The UCLA Anderson School IS Ph.D. program, one of the first to be established by a major business school, had some 56 graduates, the first in 1971, the last in 2009. Over almost four decades, these grads assumed academic positions in universities and colleges throughout the world, as well as non-academic research positions in both industry and government. Many achieved leadership positions and made significant contributions to the field. Here we feature short news items and basic contact information for our grads. For further information on IS organizations/people around the world (including many of our IS alumni) see the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
If you are one of our alums and have a news item or update to share, please email us. Include your current professional position and affiliation plus your email and complete web page addresses (alumni news is updated once or twice annually).
See the UCLA Anderson Alumni website for further information regarding their activities and programs.
Information Systems Doctoral Program Alumni
Following are our Doctoral Program Alumni since 1970:
News from Our Alumni
Please submit your news items/upates to: firstname.lastname@example.org
||||| Gordon Wong
After working as a health insurance company medical director in the Clinical Informatics area for 10 years, I decided to have a career change again. Now I am a solo practice primary care physician in Southern California. My current role in IT is mainly as a (frustrated) user of various clinical and administrative systems.
I hope to be looking at retirement in a few years. One of my post-retirement goals is to return to school and teach part-time. Having seen things from both sides of the field (clinical medicine vs. health IT), I hope that my experience can offer some insights to clinicians and IT professionals on how to bridge these two fields.
||||| David Firth
I'll give a brief update on what's been happening on my end:
1) I am now a full Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Montana. I have tenure also.
2) I continue to be the Warren and Betsy Wilcox Faculty Fellow.
3) I was just awarded the MIS Teaching award from our MIS students.
4) The MIS major here is very successful. We are not growing any more, having stabilized right around where our classes are almost all full all the time. We place almost 50% of our students into Information Systems consulting firms (KPMG, where I used to work, being the major one). On average our grads make the most money.
On a more personal note, I still love being in Montana. My kids are now 14 and 12 and doing very well indeed.
||||| Ping Wang
Last December I had a great time attending ICIS in Auckland and touring New Zealand afterwards. Here is my photo album for this trip: http://bit.ly/1Byr6zj.
At the upcoming 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver, Canada, on August 10, I will present a new paper in the session "Rethinking Information Systems and Digital Innovation," where Professor Burt Swanson and IS doctoral alum Professor Neil Ramiller will also be presenting their new papers.
||||| Yutaka Yamauchi
I have been studying services. So I ran into Steve Kwan-we organized a conference in San Jose earlier this month. As soon as we learned that we were both students of Burt, it did not take us long to figure out what to write together. Since I came back to Kyoto, I have been studying service encounters by videotaping actual interactions between providers and customers. You can get the general idea in this TEDx talk that I gave a few weeks ago. I gave a similar talk at Anderson Japan Chapter Speaker Series last week.