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Faculty & Staff


DAN BRAHA - Ph.D. Tel Aviv University, IsrealPicture for faculty and staff     

Email: dbraha@umassd.edu

Phone: 508.999.6961

Office: CCB 223

Professor Dan Braha received his PhD in operations research and industrial engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and is an affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) in Cambridge MA. Dr. Braha was a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), a Research Scientist at Boston University, and a tenured faculty at Ben-Gurion University. Dr. Braha has published extensively in various prestigious journals including Management Science, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transaction, Physical Review, the International Journal of Production Research, and Research in Engineering Design. He has also published a book on the foundations of design with Kluwer, a book on data mining with Kluwer, and a book on the emerging science of Complex Engineered Systems with Springer. Dr. Braha has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions, and the editor of several special journal issues. Currently, he serves on the editorial board of several leading journals.

He has also served on executive committees and as chair in several international conferences. Dr. Braha's research interests are in the creation of a new area of engineering and management science research whose main objective is to characterize the real-world structure, and eventually the dynamics of complex managerial systems.


SHOUHONG WANG - Ph.D. McMaster University  Photographs of faculty and staff  

Email: swang@umassd.edu

Voice: 508-999-8579

Fax: 508-999-8646

Office: CCB 325

Shouhong Wang is a Professor of Management Information System. He received his Ph.D (1990) in Information system from McMaster University, Canada. Before he joined University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he was a senior production manager in a steel making company, and was a Professor of Information systems at University of New Brunswick, Canada. His research interests include electronic commerce, information syatems analysis and design, and artifical intelligence in business. Recently, he has beenducting research in knowledge management through sematic Web, data mining with incomplete data and sequence data, business rules , management and online auction design.

He has published over 70 papers in academic journals, including Journal of Management Information Systems, Information & Management, International Journal of Information Management, Human Systems Management, Information Systems Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Computers & Operations Research, Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions on Patter Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Journal of The Operational Research Society, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Information Resources Management Journal, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Computational Intelligence, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, International Journal of Production Economics, Knowledge and Information Systems, International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance, and Management, Neural Computing & Applications, Industrial Management and Data Systems, INFOR, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, and others.


BHARATENDRA RAI - Ph.D. Wayne State University, Detroit, USA   Faculty and staff

Email: brai@umassd.edu

Phone: 508-999-6434

Office: CCB 326

Dr. Rai is an Assistant Professor of Business Statistics in the Earle P. Charlton College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit. His two master's degrees include specializations in quality, reliability, and operations research from Indian Statistical Institute and another in statistics from Meerut University, India. He has vast experience in the area of applied statistics. This includes over seven years of consulting and training experience to various Indian industries such as automotive, cutting tool, electronics, food, pharmaceutical, software, chemical, defense, etc., in the areas of statistical process control, design of experiments, quality engineering, problem solving tools, six-sigma, and quality management systems. He also has extensive research and work experience of over five years at Ford Motor Company in the area of quality, reliability, and six-sigma.

Dr. Rai's research interests include applications in multivariate diagnosis/pattern recognition and data mining, developing meta-models using computer experiments, prediction of unexpended warranty costs, and field performance studies from large warranty datasets. His research publications include journals such as IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Quality Engineering, International Journal of System Sciences, International Journal of Product Development, and Journal of System Science and System Engineering. He has presented his research work at professional meetings and conferences such as SAE World Conference, INFORMS Annual Meetings, Industrial Engineering Research Conference, ASQs Annual Quality Congress, Taguchi's Robust Engineering Symposium, and Canadian Reliability and Maintainability Symposium. He has also co-authored book chapters in the area of applied statistics.

Dr. Rai has won awards for Excellence and exemplary teamwork at Ford Motor Company for his contributions in the area of applied statistics. He also received an Employee Recognition Award by FAIA for Ph.D. dissertation in support of Ford Motor Company. He is certified as ISO 9000 lead assessor from British Standards Institute, ISO 14000 lead assessor from Marsden Environmental International, and Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society for Quality.


ADAM J. SULKOWSKI - Associate Professor of Business Law & amp; Sustainable Development, Charlton College of Business 

Professor Adam Sulkowski is an award-winning researcher and mentor in the fields of law and sustainable business and is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability reporting. He received his JD and MBA from Boston College and BA from the College of William & Mary, has authored over 30 published works of scholarship, and has been cited by MSN, The Times of India, Inc. magazine, and Science Daily. He has visited, researched, taught, and spoken at campuses, companies, and conferences in over 70 countries. He has led several pioneering sustainability reporting projects in Dartmouth and Fall River in Massachusetts and for the capital city of Warsaw, Poland and has spoken on the subject at the 2013 UN Climate Change Conference.



DENNIS PAQUETTE - Director of Business Education & Training Staff

Email: dpaquette@umassd.edu

Phone: 508-910-9067

Office: ATMC Room 220

Dennis Paquette has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from UMass Dartmouth. He has a Mast er’s degree in Education from Bridgewater State Universit y. He is currently the Director of Business Education & Training at BIRC. Previously, he worked as a Director in Corporate programs for the Division of Professional & Continuing Education.  He was also the Center Director at the Cherry & Webb building in downtown Fall River. He opened that building in 2002. He also was the Campus Director at both the New Bedford and Fall River campuses of Fisher College. Prior to college administration, he was a teacher in the town of Rochester, Massachusetts.

ANTHONY M. BAIRD- Director of Corporate Programs Development

Email abaird@umassd.edu

Phone: 508-999-8778

Office: CCB 307

Mr. Baird has experience in leadership, management, corporate and employer-relations, community partnerships, recruitment, and outreach. Anthony M. Baird received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Utica College of Syracuse University, earned his Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from Bridgewater State University. He earned his CAGS, a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies from UMass Amherst.Staff

Baird concentrated on Education, Policy, Research and Higher Education Administration. While enrolled in the doctoral program, Anthony wrote a three chapter theses on the Experiences of African American Males in Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education:  An Examination of Perceived Factors that Influence their Career Advancement in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities in New England. Anthony is passionate and committed to the academic, personal and professional development of all students; however, students of color, particularly African American males are a personal focus area.

Anthony is currently enrolled at Johnson & Wales University for an Education Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Leadership. During his 20 years in higher education, Mr. Baird has held many titles, such as Assistant Director of Campus Center/ Auditorium Operations, Assistant Director of Career Development & Employer Relations, Coordinator of Marketing & Special Program, Professional and Continuing Education, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Lifelong Learning and International Programs, Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth.

In his current role as Director of Corporate Programs Development, Charlton College Business Innovation  Research Center, Anthony works with Companies such as  IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Raytheon, EMC Corporation, Meditech, HP, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), St. Luke’s Hospital, and South Coast Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.

Anthony has been an involved member of:

  • Ambassador, Fall River and New Bedford Chamber
  • Member of the Metro South and Taunton Chamber
  • Member of New Bedford Economic Development Council
  • University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • Serve as UPCEA –NE Marketing Chair National Association of Student Personal Administrators (NASPA)
  • Massachusetts Education Recruitment Consortium(MERC)
  • Eastern Association for College and Employers(EACE)


MELISSA PACHECO - Senior Program Specialist

Email mpacheco@umassd.eduStaff

Phone: 508-910-9066

Office: CCB 204

Melissa Pacheco received her Master's of Business Administration from UMass Dartmouth in 2007 and her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from UMass Dartmouth in 1996. Currently, a Senior Program Specialist for the Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC), Melissa has worked at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for over 16 years. Before joining BIRC Melissa was the Director of Grant Accounting in the Office of Research Administration. Her roles at the University have included Grant and Contract Development and Administration, Research Accounting, Corporate Education, Project Management, Workforce Development, Grant writing, and Community Outreach. Melissa also volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations in the areas of education and health.


SARANYAN BALASUBRAMANIAN - Graduate Research Assistant Graduate Research Assistant  

Email: sbalasubramanian@umassd.edu 

Phone: 508-615-5775

Office: CCB 227

Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology

Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Anna University, Coimbatore, India

Master of Science in Computer Science

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, USA

Projects Involved:

1. Challenges faced in the Southcoast SMEs (Survey Based), Fall 2013

2. Supply Chain Risk Management in the Southcoast SMEs (Survey Based), Spring 2013

3. A case study on Mitigating Supply Chain Risk at Blount seafood, Fall River, MA, Spring 2013

Other Activities:

1. Developing and Maintaining CCB(Charlton College of Business) Website

2. Developing and Maintaining BIRC(Business Innovation Research Center) website.

3. Marketing the Services of BIRC and SBIL within Southcoast Community. 

4. Active member in organizing seminars, workshops and conferences  that are part of BIRC.  


NIKITA MIHIR RAO – Graduate Research Assistant

Email: nrao@umassd.edu Graduate Research Assistant

Phone: 774-400-5587

Office: CCB 227

Bachelor of Business Management                                                                                                                              

Bangalore University, India

Master of Business Administration and Management

Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, USA

Projects Involved:

1. Supply Chain Management and logistics in SME's, Spring 2013 (Case study at Teledyne Test Services, Marion, MA)

2. Industrial Services Supply Chain Management (Survey Based), Spring 2013

Other Activities:

1. Marketing the Services of BIRC and SBIL within Southcoast Community.

2. Active member in organizing seminars, workshops and conferences  that are part of BIRC.  

3. Part of Net Impact: International network of students and professionals committed to using business for a positive impact.







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