My research agenda takes advantage of my educational background. The first area of research is supply chain networks equilibrium. In this research stream, I model supply chain networks to understand the interactions of agents who act in their own self-interest and their impact to business and society. A broad class of research question in this area is motivated by the interaction between supply chain networks and sustainable and responsible decision-making. The focus in my second area of research is on Blockchain technology contributions in the supply chain networks. Blockchain, as a new disruptive technology, has the potential to drastically change the environment in which supply chain networks operate. My research focuses on understanding, defining, and addressing proper barriers and enablers in adapting and governing this technology as well as analyzing and modeling the economic interaction between parties involved in a blockchain-based supply chain. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted me to start my third research stream which projects my supply chain management expertise in practical implementation for manufacturing industries. This stream is related to my two recently funded grants supported by NSF and EDA to enable accelerated paths to manufacture of competitive products in crisis times. Project-based learning curriculum at WPI facilitates my future plan to establish relationships with companies and use the skills that I have gained to conduct additional empirical research.
My teaching goal is to create the conditions under which my students can reach their fullest potential as scholars and to foster thoughtful, critical, engaged, and independent thinkers. I push my students to ask questions of themselves, each other, and me. I try to create an environment in which respectful debate is encouraged. I make every effort to set clear grading standards, offer intentional feedback, and connect students to supportive services. I also try to be creative and develop learning environments that will help my students synthesize and apply key course concepts. As an educator, this is what I believe and strive for.