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BPA faculty members are highly qualified Ph.D. professors with real-world work experience who are active in academic research, consulting, and community service. They use the latest instructional methods and present applied coursework that is relevant to businesses of every size and industry.

Many of BPA's faculty members have won prestigious awards for their efforts and scholarly work. Take a look into the achievements of BPA faculty members below:

BPA Economics Professor Appointed Director of Membership- Phi Beta Delta

Dr. Nyakundi Michieka has been appointed the Director of Membership for Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, for the 2017-2018 year.

Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.

Phi Beta Delta traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. In the nineteenth century, Greek fraternities divided into the social, professional, and academic Greeks. Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its formal organization brought together numerous pre-existing internally-oriented campus groups.

BPA Economics Professor Invited to Present Research Paper

Dr. Nyakundi Michieka, Professor of Economics, was invited to speak at California State University, San Bernardino in May 2017 on a research paper presented to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

N. Michieka, (2017) “An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Agriculture and Energy Consumption, on CO2 emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Dr. Michieka was also invited as a guest speaker on the Richard Beene show on KERN NewsTalk 96.1FM/1180AM on the topic of Climate Change.

BPA Economics Professors Present Paper

Dr. Richard Gearhart and Dr. Nyakundi Michieka, Professors of Economics, presented papers at the 92nd Western Economic Association International Meetings in San Diego, CA.

Gearhart, R. S., Michieka, M. N., (July 2017). “The Impacts of Colonialism and Governance on Healthcare Efficiency.”
Michieka, M. N., Gearhart, R. S. (July 2017). “Resource Curse? The Case of Kern County.”

BPA Finance Professor Presented with Millie Ablin Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny, Professor of Finance, was presented with the Millie Ablin Excellence in Teaching Award at the University Day Address 2017.

“I am a firm believer in active learning and I try to maintain a very lively and interactive classroom. To me, teaching is not about lecturing to students; it is about presenting theories, concepts, and empirical material to students in a way that they can integrate this information into their own life experience. My goal is to create a teaching environment that is friendly to discussions and questions, where students are encouraged to think critically and creatively about the subject discussed through interactions and collaborations. I’m honored to receive the 2017-2018 Millie Ablin Excellence in Teaching award. This award shows that all my efforts were crowned with success. In the meantime, it inspires me to go further and work harder toward achieving my goals.”

The Board of Trustees of the California State University and Colleges established the Excellence in Teaching Award in September 1963, to recognize excellence in teaching. Each year, one distinguished faculty member at CSUB is honored for the contributions made to their students, to their academic disciplines, and to their campus communities. Millie Ablin, who served as a member of the Board of Directors of the CSUB Foundation, was a longstanding supporter and contributor to CSUB and the community. To recognize her support of excellence in teaching and scholarship, by Senate resolution dated January 17, 2002, the Excellence in Teaching Award was renamed the Millie Ablin Award. We are pleased to announce the beginning of the nomination process for the Millie Ablin Excellence in Teaching Award.

BPA Economics Professor Publishes Paper in Journal

Dr. Nyakundi Michieka has published a paper for the Energy Economics Journal during the Summer of 2017.

Michieka N. M. (2017) “Do changes in oil prices affect welfare programs? Evidence from Kern County” Energy Economics Vol 66 pp. 116 - 121. **(Energy Economics is the #1 journal in Energy Economics)

Abstract: In this paper, the intertemporal causal relationship between oil prices and welfare programs in Kern County is studied using monthly data between 1999:7 and 2016:8. Results from the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL)-bounds testing approach show that there is stable long run equilibrium relationship between CalFresh caseloads, oil prices and unemployment. They also show that adjustment in CalFresh participation due to changes in oil prices and unemployment is slow, and a 10% increase in unemployment led to a 3.3% increase in CalFresh enrollment. Results from a modified Granger Causality method indicated causality running from unemployment to CalWORKs, and no causality from oil prices to CalWORKs participation. The GIRF confirmed that CalWORKs is more responsive to changes in unemployment than to oil price shocks. The FEVDC results demonstrated that contributions of the oil price shocks in explaining variations in CalWORKs were negligible.

BPA Faculty Member Sworn in as CASA Advocate

Dr. BJ Moore was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) by the Honorable Judge Louie Vega on August 9, 2017. As a CASA, Dr. Moore has sworn to represent abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Kern County. Through the use of highly trained volunteers, the CASA program seeks to provide every child who needs an advocate with a voice in the court process.

The CASA volunteer is a sworn officer of the court whose job is to provide the juvenile court judge or referee with an independent assessment of the circumstances of the child. The CASA’s report is drawn from their evaluation of interviews they conduct with key parties in the child’s life including: the child’s social worker, attorneys, foster parents, group homes, and others. The CASA makes recommendations for the disposition of the case based on the child’s total circumstances. In addition, the CASA attends all court hearings pertaining to the child. With the support of the program staff, they represent the interest of the child in the proceedings, which are normally scheduled every six months.

BPA Faculty Member Publishes Paper

Dr. Mohsen Attaran has published a paper in the Journal of Service Science and Management 10(03) June 2017 titled: Additive Manufacturing: The Most Promising Technology to Alter the Supply Chain and Logistics.

Abstract: To compete in a global economy manufacturers are forced to move towards low volume production of innovative and customized products with high added value. Three-dimensional printing,  also known as additive manufacturing (AM) or rapid prototyping enables and facilitates production of moderate to mass quantities of products that can be individually customized. The technology is truly innovative with endless product design possibilities and potential to enhance global supply chain capabilities. The technology improves efficiencies of the entire supply chain, from the cost of distribution to assembly and carry, all the way to the component itself. This article reviews evolution of new supply chain models, examines some of the potential benefits of AM in challenging traditional  manufacturing constraints, explores its impact on the traditional and global supply chain and logistics, and investigates its transformative potential and its impact on various industry segments
Additive Manufacturing: The Most Promising Technology to Alter the Supply Chain and Logistics. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313904937_Additive_Manufacturing_The_Most_Promising_Technology_to_Alter_the_Supply_Chain_and_Logistics

BPA Faculty Member Appointed Director of TLC

BPA Faculty Dr. Chandra Commuri, Public Administration, has been appointed Faculty Director of the Teaching Learning Center (TLC). He will join Charlene Hu and the rest of the TLC staff to work on faculty professional development and pedagogy. Dr. Commuri will begin his appointment in the Fall.

BPA Faculty Guest at Gender Matters Symposium

Dr. Jean West was a panelist speaker at the 9th Annual Gender Matters Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium on Monday, April 24. Dr. West is a Professor of Marketing and Faculty Coordinator of CSUB’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program. Dr. West was the moderator for a discussion on the “Dynamics and Impact of Gender Within Violent Relationships.”

“This event is a unique opportunity for CSUB and the Bakersfield community to see what our students are learning about how gender matters in various disciplines, as well as to hear panel discussions tied to increasing gender-based issues and challenges in the current decade,” said Dr. West. Presented by The School of Arts and Humanities; Associated Student Incorporated; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; and Club GEN, the Symposium focused on student research, examine diverse subjects including effects of gender in a wide variety of contexts such as gender in literature, gender and violence, and gender and legal and social systems.

For more information, please see the video from the Panel Discussion at the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHaDSwjacEE

BPA Economics Department Wins Award for Assurance of Learning

On April 24 the CSUB Affordable Learning Solutions Team (AL$) hosted the Faculty Recognition and AL$ day. The event recognized faculty efforts in adopting open source textbooks for various courses that save students thousands of dollars. AL$ presented the Economics Department with a $10,000 award for their high level of participation. “The Economics Department’s participation alone in the Affordable Solutions initiative saves CSUB students roughly $100,000 per year. I strongly encourage other departments and faculty to consider these high quality products as they become available in your teaching areas,” says Dr. Mark Evans, Department Chair of Economics.

BPA Faculty Appointed Council Secretary

Dr. Di Wu will be serving as Council Secretary on Wild West Council (WWC) of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) beginning summer 2017. WWC is a regional council that assists and supports eleven chapters of IMA located in Arizona, Nevada, Southern California, and Utah. Founded in 1919, IMA serves more than 85,000 members in 130 countries and more than 300 professional and  student chapters globally. IMA also administers Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams and issues CMA certificate, one of the most prestigious certificates in accounting professional communities.

BPA Faculty Members Participate in Research Excellence Day

The Office of Grants, Research, and Special Programs hosted the 3rd Annual Research Excellence Day on Friday, April 21. Research Excellence Day features the Faculty Speaker Series, a Keynote Speaker session, Faculty Research Poster Presentations, and Student Research & Creative Activity Poster Competition. Dr. Mohsen Attaran presented his research work “The Societal Impact of Technology: Technologies that are Bringing Fundamental Changes to Society, Consumers, Your Business, Your Health and Safety” as part of the Faculty Speaker Series, as well as presenting his research at the Faculty Research Poster Presentations.

Dr. Di Wu and Dr. Ji Li presented their research work “Allocation of Limited Business Resources for Production of Competitive Products Using Constrained Nonlinear Models”, at the Faculty Research Poster Presentation. This research presentation focuses on application of Big Data and Data Analysts tools to various cost accounting issues.

Dr. John Tarjan, Dr. David Olson, and Dr. Lori Paris presented their research work “Foundation Boards in the California State University System” at the Faculty Research Poster Presentation. The research presentation summarized and analyzed the composition and functioning of the 23 CSU campus foundation boards of directors. Individual demographics (education, industry, gender, ethnicity) and their professional connections to the universities were described. Campus board connections to outside entities were also summarized.

BPA Faculty Guest Speaker at Brown Bag Discussion

Dr. Jean West was a speaker for the Brown Bag Discussion on Thursday, April 20 hosted by CSUB Campus Programming. Dr. West discussed her findings from her recent book The Man Brand: Examining Why Public Campaigns May Hide Half of Domestic Violence. The Man Brand is a sequel to her first book Misperceptions of Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century: Two Decades of Lies. The book investigates what the public perception of the “man brand” is. The book expels the inaccuracies of gender stereotypes and explores what hinders public acknowledgement. Dr. West’s work takes a progressive first step in expanding a complete understanding of what reinforces stereotypes tied to gender and intimate partner violence.

For more information, please see the video from the Brown Bag Discussion at the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsgbIynZx2c

BPA Faculty Member Recognized for Community Engagement

On March 29, Professor Dr. Jeremy Woods was recognized by the CSUB faculty coordinator for community engagement, Rose Mccleary, for his contributions to service learning on campus.

“Jeremy is one of the faculty who has consistently integrated service learning into his courses over a number of years. The CECE Committee was very impressed with his student project assignment and how much of an impact it can have on the community. Incorporating service learning like this takes a dedicated faculty member who is willing to give an extra effort not just for student learning but also to
help the community,” said Rose Mccleary.

BPA Faculty Publishes 4 Articles

Dr. Mohsen Attaran has published 4 articles in recent months to four different Journals.

Attaran, M., “The Internet of Things: Limitless Opportunities for Business and Society,” Forthcoming - Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, Fall 2017.

ABSTRACT: The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. IoT interconnects devices, people, environments, virtual objects, and machines. IoT is expected to revolutionize and change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world. In the exploding world of IoT, there is much to learn and an overwhelming amount of research to be done. The objective of this paper is to go beyond the hype and explore basic issues related to IoT technology, including its promises as well as its pitfalls. This study discusses potential strategic benefits of this technology as well as its risks and limitations. It highlights its evolving technologies and trends and their impact on the world of tomorrow. Also, it reviews IoT’s potential economic impact and explores many factors that may contribute to its successful adoption and deployment. Finally, this study explores IoT’s potential application in various industries. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohsen_Attaran/publications

Attaran, M., “Additive Manufacturing: The Most Promising Technology to Alter Supply Chain and Logistics,” Forthcoming - Journal of Service Science and Management, Special Issue in Supply Chain Management, June 2017.

ABSTRACT: Additive manufacturing (AM) or rapid prototyping enables and facilitates production of moderate to mass quantities of products that can be individually customized. The technology is truly innovative with endless product design possibilities and potential to enhance global supply chain capabilities. The technology improves efficiencies of the entire supply chain, from the cost of distribution to assembly and carry, all the way to the component itself. This article reviews evolution of new supply chain models, examines some of the potential benefits of AM in challenging traditional  manufacturing constraints, explores its impact on the traditional and global supply chain and logistics, and investigates its transformative potential and its impact on various industry segments. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohsen_Attaran/publications

Attaran, M., “ Cloud Computing Technology: Leveraging the Power of The Internet to Improve Business Performance,” Forthcoming - Journal of International Technology and Information Management, Summer 2017.

ABSTRACT: In recent years, Cloud Computing Technology (CCT) has emerged as a meaningful technology that could contribute to operational efficiency of an IT platform. The cloud has revolutionized IT infrastructure. It is predicted that 2017 will mark the rapid proliferation of enterprises transitioning to the cloud-based computing technology. The utilization of this innovative technology makes   collaboration easier among companies and has the potential to create financial and operational benefits. This study discusses potential strategic benefits of this technology, highlights its evolving technologies and trends and their future impact, reviews different phases necessary to deploy the technology, highlights key adoption factors, and surveys its potential application in different industries.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohsen_Attaran/publications

Attaran, M., Attaran, S., and G. Celik “ Promises and Challenges of Cloud Computing in Higher Education: A practical Guide for Implementation,” Forthcoming – Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Fall 2017.

ABSTRACT: Dynamic education environment have forced universities to adopt state-of-the-art practices to optimize both the cost and operational efficiency of their information technology platform. Cloud Computing Technology (CCT) has emerged as a meaningful technology that could contribute to this optimization by providing infrastructure and software solutions for the whole IT needs of a university via Internet. The cloud – whether public, private, or hybrid – has revolutionized IT infrastructure for higher education. The utilization of this innovative technology makes collaboration easier among teachers, students, and staff, and has the potential to create financial and operational benefits including scalability, agility, modernization, and cost savings. The purpose of this paper is to show how the recent technological development in cloud computing could lighten the burdens of equipment, management, and new teaching methods for educational institutions. This study presents the main principles and potentials of the cloud, as applied to the world of education. It also discusses potential strategic benefits of this technology in education, and highlights its evolving technologies and trends. Furthermore, this study highlights key adoption factors and illustrates some of the routs that might be taken to implement cloud technology in education. Finally, this study highlights successful implementations of cloud based technology in two universities.

2 BPA Faculty Publish Joint Article

Dr. Benjamin Bae and Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny have published “The Relationship between Dividend Payment Patterns and Firm Characteristics,” in Research in Finance. Feb. 2017

ABSTRACT: This study investigates the relationship between financial measures and dividend payout policy choices of firms. We examine why firms choose to pay dividends continuously, intermittently, or not pay them. Specifically, the findings provide evidence that firms with relatively larger debts tend to pay dividends less frequently than firms with smaller debts.

The results also suggest that good financial performers are more likely to pay dividends more regularly. Additionally, the results of this study indicate that highly leveraged firms tend to make less frequent payouts than lowly leveraged firms.

Overall, this research adds to our understanding of firms’ dividend payout policy choices. First, evidence on the relationship between the various types of financial measures and firms’ choice of dividend payout frequencies should be useful to investors. Second, the findings of this study provide financial statement users with useful information about the firm’s dividend payout patterns. Third, in general, it also adds to the accounting and finance literature on dividends.

BPA Faculty Invited to be a Guest Speaker on Radio Show

Dr. Richard Gearhart has been invited to be a monthly guest speaker on the Moneywise Guys radio show, which airs daily from 10 am to 12 pm on Newstalk 1180 and The New 96.1 K-E-R-N. Dr. Gearhart provides expertise on topics such as: the state of the local economy (oil prices, housing, inflation, healthcare, employment) and how it might change in the future, and the impacts of various
state-and-federal-level policies (i.e. the new $15 minimum wage and Medicaid expansion and how it influences the local economy.)

Dr. Gearhart has also been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station KCRW on November 22, 2016. Dr. Gearhart discussed how Kern County’s economy is operating with continued low oil prices, and how this affected the election outcomes. Dr. Gearhart also discussed how Trump’s policies appealed to Kern County voters and how the new President Elect’s policies may
impact the local economy.

You can listen to the Moneywise Guys podcasts by visiting: http://www.moneywiseguys.com/archivespodcasts/

You can listen to the NPR airing by visiting: https://soundcloud.com/kcrw/californias-trump-county

BPA Faculty Publishes Textbook

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli has published the 7th Edition Management Information Systems H. Bidgoli, Management Information Systems, Seventh Edition, Course Technology/ Cengage Learning, Mason, OH, 2017, STUDENT EDITION.

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ABSTRACT: Through ongoing research into students’ workflows and preferences, MIS from 4LTR Press combines an easy-reference, paperback textbook with Chapter Review Cards, and an innovative online experience– all at an affordable price. New for this edition, students explore MIS anywhere, anytime, and on most devices with MIS Online! With the intuitive StudyBits™ functionality, students study more effectively and can visually monitor their own progress. Coupled with straightforward course management, assessment, and analytics for instructors, MIS with MIS Online engages students of all generations and learning styles, and integrates seamlessly into your Management Information Systems course. MIS features updated data and examples to provide students with current developments in the MIS field.

BPA Faculty Publishes Article

Dr. Mohsen Attaran has published “The Rise of Additive Manufacturing and Advantages over Traditional Manufacturing” Forthcoming, Business Horizons, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

ABSTRACT: The use of Additive Manufacturing technologies in different industries has increased substantially during the past years. Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line that enabled mass production of identical products in the 20th century. In the 21st century, additive manufacturing enables and facilitates production of moderate to mass quantities of products that can be individually
customized. Additive Manufacturing technologies are opening new opportunities in terms of production paradigm and manufacturing possibilities. Manufacturing lead times will be substantially reduced, new designs will have a shorter time to market, and customer demand will be met more quickly. This study identifies Additive Manufacturing implementation challenges, highlights its evolving technologies and trends, discusses its advantages over traditional manufacturing, explores its impact on the supply chain and investigate its impact on various industry segments.

BPA Faculty Publishes 3 Articles and Presents at 2 Conferences

Since arriving at CSUB BPA 3 years ago, Dr. Nyakundi Michieka has published 3 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, all relating to energy economics and health. Those publications are:

  • -Gearhart, R. S., Michieka, M. N. 2016. “California County Health Rankings: How Efficiency Estimates Re-order Popular Estimates.” International Journal of Health Economics, Forthcoming
  •  Michieka, M. N., Gearhart, R. S. 2015. “Oil Price Fluctuations and Employment in Kern County: A Vector Error Correction Approach.” Energy Policy, Volume 87, December 2015, pp 584-590.
  •  Michieka, M. N. 2015. “Short- and Long-Run Analysis of Factors Affecting Electricity Consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa.” International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Volume 5 (2015), Issue 3, pp 1-8.

In addition to his publications, Dr. Michieka has attended the following conferences in the Fall of 2016 where he presented research:
• October 23 - 26, 2016, Michieka presented a research paper entitled, “An Empirical Investigation of the Effects of Changes in Oil Prices on Employment in Various Sectors of Kern County,” at the United States Association of Energy Economists in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• November 9 - 12, 2016, Michieka presented a research paper entitled, “Oil Price Shocks and Welfare Programs in Kern County: An ARDL Bounds Testing Approach,” at the North American Regional Science Council Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Michieka was also invited to speak about Kern County’s Economic trends at the Kern Leadership Academy with Dr. Richard Gearhart. BPA thanks Dr. Nyakundi Michieka for his continued support and efforts to make a difference at CSUB and in our community.

BPA Faculty Invited to be a Guest Speaker

Dr. Di Wu was invited to speak at the Faculty Teaching & Learning (FTL) Center Workshop titled “Making Education More Equitable” on Friday, October 28, 2016. Dr. Wu presented his findings from his trip to Santa Ana College where they discussed the benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER), which is a digital library that can be used to save students the cost of textbooks. “Adopting OER materials on our campus can make our courses more accessible and affordable to our students, which may ultimately help with our goals of increasing on-time graduation rates”, said Dr. Wu.

The FTL workshop provided an opportunity to discuss ways to reduce the cost of student learning using OER and library resources to create a more equitable education system at CSUB.

BPA Faculty is Guest Speaker at OWLs Luncheon

Dr. Jean West, Professor of Marketing at CSUB BPA, was invited as a guest speaker by the Organization of Women in Leadership (OWLs). Dr. West discussed her research findings from her new book on Domestic Violence during their brown bag luncheon on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Dr. West is the author of “The Man Brand”, a sequel to her first book “Misperceptions of Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century: Two Decades of Lies.”

The book investigates what the public perception of the “man brand” is. The book expels the inaccuracies of gender stereotypes and explores what hinders public acknowledgement. Dr. West’s work takes a progressive first step in expanding a complete understanding of what reinforces stereotypes tied to gender and intimate partner violence.

Dr. West shares, “‘The Man Brand’ explores public perceptions, often reinforced by public service advertising campaigns, of stereotypes tied to violence, which frequently portray men only as the aggressor, the abuser, or the perpetrator, and women only as vulnerable, helpless victims. Advertising research suggests that the abuse of men is often viewed by the public as a “joke,” which makes it hard for the public and law enforcement to perceive males as “victims.”

BPA Faculty Nominated for Wang Excellence Award

Dr. Mohsen Attaran has been nominated for consideration by the Wang Award Selection Committee at CSUB to receive the 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award in the Education, and Professional and Applied Sciences category. The Wang Family Excellence Award was originally established in 1998 when then- CSU Trustee Stanley Wang provided $1 million to recognize the remarkable contributions of the CSU’s faculty and administrators over a 10-year period.

The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Their activities advance the California State University’s mission, bring benefit and credit to the CSU, and enhance the CSU’s excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Each recipient is given a $20,000 award.

BPA Professor Continues Small Business Projects

Professor Jeremy Woods’ students are moving forward with several exciting new entrepreneurship and small business projects for the 2016-2017 academic year. In cooperation with Professor Yiannis Ampatzidis from CSUB’s Physics & Engineering Department, 15 of Professor Woods’ entrepreneurship students are teaming up with their engineering counterparts to develop and commercialize new UAV (drone) and “smart” irrigation technologies for the agriculture sector. In cooperation with Professor Gordon Griesel from CSUB’s Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, 17 of Professor Woods’ entrepreneurship students are teaming up with their software engineering counterparts to develop and commercialize a number of new mobile and web-based software apps for both consumer and business use. Finally, nearly 30 of Professor Woods’ small business management students are working in two teams on projects for the Bakersfield Condors and CSUB’s campus edible garden. The Condors project aims to break records set in an initiative from last year in which Professor Woods’ small business management students sold over 170 tickets and generated nearly $5,000 in admissions, concession, and merchandise sales for a “CSUB Takeover Night” at the Condors’ April 1 game against the San Jose Barracuda. The campus edible garden project is a broad public-private partnership which brings together a major donor, the Rudnick family, with leaders across the campus and in the local business community to build and maintain an innovative new 1.75-acre food garden on the south side of the CSUB campus.

Economic Impact Report

The CSUB Economics Department is undertaking an independent study that will analyze the economic impacts to the City of Bakersfield, and to Kern County as a whole, from a new substation and transmission project, undertaken by PG&E, called Bakersfield Power Connect. The Economics Department will be analyzing the economic impacts in a variety of ways: increases in employment, increases in local economic spending, and increases in government tax revenues, as the $140 million project will be used to improve energy reliability and efficiency in the Bakersfield area. The economic report details the direct and indirect benefits, to Bakersfield, of PG&E’s investment in its energy infrastructure.

BPA Faculty Invited to Present at Conference

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli has been invited to present at the National Decision Sciences Institute in Austin Texas in November 2016. Dr. Bidgoli will present “A Case-based Approach for the Introduction of Cloud Computing into Your Organization: Nine Decision Points to Consider.”

Abstract: Cloud computing is the fastest area of application within the information systems field. This paper first examines the existing opportunities and challenges in cloud computing environment, examines four current case examples, and then offers nine integrated decision points for managers to consider before adopting this technology.

BPA Faculty Publishes Article

Dr. Mohsen Attaran’s publication “The Coming Age of 3D Printing” has been accepted for publication in the in International Journal of Engineering and Science.

Article Abstract: 3D printing has revolutionized manufacturing. Parts with intricate shapes are

printed with ease; whereas conventional manufacturing would not have been able to achieve the same results. Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line that enabled mass production of identical products in the 20th century. In the 21st century, 3D printing enables and facilitates production of moderate to mass quantities of products that can be individually customized. Manufacturing lead times will be substantially reduced, new designs will have a shorter time to market, and customer demand will be met more quickly. This study identifies 3D printing implementation challenges, highlights its evolving technologies and trends and their impact on the world of tomorrow, explores its impact on the supply chain and investigate its transformative potential and its impact on various industry segments.

As reported by ResearchGate (09-06-2016), Dr. Attaran’s 84 publications have 1305 reads and 1022 citations. For the past 8 months, he has been the most read author from CSUB. For more information, click on the following link. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohsen_Attaran/stats

Google Scholar also reports 1931 citations for all of his articles and 1050 citations for 5 of his top-read publications.

BPA Faculty Member Reviews Book

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli has reviewed the book BUSINESS AND SOCIETY: ORGANIZATIONS, ETHICS, AND PUBLIC POLICY BY SEAN MELVIN &EVAN LEACH.

Abstract: This textbook offers a dynamic and student-centered approach to the Business and Society market. Tailored for use in a variety of core business courses, the textbook fully integrates the traditional AACSB pillars of stakeholders and organizations, ethics, and public policy/regulation.

BPA Faculty Publication

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli has published an article in the INFORMATION - An International Interdisciplinary Journal titled “An Integrated Case-Based Approach for Deployment of Global Information Systems.”

Abstract: Fortune 500 companies generate more than half of their revenue from foreign countries. A properly designed global information system (GIS) plays a major role in assisting these companies to achieve their global growth and expansion. A GIS enables a global company  the ability to respond in one country to a change in another country, deploy and allocate new resources, and at the same time reduce operational costs. This paper first examines six recent real-life cases related to global information systems and then proposes a nine-step process for managers to consider when deploying global information systems into their organizations.

BPA Professor Reaches Most Read Publications

As reported by ResearchGate (November, 2016), Dr. Attaran’s 101 publications have more than 3,000 reads and 1,050 citations. For the past 11 months, he has been the most read author from CSUB. 

BPA Faculty Publishes 5 Articles

Dr. Richard Gearhart has published an article with WalletHub in relation to first-time home buying. In the article, Dr. Gearhart discussed factors that influence where and why first time home buyers should locate, including amenities near the potential homesite (restaurants, bars, parks, lakes, etc.), schools (for future children), and neighborhood "inequality" (where house sizes are drastically different in one neighborhood).

Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Richard Gearheart received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Chapter at their annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. NSLS members were asked to nominate a professor who teaches with heart and passion and has motivated them in their pursuit of higher education.


Professor Receives Credentials

Dr. Di Wu was awarded Certified Management Accountant (CMA) by Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in May of 2016.


2 BPA Professors present at the Faculty Research Poster Presentation

Dr. Di Wu presented his and Dr. Ji Li’s research findings, “A Comparison Of Director Members Properties Between Single-Class and Dual-Class Firms”, at the Faculty Research Poster Presentation. Results from their research show that generally, the board size and number of independent directors has influence on the compensation plans and performance based awards. The dual-class structure seems to weaken using the performance based award and performance measures.

Dr. Ji Li presented her research findings, “Adoption of Performance Measures for CEO Compensation In Dual-Class Stock Structures”, at the Faculty Research Poster Presentation. Her findings suggest that adoption of a dual-class structure is consistent with shielding CEOs from short-term market pressures.


BPA Professor is Keynote Speaker at 2016 Research Excellence Day

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli was the keynote speaker at the 2016 CSUB Research Excellence Day. His keynote address, “Doing Research in a Teaching Institution: Information Systems in Action”, was related to how computers and information systems can make the healthcare and healthcare management in the US more efficient and effective. The presentation touched on a number of information systems topics including mobile computing, collaboration systems, big data, analytics, virtual real, and artificial intelligent systems.


CSUB Professor Speaker at 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli was an invited Keynote Speaker at the 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Dr. Bidgoli’s presentation, Integrating “e-Health” Concepts and Applications into your First IS/IT Course: Connecting Your Course to Real Life Practice, identified eight key Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) topics with real life cases that should be taught in the first IS/IT course. These topics included the Internet (Yahoo! Health, WebMD,...), big data (prevention, better diagnostic,...), predictive analytics (personalized healthcare, better identification of at risk patients,...), wearable computing (real time monitoring, preventive healthcare, ...), mobile computing (mobile apps, mobile bedside assistance and monitoring, ...), collaboration systems (better communication between patients and healthcare providers, remote monitoring,...),virtual reality (treatment for PTSD, pain management, ...), robotics (deployment of microbots, assistive robotics, ...), and artificial intelligence (case-based reasoning, IBM Watson,...).


BPA Professor to Offer Electronic Health Seminar for Medical Professionals Course

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli will be offering a seminar course designed for Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, and Health Administrators titled Electronic Health Seminar for Medical Professionals. The course will be offered through Extended University on Friday, August 5, 2016. The seminar will cover the latest advances in computers and information technology and how they can help health practices operate more efficiently, employ the best practices and the state-of-the-art medical tools and technologies in their practice, and how to protect oneself and their practice against security and privacy risks. The seminar is a one-day event from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost for the seminar is $495. For more information and to register, please visit www.csub.edu/eud/ehealth


BPA Professor presents at Faculty Speaker Series at the 2016 Research Excellence Day

Dr. Nyakundi Michieka presented “An Empirical Analysis of Oil Prices and Employment in Kern County” during the Faculty Speaker Series. Michieka assessed changes in employment in major oil producing states, following the recent decline in oil prices. Over the last 20 months, the West Texas Intermediate Spot price has dropped by 70 percent from $105.79 in June 2014 to $31.68 in January 2016. Reduced oil prices are often cited as a reason for reduced employment.


Professor Leads Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program

Since arriving at CSUB two years ago, professor Jeremy Woods has jump-started BPA’s small business and entrepreneurship program. Over the past two years, the program has trained over 100 students in core entrepreneurial skills such as web development, guerilla marketing, competitive research, patent research, grant research, and investor outreach.


BPA Faculty Honored at Emeriti Reception

BPA would like to congratulate Dr. Mark Evans on his Emeritus status.


Faculty Early Retirement Program

Dr. BJ Moore and Dr. Craig Kelsey have entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program and were recognized for their contributions at a Thank You Reception on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.


In The News

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli published an article  in the Kern Business Journal December/January issue titled "Opportunities, challenges and trends." Dr. Bidgoli discusses the advantages and disadvantages of e-commerce, traditional commerce versus e-commerce, and trends that affect e-commerce. For the full article, visit the link below.


BPA Professor Nominated for Wang Family Excellence Award

Congratulations to Dr. Hossein Bidgoli for his nomination for The Wang Family Excellence award under the category of Education, and Professional, and Applied Sciences.


Economic and Fiscal Impacts: California State University, Bakersfield

Professor of Economics, Abbas P. Grammy, Ph.D. recently published the Economic and Fiscal Impact report for CSUB. The report quantified the economic enhancement the university makes to the local economy in the form of community engagement, earnings increments, and productivity improvement by measuring the impacts of spending by the university, students, alumni, visitors, and active and retired employees. “Results of this analysis indicate that CSUB is a major economic player in Kern County,” said Dr. Abbas Grammy.

Dr. Grammy was also commissioned by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California to provide an economic and fiscal impact analysis of hospitals operating in Kern County. The analysis included ten hospitals operating in Kern County and highlights their impact to our communities and emphasizes the necessity to invest in and protect our regional health care safety-net. The study is available at: http://www.hospitalcouncil.net/post/economic-impact-kern-county-hospitals.

BPA Professor Publishes MIS6th Edition

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli’s Management Information Systems textbook, 6th edition (MIS 6) has been published by Cengage Learning. The new topics include social commerce, web and mobile analytics, and mobile marketing.


BPA Professor wins Eco-Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Hegde! He won the Kern Green Award for Eco-Educator of the year! 


In The News

BPA Professor Dr. Mark Evans wrote an article for the Community Voices section of the Bakersfield Californian. In the article, Evans clarifies what the Economist College Rankings mean for CSUB, who ranked #10. View the article below.


BPA Professor Publishes Book

Congratulations to Dr. Jean West on her publication of her book titled "Misperception of Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century: Two decades of lies in October 2015. For more information, please visit the link below.


Kern Economic Journal Founder

Thank you to Dr. Abbas Grammy, Founder of KEJ, for the contributions he has made to CSUB and the Kern County Community through KEJ. For more information on Dr. Grammy, please visit the link below.


Commendation of Dr. BJ Moore

In February of 2015, the Academic Senate extended a commendation to Professor B.J. Moore for her outstanding leadership of the Curriculum Conversion Committee and for carefully facilitating the approval process of the proposed programs and certificates in the Senate.


Commendation of Dr. John Tarjan

On June 4, 2015 the Academic Senate released a memo commending Dr. John Tarjan for his years of service with the Academic Senate in addition to his roles with ASI as the Academic Senate Liaison, Chair of the General Education Task Force and Committee, the SOCI Task Force and many other contributions he has made to CSUB and the Greater Bakersfield Community. For more information, please visit the link below.


Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activity Award

Dr. Hossein Bidgoli is the only BPA faculty member that has ever received both the Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activity Award and the Outstanding Professor award (2001-2002). For more information, please visit the link below.


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