PhD Student Testimonials

Our PhD programs attract students from academically rich and diverse backgrounds. Here is an opportunity to find out what students and alums have to say about their higher education at JSOM, their unique experience and how our school has prepared them for the next stage of their careers.

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PhD Alumnus Perspective

Xuying Zhao ’07

Associate Professor in Operations Management
Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

At UTDallas, I met so many excellent professors and classmates, who have become my life-long mentors and friends. The professors are internationally recognized leaders in their areas, full of passion for research, extremely brilliant, and also hard-working. Meanwhile, they devote huge amount of time to helping and guiding PhD students. I feel very lucky to complete my PhD study in Naveen Jindal School of Management at UTDallas.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Jess Cornaggia ‘09

Associate Professor of Finance
Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University

The PhD program prepared me for a successful career in academia. I had ample resources to conduct high quality research and, most importantly, I had helpful mentors who really invested in me and taught me the nuances of the profession.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Steve Sauerwald ‘14

Assistant Professor of Management
College of Business, University of Illinois at Chicago

In addition to providing outstanding doctoral training, the faculty helped me to identify high impact research areas and provided incredible mentorship to bring those projects to fruition. I also benefited from a great cohort of supportive and bright PhD students who made the journey even more rewarding.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Zhengrui Jiang ‘05

Thome Professorship in Business
Associate Professor of Information Systems
College of Business, Iowa State University

The faculty at the Jindal School of Management is world-renowned for their high research productivity. What is less known is that the training PhD students receive here is also top-notch. Despite their busy schedules, PhD student mentoring is always a priority for the professors. I feel very fortunate that I finished my PhD in Management Science at the Jindal School of Management.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Qi Annabelle Feng ‘06

John and Donna Krenicki Chair
Professor in Operations Management
Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

During my time in the PhD program, I had the opportunity to interact with and learn from many extremely brilliant and well-respected professors. After graduating from the program, I realized that the benefit I obtained from was not just about writing several high-quality papers with them. They made me understand it is important to go deep and be broad, and they showed me a true scholar is a life-long learner who is always modest and curious.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Hasan Cavusoglu ‘03

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Sauder School of Business, The University of British Columbia

Beyond their remarkable intellect, the faculty members at the Jindal School of Management impressed me with their passion for excellence in research, dedication to superb doctoral education and endless patience toward PhD students during my time in the program. They are truly a source of inspiration. I consider myself privileged to be trained by incredible professors who showed us how to achieve rigor and relevance in research.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Subodha Kumar ‘01

Laura Carnell Professor
Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Fox School of Business, Temple University

The PhD program at the Jindal School of Management prepared me for a successful career in academia. During my doctoral studies, I was fortunate to interact with brilliant professors from different disciplines. They helped me understand how to conduct high-impact research, and mentored me on how to effectively teach. I feel very privileged to have earned my PhD at the Jindal School of Management.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Haibin Yang ‘05

Professor in Strategic Management
College of Business, City University of Hong Kong

When I look back, it is amazing to see how much I changed during the four-years I spent in the PhD program at UTD. Before admission, I had no idea about academic research. Upon graduation, my view towards the business world had been fundamentally re-shaped by the theories and methods which I learned at various seminars. Thanks to the tremendous help from my professors, my time at UTD was full of fun, challenges and rewards.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Mina Ameri ‘18

Assistant Professor
The University of Pittsburgh

I started in Jindal School of Management knowing nothing little about research. But during my 5 years of PhD, I grew from being a student to a being a researcher. And it was all because of the help and guidance I received from the kind and caring people there and especially my amazing advisors. Now, my professors and classmates have become my life-time friends and I will always have what I’ve learned from them, how to work hard, how to not give up, and how to help others on similar journeys.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Wei Chen ‘15

Assistant Professor in Analytics, Information & Operations
School of Business, University of Kansas

When I joined the PhD program at UT Dallas, I had a single objective in mind–to become a future faculty member at a research institution. Today, when I look back, I can say that the PhD program, especially the professors, helped me achieve this goal 100%: During my time at UTD, I have obtained invaluable skills that are required to conduct research and communicate with others. More importantly, I have gained confidence as a researcher and a teacher. For this, I am forever grateful.

PhD Alumnus Perspective

Bharadwaj Kadiyala ‘17

Assistant Professor, Operations Management
HKUST Business School

The PhD program at UTD provides a fantastic environment for learning and sharing ideas with faculty who are widely regarded as experts in their respective fields and with other highly motivated PhD students. The faculty are extremely enthusiastic about identifying and rigorously addressing interesting research problems. I feel lucky to have been a part of that environment during my PhD and it is through my interactions with the faculty that I have been able to develop my own academic research agenda.