Dr. Mangal is Executive Director for the Easton Technology Management Center and Research Director for the Business and Information Technologies (BIT) project at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She taught Big Data as an Emerging Technologies and Markets course at UCLA Anderson. She teaches Big Data to executives in global universities. Dr Mangal spoke about Big Data and participated in a Q&A with a Silicon Beach Startup on 'Concept to Code' on the youtube channel for the City of Santa Monica.She is on the board of the IS Associates. She is on the Advisory Board of the Technology Management Program for UCLA Extension, an Inaugural Board member of the LA Media Lab , and is a cofounder and board member of the Women's Initiative Network (WIN). Through talks and mentoring, she guides students interested in STEM careers. As Executive Director, she has played a key role in the setting the strategy and direction for the Easton Center for the nearly 600 student affiliates and helped raise $14 million in funds. The curriculum has made Anderson a school of choice for MBAs interested in tech careers with nearly 30% MBA students being placed in tech companies. As Research Director of BIT, Dr Mangal has given talks at domestic and global conferences, published several papers and articles in journals and magazines, many in collaboration with global researchers. She has published four books (2007, 2009, 2012, 2016).
Vandana has participated in panels and given talks, including at the UCLA Photonics Conference, Investor Festival in Silicon Beach, Digital Entertainment World Conference, California Clean Conference, the India Conference and the Women's Business Conference. She has served as judge for case and venture competitions such as those hosted by TechWeek LA, Plug and Play, Google, Southern California Edison and Applied Management Research. She has been involved in conducting case studies. She has served as the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Engineering Management and Economics titled 'Technology, Operations and Strategy in Innovation and Entrepreneurship'. She is the recipient of several awards for research and programs including from the University of California's Industry-University Cooperative Research Program. She is a 5-time recipient of the UCLA Anderson School Local Award given for exemplary performance.
Before joining UCLA, Dr Mangal has worked in the industry, in big tech (Intel Corp) and consulting (AE Business Solutions). She has taught technology related classes as Adjunct/Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Business and at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville's Computer Science department. She completed her PhD from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University; her undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering from PEC University of Technology.
Dr. Mangal's interests include technology management, big data, internet of things, sharing economy, information systems related to globalization, services, entrepreneurship, operations in the areas of insurance, mortgage and retail with the intersection of technology and business being of special interest. She has published three books and papers in many journals and magazines. Dr Mangal has served as speaker and chair at several conferences.
International Program Committee, 13th Global Conference on Flexible Systems Management
Advisory Board, UCLA Advanced Degree Consulting Club
Program Committee for Service Management and Marketing, Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII) Conference 2012
Four time recipient, UCLA Anderson School Local Award given for exemplary performance
PhD Thesis External Evaluator - National Institute of Technology, India, 2013-14
International Evaluator for Doctoral thesis - Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2012-13
Mentor, Santa Monica Youth Technology Program, 2012
Admissions Ambassador - Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-12
PhD Thesis External Examiner - DMS-IIT Delhi, India
Project Advisor - Globally Distributed Work (AMPM3) Program Participant, 2010
Guest editor of the special issue titled 'Technology, Operations and Strategy in Innovation and Entrepreneurship' in the International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2011, Vol 2, Iss 2/3