It is very rewarding to advise and mentor graduate as well as undergraduate students. To date, I have chaired 4 doctoral committees, served as a member on 15 others, and advised 8 undergraduate honors theses. Below are several of my current and former students.

Happy days! – Doctoral graduation May ’08

Doctoral students (committee chair)  

Ying Xu – joined the IST Doctoral Program Fall 2014. She holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Information Management from Central China Normal University.

Dan Hellmann – joined Fall 2014. Dan holds a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence from George Mason University and a BS in Geography from Penn State.


Eric Obeysekare – joined IST Fall 2013. Eric served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon (West Africa) and holds a BS in Computer Science from Penn State.



louisLouis-Marie Ngmassi Tchoukeau (PhD 2011) – Assistant Professor of MIS (tenure track), Prairie View University, Texas


Nicolai Pogrebnyakov (PhD 2008) – Associate Professor of International Economics and Management (tenure track), Copenhagen Business School


Annemijn van Gorp (PhD 2008) – Assistant Professor of Business, IT & Management, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands


Ankur Tarnacha (PhD 2008) – Corporate Strategy Manager, T-Mobile


Master’s and undergraduate theses




Trey Thomas (BPhil 2009) – PhD student, Dept. of Goverment, UT Austin


Ryan Pfister (BS – honors, 2009) – Associate, Pariveda Solutions