.
- Research Grant, National Science Foundation, Co-Primary Investigator on “SoD-TEAM: Longitudinal effects of design in open source projects,” ($750,000), 2006-09.
- Industry Studies Program Travel Grant, Sloan Foundation, (with S. Grodal), 2008.
- Small Grant in Aid of Research, UC Davis.
Marybeth Kavanagh joined the Graduate School of Management as a lecturer in 2018 after spending 30 years with IBM Corporation leading numerous software development and technical consulting engagements. Kavanagh’s extensive experience working with clients to achieve critical business goals through technological improvement and organizational change strategies gives her an excellent foundation for advising MBA student teams’ Integrated Management Project consulting projects for client organizations.
Ph.D. Strategic Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Gareth Keeves' research interests include impression management and impression formation in the context of corporate leadership. His first stream of research draws from social and psychological theories to examine interpersonal interactions between top managers. The second stream of research examines the linguistics of organizational communications, using computational linguistics to characterize the nature of company filings.
JD, McGeorge Law School
Teaching Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and critical thinking protocols to optimize decision making
Lecturer Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense. He has his own law practice in San Diego.
Retired President and Publisher, The Sacramento Business Journal
M.A., University of Toronto
Research Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and the use of critical thinking protocols that optimize decision making.
2021 Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence
Srini Koushik is an innovative and dynamic executive with a track record of leading organizations of all sizes to deliver business results through the use of digital technologies, design thinking, agile methods, lean processes, and unique data-driven insights.
This winter, Koushnik joins IBM as the executive leader for the Global Hybrid Cloud Applications Services Platform
Business Mentor, MSBA
Chi-Yi Kuan is a vice president of data science at Outdoorsy where he is responsible for all machine learning efforts across the company. Kuan is a seasoned data science leader and career mentor with 20+ years of extensive industry experience in building high performing teams in Silicon Valley and applying big data and technology across various business domains (social network, e-commerce, marketplace, SaaS, and consulting) at both Fortune 500 firms and startups. Kuan is dedicated to helping organizations become more data driven and profitable.
Gary Lew is currently lecturing in finance, management and accounting at the University of California Davis, Graduate School of Management; St. Mary's College and Holy Names University and advises and consults in the aviation finance industry as the founder of Capitola Partners.
Sophie Linnett received her MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management with a focus in operations and strategy. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, Linnett founded an educational services company that helps students access opportunities in higher education. Students of Linnet's program have earned over three million dollars in scholarship funds. For fun, Sophie enjoys hiking in her hometown of Oakland and playing pub trivia.
Visiting Assistant Professor
President, Lorber Kamai Consulting Group
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Research Expertise: executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, life planning, corporate culture and developing strategy.
Principal, Louie & Associates
MBA, University of Chicago
Lecturer Dickson Louie is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.
Ph.D., University of Washington
Research Expertise: Accounting, cost-effectiveness of online education, healthcare costs, corporate crime and misconduct
A recognized expert on managerial accounting, Professor Emeritus Michael Maher is also an authority on corporate crime (e.g., fraud, bribery, antitrust). He develops profiles on companies and managers that commit corporate misconduct, and studies and lectures on corporate ethics and the responsibilities of business and auditors to stakeholders.
Ph.D. in Operations Research (MS&E), Stanford University, 2019
Masters in Statistics, Stanford University, 2017
Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Electrical Engineering, IIT - Bombay, 2013
Rahul Makhijani is a Senior Operations Research Scientist at Instacart where he works on matching algorithms in the logistics team. He obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in the field of Operations Research where we worked on online marketplaces. His research interests are in designing algorithms for optimizing/clearing real-time marketplaces.
Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School
Master of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Marc Ross Manashil is a consultant and educator specializing in leadership and organizational development. His background is in global health and philanthropy, having served in director roles with an international grant-making foundation, a medical relief organization, and an NGO preventing child mortality in West Africa.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Expertise: Banking and corporate finance
A leading expert in banking and corporate finance, Professor Robert Marquez tries to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the behavior of financial institutions. One important focus of his research is the effect low interest rates have on banks and whether they encourage banks to take on more leverage. Marquez joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in July 2012.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Sorin Maruster is a senior manager in KPMG’s Silicon Valley tax practice, with more than five years of experience in valuation of complex securities, including earnouts, convertible bonds, put/call arrangements and equity-based compensation, under ASC 718, ASC 805 and ASC 820.
Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development
A vice president at Union Bank, where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Lecturer Todd Mirell has held previous positions with Preferred Capital Advisors as a senior associate, McMorgan & Company as a real estate investment analyst and with CB Richard Ellis Inc. as a property tax assistant/marketing specialist.
Mirell earned both his MBA and B.S. in managerial economics from UC Davis.
Lecturer, Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence, 2013
Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between short-term expenditure and long-term savings.
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Research Expertise: The causes, processes, and consequences of wrongdoing in and by organizations, and the role of power and politics in corporate decision making.
Consulting: Community health needs assessments, group decision-making facilitation.
JD and MBA, UC Davis
Jason Perez began his career in the United States Navy as a military police officer. He served approximately one and a half years in Bahrain and two years in New Jersey leading teams of police officers responding to emergency 911 calls. Perez was also given the opportunity to attend military detainee operations school, where upon completion, he worked for approximately one and a half years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a prison guard.
Courses Taught: International Marketing
Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and previously founded and sold a company. He worked at Accenture as a specialist for marketing strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela.
Peters received his Ph.D and MBA from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.
MBA, Management, John F. Kennedy, 1993,
B.S., Accounting, California State University, 1980
Pieroni has more than 14 years corporate financial reporting in a Fortune-50 company. He assisted in the standard setting process as an Academic Fellow at the International Accounting Standards Board in London from 2015-2017. Pieroni has more than 33 years teaching students at all stages in life at the UC, State University, and Community.
Ph.D., Stanford Graduate School of Business
Elizabeth Pontikes is associate professor of management at The University of California, Davis, which she joined in 2019. She was formerly on the faculty of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as associate professor and was visiting associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She is associate editor at Management Science and senior editor at Strategy Science.
Ph.D., Management Science, R.H. Smith School of Business (2005), University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., Systems Engineering, Institute for Systems Research (2002), University of Maryland, College Park
B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering (2000), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
B.S. Electronics Engineering, India
Lecturer Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. An information technology manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Rangwala researches, plans and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends while providing leadership in IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations and support.
Doctor of Education, Work-Based Learning, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Education, Work-Based Learning, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Brett Saraniti received his Ph.D. in managerial economics and decision sciences from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1997. His dissertation chair was Roger Myerson, Nobel Laureate 2007. Saraniti is currently a visiting professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Kellogg and a lecturer at Stanford in the Department of Economics.
Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc.
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
A 20-year veteran at Mars, Visiting Professor Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in scientific and regulatory affairs, fundamental research, analytical and applied sciences and corporate functions.
Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
Faculty Director, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health
Justin Siegel is an associate professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the UC Davis Genome Center. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Davis in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Structure and Design from the University of Washington in 2011, after which he returned to UC Davis to begin his research lab.
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Academic Director, Master of Professional Accountancy Program
Research Expertise: International financial reporting issues and corporate governance, including the role of internal control and auditing in the development of high-quality financial information.
Ph.D., Stanford University
Research Expertise: Economics, strategy, public policy, competitive strategy, energy economics, public policy analysis, anti-trust policy, regulation
Consulting: Public utilities, telecommunications, wine industry, energy, strategy
Mark Smith is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management alum and Director of Public Policy, Western Region for Ducks Unlimited (DU).
Smith’s primary responsibilities included managing federal and state government relations in 9 Western states (HI, AK, WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, UT, ID).
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Research Expertise: Consumer and firm behavior in banking markets, behavioral economics, industrial organization.
Professor Victor Stango’s research focuses on household financial decision making over both short- and long-term time horizons. His current work examines how behavioral influences on consumer decision-making are related to each other, to cognitive abilities and other demographics, and to financial decisions and outcomes. That work is supported by grants from the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC), and by the Pension Research Council/TIAA Institute. Stango has also studied the credit card and ATM markets, and has a side interest in sports economics.
Stango’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Business Week, Newsweek and major online business news media. He has appeared on "Good Morning America," Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg and many other news programs to discuss his work and provide expert commentary. His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies and other leading academic journals. Stango is an associate editor of The International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is also an affiliate expert with Cornerstone Research, occasionally providing consulting in matters related to the financial service industry.
Before joining the Graduate School of Management in 2008, Stango gained experience at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and New York, and other academic institutions. He also served for several years on the board of Consumer Credit Research Foundation, a nonprofit research foundation supported by providers of short-term credit.
Stango holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Davis.
- Research Grant, Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC), “Behavioral Factors and Long-Run Financial Well-Being,” 2016-2017.
- Research Grant, Pension Research Council/TIAA Institute, “Behavioral Factors and Long-Run Financial Well-Being,” 2016-2017.
- Research Grant, Russell Sage Foundation, “Behavioral Biases in Household Financial Decision-making,” 2010-2012.
- Professor of the Year Finalist, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2010.
- Research Grant, National Science Foundation, “Information Technology, Outsourcing and Productivity,” 2008-10.
- Research Grant, Networks, Electronic Commerce, and Telecommunications Institute, Summer 2004, Summer 2006.
- Research Grant, Filene Institute, “Outsource or Die,” 2006-07.
- Research Grant, Filene Institute, “Payment Choices,” 2006-08.
- Research Grant, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), 2006.
- Allen H. Keally Teaching Award, University of Tennessee, 1999-00.
- Club 6 (High Teaching Evaluations), Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, 1998.
- Finalist, Allen H. Keally Teaching Award, University of Tennessee, 1997-98.
MBA, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
B.A., American University
James Stevens is a lecturer in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, teaching organizational behavior courses in the MBA program and leadership courses in Executive Education. He brings his more than two decades of leadership and senior management experience into the classroom. That experience includes leading diverse and successful teams, launching new programs and developing compelling curricula.
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Research Expertise: Corporate strategy, technology management, global strategy, budget control models, strategic planning, ethics
Senior Lecturer Emeritus Jerome J. Suran works at the Graduate School of Management and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded the Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, from Syracuse University for his pioneering work in transistor and integrated circuit technology and for the development of the General Electric Company implantable cardiac pacemaker in 1976.
MBA, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive for international industrial companies. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron and transitioned to CFO of a mid-size company.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Research Expertise: International trade, finance, macroeconomics and economic history
Professor Alan Taylor teaches economics and finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He serves as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.
MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Huy Tran brings over 15 years of public and private sector experience in technology leadership, business transformation, continuous improvement, project management and data analytics. He has a career that spans higher education, healthcare and, most recently, Fortune 500 Technology.
Distinguished Professor of Management (Emeritus)
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Research Expertise: Regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series, biostatistics, application of statistics in business.
Teaching Field: Statistics
Professor Chih-Ling Tsai is a recognized expert in the practical application of statistics in business, including regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series and biostatistics. He has had more than 100 research papers published in academic journals relating to statistics, marketing, finance and biostatistics. He teaches courses on forecasting and managerial research methods, and time series analysis and forecasting.
Tsai earned a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He earned his B.S. in mathematics from Tamkang University.
- UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award (2021)
- Elected Member, International Statistical Institute (2015)
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS 2015 Fellows (2015)
- Distinguished Professor in Management (2012)
- Robert W. Glock Chair Professor in Management (2005)
- Teacher of the Year, UC Davis, GSM, 1991, 1995, 1997-99, 2001-04, 2006-07, 2009-11, and 2016.
- Who's Who in the America and Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who, 2000.
- 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, International Biographical Centre, 2000.
- Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who, 1998.
- Fellow, American Statistical Association, 1996.
- 100 most prolific authors published in statistical journals (1988-93), National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
MBA and B.S., California State University, Sacramento
Research Expertise: Forensic Accounting
Mike Ueltzen has testified as an expert witness in cases throughout the United States in federal and state courts in matters that involved both civil and criminal claims and in arbitrations. He has also served as a federal special master, court appointed expert, referee, mediator, and an arbitrator.
Keith Weissglass joined the Graduate School of Management as a lecturer in Winter 2018. He brings to the GSM a wide range of marketing and consulting experience spanning the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Weissglass has served in foundational leadership roles at two high-growth B2B software companies, where he specializes in product marketing. He currently runs a consulting practice that provides business strategy and marketing services to early-stage technology startups and social businesses.
Master of Accountancy, Brigham Young University
Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University, summa cum laude
John Werlhof is a Principal in the National Tax Office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), the eighth largest CPA firm in the country. Werlhof provides tax research and planning services to privately held businesses and their owners and has expertise in business acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and restructurings. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, manufacturing, technology, and investment funds.
MBA, Yale University
Wilson is a principal in EY’s strategy practice with more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector in both consulting and industry roles. Wilson's consulting background includes a broad spectrum of banking, payment and technology functional domains including strategy formulation, business assessment, marketing, performance improvement, operations and technology.
For nearly a decade she was a strategy partner with Accenture, and in industry she has served in SVP and CMO roles with Wells Fargo, Blue Shield, Paradigm and McKesson.
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Financial reporting, financial analysts, corporate disclosures, auditor/audit firm networks and the role of the audit committee
Assistant Professor Paul Wong worked for Crowe Horwath (formerly Crowe Chizek) from 2007–11 as a senior staff auditor in the not-for-profit and higher education group.
He served as a board member for Ledger & Quill, DePaul University’s accounting alumni association, from 2007-11 and New Moms Inc., a Chicagoland nonprofit, from 2009-11.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Research Expertise: Business analytics, operations and management science, planning and scheduling under uncertainty, optimization
Professor David Woodruff's research concerns computational aspects of optimal decision making. He is particularly interested in problems with a mix of discrete and continuous choices with multiple time stages when there is significant uncertainty. His research includes solution algorithms, problem representation and modeling language support. He has worked on applications in operations, logistics, science, and has been involved recently in a number of applications in electrical energy planning and scheduling.
He is one of the developers of Pyomo, (www.pyomo.org) that won the INFORMS Computing Society prize in 2019 and an R&D 100 award in 2016.
From 2013 to 2019 he was editor-in-chief of the INFORMS Journal on Computing, which is a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. His paper with Jean-Paul Watson titled “Progressive Hedging Innovations for a Class of Stochastic Mixed-integer Resource Allocation Problems” shared the best paper of 2011 award in the journal Computational Management Science. He was the UC Davis principal investigator for the ARPAe (Department of Energy) grant Improved Power System Operation Using Advanced Stochastic Optimization awarded in 2012. He is presently principal investigator for additional Department of Energy funded research on grid planning in the presence of uncertainty due to renewables.
Woodruff teaches the core course Data Analysis for Managers. He sometimes teaches Managing for Operational Excellence and the Management Science course.
Woodruff earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University. He received both his M.S. and B.S. in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University.
- 2019 INFORMS Computing Society Prize for Pyomo Annual award for the best English language paper or group of related papers dealing with the Operations Research/Computer Science interface
- Research Grant, Department of Energy Green Electricity Networks, "Improved Power System Operations Using Advanced Stochastic Optimization," Co-Principal Investigator, 2012-14.
- Electives Courses Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000, 2001.
- Research Grant, National Science Foundation, "Identification of Outliers in Multivariate Data," 1996.
- Dissertation Competition Runner-up, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), 1991.
- JD Scaife Award, Institution of Manufacturing Engineers, “CONWIP: A Pull Alternative to Kanban,” 1990.
- Doctoral Colloquium, Operations Research Society of America, 1988.
Lecturer Jim Wunderman serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Bay Area Council, a business-backed public policy organization in the Silicon Valley. Led by its CEO members, the Bay Area Council is the strong, united voice of more than 275 of the largest Bay Area employers, representing more than 500,000 workers, or one of every six private sector employees. Since becoming CEO in 2004, Wunderman has led the 64-year-old public policy organization to become one of the most influential, effective institutions of its kind.
Ph.D. Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
M.A. Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
B.E. Management Information Systems, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, 1998
Professor Yinghui (Catherine) Yang focuses her research on business intelligence, big data, machine learning, data mining methods for business applications, online shopping patterns analysis, user profiling, etc. Her research has been published in top-tier journals in Information Systems, Marketing and Computer Science, including Information Systems Research, Marketing Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and ACM Transactions on Database Systems.
Business Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Predictive modeling, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Ph.D, Finance, University of Minnesota, 2022
Research Expertise: FinTech, Machine Learning, Financial Intermediaries, Corporate Finance
Keer Yang’s research interests in FinTech and Machine Learning in Finance are inspired by the recent revolution in new technologies that affect both financial markets and academic finance research. Through his research, he seeks to understand how financial technologies could contribute to more efficient, equitable, and inclusive financial markets.
Associate Dean of Academic Services / Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research Expertise: Accounting, financial reporting and valuation
Professor Michelle Yetman's research interests are in financial reporting quality, governance and taxation. She expands beyond the boundaries of the commonly investigated U.S. for-profit corporation by investigating international and nonprofit settings. Her research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Accounting Review, National Tax Journal, Management Science, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. She teaches the core MBA and MPAc course in financial accounting, as well as an accounting for non-financial managers course in the Wine Executive Program.
Yetman received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Master of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and her MBA from Texas A&M University. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a certified public accountant in Texas and a member of the American Accounting Association.
- Best Paper Award 2013, American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, Government and Nonprofit Section Annual Meeting.
- Dean’s Faculty Research Scholar, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2009-10.
- Small Grant in Aid of Research, UC Davis, 2007-09.
- New Faculty Research Grant, UC Davis, 2005.
- Faculty Research Fellow, University of Iowa McGladrey Institute, 2002-03.
- Scholarship, Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting, 1999.
Academic Director, Master of Professional Accountancy Program
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Academic Director, MBA Program
Research Expertise: Accounting, response of nonprofit organizations to economic incentives
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
B.S. Washington University in St. Louis