Professor Ramesh Sharda works as a Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair scholarship holder at the Department of Information and Service Management
The Fulbright Finland foundation is aimed at promoting wider exchange of knowledge and professional expertise between Finland and the United States through educational links. The foundation develops and manages scholarship programmes for students, researchers and professionals in different fields and provides internationalisation services to support high-quality mobility as well as higher education and research cooperation.
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean of the School of Business, is in the board of Fulbright Finland. ‘Fulbright has a highly valued brand in the USA, which helps it attract high-quality visitors to Finland and Aalto. Finns, on the other hand, should explore Fulbright Finland’s scholarship programmes,’ says Korkeamäki.
Fulbright Finland grants scholarships to American researchers and students arriving in Finland. In March, the School of Business welcomed professor Ramesh Sharda in the position of Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair. His scholarship covers four months.
Ramesh Sharda is Professor of Information Systems Sciences and Vice-Dean responsible for research at the Oklahoma State Spears School of Business. He studies the analytics applications of information systems and, during his stay, has worked on the final touches on a new version of his analytics textbook ‘Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Science: A Managerial Perspective’, which is largely used in the USA. Professor Sharda has actively participated in the department’s research seminars, and he held an open public lecture on the business applications of AI at the department together with Silo.ai’s Peter Sarlin, Professor of Practice, and Eeva Vilkkumaa, Assistant Professor.
Ramesh Sharda also taught a class in Network Science and Analytics in support of the new Master's Programme in Business Analytics as well as the Master's Programme in Information and Service Management. The class included a guest presentation by an Aalto University School of Business alumnus Dr. Kimmo Korkeamäki who founded a successful financial networks analysis company FNA. In addition, Dr. Sharda was also featured in an Aalto podcast series entitled Operations Leadership where he shared his insights on analytics, industries that have been at the forefront in the adoption of analytics tools, and two interesting case examples in developing analytics capabilities – Walmart Logistics and OSU’s Medical Innovation Center work in healthcare analytics.
Professor Matti Rossi has served as Sharda’s host at the School of Business. ‘I am sure this visit will lead into long-term collaboration with Professor Sharda,’ he says.
In addition to Professor Sharda, the Aalto University School of Science and School of Engineering currently host the following researchers as Fulbright guests:
Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program:
- Kash Barker
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Fulbright U.S. Student Program:
- Nicholas Zdroy
- Jade Roberts
Computer, Communication, and Information Sciences
- Irina Wang
Department of Information and Service Management
The Department of Information and Service Management refers to the creative use of information and digital technology in business and the move from industrial to service dominant forms of production.