The faculty who teach in the Texas MSBA program come from multiple departments at McCombs including Marketing, Supply Chain, Accounting, Finance, and MIS, as well as the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
Dr. Michael Hasler
MSBA Program Director
Michael Hasler is a Senior Lecturer at the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Information, Risk, and Operations Management department. He is also the Program Director for the MS program in Business Analytics and a fellow in the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence.
The bulk of his professional experience was in the auto industry in Supply Chain and Operations, and he moved to high technology in the semiconductor equipment industry with Applied Materials in Austin, Texas. While at Applied he helped launch their Supply Chain Management activity, led operations for a $1 billion division, and was the Head of Global Materials Operations before leaving in 2003. As one of the operations executives at Applied, he was chosen to help create and lead Applied Materials’ Leadership Development program, and it was this experience that led to his PhD in Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University in 2009.
A native of the Midwestern US, Michael (Mike) Hasler grew up in Indiana and Michigan, and has lived throughout the Great Lakes region. With his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Mike spent over twenty years in the auto industry working for a few different companies including General Motors and Nissan; as well as owning a company that was part of the auto, defense, and engineering industries. During this time, he attended the University of Virginia as a GM Fellow, where he obtained a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering. Mike and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of two adult children—Adam and Whitney—and live in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Dr. Prabhudev Konana
Dr. Prabhudev Konana is the William H. Seay Centennial Professor of Information Management and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the McCombs School of Business. His research interests are in databases, sentiment extraction from virtual communities, business value of IT, and outsourcing and offshoring. He graduated with an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1991 and 1995, respectively.
Prabhudev is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teacher, the highest teaching award at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011 and outstanding professor award from graduating classes of Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Students in 2011 and 2012. He is consistently selected to the Faculty Honor Roll by both MBA and UG student councils, and more recently to the “Professor of the Month” award given by the Senate of College Councils.
Prabhudev has received numerous teaching and research awards. He received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and NSF Information Technology Research grant. His research is also supported by grants from IBM, Intel and Dell. He has published over hundred papers in journals, magazines, and conference proceedings including Sloan Management Review, Management Science, Information Systems Research, and numerous IEEE journals. His paper on virtual communities received the Best Published Paper award for 2007 from the prestigious Information Systems Research journal. He is a co-founder of a non-profit organization to support primary education in India. He frequently writes for a leading English daily in India on social and economic issues.
Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan
Dr. Rajagopalan has a unique blend of academic and industry experience. Ramesh has made significant impact at various companies, including most recently at Dell, in a number of business critical areas including advanced analytics, supply chain management, cloud computing, operations management, and information technology. He is a seasoned academician with over a decade of undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, scholarship and service in large, small, private and public university settings. Recognition of his academic excellence includes tenured appointment, grants from agencies such as NSF & NREL, corporate collaborations and publications in leading journals.
Throughout his 18+ years of corporate experience, Ramesh distinguished himself as a versatile leader. His work was recognized with VP awards on multiple occasions for “outside the box” innovation, and leading high impact initiatives with revenue impact of $200-$300 million. His experience includes leadership positions at Dell, IBM, and Deloitte. He is currently a senior faculty at the prestigious McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. He is passionate about blending his vast industry experience into his teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses. He will continue to focus on advancing the application and adoption of Analytics through research fostered by industry-university partnerships.
Frenkel Ter Hofstede
Frenkel Ter Hofstede is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD at Wageningen University and spent four years on the faculty of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University.
His substantive research interests are in market segmentation, international marketing, new product development, branding, and direct marketing. His methodological interests are in developing and applying methodologies to solve problems in the above-mentioned substantive areas, with a special interest in Mixture Models, Bayesian Analysis, and Markov Chain Monte Carlo estimation methods.
Frenkel's papers appeared in Economics Letters, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Classification, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Marketing Science. For his research, he was awarded the John Hardkin award for best peer reviewed article published in Marketing Research, the William F. O'Dell award for outstanding article in the Journal of Marketing Research, and the CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. His papers have been nominated for academic awards, including the Paul E. Green Award, IJRM best paper award, and John D.C. Little Award.
Frenkel has taught courses in global marketing, marketing principles, marketing research methodology, marketing information and analysis, and marketing models. He received several teaching awards, including the award for best teacher in the undergraduate program at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. At the University of Texas at Austin, he received a university wide award for teaching innovativeness, the 2006 teaching innovation award at the McCombs School of Business and the Lockheed-Martin teaching excellence award.