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Frank Aguilera, PhD Department Chair

Dr. Frank Aguilera is a senior engineer at NASA. His 40 plus year career has included positions in private industry and Department of Defense. His varied assignments have been as a researcher for technology developments and as manager of various state-of-the-art technologies and aircraft developments.

Early in his career he worked in wind-tunnel and flight test experiments of various advanced aircraft. In his mid-career he conducted operational testing of GPS receivers during initial constellation deployment. And he managed the development of an experimental aircraft. Most recently he has been involved in drone developments and associated autonomy research. One of his responsibilities at NASA includes overseeing aircraft airworthiness and flight safety.

Dr. Aguilera has been teaching at ITU for several years in both the DBA and MBA programs. Dr. Aguilera is a member of the following professional associations, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Fel Anthony Amistad, MBA/JD Adjunct Faculty

Fel Anthony Amistad, MBA/JD
Office Hours

30 minutes before class and by appointment

Experienced Professor, Civic and community leader, Prof. Fel Anthony Amistad has a long list of accomplishments. Amistad is a holder of a Juris Doctorate and is a retired corporate executive with a business-law background. Amistad has over 25 years training in real estate and marketing, business and finance, and commercial and corporate finance. Prof. Amistad has 2 decades of experience in international finance, real estate investments, marketing, and corporate executive leadership. He is a licensed real estate broker with the California Bureau of Real Estate. He has negotiated multi-million dollar transactions, from condominium sales to commercial sales. He is also a licensed mortgage loan officer, originating tens of million of dollars in real estate financing.

Prof. Amistad was past CEO of City Bankers Mortgage Company, One Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA. He was also past President and General Manager Realty World- California Properties. He was past President and Real Estate Broker for Stanford Realty and Stanford Capital Finance, Burlingame, California. Among his volunteer work, Amistad served on the Board of San Mateo County FilAm Chamber of Commerce, on the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, Human Services Agency (2007-2013), and on Hillsdale High School Foundation volunteer committee. He is active in the non-profit sector where he served on the Stanford Alumni Association fundraising committee, PTA associations of San Mateo schools, and in other civic groups (past president of Lions Club, JayCees, District 15, Civil Grand Juror alternate, San Mateo County.) He is a member of the NAR, National Association of Realtors, CAR, California Association of Realtors, and SAMCAR, San Mateo County Association of Realtors. Prof. Amistad also worked for the Contra Costa Unlawful Detainer Action legal defense group.

A graduate of Stanford University, Prof. Amistad holds an advanced Master of Business Administration degree (MBA); University of Phoenix; JD, California Southern University; PhD, California Pacific University (2015) and BA Stanford University; University of San Diego credit, Microbusiness Technical Advisor, SBA and business loan specialist; and Post-masters degree certificate in Public Administration, Northcentral University.

Prof. Amistad was appointed a State Commissioner by California Governor Jerry Brown on Nov. 24, 2015. He serves as a Board member of the Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (Dept. of Consumer Affairs).

Publications: University of Phoenix, Management Strategies, Models and Business AdministrationAsian Journal Newspaper, Editorial and Community Writer, Journalist (since 2003-2013); SF Examiner and Independent Newspaper Business and Real Estate Section Editorial Columnist; 2014-current.

Barbara Arnoldussen, MBA Adjunct Faculty RN and PHN

Barbara Arnoldussen is an educator and a writer. She has taught at International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose, California since 2009. She received ITU's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013. Her books include “First Year Nurse” and “Change Your Career: Nursing as Your New Profession.” She is a reviewer of “Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, 3rd edition,” and is on its editorial board.

Barbara earned her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at ITU, writing her dissertation on key factors of health management, focusing on eHealth education and self-care confidence. Her MBA from San Jose State University concentrated on program and project management. She interned in Management of Information Systems at the Center for Employment Training in San Jose, California. She received her BSN from Marquette University.

Barbara's clinical and management experience includes being leader of a team providing education for IRB activities, clinical coordinator of an integrated medicine clinic, consultant to a NASA team about patient safety reporting, quality improvement director for a university student health center and a VA medical center, research nurse in rehabilitation and in anesthesiology, and director of a non-profit medical clinic for young adults. She has directed successful accreditation efforts to satisfy The Joint Commission, AAAHC, and AAHRPP requirements.

Nutan Bhat, MBA Core Faculty SAP Manager

I am a full time member of Business faculty at ITU. I primarily teach SAP courses. I am also responsible for building the ERP/SAP University Alliance Program on campus. I am also a contributor to ITU Business Department’s ACBSP Accreditation and assessment efforts.

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is an integrated computer based application used to manage internal and external resources. The value of such ERP software is its ability to integrate multiple business functions such as Finance, Human Resources, Inventory Management, Sales and Distribution and many others. SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software. SAP stands for Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing. Over 80% of corporates all over the world use SAP systems, and over 76% of revenue transactions touch an SAP system at some point.

ITU is a proud member of the SAP University Alliance, a global program, enabling over 3,200 educational institutions globally to integrate the latest SAP technologies into teaching. Upon successful completion of 3 or more approved ERP/SAP courses at ITU, students are eligible to receive a Joint Recognition Award Certificate from the SAP University Alliance and ITU. Several ERP/SAP courses also help prepare students for higher level SAP and/or other Business Certifications.

I bring to each class I teach, over 10 years of corporate experience in industries such as Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Communications, and others), Food Manufacturing, and Retailing, and others. My career has spanned several functional SAP modules such as Finance and Controlling, Materials Management, Fulfillment, Enterprise Asset Systems, Business Warehousing, and Business Intelligence Reporting. I have been consistently awarded for “Making Things Happen” and “Rethinking Business Processes”. My skills profile and core competencies include Financial & Managerial Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis, Regulatory Compliance, Consolidation, Audit Liaison, Contract Reviews, and IFRS/GAAP Consulting. My classes integrate my professional experiences, latest SAP technologies as well as academic rigor to prepare students for a future in the corporate world. Students have found my courses of immense value in their career and we routinely bring real world industry questions to the classroom for discussions and case study analyses.

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, dancing and music. I am also active as an Area Director with Toastmasters International.

Yacoub Elziq, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Yacoub Elziq, PhD
Office Hours

In class or by prior appointment (in person, or remote)

Dr. Yacoub Elziq is an independent Computer Engineering Consultant, Educator, and Technical Trainer. He is the owner of Jimzu Technologies, a specialized in SoC (System on Chip) Design, Verification, and Test Automation company. Also, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses as an Adjunct Professor with SCU (Santa Clara University), UC Santa Cruz, and UMUC (The University of Maryland University College) in both computer design and computer cybersecurity. His current areas of research are in advanced machine learning, Deep learning and AI with applications in engineering and business. He holds US patent and has many IEEE-sponsored Journal and Conference publications. Dr. Elziq's business career involves being a founder, CEO, CTO, Consultant, and/or senior manager for several successful startup companies in the fields of computer design automation, medical imaging, and cybersecurity.

Venkatesh Gopal, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Venkatesh Gopal, PhD
Office Hours

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1 hour after class

Venkatesh Gopal, known to many as VG, has a Master’s in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Biotechnology from Anna University. His passion is to develop commercial products that would be of use to society and research should culminate in a tangible solution rather than an esoteric exercise. As a result, many of his projects has commercial implications – whether it is in Chemistry or Biology. Although he started out as a Chemist, he realized that Biology is nothing but chemistry in a micro-scale and that a biologist would be more effective with a background in Chemistry. He chose to undertake a research project in Biology for his Graduate studies and graduated with a Ph.D in Biotechnology.

For his master thesis he worked at IIT Madras to develop novel heterocyclic compounds on Doped-Alumina catalyst and his work during his graduate studies include developing a vaccine for a viral disease and projects on identifying biologically active compounds in medicinal plants that were and are used a medicine in Siddha and Ayurveda even today. He investigated the medicinal properties of P. amarus for the treatment of human Hepatitis B virus.

He later joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he investigated the differential regulation of hormone receptors – progesterone and estrogens in endometrial cancer with emphasis on the mechanism of regulation of these hormones in breast and endometrial cancers. His other works include investigation of transcriptional regulations of cAMP regulated genes in diabetes and global transcriptional regulation in yeast models to understand the complex regulation of genes and the role of transcriptional factors in regulating genes at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. When an opportunity presented itself to pursue his passion of commercial products he completed a collaborative project with Pfizer in the development of a block-buster drug – Viagra®. During this research project, he independently derived the mechanism of action and the underlying cell signaling pathway – both cAMP and cGMP pathways. He held a research scientist position at Vanderbilt.

Transitioning from academic research to commercial drug discovery and development, he joined Applied Biosystems (now part of Thermo Fisher) he worked with almost all major pharmaceuticals in the US and helped developed high throughput and high content assays for the identification of drug-able targets for further development. He worked as a technical sales and business development roles for GE Healthcare and BD Biosciences while working with major pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies: from drug discovery through development and commercialization.

When the Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial bug infected him, he took a risk and joined his school mate to start a healthcare and medical device product development. At Vignani, as GM of Healthcare, conceived, developed and patented a stem cell isolation device for use in clinical settings. He implemented Quality Systems to meet ISO 13486 during this period and also consulted for a company in Slovenia to develop markets for bioprocessing products both in US and in India.
Currently he directs Sales and Business Development for products and services for Kerry, a company headquartered in Ireland and manages the US West Coast business.

VG has been teaching Healthcare and Bio Management courses since 2009 at ITU and is a passionate teacher. His teaching philosophy is based in kindling the inquisitive nature innate in the students and guide them toward developing their curiosity toward meaningful outcome. Tapping into the vast experience from successful commercial organizations his courses provide insight into the current trends and best practices in the industry to enable students to be productive employees and build their careers successfully.

In addition to teaching he is an avid gardener, photographer and loves to travel and enjoys music.

Leila Halawi, DBA Adjunct Faculty

Leila Halawi, DBA
Office Hours

By Appointment via Teleconference
Sunday 7:00AM - 8:00AM

I hold a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University (DBA in Information Technology Management, Nova Southeastern University, 2005). Prior to earning my doctorate, I was the operations manager of Avis (our franchise car rental agency) in Tampa, Florida for several years.

I did work for several universities (Quinnipiac University, the American University in Dubai (AUD), Bethune Cookman University, and the University of Tampa) among others. I like technology and teaching with it. Technology is bringing more challenges. To me it is the remarkable equalizer because it addresses all students in spite of the learning style and ability. I’ve been involved in teaching and developing courses for online courses for over 7 years. I was awarded a Certification by Sloan C Consortium in Online Teaching (June 2013).

I did author several journal articles and contributed to the previous edition of the textbook Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems. I am frequently invited to present my research at national and international conferences. My current research interests include Knowledge Management, information systems success and strategy, and ethical impacts of information technology (IT).

Karen Haley Allen, MA Adjunct Faculty

Karen Haley Allen, M.A. Organization Development - USF, has 20+ years’ experience in leadership development, organizational change, coaching, and learning. A lifelong learner, she focuses on bridging people with the knowledge, skills, and strengths needed to succeed in leading organizations and teams, managing change, and fulfilling their life mission.

She coaches leaders and their teams in holistic Change Management - focused on managing people through change, building communication strategies, and engaging stakeholders in cultural shifts. She is inspired and committed to working with leaders and international organizations to implement leadership and transformational change programs to align their business success with values and purpose that is sustainable and serves the Worldwide communities.

Karen teaches at the University of California, Berkeley in the Leadership and Management and Human Resources Programs as well as in the MBA leadership programs at International Technological University. She was a Lead Faculty member and adviser in the School of Business, Education and Leadership at Dominican University, teaching courses including Strategies for Leading Change and The Soul in Business.

At ITU, she supported the launch of the ITU Toastmasters Club, sponsored by Dr. Amal and co-founded by Professor Patty Wiggin. Karen has been a Toastmaster for 15+ years, serving as Club President, VP of Education and VP of Marketing. She has appeared on TV Toastmaster Time several times.

Karen has taught High Performance Leadership and Organizational Leadership Theories at ITU, since joining the faculty in January, 2015. She is honored to be teaching Organizational Leadership Theories Spring Trimester, 2016 as an online course.

Karen founded HALEY ALLEN ASSOCIATES - Our mission is to challenge and empower leaders and their teams to align their deepest values with business results. She facilitates retreats and leads groups through workshops, webinars and seminars – Building Trust to Get Results, Managing Through Turbulent Times, and Leading with Spirit.

Specialties: Leadership Development, Organizational Change, Creativity, Performance Management, Conflict Communication, Group Dynamics and Facilitation, High Performance Teams, Learning Systems, Motivational Speaking, Spiritual Coaching, and Culture Transformation.

Ramesh Konda, PhD Core Faculty

Ramesh Konda, PhD
Office Hours

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
By appointment other days

Dr. Ramesh Konda is core faculty of the Business Administration department. He has over 20 years work experience in small to large corporations. He has held various positions through out his career that include Senior Management level.

Dr. Konda has Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems, M.B.A., and M.S. in Industrial Engineering. His work experience includes in the areas of Information Systems, Software Development, Database Management, Data Analytics, Data Mining, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Quality Auditing, Manufacturing Processes, Six Sigma, Project Management, and Knowledge Management.

Dr. Konda is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is also a certified quality engineer (CQE) and certified quality auditor (CQA) from ASQ. Dr. Konda's papers were published in conference proceedings and International journals. He is currently serving on the editorial board of International Journal of Quality & Reliability.

Parimal Kopardekar, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as NASA's Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System where he develops concepts and technologies to increase efficiency of current operations and enabling future airspace operations. He also serves as the Principal Investigator for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low altitude airspace.

He managed Safe Autonomous System Operations project, which is focused on autonomy/autonomicity in civil aviation, as part of the Airspace Operations and Safety Program. The project's goal is to develop gate-to-gate concepts and technologies aimed at improving aircraft and airspace efficiency, capacity, mobility, throughput, reduce delays, and overall airspace operations productivity. His portfolio covers technologies for flight deck, airline operations center, and air navigation service provider. He is particularly passionate about identifying and initiating high-risk and high-reward, game-changing, and disruptive innovations.

He is recipient of numerous awards: NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Ames Honors Award for Project Management, NASA Ames Engineer of the Year, and AIAA Distinguished Service Recognition Award. He has published more 40 articles with two best paper awards. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering. He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Operations.

He served as an adjunct faculty at Rutgers University, Drexel University, and Atlantic Cape Community college where he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses related to management, engineering, and statistics.

Christopher Lim, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Christopher Lim holds a PhD in Management concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change with Walden University and a Master’s in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde. Dr. Lim’s dissertation studied the relationship of corporate social responsibility with financial performance among the S&P500 firms. A global executive with global airline and supply chain firms for more than two decades, he held key positions as global director responsible in managing key clients such as Apple Inc. and other named corporations. In his role as Senior Director for Commercial Development, he led a team of supply chain professionals in a global supply chain firm and had responsibility for the Americas region. His calling and passion in education became a reality when he transitioned into academia in 2016. In addition to teaching International Business and Operations Management courses with San Jose State University(SJSU), Dr. Lim also conducts Marketing and Management courses at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). He was awarded Master Teacher for both years consecutively in 2018 and 2019 in SJSU’s College of Business. Leveraging on his more than two decades experience as a global executive and a dedicated educator, Dr. Lim founded E.A.S.E. Education with the aim to teach our GEN-Z population the soft skills of public speaking and debate coupled with technical knowledge in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Esmail Rahimian, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Esmail Rahimian has extensive experience leading transport, tech recruiting, and business consulting companies, As the CEO of his own transportation business for thirty years; he modernized the technology platform, cut costs, expanded margins, and grew the customer base by igniting partnerships. His current venture is a consulting group serving the needs of the growing businesses of Silicon Valley. He has served as a board member of a local no-profit organization for the last five years to empower the youth of our communities in the underserved areas. He has volunteered as a Certified Senior Mediator with the Office of Human Relation at the County of Santa Clara and Bay Area’s Project Sentinel. He has also been teaching part time at a local University since 1994.He is an ultra-runner, and a certified Tai Chi Master. He holds a PhD and a Masters of Arts in Management in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.

Nik Tehrani, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Nik Tehrani, PhD
Office Hours

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Nik Tehrani PhD, MBA, is Vice President of Business Development of DynoSense Corp., and has over 25 years’ experience in business management, marketing, and supply chain development and implementation. He has also over 15 years of teaching experience as a lecturer and professor at various universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to DynoSense, he was President and CEO of Savitron, Inc., an Electronic Manufacturing Solution Company; Global Director of Program Management at Sanmina-SCI, a leading EMS provider; Managing Director and Founder of Majital Solutions, a marketing and engineering consulting company; and Vice President of Marketing and Engineering of ACI, an Electronic Manufacturing Company. A mentor and doctoral student advisor, Dr. Tehrani is also author of several textbooks and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Mark Walsh, MBA Adjunct Faculty

Mark currently owns and operates his own financial consulting and advisory firm, Walsh Financial Consulting.

In addition to teaching at ITU, he serves as a senior adjunct finance professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. For the last several years he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate financial management, treasury and personal financial planning.

Prior to becoming a financial advisor Mark spent twenty years in corporate financial management. As a Consulting Manager at Ernst & Young, and later at Capgemini, he implemented world-class financial information systems for leading global businesses. His clients included: Neiman Marcus, ViewSonic Corporation, Dell Computers, Ascend Communications, IP Wireless and others.

Before working as a consultant, he served as Corporate Controller and Division Controller for several high-tech, manufacturing companies, one of which he helped to build into a public company. Mark started his career with Peat Marwick (now KPMG) as an auditor. While there he lived and worked in London, England for two years as part of their international exchange program.

He is a Certified Financial Planner ®, Chartered Life Underwriter ®, Certified Public Account, and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds a Masters in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University, an MBA from California State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.

Patricia Wiggin, DBA Core Faculty Director of Online Services

Patricia Wiggin's Portrait
Office Hours

Wednesday and Thursday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Patricia Wiggin, DBA, has many years of experience in marketing, sales, education & training, as well as higher education teaching. She is interested in seeing people develop into their best version in order to fulfill their life mission. In her career in the medical diagnostics field, Patty worked primarily in Marketing and Product Management. More recently, she worked in Training and Education at Siemens Corporation, which shaped her interest and passion for seeing others develop through learning and experience.

Patty is Director of Online Services and Core Faculty in the MBA Program. Patty’s courses cover Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Marketing and Communications. She completed her MBA and DBA at ITU. Patty is a mentor to the ITU Toastmasters Club. Patty is married to John, an artist, and has one daughter Julia. Patty enjoys mentoring youth and participates in teaching programs at her church. She loves travel, hiking, participating in Bay Area races & runs and visiting art museums. Her favorite place in the world to hike is in the high mountain paths between villages in Cinque Terre, Italy. Connect with her on LinkedIn!