Frank Aguilera - 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
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; SFNews.net 2014-current.
Barbara Arnoldussen - 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 - 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
In class or by prior appointment (in person, or remote)
Venkatesh Gopal, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Leila Halawi, DBA - Adjunct Faculty
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 - 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
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 - 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
Esmail Rahimian, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Nik Tehrani, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Mark Walsh - Adjunct Faculty
Patricia Wiggin - Core Faculty Director of Online Services