IS expert receives research excellence award

UMSL professor Dinesh Mirchandani received research excellence award.

Dinesh Mirchandani, associate professor of information systems at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, received the 2011 Douglas E. Durand Award for Research Excellence during the 41st annual Honors Program presented by UMSL’s College of Business Administration Sept. 23.

“I feel honored to receive this prestigious award” Mirchandani said. “I am grateful to Dean (Keith )Womer and Dean (emeritus Douglas) Durand for instilling a culture of research excellence in the College of Business Administration at UMSL. This commitment to the creation of knowledge sets us apart from others as an institution of higher learning. What I learn through my research becomes an integral part of my teaching. My students’ awareness of the latest developments in the field better prepares them for the workplace than their peers from other institutions.”

He’s an expert on information systems planning, enterprise systems and e-government. Mirchandani has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. His recent research has been on information systems planning in an uncertain economical environment and the impact of a national culture on IS planning. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Information Systems Programming Club and is the coordinator of the College of Business Administration’s monthly research seminars.

Mirchandani joined the faculty at UMSL in 2002. Prior to that, he served as an assistant professor of management at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich.

He earned a doctoral degree management information systems from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Bombay in India.

The Douglas E. Durand Award for Research Excellence was endowed by the former dean and his wife Tauna in 2001 to recognize significant contributions to research and scholarship by tenure-track faculty in the College of Business Administration at UMSL.


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