Our New Faculty Mean Business

In one of the most ambitious and rigorous hiring efforts in its history, Menlo College has leapt forward in rededicating itself to the goal of business school preeminence. As a result, students are not only provided with additional highly-qualified full-time faculty, but also they have direct access to new research and real-world business practice. We are proud to introduce these outstanding professionals and academicians.

Dr. Soumendra De, Professor of Finance, comes to Menlo College from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at the University of Evansville. Having taught internationally, his research interests include global capital markets with an emphasis on Asia and Europe. Dr. De received his doctorate in Finance from Southern Illinois University, a master's in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jan Jindra, Assistant Professor of Finance, most recently has been a Senior Manager at Cornerstone Research. He performed litigation related applied research in finance and trained new consultants in the areas of securities class action lawsuits and finance. His past and current research focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, corporate governance, and securities laws.

Dr. Jindra received his doctorate in Finance from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Dr. Yao Tian, Assistant Professor of Accounting, joins us from the School of Business at the University of Alberta, Canada where she taught managerial accounting. Her research interests are in empirical capital market research in the use of accounting and financial information in the stock market, and the quality of earnings and analyst forecasts, management manipulation, and firm valuation. Dr. Tian received her doctorate in Accounting from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor's degree of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jian James Ma, Instructor of Management Information Systems, has taught at Menlo as an adjunct instructor since 2008. Before then he was at the University of Arizona where he taught software design and integration; information systems analysis and design; and data structures and algorithms. He also brings to teaching experience as a scientist, project manager, systems engineer, and software and web developer. Mr. Ma will receive his doctorate in Management Information Systems (late 2009) from the University of Arizona. He completed his master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, and his bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Peking University, Beijing, China.

Dr. David Meader, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, has taught at UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and the University of Arizona. He has lectured and published extensively in the areas of multimedia conferencing and group systems. He served as Director of the MBA Field Studies Program and MIS Undergraduate Studies at University of Arizona. Principal of Meader Consulting Group, he received his doctorate in Computer Information Systems, a master's degree in Organizational Psychology, and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in International Business from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.