COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Faces of the DBA Program
Louis Zmich is a first year marketing doctoral student, minoring in psychology. He received his Marketing Bachelors and Management Information Systems Masters from Northern Illinois University (NIU). While at NIU, he was the Marketing and Social Media Intern for the College of Business for three years and interned at Apex Energy Solutions as a Junior Sales Partner for one year. His research interests comprise of three broad categories (1) the evolution of sales with respect to technology, (2) bottom of the pyramid marketing, helping those who are in global social crisis with innovative marketing campaigns and techniques and (3) the salesperson–customer dyadic relationship. He plans to work, research and produce knowledge in these categories (or other) categories in the years to come. It is the research element that drives his passion for doctoral program. He considers that as a sales and marketing student, the classroom setting has always brings excitement and a sense of discovery as new knowledge is presented to young professionals looking to make a difference in this world. Apart from academia, Louis is passionate about physical forms of art, be it Vinyl, Cassettes, Film Photography, Painting, and home-brewing. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and traveling the world experiencing new cultures.
“It is not the critic who counts. … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat” – Theodore Roosevelt
Breanne A. Mertz
Breanne A. Mertz is a first-year DBA Marketing student. Her research interests include social marketing, marketing ethics, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, and digital marketing. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Louisiana Tech University. Breanne’s previous work experience is in the field of higher education where she worked as the Admissions Specialist for the College of Business. Outside of school, Breanne is a freelance photographer who enjoys meeting new people and capturing the world around her. She enjoys traveling, adventure, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Cameron Sumlin is an avid reader, learner, and entrepreneur who is pursuing a DBA in marketing, currently he is in the first year of the doctoral program. His academic accomplishments include earning a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in supply chain management. Cameron has a wealth of job experience, including logistics, sales, and management. His research interests include sales, workplace deviance, and sustainability. His passions consist of spending time with family, keeping track of the stock market, and watching Dave Ramsey. As a Louisiana native, Cameron is excited to embark on this journey in pursuit of the DBA while also embracing the community at Louisiana Tech University.
“Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” – John C. Maxwell
“The doctoral program is both rewarding and challenging. The faculty care and are easy to approach with questions. My success depends on me.”Cameron Sumlin
Grant Clary is a first year DBA student concentrating in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis. His research interests include information assurance and technology acceptance at both the consumer and organizational level. Moreover, he currently studying causes and effects of cyberloafing in hopes of completing his first publication soon. Grant graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. While completing his undergraduate, he worked as a real estate agent in Ruston. Apart from academia, Grant enjoys running, cycling, and spending time doing other various activities outdoors.
Bao Duong is a first year DBA student majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Quantitative Analysis and Management. His research interests include mobile customer analytics, social networks, information technology security, decision analysis and technology entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the DBA program, he worked in advisory and financial services for 5 years in diverse disciplines, including management training, market research, and legal and financial due diligence. He holds a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Troy University and an MBA with a specialization in Data Analytics and International Business from Missouri State University. He also holds a leadership certificate from Dale Carnegie Training Institute and an alumni member of business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. In his spare time, Bao enjoys spending time with family, reading self growth books, learning new computer programming languages, playing tennis, and connecting with business and technology like-minded people.
Mohamed Tazkarji is a first year doctoral student majoring in computer information system(CIS) and minoring quantitative analysis and management. His research interests are in studying the effects of culture on systems performance. He holds an MBA from Columbia Siuthern University. He has over ten years of working experience across various functions, some of which are managing commercial departments and setting marketing plans on both national and regional levels. He has also worked as a marketing manager for Bahrain Airlines and as a marketing consultant for the Arab region for Alfayhaa Holding. He has a second degree blackbelt in kickboxing.
“Most people fail in science because they talk themselves out of doing the experiment. Ideas are a dime a dozen. What makes the difference is the execution of the idea.” — Craig Venter
Abdulah Bajaba is a second-year DBA student majoring in management and minoring in psychology and quantitative analysis. His research interests include proactive personality, constructive/destructive deviance, and burnout. Moreover, he is interested in how different leadership styles might affect followers’ behaviors and states at the workplace. He graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Art degree in psychology while minoring in business administration. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the field of psychology during his time at Boston University. Apart from academia, Abdulah is passionate about competitive gaming. Currently he is serving as the President of the DBA Association.
“The secret to success as a doctoral student is achieved through two things. First, do what you love to do. Find what makes you curious, what intellectually stimulates you, and you will never work a single day. Second, establish a routine and stick to it. Always remember that it is a marathon, not a race.”Abdulah Bajaba
Bao Hoang is a second year doctoral student in Management. His concentration is Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and his minors are Quantitative Analysis and Finance. His mainstream research is Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, including executives’ entrepreneurial experience, immigrant – founder executives, and founder executives’ network centrality. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Vietnam National University. He also has 10 years working in small and family businesses before joining the doctoral program. His hobby includes going to the gym and playing guitar. Currently, he is serving as the Vice President of the DBA Association.
“As doctoral students, our success is measured by high academic achievement. However, saying hi to a faculty member, helping a colleague, congratulating a friend, or smiling at a student, is another big success.”Bao Hoang
Koushikee Dutta is a second year doctoral student in management with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship and she is minoring in econometrics and quantitative analysis. Her research interests include entrepreneurial characteristics, entrepreneurial innovation, social entrepreneurship, emerging markets and corporate Strategy. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (India) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Calcutta University (India). She has worked in India and Singapore as a Human Resource Business Partner in startups across education, retail and e-commerce industries. She is an avid reader and a horror movie buff. She also has a keen interest to learn about new cultures, folklore and languages.
“The professors here genuinely want to see you succeed and are never too busy to provide guidance. Every day, I find myself inspired by the thoughtful, engaged and motivated students and the professors here.”Koushikee Dutta
Rajiv Dahiya is a second year doctoral student majoring in management and minoring in computer information systems and quantitative analysis. His research interests include impacts of business intelligence on competitive advantage, resource based view, and absorptive capacity of firms. He has over 10 years’ experience working with leading IT consultancies in technical and business profiles including design and development of e-commerce systems. He holds a Master in CIS from University of Houston-CL He is also a certified Oracle Professional in SQL and PL/SQL development. Rajiv is a regular Yoga enthusiast.
“The Doctoral program is a unique opportunity to develop your research areas.”Rajiv Dahiya
James Chien is a second year DBA student concentrating in finance and minoring in quantitative analysis. His research interests include mergers and acquisitions as well as the effect of investor behavioral bias on shareholder returns. He holds a MBA from the Florida State University and a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Florida State University. Outside of school, James enjoys the outdoors and appreciates any opportunities to learn about other cultures. In the past, James enjoyed working with children by teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Prior to attending Louisiana Tech University, he worked in the field of audit.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”James Chien
Qing (Jimmy) Yang is a second year DBA student in Finance and minoring in economics and quantitative analysis. His research interests are corporate finance and investment. He holds a Master of Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University. Jimmy’s previous work experience includes working in the office of admissions as an administrative assistant of China University of Petroleum-Beijing and providing support for students of the class of 2012-2014. He also worked in Beijing Sunshine Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist in First Violins for three years. Outside of school, Jimmy likes football and supports the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for over 4 years. He also teaches Violin for kids in Ruston.
“I feel excited about sharing ideas with classmates together and discussing questions with professors. Tech provides me the best environment to pursue my research goal without fear.”Qing (Jimmy) Yang
Juliann Allen is a third year DBA student concentrating in marketing and minoring in psychology and quantitative analysis. Her research interests include consumer perceptions of authenticity and ways in which the development of the digital self influences consumer behavior. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. Juliann’s previous work experience includes working as a copywriter for a startup digital marketing firm and helping businesses as a freelance copywriter. She has written blogs, video scripts, graphic copy, taglines and website copy for brands across an array of different industries. Outside of school, Juliann has a passion for urban exploration and preserving the history of her community. Downtown revitalization and neighborhood rejuvenation are two of her favorite subjects about which to learn and write.
“Being a doctoral student is a lot different from being an undergraduate student or working in the industry. I’ve found that Tech gives me the autonomy to choose what I want to learn and where I want to go in my career. Starting research projects, bringing innovation into the classroom, leading graduate student initiatives—the opportunities are all there for the taking.”Juliann Allen
Office: COB 353
Sabinah Wanjugu is currently a third-year doctoral student pursuing a DBA in Marketing. Sabinah graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kenyatta University, Kenya and her MBA from Louisiana Tech University. Her research interests include consumer behavior, marketing ethics, particularly on consumers’ privacy issues. Her current research involves examining how consumers’ adoption of privacy-protective behaviors is leading to the dilution of the big data and as a result, influencing the implementation of marketing strategies. She is also involved in research on diffusion of innovation, particularly on the effects of the Hofstede cultural dimensions on the diffusion of telecommunication in the emerging markets. Sabinah worked previously with Xpressive Design Company, Nairobi, Kenya, as an account executive where she oversaw customer relationship management. Sabinah enjoys gardening, walks in the park and watching Disney movies during her free time.
“A close friend told me when I joined my doctoral program that, my life was totally going to change; being in my third year, I can confidently say that my friend was right. One thing for sure, mine changed both better and worse. From having the opportunity to learn from some of the best scholars in the College of Business to making good friends on the way to having a lot of sleepless nights, it has been an exciting journey. With all the hustle and bustle of what entails a DBA program, I always remember to take a moment to breathe, do what excites me, and never miss a DBA party as they all rock!!”Sabinah Wanjugu
Office: COB 342
Amin Saleh is a third year DBA student concentrating in marketing and minoring in psychology and quantitative analysis. His research interests include the influences of visual perception on cognition and how consumers engage with brands. He holds a Master of Science in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology and a Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering, both from Louisiana Tech University. Outside of school, Amin enjoys playing games with friends and learning about old times. He also enjoys keeping up to date about industrial advances in electronics and computer technology.
“I really love the friendliness of the doctoral faculty and the collegial atmosphere we have here. I feel free approach any of the faculty or other students for support or guidance with anything. It really is a fantastic learning environment.”Amin Saleh
Ellis Chefor is a third year DBA student concentrating in marketing and minoring in psychology and quantitative analysis. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Metallurgy from Cameroon Christian University. Ellis’ previous work experience includes working as a mining engineer in the gold mines in Eastern Cameroon and geotechnical land stability surveys.
Randi Jiang is a third year DBA student concentrating in computer information systems and minoring in accounting and quantitative analysis. Her research interests include the internal audit function, cyber security assurance, and internal controls within an organization. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida State University. Randi’s previous work experience includes working as a public accountant in both audit and tax services. She has experience providing accounting services to local governments, not-for-profits, and construction. Outside of school, Randi has a passion for brazilian jiu-jitsu, yoga, cycling, and hiking with her dogs. She has a vast interest in all fictional literature and is always welcome to suggestions.
“If ‘plan A’ didn’t work there are 25 more letters. Stay cool.”Randi Jiang
Md. Shariful Islam
Office: COB 364
Md. Shariful Islam is a third year doctoral student, majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Accounting and Quantitative Analysis. His research interests include Accounting Information Systems, particularly the role of internal auditors in Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity Assurance. Additionally, he is also involved in the research of cross listed firms in the US, with particular emphasis on the issue of US GAAP and IFRS. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois and have CMA certification from Bangladesh. He is a faculty member (on study leave) in the department of Accounting & Information Systems in University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He did his internship in Siemens (Bangladesh) and KPMG (Bangladesh). Recently he has published in Managerial Auditing Journal on cybersecurity audit by internal auditors. His research/ panel proposal has also been published in conference proceedings (AMCIS 2017 & 2018).
Sahar Farshadkhah is a third year DBA student concentrating in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and minoring in Management and Qualitative Analysis. Her research interest includes information security behavior, particularly the role of behavior, and informal methods in information security assurance. She enjoys solving problems by utilizing some qualitative methods such as interview as complementary tools beside the quantitative methods in her research. Sahar holds a Master of Science in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. Her previous work experience as a Business Analyst in two large companies with software development teams and managerial board members gives her the rich understanding of the importance of the role of employees in organization’s goals achievement and gives her enthusiasm in extending knowledge in this area. Outside of school, Sahar is a Certified Pilates Instructor and has a passion for TRX. She enjoys cooking and reading about health and fitness.
“Life is too short, be your best self in every single second.”Sahar Farshadkhah
Office: COB 204 (140)
Saleh Bajaba, CTP is a fourth-year doctoral candidate (ABD) in Management at Louisiana Tech University and a Lecturer of Management at King Abdulaziz University. Saleh’s holds a Master of Science in Financial Engineering from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from King Abdulaziz University. Saleh’s previous work experience includes a coordinator of the Accreditation Unit at the Faculty of Economics and Administration in King Abdulaziz University. His work has appeared in journals such as Personality and Individual Differences, Applied Psychology: International Review, and International Journal of Management and Human Resources. His work also presented at conferences such as annual meetings of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association and Midwest Academy of Management. His primary research interest focuses on proactivity and adaptivity in the workplace, leadership, organizational identification, and mindfulness. His dissertation is on tempered radicalism.
“I aspire to utilize both my gained and genetic traits to fulfill my purpose in life, which is contributing to the community of thinkers and exploring the unlimited capabilities of human beings in organizations.”Saleh Bajaba
Huan (Ken) Qiu
Office: COB 204 (137)
Huan (Ken) Qiu is a fourth year DBA student majoring in finance and minoring in economy and quantitative analysis. His research interests include corporate finance, asset pricing, behavior finance, valuation of mutual fund or hedge fund manager’s performance, etc. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in state of Mississippi. Currently, he is working on his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. Before joining in Tech, Ken worked as instructor, coordinator for international student recruiting and service in Mississippi College. He was also the founder and had served as captain and head coach for MC’s nationally ranked Table Tennis team. In his spare time, Ken enjoys reading, traveling, and working out in the gym. He likes to make friends through different types of sports.
“I really appreciate the opportunity of doctoral education after many years of working, and the assistance from staff and faculty members at Tech. I enjoy doing research and being an instructor, a career that can help others. I hope that I can be a good professor in the future, as well as being a ‘good’ person in my life to always help others when needed.”Huan (Ken) Qiu
Patrick Stanton is a fourth year DBA student concentrating in finance and minoring in economics and quantitative analysis. His research interest includes international finance, microfinance, behavioral finance. He holds an MBA from Louisiana Tech University and a BS in Business Administration from Mississippi College. He was awarded with the Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Award for year 2016/17. Patrick is a certified Tennis professional and an assistant college coach. He has four children. He can speak in Spanish fluently. He enjoys traveling, cooking and running in his spare time.
“More than anything, being in the DBA program has taught me how to learn and think- not just memorize and move onto the next step. This is what I strive to bring to my students- a passion for learning, exploring, and questioning the material; and to my research; what story the data is telling and why should we care.”Patrick Stanton