Undergraduate research mentors in business:
Dr. Tahir Ekin - Computer Information Systems & Quantitative Methods
Research Interests: statistics, analytics, data mining, medical fraud, fraud detection, simulation based stochastic optimization, Bayesian modeling, resource allocation, optimization.
Bio: Tahir Ekin is the Brandon Dee Roberts Professor and an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in McCoy College of Business, Texas State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences from The George Washington University (GWU) and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. His teaching experience include the areas of statistics, data mining and analytics.
His research interests include simulation based stochastic optimization, Bayesian modeling, statistical medical fraud assessment and operations research applications in resource allocation. He was the recipient for ASA/NISS y-Bis 2016 Best Paper Award. His work has been published in a number of academic journals including Decision Analysis, Naval Research Logistics, The American Statistician, Health Care Management Science and Reliability Engineering & System Safety. He has been involved with many successful internal and external grants worth more than $500,000 including a National Science Foundation grant. He was invited to present in various conferences including the meetings sponsored by Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and The International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics (ISBIS).
Prior to joining Texas State University, he was teaching business statistics at GWU School of Business and working as a statistician at Integrated Management Services. He has been involved in developing solutions for practical problems using tools of Operations Research and Statistics in diverse areas as financial risk management, demand management, health care fraud detection, supply chain management and manufacturing for companies including IFC (World Bank), Carlsberg and Procter & Gamble. Currently, he also serves as the Vice President for ISBIS and Program Chair of Young Business and Industrial Statisticians. Please see his personal website, www.tahirekin.com, for more details.
Dr. Francis Mendez - Computer Information Systems & Quantitative Methods
Research Interests: Statistical Data Analysis, Exploratory Data Analysis and Management Science.
Bio: Dr. Francis A. Méndez Mediavilla is an Full Professor of Statistics in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods at Texas State University – San Marcos. Dr. Méndez Mediavilla has been at Texas State University since July 2005.
Dr. Méndez Mediavilla received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2005. He holds a BBA in Finance, Management Information Systems and an MBA in Quantitative Methods from the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently a member of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics; serves as a reviewer for the European Journal of Industrial Engineering, and as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Inter Metro Business Journal. He has published in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, British Journal of Management, the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, and the IEEE Transactions in Semiconductor Manufacturing among others. In the early 1990’s he worked in the area of MIS as a consultant, programmer (C language and FoxPro) for the government and for the banking industry. In the late 1990’s he worked as a junior statistician doing consulting for the government and for health insurance companies.
Dr. Jaymeen Shah - Computer Information Systems & Quantitative Methods
Research Interests: Research interests: Computer mediated communication, Strategic use of IT, and Supply Chain Management.
Dr. Janet Hale - Finance and Economics
Research Interests: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainability in triple bottom line, commercial law, applied research on campus, community and IH 35 corridor.
Bio: Dr. Janet Riola Hale holds her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Saint Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches Business Law at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in the Department of Finance and Economics at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Germany and Jiao Tong University in China.
Dr. Hale focuses on commercial, international and sustainability laws at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas where she was co-captain of a nationally ranked Division-I swim team; and, her Master of Arts degree is from Baylor University where Dr. Hale specialized in classical aesthetics.
Dr. Floyd Quinn - Management
Research Interests: Organizational Behavior, Organizational Performance, Managerial Effectiveness, Team Dynamics, Employee Development.
Bio: Dr. Floyd Quinn currently works as a full-time lecturer in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University. Prior to his employment with McCoy College, he was a lecturer in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio, TX. He has also instructed in the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies department of the School of Applied Arts at Texas State University and participated in a summer program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research broadly focuses on the characteristics of environments that encourage and influence individuals and groups to perform at their highest levels. This exploration is approached from the perspective of adult learning and includes workplace and academic settings where external factors play a role in affecting motivation, commitment, and performance. He has written extensively on this topic, contributing to a textbook as well as publishing numerous articles on the subject. He is the recipient of the 2016 Jerome L. Neuner Award for Excellence in Professional Scholarly Publication from the American Association of University Administrators as well as the 2016 College Achievement Award for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities from Texas State University. Dr. Quinn served as Senior Administrator and MBA Program Director at Texas Health and Science University where, among his other duties, he was responsible for curriculum development and program accreditation. He has also served as Associate Director of Human Resources at Texas State University, Human Resources Consultant to the Texas State Auditor providing consulting services to the Governor's Office, state legislature, as well as state agencies and public universities. He also served as Corporate Director of Human Resources at Surrey, Inc., and Divisional Human Resources Manager for the software company, Activant, with HR management responsibilities in Austin, TX and Pleasanton, CA.