Avijit Sarkar, Associate Professor and Director
Avijit Sarkar is Associate Professor at the University of Redlands School of Business. He is presently director of the university’s Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis. His research interests are in global technology use patterns and digital divides and geographic information systems in business and operations research. His research articles have been published in journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Journal of Geographical Systems, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and Computers and Operations Research. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Business Analytics and is a recipient of the University of Redlands Awards for Outstanding Research (2010) and Outstanding Teaching (2009). Dr. Sarkar received his PhD and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo–The State University of New York. At the University of Redlands he teaches a variety of quantitative courses in operations management and operations research.
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James B. Pick, Professor
James Pick is founding director of the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis. He is a professor in the School of Business at the University of Redlands. He is past chair of the Department of Management and Business and past assembly chair of the School of Business. He is the author of 120 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed proceedings in the research areas of management information systems, geographic information systems, urban studies, population, and renewable energy, and author or co-author of eleven books, including The Mexico Handbook: Economic and Demographic Maps and Statistics (1994), Geographic Systems in Business (editor, 2005), Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (2008), and Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (2012). His current research focuses on web-based and mobile-based spatial systems and on spatial statistical analysis of the global, Chinese, and Indian digital divides. He was visiting researcher at University of California Irvine in 2005 and winter 2009 and visiting scholar at Lingnan University, Hong Kong in spring of 2009. He has received awards including a Fulbright Senior Scholar award for Mexico, and has been funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ford Foundation and other agencies, and serves on five journal editorial boards. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from University of California Irvine.
Mak Kaboudan, Professor
Mak joined the School in 2001 after spending 17 years with Penn State School of Business. Prior to joining Penn State, he worked as a management consultant for five years. His consulting work is mostly in economic and business planning as well as energy and macro-economic modeling. Mak’s undergraduate degree is in Accounting from Cairo University (1970). His graduate work was completed in the U.S. He holds an MBA (1974) from Marshall University (West Virginia), an MS (1978) and a Ph. D. (1980), both in Economics, from West Virginia University. Mak’s major areas are economics and statistics. His current research interests are focused on forecasting business, financial, and economic conditions using statistical, spatial and geospatial techniques, and artificial intelligence modeling algorithms. His work is published in many academic journals, including The Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Real Estate Literature, Journal of Applied Statistics, Computational Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Computers and Operations Research, and Journal of Geographical Systems.
Monica Perry, Associate Professor
Monica Perry has been an associate professor in the School of Business at the University of Redlands since 2004. She has served in administrative capacities, including stints as director of the undergraduate program and assistant dean. She worked with ESRI coordinating the academic portion of the ESRI GIS Business Summit, participated in the University’s Small Business Association Grant, including developing and presenting the marketing GIS aspect of workshops for small businesses and has taught a graduate level GIS marketing related course. Her current research includes small businesses use of technology for customer relationships and marketing communication. Monica has a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MBA from Penn State University, and a BS in Psychology from the College of William and Mary.
Hindupur (Rama) Ramakrishna
Hindupur (Rama) Ramakrishna is a professor of information technology (IT) in the School of Business at the University of Redlands. He joined the university in 2003. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India and a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University. He has taught in a variety of business schools in the U.S. during the past 32 years. At the University, he is the founder and director of the study abroad program to India and also the coordinator of the MSIT program. His teaching and research interests are in organizational value of IT, human resources (HR) management as it applies to IT, IT curriculum, business analytics including geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis (SA), and outsourcing/offshoring IT. His research articles have been published in Interfaces, Journal of CIS, Omega, Information and Management, Human Performance, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Computer Personnel, and other journals.
Jessica Rosales, Center Research Assistant
Jessica Rosales is the 2013-2015 Graduate Assistant to the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB) at the University of Redlands. She is currently earning her MBA with a GIS emphasis, expected April 2015. Jessica earned her BS in Business in 2013, graduating with High Distinction and a Randal Walker Ethics Award, and was inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society. She also participated in the University’s mentor program and became a volunteer research assistant for the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB). Her research interests involve the examination of how social media, mobile devices, GIS, and big data affect the retail industry.
Leslie N. Fountain, Graduate Assistant
Leslie N. Fountain is the 2015-2016 Graduate Assistant to the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB) at University of Redlands. She is currently earning her MBA with an emphasis in Marketing, expected January 2017.
Leslie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design form the Art Institute of California - Los Angeles in 2010. She studied abroad in Europe for a semester, and received Dean's List honors in the fall of 2007 and 2008. Her professional background serves communication and administration in the nonprofit and government sector, earning several elected official recognitions and an American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire award over the past 10 years. With GIS, she seeks to leverage spatial analysis and data research in strategic marketing, community engagement and communications.
Karen Kraker, Project Specialist
Karen Kraker joined the University of Redlands in 2008. Since that time she has managed special projects and public events for the School of Business. She balances this role with additional duties in the Academic Support Center of the School of Business, which supports the research and teaching of all School of Business faculty.