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While Willumstad School faculty members are expert and dedicated teachers, they also connect the classroom experience meaningfully for our students with their own passion for scholarly work. They conduct fascinating and useful research, publishing descriptions and results of their work in books and learned journals. You can read about their findings and insights here.

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Climate change has been identified in many quarters as the existential crisis facing all of mankind. It has been estimated that the world needs to spend between $1.6 trillion and $3.8 trillion every year to honor the commitments of the Paris climate agreement. Robert Goldberg, clinical associate professor of finance, and Mariano Torras, PhD, professor of economics and department chair, have proposed that a fund be set up by the government to pay for the costs associated with carrying out the changes needed to halt global warming.


Annually, worldwide, 1.3 million tons of garbage go into landfills. Reducing such waste is one reason behind the growth of “alternative giving,” where people share and exchange products instead of throwing them away. Fan Liu, PhD, assistant professor of marketing, and Zachary Johnson, PhD, associate professor of marketing, studied this growing practice and found that it, enabled by social media and networks, benefits the broader society.


Nearly 250 million people in India do not have access to electricity. Creating the infrastructure to connect them to the power grid is a costly and challenging project. Gita Surie, PhD, professor of management, has been studying how an ecosystem for providing renewable energy for the world’s poorest people living in rural areas can be created that will both safeguard the environment and improve social and economic conditions in India.


When GM, the auto manufacturer, is planning the next quarter's production of its Sierra Denali pickup, it needs to be able to accurately predict the timely delivery of parts and components—from its other units and external suppliers. The company does this by using a computer simulation or a model which tries to mimic the real world. In reality, managers often don't have accurate or complete data to build the model. Eunji Lim, PhD, assistant professor of decision sciences, has addressed this problem by developing an algorithm that takes care of the problem of insufficient data.

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