I received my Ph.D. in Forest Finance and Economics from University of Georgia and M.S. in Statistics with an emphasis on Data Mining from University of Central Florida. My research about the financial performance of timberland assets and forestry-related assets has been published in the Forest Policy and Economics, Forest Science and Forest Products Journal. My recent ongoing research projects are focused more on applying data-driven methods to solve various business problems with an emphasis on Real Estate and Fin-Tech areas.
Suning Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences. Suning's major research field is in big data analytics, with the emphasis on building big data analytics capability in supply chain management as well as on how big data analytics value creation for organizations. Suning holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems Management and an M.B.A. from Auburn University and a B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University in China. During Suning's leisure time, she enjoys jogging outside, hiking, and yoga stretch.
Karl Pichler is the Prassel Professor for Professional Practice in Finance at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is responsible for overseeing the Student Managed Fund and for developing and delivering a practically relevant and academically rigorous curriculum for Trinity’s Finance degree. Previously, Mr. Pichler spent 12 years at Rackspace, Inc. During his tenure, the company grew from less than $100m in Revenues to over $2b, went public in 2008 and was sold to Apollo Global Asset Management in 2016. Mr.
Prior to teaching at Trinity University James worked for over 27 years in the convenience store industry. James retired in January 2018 when his company was purchased and when the company was sold he was the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for CST Brands, Inc. During his career James had many areas of responsibility. He began working for the company as a Marketing Analyst and worked in the Marketing department for 10 years before joining the Information Services Department.
Tianxi got her Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University. Tianxi earned her BS and MS in Management Science from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Tianxi has work experience in project management and human resources at three major international firms in China (Phillips, Hwelett-Packard, Siemens).
She has published in Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and Journal of Service Science and Management.
Young received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from UTSA. She has over 15 years of practical IT experience in systems design and development. Her research interest include software development methodologies, security investment decisions as well as IS student attraction, engagement, and retention issues. Her work has been published in the Communications of the AIS (CAIS), Journal of Computer Information Systems, and AIS Transactions in Replication Research.
Zhang received her Ph.D. degree in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on key corporate finance and corporate governance issues, such as the effectiveness of the board of directors monitoring, the remuneration design of corporate executives and directors, financial reporting quality, capital structure and financing decisions, and the impact of news shocks on financial assets. Zhang teaches corporate finance courses at various levels and a first-year experience course. She also leads Trinity’s study abroad program in Shanghai.
Jorge Colazo is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in Trinity's department of Finance and Decision Sciences. He also spearheaded the creation of Trinity's degree in Business Analytics and Technology and the minors in Data Science and Global Supply Chain Management.