MYRA School of Business
PhD: Stanford University, USA
Dr.Abhinanda Sarkar till recently Principal Scientist, Software Sciences and Analytics, in GE Global Research was based in the GE John F Welch Technology Center in Bangalore.
In this role, Abhinanda worked with GE research and engineering teams as they design software and solutions built around data mining, modeling, and optimization. He is also Manager of the Edison Engineering Development Program for high-potential engineering talent. Earlier in GE, Abhinanda has served as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has led and contributed to services technologies for GE Energy and GE Capital focused mostly on risk management and reliability. In a research career with GE, IBM, and MIT, Abhinanda’s publications and patents have been in applying statistical and probabilistic methods to areas such as wind energy forecasting, bond market analytics, biomedical text mining, content-based image retrieval, wireless network interference, gravitational wave detection, etc.
Dr.Sarkar received his B. Stat and M. Stat degrees from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and his PhD in Statistics (with a minor in Economics) from Stanford University, USA. He taught Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, for several years while pursuing research interests in time-frequency methods in stock prices and mutual fund ranking dynamics. He has also been visiting faculty at Stanford and ISI. While at IBM Research, he received invention achievement awards for his work on pricing of e-commerce services.
Arizona State University, USA
DBA: Kent State University, USA
Professor William Verdini is a US-based scholar of supply-chain management and entrepreneurship. He was previously Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University and was an affiliated faculty in the School of Health Management and Policy the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
He has worked in the areas of multi-objective programming to facilitate articulation of preferences in ocean dumping policy making; supply chain management modeling; project management; and distance learning. His writings on modeling, decision making, and project management have appeared in prestigious journals including the American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences, The American Statistician, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of the Society of Research Administrators, Management Science, Omega, Operations Management Review, and Operations Research. He is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, INFORMS, and the World Future Society.
At Arizona State University, he has taught a wide variety of courses including Sustainability and Strategic Value, Innovation Space, Business Statistics, Supply Chain Management, and Small Business Leadership – and often guest lectures on Entrepreneurship and Sustainability for large undergraduate courses. He has been the President of the ASU Academic Senate, won the President’s Award for Innovation, and was rated one of the “most influential” people in Phoenix (in the business category) by The Business Journal.
Recognized for his expertise by both academicians and industry leaders, he has consulted on operations issues for Intel, Google, Wal-Mart, and the Qatar National Research Fund – and serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau Foundation as treasurer.
Professor Verdini holds a Bachelors from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from Kent State University, and a Doctorate from Kent State University.
Senior Associate Dean (Academics) and Distinguished Professor of Marketing
Dr Sudhindra (Sudhi) Seshadri comes with a rich and varied background in both academia and research. He has engaged in research, teaching and educational administration in business and management domains for close to three decades.
Dr Sudhi Seshadri has served as faculty at leading US and Asian management schools, such as the RH Smith B-School at the University of Maryland, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Indian School of Business and, most recently, Singapore Management University. He conducts research on business marketing strategies, has served on doctoral research committees and has taught marketing courses at all levels.
Among a variety of academic administration responsibilities he has led ISB’s Executive Education as Associate Dean, IIMB’s Executive Programs as Chairperson, IIMB’s Marketing Area as Chairperson, and Society for Global Business & Economic Development as Conferences Vice President.
Dr Seshadri’s disciplinary research in business marketing strategy is based on theories of organizational exchange, agency theory, information and transaction-cost economics, relationship marketing, the resource based view of the firm, and industrial organization. He constructs formal quantitative models for decision-making based on these theories using methods of applied game theory and statistical methodologies such as structural equations modeling. He has published over two dozen papers in international conference proceedings and selective international journals, including Industrial Marketing Management, Marketing Science, Management Science, and Managerial & Decision Economics. He has authored Sourcing Strategy: Principles, Policy and Designs, a book published by the leading academic house Springer-Verlag.
In interdisciplinary research, Dr. Seshadri has academic collaborations with colleagues from economics, social sciences and management studies – including business strategy, information systems, and operation management – with a focus on greening business and sustainability.
Dr Seshadri augments his academic career with industry consulting engagements, entrepreneurial collaborations and policy center involvements. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a PhD in Business Administration from the Smeal School at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, where he was a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Studies of Business Markets.