Eller MIS Professor Awarded the 2021 Peter P. Chen Award


Sudha Ram, professor of management information systems (MIS) and Anheuser-Busch Chair in MIS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, was recently awarded the 2021 Peter P. Chen Award, initiated by Elsevier Publishing Company.

The Peter P. Chen Award honors one professional each year for their outstanding contributions to the field of conceptual modeling. The recipient receives a plaque, a prize of $2,500 sponsored by Elsevier Publishing Company and is invited to give a keynote speech at the ER'2021 conference.

As of June 28, 2021, Ram has 24,590 citations from her publications and has supervised more than 30 PhD dissertations related to conceptual modeling and more than 100 MS students for their MS projects and theses.

Her work on conceptual modeling for provenance tracking has been implemented by several companies and organizations including Raytheon Missile Systems, Ford Motor Company and SAP. Her research has been funded by both government and public organizations such as IBM, NSF, NASA, NIH, NIST and CIA ORD.

Ram joined the Eller College of Management in 1985 after earning her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She directs the INSITE Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics and has received more than $60 million in research funding. Her areas of expertise include big data analytics, machine learning, network science and business intelligence.