Sachin Gupta named Associate Dean
Sachin Gupta, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and professor of marketing, was appointed associate dean for academic affairs effective July 1, 2010. The post was held for three years by Mark Nelson, the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management and professor of accounting. “Mark Nelson served the school admirably as associate dean, but wanted to return to the faculty full-time — I reluctantly agreed,” said Dean Joe Thomas. “I am very pleased that Sachin Gupta has agreed to serve in this capacity, and I enjoy working with him as we continue to advance teaching, research, and thought leadership at Johnson.” Gupta joined the faculty at Johnson in July 2000, and was named to the Henrietta Johnson Louis chair in 2007. He serves as chair of the Faculty Policy Committee, and is a recipient of Johnson’s Faculty Research Award (2006-07), the Apple Award for Teaching Excellence (2007), and the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award (2009).
Johnson announces two new institutes
This fall, Johnson advanced its Strategic Plan by approving two new institutes for the school. The Emerging Markets Institute will focus on expanding our global education, outreach, and research, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute will further the school’s strategy in the growing space of entrepreneurial education and the unique challenges of commercializing innovations. These institutes will support goals Johnson has prioritized to expand on current projects, while enabling generation of what is expected to be game-changing and paradigm-shifting research, business models, and thought leadership in these vital areas of today’s economy. Look for more news about these new institutes in coming months.
Welcome new Johnson faculty
Eugenia C. Wu, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Eugenia Wu’s research focuses on how our emotions and motivations affect the way consumers behave. In a recent project, she explored how societal beliefs about emotion can motivate consumers to select products they would not otherwise choose to consume. In another project, she examined how the need for self-discovery leads individuals to seek out, but not necessarily accept, the feedback they receive and the important consequences this has for subsequent product choice. Wu received her PhD from Duke University. She holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pengqin Gao, Assistant Professor of Finance
Pengqin Gao’s research interests are in the areas of asset pricing, investments, and financial econometrics. His current research focuses on the impact of cross-sectional information transfer on security prices and the applications of characteristic-based covariance measures on portfolio optimization and firms’ expected return. His teaching interests are in financial derivatives, portfolio strategy and investments, and financial econometrics. Gao earned his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and he worked as a research consultant for UBS O’Connor Quantitative Strategies in Chicago.