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July 18: Tepper School of Business Welcomes New Faculty Members


Deb Magness

Tepper School of Business Welcomes New Faculty Members for 2008–2009

Eight Researchers and Educators Join World-Renowned Faculty Ranks
at Carnegie Mellon's Business School

PITTSBURGH—Building on its recognized legacy of world-class scholarship, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University today announced the addition of eight new members to its faculty roster for the 2008–2009 academic year.

The new faculty represent the fields of marketing, organizational behavior and theory, finance, operations management and manufacturing, and information systems. Among their research interests and areas of expertise are monetary and public economics, social identity and networks, quantitative marketing models, capital structures and credit risk, intergroup relations, contract theory and revenue management.

"We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding researchers and educators to the Tepper School and look forward to their individual contributions to our tradition and high-standards of academic excellence," said Dean Kenneth B. Dunn.

Mustafa Akan joins the Tepper School as assistant professor of operations management and manufacturing after receiving his Ph.D. in June from Northwestern University. A native of Turkey, he presented at the annual meetings of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and represented Northwestern at the 2nd Nobel Laureates Meeting in Economic Sciences in Lindau, Germany. He counts revenue management, manufacturing and service operations management, and health care management among his current research interests. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey, where he was ranked first among engineering students.

Laurence Ales, assistant professor of economics, comes to the Tepper School from the University of Minnesota, where he recently completed a Ph.D. in economics. His research is forthcoming in such publications as the Journal of Economic Theory, for which he also serves as a referee. His work - concentrated in the fields of macroeconomics, contract theory, public economics, monetary economics and computational methods - has been presented at the Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics. Ales earned a bachelor's degree in physics from University of Rome, where he graduated cum laude, and is a native of Ireland.

Soo-Haeng Cho, assistant professor of operations and manufacturing, joins the Tepper School faculty from University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D. in decisions, operations and technology management. A native of South Korea, his research, focused on the application of game theory and dynamic programming in fields such as healthcare and retail supply chains, is forthcoming in leading journals Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Cho formerly served as a non-commissioned officer (airborne) in the U.S. Army and as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he developed strategic options and financial/operations performance metrics for one of the world's largest semiconductor companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace mechanical engineering from Seoul National University and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rosalind M. Chow, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory, recently completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University. Her work is forthcoming in such publications as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and was included in The Social Psychology of Contrast and Assimilation, published by Psychology Press in 2007. Chow has presented at annual meetings of the Academy of Management, the International Society of Justice Research and the International Society of Political Psychology. Her research interests include perceptions of justice, moral emotions, psychological consequences of power and status, intergroup relations and social identity. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University.

Kinshuk Jerath joins the Tepper School as assistant professor of marketing after receiving his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in May. His research on quantitative marketing models has been published in such journals as the Journal of Interactive Marketing, and he has presented at numerous Marketing Science conferences. Jerath is the recipient of research grants from the Mack Center for Technological Innovation and Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative. A native of India, he holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Lars-Alexander Kuehn, assistant professor of finance, comes to the Tepper School from University of British Columbia where he received a doctoral degree in finance. His work has been presented at conferences throughout the world, such as the CEPR Gerzensee European Summer Symposium on Financial Markets. Kuehn is a referee for the Quarterly Journal of Economic and Finance and counts asset pricing, capital structures and credit risk, and recursive preferences among his research interests. A native of Germany, he served as a consultant for Credit Union Central of British Columbia and earned a diploma in business administration from Freie Universität Berlin.

Param Vir Singh, assistant professor in information systems, joins the Tepper School from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he recently earned a Ph.D. in business administration. A native of India, his research is forthcoming in several leading publications, including Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems and Outsourcing Management Information Systems, and he serves as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Among his research interests are the economics of information systems, social networks, open source software development, information systems strategy, adoption and diffusion of IT innovations and practices, electronic markets and software engineering. Singh holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University.

Anita Williams Woolley, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory, comes to the Tepper School from Harvard University, where she earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior. Her research has been published in such journals as Organization Science, for which she also serves as a reviewer. Woolley's work - which focuses on the organizational, team and individual factors that influence the effectiveness of knowledge work teams - has been presented at numerous annual meetings of the Academy of Management and the Interdisciplinary Network for Groups Research. A former consultant for MITRE, Inc., she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social psychology from Harvard.