Three members of the Mays Business School faculty will be honored with the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching. They will be among 24 outstanding Texas A&M faculty and staff members selected by the university and the Association of Former Students. Since 1955, Texas A&M University and the Association of Former Students has given this honor to hundreds of professionals who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.
The 2016 Distinguished Achievement Awards will be formally presented at 1:30 p.m. April 25 during a ceremony in Rudder Theater. In recognition of their achievements, each recipient will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.
The awards and their respective recipients from Mays Business School are:
- Haipeng “Allan” Chen, Department of Marketing
- Subodha Kumar, Department of Information and Operations Management
- Bala Shetty, Department of Information and Operations Management
Haipeng (Allan) Chen is the John E. Pearson Endowed Associate Professor of Marketing at the Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Marketing concentration) from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), his M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) and his B.Eng. (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from Shandong University of Technology (Zibo, China). Chen conducts research in the area of Behavioral Decision Theory (BDT) and behavioral pricing. His research interests focus on examining decision biases of individual consumers and managers, and their economic and cultural ramifications, mostly in the area of pricing. His research has been published or accepted for publication in Management Science, Marketing Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Marketing Letters and the Review of Marketing Research and Energy. Currently, he is serving on the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has won various research awards, including the 2012 ACR Best Competitive Paper Award, the 2010 Ricky W. Griffin Outstanding Research Achievement Award, the Mays Research Fellowship (2007-2010, 2011-2014), the 2007 Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Young Scholar and the 2001 ACR-Sheth Foundation Dissertation Award (co-winner of the Public Policy Track).
Subodha Kumar is the Carol and G. David Van Houten, Jr. ’71 Professor at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and his M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1997. He joined the faculty of Mays BusinessSchool in 2009 in the Information and Operations Management Department. Before that, he was faculty at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, from 2001 to 2009. He is also a regular Visiting Scholar at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. Professor Kumar’s research and teaching interests include Supply Chain Management, Optimization, and Information Technology. He has published several papers in reputed journals and refereed conferences. In addition, he has co-authored Harvard Business School cases and Ivey Business School cases. The list of journals where his papers have appeared include Management Science, Operations Research, Information Systems Research, Production and Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Journal of Scheduling, and Computers and Industrial Engineering. Professor Kumar is currently the Deputy Editor and a Department Editor of Production and Operations Management (POM), a Senior Editor of Decision Sciences, and an Associate Editor of Information Systems Research (ISR). Additionally, he serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Database Management and International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT. He is also the Vice President, Communications and the Web Editor of POM Society, and the Vice President of INFORMS’ Information Systems Society (ISS).
Bala Shetty is Professor, holder of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Chair and Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Mays Business School. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). In addition to serving on the faculty of Texas A&M University since 1985, he has held faculty positions at Cox School of Business (SMU) and Madrid Business School (Spain). He also served as a Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1996 and 2008. His previous leadership roles at the departmental level include service as Ph.D. Director, Assistant Department Head, and Head of Department of Information and Operations Management. At the college level, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs from 2004-2008, and Executive Associate Dean from 2008-2015. He has taught with distinction at multiple levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels), and in multiple programs (BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, and Center for Executive Development). He has been recognized for his outstanding teaching contributions with a number of prestigious awards. At TAMU, they include the Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award (2001), EMBA Outstanding Faculty Award (2008, 2014), PMBA Outstanding Faculty Award (2014, 2015), MBA Outstanding Faculty Award (1998, 2000, 2001, and 2005), and Alpha Kappa Psi Undergraduate Teaching Award (1990, 1991). His research interests include supply chain management, optimization, and finance. He has served as associate editor for Operations Research, Decision Sciences, and Naval Research Logistics and twice as a guest editor for the Annals of Operations Research.
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