Faculty and Staff Directory

Faculty

William S. Breffle

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Affiliate Professor, SFRES

906-487-1959
wsbreffl@mtu.edu
G019 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • International economics
  • Mathematical economics
  • Principles of economics

Research Interests

  • Non-market valuation
  • Discrete choice modeling
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Restoration program planning
  • Health economics

Mari W. Buche

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, School of Business and Economics

Director of Data Science Graduate Program

Affiliate Associate Professor, Data Science

906-487-3440
mwbuche@mtu.edu
111 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Information Systems/Technology Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Intelligence
  • Software Engineering

Research Interests

  • Impact of IS/IT change on end users
  • Management of IS/IT workers
  • Computer Anxiety and Computer Self-Efficacy
  • Mentoring using Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Various de facto Standards (i.e. Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ITIL)

Gary A Campbell

Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of Business and Economics

Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics

Affiliate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2808
gacampbe@mtu.edu
122 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Research Interests

  • Metal markets
  • Sustainability of mining
  • Social decision-making about resource use

Dan Eshleman

Assistant Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics

Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Faculty Fellow in Business

906-487-3605
jdeshlem@mtu.edu
G010A Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Research
  • International Accounting

Research Interests

  • Mispricing
  • Earnings Quality
  • Audit Quality
  • Audit Markets

Sonia Goltz

Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3075
smgoltz@mtu.edu
115 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resources Management

Research Interests

  • Individual perceptions of group fairness
  • Organizational discrimination and justice processes
  • Social power
  • Escalation of commitment

Peng Guo

Assistant Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics

Richard and Joyce Ten Haken Faculty Fellow in Accounting

906-487-1733
pengguo@mtu.edu
G020 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Taxation
  • Financial Accounting

Research Interests

  • Tax Avoidance
  • Earnings Quality
  • Self-selection

Latika Gupta

Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2311
latika@mtu.edu
128 Academic Office Building

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Econometrics
  • Energy Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Money and Banking

Research Interests

  • Energy and the Macroeconomy
  • Applied Time Series Econometrics
  • International Economics
  • Inventory Studies
  • Business Fluctuations and Cycles

Soonkwan Hong

Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2285
shong2@mtu.edu
113 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Consumer behavior
  • e-Commerce
  • Promotion
  • International Marketing

Research Interests

  • The polysemic nature of consumers’ identity-related behaviors and activities in association with culture, technology, and socio-political contexts as key drivers of different manifestations of consumer culture.
  • Consumers as self-emancipating and self-conflicting agents in the market.
  • Use of technology for showcasing consumer identity.
  • Consumers as cyborgs.
  • Consumers’ reactions to the gendered consumer market.

Robert Hutchinson

Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2140
rhutchin@mtu.edu
G024 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Managerial accounting
  • Cost accounting

Research Interests

  • Cost accounting system design
  • Transfer pricing
  • Industrial dynamics
  • Simulations
  • Semiotics

Dana M. Johnson

Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management, School of Business and Economics

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering

906-487-2803
dana@mtu.edu
121 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Engineering and Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management and modeling
  • Service quality and patient experience in healthcare
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Assessment standards and IMS

Dean Johnson

Dean, School of Business and Economics

James and Dolores Trethewey Professor, School of Business and Economics

Director of Applied Portfolio Management Program

906-487-2668
dean@mtu.edu
103 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Portfolio Management
  • Investments
  • Derivative Securities

Research Interests

  • Asset Pricing
  • Portfolio Management

Heather Knewtson

Assistant Professor of Finance, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2771
knewtson@mtu.edu
124 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Undergraduate Finance
  • Graduate Finance

Research Interests

  • Insider Trading
  • Investments
  • Market Efficiency

Bryan Lagalo

Lecturer in Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2223
balagalo@mtu.edu
G007 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Economic Decision Analysis
  • Principles of Economics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Labor Economics

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Collusion
  • Movie Economics
  • Theory of the Firm
  • Finance

Andre Laplume

Associate Professor of Management, School of Business and Economics

Charles C. and John G. Gates Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship

906-487-3267
aolaplum@mtu.edu
126 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Research Interests

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Ambidexterity
  • Technological Evolution
  • Stakeholder Theory

Jonathan Leinonen

Lecturer in Management, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2598
jeleinon@mtu.edu
G002 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Development
  • Economics Development
  • Management Information Systems

Russ Louks

Professor of Practice, School of Business and Economics

Faculty Advisor, ITOxygen Enterprise

487-2677
rwlouks@mtu.edu
G015 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Software Testing
  • Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Software Usability
  • IT/IS Management
  • Business Programming

Research Interests

  • Information Security
  • Biometrics
  • Voice Recognition

Thomas E Merz

Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics

Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2805
temerz@mtu.edu
105 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Sheila Milligan

Senior Lecturer in Accounting, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3259
smilliga@mtu.edu
G018 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Financial accounting
  • Fraud accounting
  • Managerial accounting

Research Interests

  • Enterprise research projects
  • Fraud management
  • Student education

Junhong Min

Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2885
jmin@mtu.edu
112 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • New Product Development and Commercialization
  • Marketing Research

Research Interests

  • Business-to-business (B2B) marketing strategy
  • Applied judgment and decision making

Daya Muralidharan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Teaching Interests

  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Water resource economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

Research Interests

  • Water management and drainage in agriculture
  • Groundwater management
  • Forest use in developing economies
  • Groundwater quality externalities

Paul A Nelson

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2809
pnelson@mtu.edu
125 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Economic Decision Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Industrial Organization Economics
  • Entrepreneurship

Research Interests

  • Regulatory Economics
  • Antitrust
  • New Technology Commercialization
  • Entrepreneurship

Karol Pelc

Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Emeritus,

School of Business and Economics

kipelc@mtu.edu
Emeritus

Teaching Interests

  • Management of technology and innovation
  • Global innovation networks
  • Product development management
  • Economics of technological innovation

Research Interests

  • Knowledge generating networks
  • Technology strategy
  • R&D management
  • Global technology and innovation management
  • Methods of interdisciplinary knowledge mapping

Latha Poonamallee

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Business and Economics

Founding Director, Michigan Tech Center for Social Innovation (CenSI)

Director, Pavlis Institute India Project Center

906-487-1631
lcpoonam@mtu.edu
116 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Managing Change
  • Social Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior

Research Interests

  • Managing Change
  • Leadership
  • Business & Society
  • Qualitative methods

Howard Qi

Professor of Finance, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3114
howardqi@mtu.edu
110 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Corporate finance
  • Financial management

Research Interests

  • Theoretical financial economics
  • Asset pricing
  • Corporate finance

Manish K Srivastava

Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation,

School of Business and Economics

906-487-1991
mksrivas@mtu.edu
123 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • International Management
  • Technology Management

Research Interests

  • Interfirm alliances and networks
  • Technological innovations
  • Semiconductor and Nanotechnology industries

Joel C Tuoriniemi

Professor of Practice in Accounting , School of Business and Economics

Director of MS in Accounting Program

Ed and Betty Robinson Accounting Fellow

906-487-1877
jctuorin@mtu.edu
G021 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Taxation
  • Accounting
  • Legal Environment of Business

Research Interests

  • Equitable Relief in Tax Disputes
  • SFAS 142 Goodwill Impairments
  • Reasonableness Determinations in Contract Interpretation
  • Inequality of Bargaining Power

Jeffrey Wall

Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, School of Business and Economics

906-487-1707
jdwall@mtu.edu
G010 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Web programming
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Information Security
  • Database Design

Research Interests

  • Information security behavior
  • Individual deviance
  • Organizational deviance
  • Organizational controls
  • Small business/entrepreneurship

Roger Woods

Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2063
rhwoods@mtu.edu
G010C Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Spreadsheet modeling
  • The art of charts

Research Interests

  • Academic integrity and spreadsheets

Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira

Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2301
emolivei@mtu.edu
127 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Theory and Policy
  • International Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis

Research Interests

  • Barriers to technological adoption
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Institutions and regulation
  • Informal economy
  • Growth and development

Administration

Dean Johnson

Dean, School of Business and Economics

James and Dolores Trethewey Professor, School of Business and Economics

Director of Applied Portfolio Management Program

906-487-2668
dean@mtu.edu
103 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Portfolio Management
  • Investments
  • Derivative Securities

Research Interests

  • Asset Pricing
  • Portfolio Management

Thomas E Merz

Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics

Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2805
temerz@mtu.edu
105 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory
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Diane Benda

Director of Administration

906-487-2964
dmbenda@mtu.edu
102 Academic Office Building

Specialties

  • Executive assistant to the dean
  • Responsible for facilitating School of Business and Economics activities
  • Coordinate and oversee faculty and staff searches, reappointments, and promotion and tenure processes
  • Dean's Advisory Council liaison

Jodie Filpus-Paakola

Coordinator of Academic Services

906-487-3597
jrfilpus@mtu.edu
109 Academic Office Building

Specialties

  • Undergraduate academic advising
  • Coordinator for Undergraduate Communications
  • Supports student internships and job placement

Sara Pingel

Outreach Manager

906-487-3501
sepingel@mtu.edu
108 Academic Office Building

Specialties

  • Builds relationships with prospective students and their families and assists with the college selection and admissions process
  • Presents to high school and community college classes about the School of Business and Economics
  • Coordinates School of Business and Economics social media accounts
  • Manages team of student ambassadors

Rebecca Middlebrook

Tech MBA® Program Manager

906-487-3055
ramiddle@mtu.edu
107 Academic Office Building

Specialties

  • Educates people about the benefits, options and opportunities of the Tech MBA program
  • Helps guide students through the selection and admission process for the MBA program
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Karen Foltz

Staff Assistant

906-487-2668
ksfoltz@mtu.edu
100 Academic Office Building

Instructors

Jim Baker

James Baker

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Executive Director, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Teaching

  • IP Law, Technology, Society, and Innovation

Degree

  • PhD in Engineering - Environmental, Michigan Technological University
  • Admitted to U.S. Patent Bar, Registration number: 54,975
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Natasha Berg

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-1066
nberg@mtu.edu
129 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Business Law

Degree

  • J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • BBA in Finance and Business Economics, Grand Valley State University

Alan Brokaw

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2710
ajbrokaw@mtu.edu
G010B Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Marketing Research

Degrees

  • PhD in Marketing, University of Michigan
  • MBA in Marketing, University of Michigan
  • BS in Chemistry, University of Michigan

George Butvilas

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Teaching

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Finance

Degree

  • MBA, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, US Naval Academy
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MaryFran Desrochers

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3489
mfdesroc@mtu.edu
117 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Team Dynamics/Decision Making

Degree

  • MS in Instrumental Sciences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
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Catherine Hsin

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3489
hchsin@mtu.edu
117 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Degree

  • MS in Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
  • BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University
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Laura Konkel

Adjunct Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Teaching

  • IP Law

Degree

  • J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
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Cindy McColley

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Teaching

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing

Degree

  • MS in Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
  • BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University
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Jim Northey

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Teaching

  • Finance

Degree

  • MS Financial Markets and Trading concentration in Computational Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS in Mathematics, University of Indianapolis
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Susanna Peters

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Lecturer in Law and Society, Social Sciences

Teaching

  • IP Law

Degree

  • J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S. from University of California
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Shawn Rathbun

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-2469
srathbun@mtu.edu
G008 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Degree

  • MS in Logistics, Michigan State University
  • BS in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Bill Smith

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

Teaching

  • Business Law

Degree

  • Juris Doctor from Wayne State
  • B.S. in Major Poly Science from Michigan State
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Fraser Strome

Instructor, School of Business and Economics

906-487-3489
ftstrome@mtu.edu
117 Academic Office Building

Teaching

  • Business Law

Degree

  • JD, Valparaiso University
  • BA in History, Spring Arbor University