BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Professors at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business frequently are recognized for their scholarly activities, including international honors, from their peers.
Two recent examples are Susan Monaco, clinical associate professor and associate chairperson of finance, and Sagar Samtani, assistant professor of operations and decision technologies.
This week, Monaco and Samtani were honored by Poets & Quants – in its fifth edition of their “50 Best Undergraduate Business School Professors.”
Monaco and Samtani were chosen from among 500 educators nominated by students, alumni, colleagues, and school deans at 50 of the top business schools worldwide. The Kelley School was one of eight business schools to have two professors on the list.
For research, Poets & Quants considered the volume of a professor’s Google Scholar citations, how much major media attention they received, along with research and writing awards. For teaching, they considered all nominations, teaching awards, and impacts on their schools and departments.
For Samtani, the news coming out on Dec. 12 was a double blessing. He also was honored that day with the Association for Information Systems’ AIS Early Career Award. He received it in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the International Conference on Information Systems.
Established in 2014 and first given a year later, the award recognizes individuals in the early stages of their careers who have already made outstanding research, teaching, or service contributions to the field of information systems. Samtani is the first Kelley faculty member to receive the award.
Samtani’s research centers around AI for cybersecurity and cyber threat intelligence and he has been a principal investigator or a co-PI for more than $4 million in sponsored research awards since earning his doctorate. He also studies deep learning, network science, and text mining approaches for smart vulnerability assessment, scientific cyberinfrastructure security, open-source software security, and Dark Web analytics.
“Sagar has already established his trajectory as a prolific researcher on high relevance topics, a top-tier teacher, and as an inclusive colleague – a real “triple threat” talent in excellence in the key areas of a great professor,” said Brad Wheeler, chair of the Department of Operations & Decision Technologies, SungKyunKwan Professor and IU Rudy Professor.
“At IU, he has been both a pioneer and a bridge-builder, facilitating new work on key subjects with partners from throughout the university and far beyond,” added Fred Cate, IU vice president for research. “He has used his resources and his considerable creativity to design research and teaching approaches that are novel, impactful, and also inclusive of students and faculty in other disciplines. In short, he is not only a rising superstar, but an institution-builder, an innovator, and a team player.”