Purdue Trustees ratify 2 Purdue Calumet faculty members as named professors
HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees recently ratified Purdue University Calumet faculty members Kuan-Chou Chen as the Thomas M. McDermott, Sr. Professor in Economic Development and Cyril Pat Obi as the White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Both professors are Munster residents.
Chen, a professor and head of the Department of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics, as well as interim head of Graduate Studies in Education, joined Purdue Calumet in 2002. He also served as acting head of the Department of Accounting during the 2007-08 academic year. His areas of research include computer simulation modeling, data mining, information security, business intelligence and economic development modeling.
“While a named professorship is an honor to receive, just knowing that I have helped a student in his or her educational journey is truly reward enough,” Chen said. “I am one of those prosperous faculty who goes home knowing I that I am making a difference in northwest Indiana by being an educator. My greatest reward is being a professor with this opportunity.”
Chen has developed more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed information systems, economics and management journals and serves as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning.
He is a former assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and Bowling Green State University. He also has been a project manager and information analyst at Electronic Data Systems.
Chen earned his baccalaureate and MBA degrees from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his doctorate from Michigan State University,
Obi, a Purdue Calumet faculty member since 1989, is a professor of finance and a frequent presenter about financial-related topics. His research areas include corporate financial analysis, financial planning, business valuation and risk management.
“I’m exceedingly honored and humbled by this recognition, being mindful that it is a far cry from my highest expectations when I joined the Purdue faculty more than 20 years ago,” he said. “The White Lodging Professor of Finance endowment is particularly significant for me, because of the additional doors of opportunities it opens for me in my scholarly and professional endeavors in the hospitality industry.”
Obi was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Global Business and Technology International Conference in Helsinki, Finland. He has received the Outstanding Professor Award of Purdue Calumet’s MBA for Executives Program eight times.
Additionally, he has earned research awards from the Academy of Finance, Institute for Global Business and Finance, Association for Global Business, and Applied Business Research. He has more than 50 scholarly publications and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Economic Studies (JBES) and Journal of Global Business and Technology (JGBAT). He is the author of Basics of Business Finance, a Lithuanian language college textbook, and is completing a general-purpose financial book entitled, We Must Change the Way We Live.
Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Obi joined a team of American professors in an annual volunteer teaching assistance at Université Nouvelle Grandé Anse in Jéremié, Haiti. He also has served as a visiting scholar at various overseas universities.
Obi holds a baccalaureate degree from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria, an MBA from Texas State University and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He delivered the first of Purdue Calumet’s annual Faculty Lectures in 2010. He also received Purdue Calumet’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2000.
The Thomas M. McDermott, Sr., Professorship for Economic Development endowment was established in 2005 by the City of Hammond. The White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism endowment was created in 2010 by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.