Sudha Ram, a professor of MIS, and Sandy Klasa, an associate professor of finance, both at the UA Eller College of Management, have been named co-holders of the Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies.
TUCSON, Ariz. – April 4, 2013 – Sudha Ram, a professor of MIS, and Sandy Klasa, an associate professor of finance, both at the UA Eller College of Management, have been named co-holders of the Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies.
“The Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies presents us the opportunity to have exceptional faculty in the Eller College become even more engaged in our top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College. “We are thrilled to have Sudha and Sandy, both top entrepreneurial faculty in their own right, helping us to take the McGuire Center to even greater heights.”
“Since its inception from the generous gift from the Busch Family and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation in 1988, the Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies has featured some of the best minds and teachers at the University of Arizona,” said Chris Clements, CEO of Golden Eagle Distributors., Inc. “This year is no different with the selection of Sudha Ram and Sandy Klasa. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. is proud to join our friends and partners at Eller in recognizing their fantastic achievements.”
The chair supports an active research agenda in innovation, as well as engagement with entrepreneurship students at the undergraduate and graduate level. “I am very excited about Sandy and Sudha as the recipients of this prestigious endowed chair,” said Bob Lusch, executive director of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. “Sandy brings exceptional expertise in venture finance and IPOs and Sudha is a renowned scholar in MIS, business analytics, and big data. The McGuire Center and its entrepreneurship students will benefit immensely from their active participation in the McGuire Center.”
Ram’s research spans enterprise data management, business intelligence and predictive analytics. She is director of both the Advanced Database Research Group and INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the Eller College. The latter seeks to harness exploding amounts of data online – including through social media – for better decision making. Among her many honors include a 2012 IBM Faculty Award. Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including NPR news. She has received more than $50 million in research funding from several different agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and NASA.
Klasa teaches new venture finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include entrepreneurial finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He has also investigated succession issues for firms run by entrepreneurial founding families. In 2009, he was honored with the Scrivner Teaching Award by the University of Arizona Foundation.
Ram and Klasa were co-awarded the Anheuser-Busch Chair following a rigorous internal nomination process helmed by senior Eller faculty.