Technology Leadership - 4 units
Chris Christensen (MS, MBA) is the president of Christensen Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm in Playa del Rey, California.
For three decades, Chris Christensen was a program and project manager in the aerospace, high technology components manufacturing, and systems integration industries. In addition, Mr. Christensen has worked both as an intelligence analyst and a consultant to government agencies collecting and analyzing data to predict future events.In 1992, Mr. Christensen launched Christensen Associates, Inc., to train executives, managers, and senior staff in effective business management. He coaches executive teams, facilitates off-site retreats, and leads on-site workshops in forecasting future business and technological breakthroughs, strategic planning, new product development, and competitive intelligence.
Mr. Christensen is a certified Program Management Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Certified Quality Manager. He teaches courses in strategic planning, competitive intelligence, and futures research at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. He is the co-author of the ASQ Handbook for the Certified Quality Process Analyst and is the author of Solving Organizational Problems.
Entrepreneurship and New Product Development - 4 units
Farhad Rostamian is a seasoned product and business executive successful in scaling technology products from early stage to global leadership position. Currently he is a lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaching courses in Entrepreneurship and New Product Development. Guided by his industry experience, he incorporates many relevant and real world examples of products and companies in his teaching. He has a deep understanding of technology products for the consumer market, and has successfully launched more than 25 such products generating $500 million in annual revenue.
While at Photobit /Micron, Farhad was responsible for all the marketing functions and the product line for smart phone cameras, garnering rapid growth and achieving 35% market share. In that role, he established long-term and highly profitable business across several product lines with industry giants such as Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Apple. At Interlink Electronics, where he held sensor division P&L responsibility, he revamped the work process and established a new business strategy. Farhad directed and positioned the division to offer customized sensors to the consumer electronics and medical device industries capturing customers such as Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Minimed. More recently, Farhad lived and worked in China modernizing and managing the operations of a Chinese consumer products company.His leadership skills span from working with executive teams on business planning and strategy to building global teams and application centers for rapid customer acquisition and design-wins. He elicits his multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary competencies in order to build consensus and momentum within cross-functional teams. He invigorates collaboration across the organization and around a shared vision, while driving both top and bottom lines.Farhad has substantial international business and operations experience across Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has written industry white papers, and is a recognized thought leader on sensors and small cameras. He has represented several companies in conferences and been a speaker on various panels. He holds an MBA and advanced degrees in engineering from UCLA, and five patents. His interests include worldwide travel (40+ countries), scuba diving (250 dives), and gourmet cooking.
Introduction to Data Management and Analytics, Big Data and Small Data - 4 units
Farnoosh Forouzandeh has been working in Information Technology for over 14 Years as an IT manager, software engineer, web developer, and BI developer. She is currently working at Woodbury University leading technical initiatives related to business intelligence, system integration, data modeling, and system architecture design. She has extensive data management and architecture experiences utilizing leading databases platforms such as MS-SQL, MySQL and Oracle. In addition to all of her business and technical experiences, Farnoosh has previously taught university-level database and SQL courses that lead to Bachelor of Science degree in IT engineering.
Farnoosh holds a master degree in Advanced Computer Science and Information Technologies Management from The University of Manchester and bachelor's degree in IT Engineering.