Professor Alladi Venkatesh
Associate Dean of Masters Programs
Alladi Venkatesh is Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Masters Programs. He also serves as Associate Director of CRITO Center for Research on Information Technology in Organizations) at the University of California, Irvine. His research focus is on the impact of new media and information technologies on consumers/households. He is also the principal investigator of Project Noah. In the 1980s he directed a major study for the National Science Foundation looking at how American families are adapting to the presence of computers at home. This study was the first of its kind in the US. Recently, he received another grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of media and information technologies on households. This three year study will conclude at the end of year 2000. His current work involves Electronic Commerce and the Consumer Sector, and the future of the Networked Home. Professor Venkatesh has given several invited presentations including at Intel (Oregon), Interval Research Corporation (Palo Alto), Philips (Netherlands), Electrolux (Sweden), Domus Academy (Germany) on new media technologies and consumers/households.

Professor Venkatesh's scholarly publications have appeared in various journals, including, Journal of Consumer Research, Management Science, Communications of the ACM, Journal of product Innovation and Management, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Telecommunications Policy. Professor Venkatesh is a co-editor of a new journal, Consumption, Markets and Culture (CMC).

Mae Jennifer Shores
Director of Admissions and Recruiting
Fully Employed MBA Program

MJ brings over 15 years of business school experience to the program.  Her experience ranges from teaching management courses at the International University of Moscow to working in academic services and admissions at the Wharton School of Business to serving as the Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid at UCLA.  MJ has also worked as a policy and economic analyst for the Morrison Institute of Public Policy and the Port Authority of NY & NJ.  She has served on several industry advisory boards and possesses deep expertise in social media, print, and web marketing.

MJ has earned her MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs, her BA in Economics from Arizona State University and her BA in Economics from Guilford College.

Professor Christopher Schwarz is Assistant Professor of Finance at The Paul Merage School of Business.  His research interests include the management, disclosure, and operational risk of the investment fund industry and the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance.  His research has been accepted for publication in such academic journals as the Journal of Finance, Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Portfolio Management and included in testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.  His key research/interest areas include: Hedge Funds, Mutual Funds, Investments, Regulation and Money Management.

Professor Schwarz has earned his PhD from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his
BS from Babson College.