Named Professorships

The College of Business’s intellectual contributions are enhanced through several named professorships.  Scholars with national and international reputation are appointed to these positions.  These faculty members initiate and maintain highly visible programs of activities that stimulate research and educational activities with industry and professional associations.

chen-k14Kuan Chen, Thomas M. McDermott, Sr. Professor in Economic Development.  Dr. Chen is a professor and department head of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics, as well as interim head of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Purdue Calumet. Chair of the research board at Purdue Calumet in 2011-12, he also served as acting head of the Department of Accounting in 2007-08.

Prior to joining Purdue Calumet in 2002, Chen worked at Electronic Data Systems as project manager and information analyst. He also served as assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and Bowling Green State University.

His research areas include computer simulation modeling, data mining, information security, business intelligence and economic development modeling. He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed information systems, economics and management journals and serves as editor-in-chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning.

He earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his doctorate from Michigan State University.

The Thomas M. McDermott, Sr., Professorship for Economic Development endowment was created in 2005 by the city of Hammond, Ind.

obi-p14Pat Obi, White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Dr. Obi is a professor of finance at Purdue Calumet, where he has been since 1989 when he was an assistant professor of finance.

His research areas include corporate financial analysis, financial planning, business valuation and risk management. He has more than 40 scholarly research publications in academic journals and is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Business and Economic Research.

Obi was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Global Business and Technology International Conference in Helsinki and has received the Outstanding Professor Award for the MBA Executives Program at Purdue Calumet eight times. He also was the recipient of the first Faculty Lecturer Award in 2010 and Teacher of the Year in 2000, both at Purdue Calumet.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria, his MBA from Texas State University and his doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

The White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism endowment was created in 2010 by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.