Information Systems Researcher Wins Early Career Award

Atanu Lahiri

Dr. Atanu Lahiri, an associate professor of information systems, was one of six honorees who recently received an award marking them as “on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.”

Lahiri won the Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award from the Information Systems Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The award was announced on Nov. 8 at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology 2020.

Given annually since 2015, the award honors the late Dr. Sandra A. Slaughter, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology known for seeking recognition for rising young leaders in the information systems discipline.

“This is a huge honor. I’m deeply grateful to my colleagues and students, all of whom have played a significant role in helping me reach this remarkable career milestone,” said Lahiri. a member of the Jindal School’s Information Systems Area faculty since 2014. “I’m also grateful to professors at my alma mater, the University of Rochester, who spent countless hours educating me and instilling in me the value of strategic thinking.”

The scholarly contributions considered when choosing Slaughter Award recipients typically include a growing body of published “thematic and high-impact research likely to influence theory, research and practice.”

Honorees also are expected to display “evidence of growing intellectual leadership in the discipline as reflected in editorial appointments, particularly of INFORMS journals” and “other evidence of intellectual contributions that provide a platform for future success.”

Prior to arriving at UT Dallas, Lahiri earned the Andrew V. Smith Research Excellence Award in 2013 from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, where he was a faculty member.

Since joining the Jindal School, his awards include:

   • Best Conference Paper with a Doctoral Student at the Conference on Health IT and Analytics, 2017

   • Best Conference Paper Runner-up at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics, 2015

   • Best Conference Paper with a Doctoral Student at INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, 2015.

Lahiri’s research interests lie in digital piracy, software security, telecom economics and health IT. His work on piracy is widely recognized and has been featured in the London School of Economics Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

He was recently featured in a UT Dallas News Center story about a study he and fellow UTD researchers conducted that investigated whether patient-generated online reviews of physicians accurately reflect the quality of care. The study appeared online Sept. 23 in Information Systems Research.

Lahiri’s PhD students have gone on to become faculty members at such institutions as Indiana University at Bloomington and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

“UTD offers unparalleled opportunities,” Lahiri said. “The community here shares an incredible passion for creating new knowledge through research, as well as disseminating that knowledge through teaching. I’m fortunate to be a part of this institution and the wonderful information systems group at the Jindal School of Management.”

Kris Imherr

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