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Faculty members in the program hold Ph.D. degrees from highly ranked programs in big data analytics and associated areas. They possess vast amounts of experience, and each is considered an expert in his or her field. Faculty members are drawn from academia and industry, with the academic faculty providing the theoretical foundation and the faculty from industry teaching how these theories are applied. In addition, instructors provide guidance on assignments, projects, and tests.

Academic Faculty

Reza Barkhi (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
KPMG Professor
Director, PhD Program in Accounting and Information Systems
Virginia Tech

Dipankar Chakravarti (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University)
Professor of Marketing
Sonny Merryman Inc. Professor in Business
Director, PhD Concentration in Executive Business Research
Virginia Tech

Roop Mahajan (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Bell Labs Fellow, ASME Fellow
Lewis E. Hester Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Global Ambassador, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
Virginia Tech

Madhav Marathe (B.Tech, IIT Madras, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY)
Fellow ACM, IEEE and AAAS
Professor & Director, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory, Bio-Complexity Institute
Professor of Computer Science
Virginia Tech

Manish Marwah (B.Tech, IIT Delhi, M.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Senior Research Scientist, Hewlett-Packard Labs

Sunil Rai (B.Tech, DMET, M. Tech, IIT Bombay, Ph.D. BITS Pilani)
Vice Chancellor, MIT ADT University
Director, Maharashtra IT Corporation, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai
Partner, Cambridge Global Partners, UK
GC Member, NBA, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, New Delhi

Rituparna Sen (B.Stat, ISI Calcutta, M.Stat, ISI Calcutta, Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Assistant Professor, ISI Chennai

Tarun Sen (B.Tech, IIT Kanpur, PGDM, IIM Bangalore, Ph.D., University of Iowa)
Managing Director, Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics
Professor Emeritus, Accounting and Information Systems
Virginia Tech
COO Entigence Corporation, Vienna, Virginia

Linda Wallace (Ph.D., Georgia State University)
Associate Professor of Accounting and Information Systems
John Angela Emery Junior Faculty Fellow
Virginia Tech


Industry Advisors

John Ashley (B.S., Michigan State, M.S., Michigan State, Ph.D., George Mason University, PMP)
Director, Global Professional Services, NVIDIA, San Francisco

Harinath Chakravarthy (PGDM, IIM Ahmedabad)
CIO, NOVA Medical Centers, Bangalore

Shashank Chansoria (B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur)
Country Manager, Entigence Corporation, Bangalore

John Fraser (B.S., University of Maryland)
Director, Grant Thornton LLP, Washington, D.C.

Mukesh Rao (B.Com. Delhi University, PGDCA , NIIT Delhi)
Independent Consultant, Big Data and Data Science Technologies, Bangalore

The role of the industry advisors is to provide continued guidance to maintain the program's value to industry. Members consist of business leaders, technology experts, and entrepreneurs. The advisors meet periodically to review the curriculum and program focus and provide strategic direction to the program.