Faculty and Staff

Program Administration

Elif Akcali, Ph.D.
Interim Director
(352) 294-7726
Patsy Messinger
Associate Director
(352) 392-0982
Tammi Gibson
Academic Assistant II
(352) 392-0928


First Semester:


Jean-Philippe P. Richard
ESI 6314, Deterministic Methods in
Operations Research
(352) 294-7713

Professor and PhD Coordinator, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology 2002; B. S. Applied Mathematics Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

Dr. Richard’s research focuses on the design and application of methods for the global solution of mixed integer linear and nonlinear optimization problems. On the theoretical side, Dr. Richard has designed new cutting planes and formulation improvement procedures for these problems. On the application side, Dr. Richard has developed models and solutions for infrastructure security, radiation therapy and railroad operations. He is the recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Richard has taught a large array of Operations Research classes, mostly in the area of optimization. Before joining the University of Florida faculty, Dr. Richard was an Assistant Professor at Purdue from 2002 to 2008.

Honors and Awards: Sigma Xi Best Dissertation Award at Georgia Institute of Technology (2003), NSF CAREER award (2004), Alan B. Pritsker Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at the School of Industrial Engineering Purdue (2007 and 2008), James H. Greene Graduate Educator Award at the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue (2005 and 2007), IIE Transactions Best Application Paper Award in 2008.

Philip M. Podsakoff
MAN 5245, Organizational Behavior
(352) 273-3033

Visiting Professor of Marketing 

DBA Indiana University; MBA
California State University, Fresno; BS California State University, Fresno

Professor Podsakoff’s research focuses on transformational leadership processes, substitutes for leadership, organizational citizenship behaviors, and issues in field research methodologies. He is a past chair of the Research Methods Group of the Academy of Management, and a former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Editorial Boards: Archives of Scientific Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly.

Honors and Awards: Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2008); Fellow of the Academy of Management (2009); William A. Owens Scholarly  Achievement Award (2005); recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information as one of the “Most Highly Cited Authors” in Economics/Business category (2003-2013); recognized by Science Watch (Current Classics) as lead author of the most-cited paper in the field of Psychology (2008-2011); recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information as the author of two of the 12 most-cited articles published in the field of management; John F. Mee Chair of Management, Indiana University (1996-2013); Lilly Teaching Fellowship (1984); Student Advisory Council Teaching Award (1988); Varsity Club Teaching Award (1988); Mortar  Board/Gold Key Teaching Award (1990); Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award (1993); Max Barney Executive Education Teaching Award (1996); Teaching  Excellence Recognition Award (1997, 1998, 1999); Alpha Kappa Psi Alumni Teaching Award (1994); MBA Teaching Excellence Award (1991, 1995, 2011); MBA Student’s Choice Teaching Award (1998); Ph.D. Exceptional Inspiration & Guidance Award (1993, 2001, 2008); Ph.D. Distinguished Teaching Award (2007, 2009, 2010); Dean’s Citation for Teaching Excellence (1994-2012).

Second Semester:


Sepehr Nemati Proon
ESI 6346, Decision Making under Uncertainty
(352) 294-7701

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; MS, Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology; BS, Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida, Dr. Nemati Proon was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Management Sciences at Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. His research and teaching interests mainly focus on applications of operations research, statistics, economics, and systems analysis to service systems, in particular healthcare delivery systems, and medical decision making.

 Steve Asare
Stephen Kwaku Asare
ACG 5065, Financial and Managerial Accounting
(352) 392-8893

Professor of Accounting (KPMG Professor)

PhD, University of Arizona, 1989; JD (Cum Laude), University of Florida 2006; MBA, Baylor University, 1985; BSc (First Class Honors), University of Ghana, 1982; CFE, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 1996; Florida Bar (admitted 2006).

Professor Asare’s research, which focuses on understanding and improving auditors’ decisions, has appeared in the leading accounting and psychology journals, and has been funded by the AICPA and KPMG Peat Marwick Research Foundation. He is the current editor of the Journal of Accounting Literature. He is also interested in improving governance in transitional democracies. His monograph on the use of criminal law to uphold the Fiduciary Role of Public Officers has been published by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development.

Honors and Awards: Cook Teaching Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, 2003 and 1997; University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, 1999; University of Florida College of Business Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, 1993

Third Semester:
Elif Akçalı
ESI 6323, Models for Supply Chain Management
(352) 294-7726

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Ph.D.,  Purdue University, 2001; M.S., Purdue University, 1996; B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1994.

Elif Akçalı’s research interests lie in the mathematical modeling and analysis of manufacturing planning and control, along with closed-loop and reverse supply chain design and operation problems. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, General Motors R&D, and Motorola, and the outcomes of her research have been published in scholarly journals, including Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and International Journal of Production Research, among others.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Inventory and Supply Chain Systems, and Advanced Production and Inventory Control, courses in the Honors Program, as well as Creative Ideation and Storytelling, and Divergent Thinking in the  Engineering Innovation Institute. She was the 2013-2014 Creative Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Florida. Her residency was in the School of Theater + Dance, where her creative activities explore the interplay between visual and performing arts and engineering to understand how artist engineers address engineering problems and how engineering artists develop installations and performances.

Currently, she is a 2014-2015 Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Elif Akçalı is also a mixed-media artist whose art has been shown nationally and  internationally. Much of her work is deeply rooted in the rich history and the dualities of the cultural environment of her native Turkey.

 John Banko
John Banko
FIN 5405, Business Financial Management
(352) 392-6395

Lecturer of Finance

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2003; B.S.B.A., University of Florida, 1990; CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder.

John Banko is a lecturer of Finance at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He held both faculty and administrative positions at the University of Florida, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Central Florida. He currently serves on board for the Southwest Finance Association, and his research has appeared in the Journal of Business, Financial Management, and Managerial Finance.

At the University of Florida, Professor Banko teaches graduate courses in Debt Portfolio Management, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Active Portfolio Management. He also teaches a CFA® Level I Review Course and other finance courses at the undergraduate level. Dr. Banko has presented and discussed numerous papers at professional meetings. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for academic journals.

Fourth Semester:
Alfredo Garcia
EIN 6176, Advanced Quality Management and Engineering for Business Processes
(352) 294-7708

Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Ph.D., Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan 1997; DEA Diplôme d’Etudes approfondies in Automatic Control, University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse) 1992; Electrical Engineering, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) 1991.

From 1997-2001 Alfredo Garcia worked as consultant to government agencies and private utilities in the electric power industry. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. His research interests include game theory and dynamic optimization with applications in communications and energy networks.

Editorial Board: Associate Editor, Operations Research; Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Honors and Awards: Bankard Fellowship (2002-2003) and (2010-2011)


 Joe Alba
Joseph W. Alba
MAR 5805, Marketing Management
(352) 273-3280

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Marketing

Ph.D., Temple University 1981; BA, SUNY Albany 1976

Professor Alba’s research focuses on various aspects of consumer knowledge, decision making, brand equity, product design, and pricing. His teaching focuses on marketing strategy, new product development, and information processing. He is a past President of the Association of Consumer Research and a former associate editor of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Editorial Boards:
Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Marketing Letters.

Honors and Awards:
Journal of Marketing MSI/Paul Root Award (1997), AMA Louis Stern Award (2005), Journal of Consumer Research Outstanding Article Award (1987, 2003), the Sheth-JCR Foundation Award (2008), JCR Outstanding Reviewer Award (2002, 2003), SCP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (2004), AMA Paul D. Converse Award (2008), Fellow of the Society for Consumer Psychology (2003), Fellow of the American Psychological Association (2003), UF Research Foundation Professor (2005), Phi Beta Kappa (1975), Sigma Xi (1981), Beta Gamma Sigma (1994), Executive MBA Outstanding Teacher Award (2003, 2003, 2007, 2007, 2008, 2009), MBA Elective Outstanding Teacher Award (2002, 2007, 2008)

Fifth Semester:

Various Mentors
EIN 6905, Master’s Project

Dean Kraft
John Kraft
MAN 6721, Business Policy
(352) 392-2398

Professor of Finance and Real Estate
Dean of the College of Business Director, Center for Econometrics & Decision Sciences

Ph.D., 1971; M.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1970; B.S., St. Bonaventure University, 1966

Professor Kraft has been Dean at the University of Florida since 1990. He was Dean at Arizona State University from 1986 to 1990. Professor Kraft was a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow from 1970 to 1973. In addition, he has held positions at several federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Department of Interior, Price Commission, and National Science Foundation. A member of the Board of Directors of Beta Gamma Sigma, Professor Kraft has also served on the Board of Directors of Citibank of Arizona, Greyhound Financial Corporation (a subsidiary of the Greyhound-Dial Corporation), and Kroy, Inc.