Dr. Sudha Ram Named Anheuser-Busch Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies

April 04, 2013

Sudha RamSudha Ram, professor of MIS, has been named an Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies. Also named was Sandy Klasa, an associate professor of finance.

“The Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies presents us the opportunity to have exceptional faculty in the Eller College become even more engaged in our top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College. “We are thrilled to have Sudha, a  top entrepreneurial faculty, helping us to take the McGuire Center to even greater heights.”

“Since its inception from the generous gift from the Busch Family and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation in 1988, the Anheuser-Busch Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies has featured some of the best minds and teachers at the University of Arizona,” said Chris Clements, CEO of Golden Eagle Distributors., Inc. “This year is no different with the selection of Sudha Ram. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. is proud to join our friends and partners at Eller in recognizing her fantastic achievements.”

The chair supports an active research agenda in innovation, as well as engagement with entrepreneurship students at the undergraduate and graduate   level. “I am very excited about Sudha as a  recipientient of this prestigious endowed chair,” said Bob Lusch,  executive director of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. “Sudha is a renowned scholar in MIS, business analytics, and big data. The McGuire Center and its   entrepreneurship students will benefit immensely from their active participation in the McGuire Center.”

Ram’s research spans enterprise data management, business intelligence and predictive analytics. She is director of both the Advanced Database Research Group and INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the Eller College. The latter seeks to harness exploding   amounts of data online – including through social media – for better decision making. Among her many honors include a 2012 IBM Faculty Award. Her research has been highlighted in several media outlets including NPR news. She has received more than $50 million in research funding from several different agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and NASA.

Both Ram and Klasa received the chairs following a rigorous internal nomination process helmed by senior Eller faculty.