Fall 2011
Welcome to the Fall 2011 issue of the MIS area newsletter! The Fall semester has been eventful for MIS @ UT Dallas with significant achievements on multiple dimensions. During this semester, we have had the pleasure of welcoming a large number of new students into our MS ITM and BS MIS degree programs and three into our doctoral program. The growing trend in MIS enrollment indicates that students may have finally realized the enormous opportunities a degree in MIS opens up. We continue to align our curriculum with industry needs and developments in technology and business landscape through innovative courses and programs. We have launched a Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems in cooperation with the SAP University Alliance. On the research side, two of our professors, Vijay Mookerjee and Radha Mookerjee, were finalists for the prestigious Wagner prize awarded annually by INFORMS, the premier society for management science academics and professionals, for excellence in operations research practice. Separately, these two professors also won the best paper award at the recently concluded CIST 2011 conference. One of the highlights during this semester has been the First Conference of MIS Department Chairs and Program Directors, held at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas, and sponsored by Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, and University of Minnesota. The conference brought together those who are responsible for managing MIS programs from more than 50 schools and industry professionals. The theme of the conference was "MIS Programs in a Constantly Changing Technology Landscape", and participants shared innovative strategies to manage and grow MIS programs. Moving forward, the MIS area will host the Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium in Spring 2012. The symposium will showcase some of the current research being done in MIS departments of the Big XII+ consortium universities. We wish all of you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy 2012.

UT Dallas Hosts First MIS Chairs Conference
Vijay & Radha Mookerjee Wagner Prize Finalists and Best Paper Winners in CIST 2011
MIS Programs See Strong Growth
Grad Enterprise Systems Certificate Launched
PeopleSoft Academy to Be Launched
Forthcoming Conference - Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium

Conference Speaker
Nikhil Manekar Nikhil Manekar — MS in ITM

John Holt — BS in MIS

Conversation w/ CTO of PepsiCo

"True Confessions of a Design   Therapist"

Naveed Meghani Shares His   Experience at Deloitte Michael Savoie Recognized

New Faculty — Jianqing Chen
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