Department: Information Technology & Supply Chain Management
What was your favorite subject in school & why?
Math/Science â€“ why because it was so logical to me. However, I found English to be very difficult given the number of exceptions.Â I found French and Italian to be more logical. I attended a British school and the â€śO-levelâ€ť 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 â€śrag-pickersâ€ť 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 â€śgrey waterâ€ť, 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 developmentalÂ 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.