Jose Cruz

MSBAPM Program Coming to Stamford

UConn Stamford Exterior (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
(Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Need for ‘Analytic Talent’ in Fairfield County Drove Decision to Expand Degree Offering

The rapidly growing and immensely popular master’s degree in business analytics and project management (MSBAPM), currently offered exclusively in Hartford, will soon be added to UConn Stamford’s curriculum. Continue Reading

Ackerman Faculty Scholars Announced

Five faculty members from the School of Business have been named Ackerman Scholars for academic years 2015-2017. They are: John Phillips of Accounting, Rex Santerre of Finance, Greg Reilly of Management, Girish Punj of Marketing and Bob Day of Operations and Information Management (OPIM).

Continuing from last year, for academic year 2015-2016, are: Qing Cao and Gary Powell of Management and Xue Bai, Jose Cruz and Suresh Nair of OPIM.

The Ackerman Scholar award recognizes significant and continuing all-round academic productivity among the faculty of the School, said Sulin Ba, associate dean of academic and research support. It is awarded to faculty who are not already supported by endowed chair, professorship, scholarship or fellowship appointments. The award is supported by the Ackerman Fund, the School of Business and the departments.


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Eight Outstanding School of Business Professors Earn 2015 Faculty Awards

A professor who used chocolate chip cookies to teach about quality control, three researchers who had work published in top journals, and an educator who vigorously promoted the School of Business were among the 2015 Faculty Award recipients.

“This year we honored eight outstanding faculty members for their exceptional research, teaching and leadership achievements,” said Associate Dean Sulin Ba. “The selection process was particularly difficult due to the dozens of impressive nominees. We are fortunate to have such talented, creative and remarkable colleagues.”Continue Reading

High-Caliber Students, Dedicated Faculty Credited for MSBAPM Program’s Rising National Recognition


Students, faculty and alumni of the School of Business’ Master of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) program are celebrating its double recognition as a top program in its discipline.

The Financial ranked the UConn program No. 11 in the nation in 2015, putting it in the company of other prestigious colleges, including New York University, University
of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fordham and Villanova universities.Continue Reading

MSBAPM Program Recognized Among Top in Nation

The School of Business’ Master of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) has been recognized as one of the top in the nation by The Financial

The UConn program ranked number 11, putting it in the company of other prestigious colleges, including New York University, University of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fordham and Villanova universities.

In selecting the top colleges and universities, the staff at The Financial evaluated undergraduate GPA, scores on GMAT exams, acceptance rates, average starting salaries and bonuses for recent graduates and the rate of employment both at graduation and within three months afterward.

“Our program seeks high-caliber, motivated students who, after completing their degrees, continue to achieve great accomplishments as our alumni,” said Professor Jose Cruz, who serves as the program director. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our dedicated faculty and staff who work tirelessly to maintain and enhance the quality of our program.”

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Honor, Wisdom, Earnestness: Faculty and Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

School of Business Awards and Honors
The best and brightest of UConn School of Business were honored Friday morning, April 25 at the 2014 School of Business Awards & Honors ceremony. Honorees, family and friends gathered in the Dave Ivry Seminar Classroom at the School of Business in Storrs for the annual celebration, where 2014 Student Hall of Fame Fellows were recognized, Ackerman Scholars were awarded, Faculty Awards were presented, and new members were officially inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.Continue Reading

Ackerman Scholars Announced

The Dean’s Council has reviewed the Ackerman Scholars at the University of Connecticut School of Business and made the following awards:

Appointed for the next two years (2012-13 and 2013-14) are:

Continuing in their second year are:

The Ackerman Scholar award recognizes significant and continuing all round academic productivity among the faculty of the School. It is awarded to faculty who are not already supported by Chair or Professorship appointments. The award is supported by the Ackerman Fund, the School and the departments. The purpose of the Ackerman Fund is to “grant a monetary reward to faculty members who have excelled in classroom teaching, curriculum development, research, outreach to business and state agencies.”

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UConn Announces MSBAPM Program

The University of Connecticut School Of Business is pleased to announce a new and innovative master’s degree program from the Department of Operations and Information Management (OPIM).  The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who can analyze, organize and manage high-value business solutions in today’s complex business environments. This 33-credit program, offered in Hartford, Connecticut, allows students to pursue the program either full or part-time beginning in any regular semester.  Applications are now being accepted for the program kickoff in Fall 2011.

“This innovative program is designed to provide critical skills to address existing business problems and create new opportunities for small to global enterprises in today’s information-rich environments” said Ram Gopal, GE Endowed Professor and Department Head of OPIM. “Our intense and close collaboration with industry partners through centers such as Connecticut Information Technology Institute and the national award winning experiential learning center, edgelab, provided the key impetus to design this program to meet emerging needs of corporations small and large,” notes Professor James Marsden who was the founding member and Executive Director for both these successful initiatives. “This program is unique as it provides an in-depth and integrated curriculum of two critical business skill sets, combines theory with hands-on application, and helps prepare professionals with skill sets highly sought after across all industry sectors,” notes Dr. Sudip Bhattacharjee who was instrumental in designing the curriculum for the program. “MSBAPM is the latest initiative in a continuation of our mission to deliver a pipeline of talented and energized professionals” said Dr. John Zhang who is leading the recruiting activities for the program.

“In today’s business environment, business professionals who are technically competent in project management and successful in working with diverse teams to drive project deliverables are in great demand across the industry spectrum from financial services to engineering-focused enterprises” notes Professor Jose Cruz whose specialization is in supply chain management and complex business decision making.

“The compelling value proposition is the innovative pedagogy that combines scheduling flexibility and convenience, supported by flex mode course times and hybrid delivery of an asynchronous in-class and online curriculum,” says Professor Alex Tung. Professor Robert Johnson notes that companies are increasingly in need of professionals who can discover, analyze, coordinate and manage mission-critical activities to drive business value and the MSBAPM program is designed to do just that. Further, experiential learning opportunities offer students the chance to immediately apply and test their advanced skills to challenging real-world business problems.  The program design and implementation have benefitted greatly from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and SAS, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of frontier statistical and enterprise analytics software.   The final cog is, of course, provided by a committed and talented faculty group who consistently rank in the top 25 in information systems graduate education (US News) and among the most productive and impactful research departments in the world (OR/MS Today, Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, and AISNET), providing MSBAPM with an exceptional blend of educational experience and talent.

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