Dr. Alina Sorescu is Professor of Marketing, holder of the Paula and Steve Letbetter’ 70 Chair in Business, and Director of the Ph.D. in Business Administration Program – Marketing at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Bucharest, a MS from University of Florida and Ph.D. from University of Houston. Her research focuses on innovation, business models, product portfolio decisions, branding, acquisitions and alliances, and measuring the financial value of marketing actions. Her research appears in journals such as Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing and others. Alina serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing, where she was twice recognized with the best reviewer award and of the International Journal of Research in Marketing; she also currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Her research awards include the EDGES Fellowship, the Ricky W. Griffin Research Excellence Award, the Strategic Management Society conference on Big Bang Innovation Best Proposal Award, the AMA John A. Howard Dissertation Award, the AMS Mary Kay Dissertation Award, the AMA Winter Conference Best Paper in the Marketing and Technology track, as well as multiple MSI research grants. Her research has also been selected as a finalist for the Paul Green Award for the best article published in the Journal of Marketing Research.
Dr. Anupam Agrawal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Operations Management at the Mays Business School. He researches, teaches, and has worked in the arena of supply chain management. In a career spanning over a decade in the industry, he has worked in various areas of supply chain; specifically, procurement, supplier development, and new product development. His research focuses on several aspects of innovation in firms – sourcing of modular components, relationships between buyers and suppliers, learning and depreciation in supply chains, and nanomachining of new materials. His research has informed the practice of supply chain at several firms. He teaches courses in the arena of supply chain to PhD, MBA, and undergraduate students. In his personal life, he is very actively involved with the education of underprivileged children; specifically, with Laxmi Ashram, an organization in Kausani hills in India, that works for the education of underprivileged girls.
Agrawal holds MS and PhD degrees in technology and operations from INSEAD, an MBA from IIM Calcutta, and a BTech from IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Andrew Morriss is Dean of the School of Innovation and Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Texas A&M University, where he is also a professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the School of Law. He received his A.B. from Princeton, his J.D. and M.Pub.Aff. from the University of Texas at Austin, his Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., and his M.A. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M. He previously served as dean of A&M’s law school, held the Jones Chair at the University of Alabama School of Law, was the Workman Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, and the Roush Chair at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has published more than 60 scholarly works on regulatory policy, international finance, environmental law, and employment law.
Dr. Benjamin Klopack is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 2019. He also received a Bachelor in Economics from the University of California Berkeley in 2010. His research focuses on applying methods from empirical industrial organization to answer important questions in urban economics, innovation, and antitrust. He currently teaches Graduate and Undergraduate Industrial Organization courses in the Economics Department.
Dr. Dylan Shell is an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a computer scientist, and his research aims to synthesize and analyze complex, intelligent behavior in distributed multi-agent (and robotic) systems. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and DARPA. He has been the recipient of an NSF Career award, the Montague Teaching award, the George Bekey Service award, and multiple best reviewer awards. For academic year 2018-19 he was Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor in Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Jesse Sowell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. His research focuses on the non-state institutions that ensure Internet security and stability. Analytically, Sowell’s work combines internet operations, industrial political economy, and operations strategy to understand the supply and demand of institutional and organizational capabilities and capacities that make these institutions effective. Sowell’s ongoing Combined Capabilities Project explores how these transnational institutions engage with conventional state actors, in particular law enforcement and intelligence communities. This work incorporates notions of planned adaptation and consensus-based decision making in complex engineering systems. Sowell’s other projects include research on Internet eXchanges (IXes) as platforms supporting infrastructure services markets and the adaptive governance of IoT security standards and frameworks.
José Luis Bermúdez
Born in Bogotá, Colombia and educated at St Paul’s School, London and King’s College, Cambridge José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy and Samuel Rhea Gammon Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, where he has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning. Dr. Bermúdez’s many publications include eight single-author books and six edited volumes. His research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, at the intersection of philosophy and the cognitive and behavioral sciences more generally. Dr. Bermúdez’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, The American Council of Learned Societies, and the British Academy, among other public and private organizations. One of the top 100 most cited living philosophers, he has held visiting appointments at eight different universities and his work has been published in seven different languages. He is currently writing a book on Aristotle’s De Anima, with support from a Texas A&M Arts and Humanities Fellowship. This book will be published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Silvana Krasteva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. She also served as a Director of the Graduate Program in Economics at Texas A&M University in 2017-2019. Her research employs game theoretic and experimental methods to study variety of topics related to industrial organization and public economics. In particular, her work on multilateral bargaining and innovation has been published in leading economics journals such as RAND Journal of Economics, AEJ: Microeconomics, and Journal of Industrial Economics. Her work related to charitable fundraising and competition has been published in Journal of Public Economics. She teaches Microeconomic Theory II (PhD Course), Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, and a Law and Economics course.
Dr. Sivakumar Rathinam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He worked as a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in California from 2007 to 2008. He has been at Texas A&M since 2009. He was awarded the Air Force Faculty Fellowship in 2015 and has received the best paper award in the 2015 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation Letters and the ASME Journal on Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. His research interests include autonomous vehicles, motion planning, optimization, vision based control, and air traffic control.
Dr. Steve Puller is the PERC Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. His research interests are in the fields of industrial organization, energy economics, public economics and economic regulation. He approaches his work with a special focus on energy markets and environmental policy. In addition to his position at Texas A&M, Puller is a Research Associate at NBER, a research affiliate at the International Growth Centre, and a former coeditor of BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Tristan Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in Finance from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley in 2018. He also received a Bachelor in Commerce and a Bachelor in Laws from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2009. His research and teaching interests include Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investment Banking and Corporate Governance. He currently teaches the ‘Entrepreneurial Finance’ course at Texas A&M. Tristan’s professional work experience includes investment banking and corporate finance advisory positions at J.P. Morgan, Macquarie Bank and Ernst & Young.
Zachary Grasley, Ph.D., PE is a Presidential Impact Fellow and Professor in the Zachary Department of Civil Engineering and in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX. Grasley is also the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) and serves on the Board of Advisors for OSL Concrete, Inc. Grasley started as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in 2006 before leaving for an Associate Professor position at Virginia Tech in 2012. He returned to TAMU as an Associate Professor in 2014. A Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Grasley has authored over 50 journal papers, given numerous invited seminars, and has been recognized with more than 25 honors and awards. He has research interest in the behavior and modeling of porous materials, durability and sustainability of cementitious materials, and the mechanics and thermodynamics of concrete.
Zofia K. Rybkowski
Dr. Zofia K. Rybkowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, and hold an endowed Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship. Her current research interest on innovations in construction, including automation and 3D-printing of large-scale structures in the built environment, is driven by a recognition that industry-wide transformations should be done in alignment with environmental sustainability and social responsibility.