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MS in Business Analytics Faculty

Dr. Nabil Tamimi, PhD

Department Chair, Operations Management

Research and Teaching Interests: My research interests include quality management and e-commerce. My teaching interests are in the areas of management science and operations management.

Dr. Rose Sebastianelli, PhD

Professor Operations Management

Research and Teaching Interests: Current research interests include quality in the e-commerce arena, environmental management and firm performance, and online business education. Teaching interests are in the areas of statistics, quality management and business forecasting.

Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, PhD

Director of Online Business Programs, Operations & Information Management

S. Kingsley Gnanendran, Ph.D. is Professor of Operations Management, and Director of the Online MBA Program at The University of Scranton. Dr. Gnanendran received his Ph.D. in management science from The University of Tennessee, a M. Eng. degree in industrial engineering from The Asian Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Sri Lanka.

Synopsis of Dr. Gnanendran’s Current Research in Business

For over twenty years, Dr. Gnanendran has taught courses in the areas of management science, inventory and production planning, supply chain and logistics management, and database applications development. His research interests involve the application of optimization modeling to supply chains, and his publications have appeared in: Decision Support Systems, Mathematical Programming, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, and SIAM Journal of Discrete Mathematics.

Dr. Gnanendran has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada as well as Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China. In recognition of his teaching excellence, the Kania School awarded him the Alperin Teaching Fellowship in 2003.

Professional Affiliations

He is currently a member of INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) and APICS (The Association for Operations Management).

Dr. Yibai Li, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Yibai Li is an associate professor of business analytics. He has a Ph.D. in information systems, master of science in management information systems, double bachelor's degree in computor science and business adminstration. Dr. Li's teaching and research interestss focus on the applications of information technologies such as data mining and machine learning in the business research and practices. Since he joined the University of Scranton in 2013, Dr. Li has published 15 journal publications, 2 books chapters, and 9 conference papers. He has served as a reviewer for numerous prestigious journals such as MISQ, IJHM, JOCEC and JBE.

Dr. Ahmed Gomaa, PhD

Associate Professor

Ahmed Gomaa is an Associate Professor of operations and information management at the Kania School of Management. His research interest is toward using information systems in different domains to theoretically and practically solve existing data management problems. His publications are in the areas of entrepreneurship, health informatics, blockchain, sentiment analysis, accounting information systems, and security. Ahmed's work is cited in granted patents to companies including IBM, British Telecom, Deloitte, Intel, Microsoft, and SAP, to name a few. Prior to joining Academia, He founded iMediaStreams, a technology company using sentiment analysis for online marketing. As a Forty under 40 NJ Business Journal Award winner, and an NSF I-Corps mentor, he works closely with the industry. He currently serves as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Scranton. He uses ScrantonCoin and The Wayne House as tools to foster learning by doing and to promote the University values in a controlled ecosystem running on the blockchain. Ahmed earned his MBA and Ph.D. in Information Technology from Rutgers University, NJ. He earned his M.Sc and B.Sc in Accounting from Alexandria University, Egypt.

Dr. Hamza Adeinat, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research interest includes supply chain optimization, pricing decisions, sourcing strategies, and multi-stage inventory models.

Dr. Satya Prattipati, PhD

Associate Professor and Program Director, Enterprise Resource Planning Expertise: ERP, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship

Satya Prattipati is an associate professor and the director of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) program in the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton. He has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. His Ph.D. thesis explored the relationship between computerization and hospital costs. He teaches courses in the ERP, Management Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship areas. His current research interests are in the areas of adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), and the impacts of Information Technologies (IT).

Vince Rocco, MBA

Faculty Specialist
Director of the Alperin Financial Center

Vincent Rocco joined The University of Scranton in 2015 as an adjunct professor and is now a full-time faculty member. His courses taught include Introduction to Finance, Information and Oral Proficiency, and Excel for Business Applications. He also trains and teaches students to use Bloomberg terminals, focusing on equity, fixed income, commodities, and currencies. He received his MBA from Wilkes University, focusing on small business development and entrepreneurship. He earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's University, with majors in finance and marketing. He previously worked as a proprietary equity trader for nine years in New York City.

He was awarded the KSOM Professor of the Year (by student vote) in 2019. His research has appeared in the Journal of Structured Finance.

Mr. Albert Turano

Executive in Residence, Senior Director, Enterprise Transformation Consulting, Dell Technologies

With more than twenty-five years of Digital, App Development, Infrastructure, and Big Data Practice leadership managing strategic initiatives from start to finish, Albert Turano is the University of Scranton's Executive in Residence. As the current senior director of Enterprise Transformation Consulting and the former director of Big Data Consulting in the Americas for Dell, Mr. Turano provides guest lecturing to the Business and Marketing Schools with an introduction to Big Data. The course he teaches includes an introductory lecture followed by a lecture series that gives the student a business-first overview of the big data ecosystem including the Internet of Things (IOT), Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, and its importance to the student in their professional lives.