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Meet Your Faculty

Meet Your Faculty

As a UC Davis Master of Science in Business Analytics student, you’ll learn from world-renowned professors who are both academic experts and leading industry practitioners that are actively working across numerous segments of the big data industry. Additionally, our 10-to-1 student-professor ratio can ensure your professors will know you by name and serve as mentors during your education and after you graduate.


Mak Ahmad


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

Research Expertise
Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction

Areas of Expertise
Technology Management

Online MBA, MSBA

Mak Ahmad is currently driving product and programs for Instagram Reels.

John Carter


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.

Greta Hsu


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

Fast Facts

  • 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.


Guru Pundoor


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

Mehul Rangwala

Continuing Lecturer

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.

Chih-Ling Tsai

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.


Catherine Yang


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.

Research Expertise

Business Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Predictive modeling, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning