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Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Sameer Prasad

Department: Information Technology & Supply Chain Management

What was your favorite subject in school & why?

Math/Science – why because it was so logical to me. However, I found English to be very difficult given the number of exceptions.  I found French and Italian to be more logical. I attended a British school and the “O-level” is the end point to test for English. I passed with flying colors and was one of my proudest moments in life.

What were you doing before you came to Whitewater?

I was a faculty member at the University of Texas- PanAmerican. Before that I was at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.

What made you want to teach?

I like interacting with students/people. I feel it is an honor and a duty to teach.

What research are you currently working on?

  • Looking at “rag-pickers” in mega-cities of the developing world. Trying to improve their incomes and health. Indirect benefits include higher recycling rate.
  • Using supply chain models to bring quality education and reduce malnutrition in rural communities in the developing world.
  • Experiments involving bamboo plantation as way to treat “grey water”, provide income and fuel to poor communities in the third world.

What do you like to do outside of the College of Business & Economics?

I like to keep fit and balanced by swimming regular and doing yoga. I also serve on an non-profit board which supports about 15 developmental  projects a year including education, health care, income generation, environmental activities, empowerment and disaster relief.

What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

I speak Italian fluently and love to cook/eat good Italian food.

What is something about teaching that was unexpected when you first began?

The first class I taught was introduction to statistics. I realized the important of understanding the fundamentals. Also, noticed the value of communicating ideas/concepts in very simple and discrete ways.

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One Response to Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Sameer Prasad

  1. Ron Thorn says:

    Just finished a very long session with a group of kids in India helping me get rid of a Trojan that attacked my network.
    Dealing with them brought back fond memories of a young colleague I had years ago. Glad to see you’re still teaching. Hope you and your brilliant and beautiful wife are doing well.


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