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Dr. Ramesh K.S. Rao

Dr. Ramesh K.S. Rao

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Dima Yazji Shamoun, Ph.D.

Dima Yazji Shamoun, Ph.D.

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Dima Shamoun is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and the Assistant Director of the Wealth Management Center at the McCombs School of Business, where she teaches economics in the MBA and BBA programs. Dima has been with UT Austin since she joined the Department of Economics as a Lecturer and the Center for Politics & Governance as the Associate Director of Research in May of 2016. She has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate students in introductory and advanced courses since spring 2011. She also serves on the MBA Programs Committee and the Wealth Management Student Recruiting and Placement Committee.  

Prior to joining UT, she held the positions of a Graduate Lecturer at George Mason University (GMU), Research Fellow at the GMU Mercatus Center, and a part-time Assistant Professor of Economics at Southwestern University.

Dima was born in Damascus, Syria, and earned her BA in mathematics and economics, and her Ph.D. in economics, from GMU in Virginia. Her research focus is in law and economics, political economy, and risk assessment and she has published articles in the Journal of Public Choice, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Health Physics, the Journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, and she is a co-editor of a two-volume anthology of Macroeconomics. 

William Way

William J. Way

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  • Associate Chair, Department of Finance
  • Professor of Instruction
  • Program Advisor, McCombs Real Estate Program
  • Academic Coordinator, McCombs Wealth Management Program


MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989
BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980

William Way is the Associate Chair of the Department of Finance and a Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches corporate finance. Professor Way also serves as the Program Advisor for the Texas McCombs Real Estate Program and the Academic Coordinator for the Texas McCombs Wealth Management Program.

Prior to joining the UT faculty in 2004, Professor Way held teaching positions at Austin Community College, Southwestern University, and St. Edward’s University. In addition to his academic background, he has over 30 years of experience in the corporate sector and currently serves as the Chairman and CFO of Vista-Scape, Inc., a landscape contracting and service company. 

Professor Way is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner®. In addition, he holds the industry designations of Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor. 

Professor Way was the Finance Department Nominee for the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Teaching Excellence Award for 2008-2009 and 2016-2017. He was recognized as a member of the McCombs School Faculty Honor Roll in 2006, 2007, and 2020. Professor Way received the Outstanding Adjunct Award from St. Edward’s University Graduate Programs in 2000.

Professor Way was voted the Favorite Faculty Member of the McCombs School of Business Class of 2009. In 2011, he was recognized by Delta Sigma Pi, an academic fraternity, for his outstanding service and contribution to The University of Texas. During the fall 2018 semester, Professor Way completed the University of Texas Executive Management and Leadership Program (UTEMLP).

Ian Ishak

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