Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis


James B. Pick, Professor and Director

James Pick is the founding and current Director of the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis. He is also presently the director of the university's 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 150 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 thirteen 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), Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (2012), The Global Digital Divides: Explaining Change (2015), and Renewable Energy: Problems and Prospects in Coachella Valley, California (2017). His current research focuses on spatial social media and big data, and on spatial statistical analysis of the US and Indian digital divides. He was visiting researcher at University of California Irvine in 2005, 2009, and 2016, visiting scholar at Lingnan University, Hong Kong in spring of 2009 and visiting scholar at City University, Hong Kong, in 2012. 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.

Avijit Sarkar, Professor

Avijit Sarkar is a Professor at the University of Redlands School of Business. 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.

Monica Perry, 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, Adjunct Instructor

Jessica Rosales is an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Business at the University of Redlands.  She received her MBA with GIS emphasis and a Bachelor of Science in Business at the same university.  While attending the University of Redlands, she received the Graduate Award for Excellence in Business GIS (2014) and the Randal Walker Ethics Award (2011).  She has co-authored journal articles, book chapters, and refereed proceedings in the research areas of renewable energy, digital divides, geographic patterns and socio-economic influences of technology utilization in US counties.  At the University of Redlands, she teaches GIS applications in business.

Mehrdad Koohikamali, Assistant Professor 

Mehrdad Koohikamali is an Assistant Professor of Business at University of Redlands. He did his undergraduate work in geomatics engineering. He holds a M.S. in Applied Geography (GIS emphasis) from the University of North Texas and a M.S. in GIS from the University of Tehran. His Ph.D. is from University of North Texas in Information Systems. His research interests include location intelligence, social networks, information privacy, and GIS. He received the best doctoral paper award for two consecutive years while at University of North Texas. He is currently working on a spatial big data project and a social network rumor diffusion pattern research.

Nicholas G. Miller, Graduate Assistant

Nicholas Miller is the 2017-2018 Graduate Assistant to the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB) at the University of Redlands. He is currently earning his Masters in Management with an expected graduation date of 2018.

Nicholas earned his Bachelors of Administration in Business from California State University San Bernardino in 2002. His professional background has been in business where he was responsible for the training and development of employees. He lead districts in portions of two states being directly responsible for all aspects of business. He has now chosen to return to school to earn his Masters Degree and plans to teach in the future.

Christine Mee, Executive Secretary for the School of Business Dean's Office, School of Business 

Christine Mee serves as the Executive Secretary to the School of Business in the Dean's Office located at the main campus of University of Redlands School of Business. Ms. Mee assists with several programs within the School of Business including Study Abroad, Domestic Capstone Consultancy Program, and International Capstone Consultancy Programs to expand our graduate students' academic experience.