PhD in Business Administration
Naif Alawi is a PhD candidate in the Information System and Decision Science Department.
Prior to joining USF, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from
the American University in Dubai and he completed his MBA at the American University
in Washington DC. He also worked at Umm Al Qura University as a Lecturer for a management
course. His research interests include users’ behavior in crowdsourcing platforms,
creativity in crowdsourcing, and AI integration in teams and collaboration environment.
Saurav Chakraborty is a third year doctoral candidate in the Information Systems and
Decision Sciences discipline at Muma College of Business. Prior to joining University
of South Florida, he earned a MS in Computer Science from Indiana Univeristy Bloomington.
His primary research project looks into using agent based modeling and simulation
for evaluating and implementing federal regulation to prevent financial contagion.
His other research projects focus on various aspects of Cyber Security (threat detection
in IoT Networks) along with investigating socio technical deviant behavior (Cyberbullying
and Digital Piracy. He has published in the Systems Journal and his work has been
presented in various Information Systems conferences like AMCIS, WITS, HICSS among
Matthew Henriksson is a PhD candidate in the Finance Department. His research interests
include investor behavior, FinTech (marketplace lending), political finance, and textual
analysis. His work has been presented at several major conferences including the American
Finance Association (AFA), the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) European
Conference on Household Finance, and the Northern Finance Association (NFA). Prior
to joining USF, Matthew worked for six years at The Walt Disney Company where he led
a team of analysts in the Revenue Management and Analytics Department. He also earned
a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the
University of Florida.
Gaurav Jetley is a doctoral candidate in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences
department at University of South Florida. Prior to joining the Doctoral program in
Information Systems, Gaurav earned a Bachelors in Commerce with a major in Computing
and Information Systems from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University
and a MS in Management Information Systems from University of South Florida. His principal
research interests include applications of machine learning in healthcare and the
impacts of multimodal information in e-commerce. In healthcare, his research ranges
from patient and process flows to collaborative intelligence using humans and AI.
In e-commerce, his research focuses on the impacts of different sources of information
(numeric, textual, auditory and visual) on consumer decision making and retailor sales.
He utilizes a variety of machine learning and econometric techniques in his research
which deal with structured, unstructured and complex data types. Gaurav has created
and taught classes in Blockchain for Business and Data Analytics with R at both graduate
(co-taught) and undergraduate levels at the University of South Florida.
Luke Liska is a behavioral researcher with interests in digital & social media marketing, immersive virtual environments, and social good. His research ranges from improving the lives of both humans and the environment to investigating the impact of the sky on our online shopping behaviors. Luke also develops virtual reality scenarios in Unity3D to use as a methodological tool to test marketing related concepts. Luke has presented his work at major conferences including, the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Marketing Science. He currently teaches Digital Marketing at the University of South Florida and acts as a digital marketing consultant for firms in the marine and fish replica industries. Prior to entering the PhD. program, Luke worked in the financial services industry where he developed and implemented digital marketing campaigns to generate business development opportunities and awareness. He holds an MS in Marketing from the University of Denver and a BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Dong Liu is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Business Administration (Marketing)
in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. Dong holds an
MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MA from Nanjing University. His
research interests focus on marketing strategy including the diffusion effect of organization
marketing behavior, digital marketing strategy, and new product development. Dong
has presented his work at major conferences including American Marketing Association,
Academy of Marketing Science, and Marketing Science. He is currently teaching Marketing
Research at the University of South Florida.
Agnieszka Onuchowska - Information Systems
Agnieszka Onuchowska is a PhD candidate in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Department. Her research interests focus on cybersecurity-related aspects including
online deception, threat detection on IoT networks and influence of bots on information
exchange on social media. Agnieszka has published or presented her research at various
conferences including Americas Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International
Conference on System Sciences and Florida Center for Cybersecurity Annual Conference.
She has also published in International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJeC).
Kirill Pervun is a PhD candidate in Finance. His research interests include Behavioral,
Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance, Investments, Real Estate, and Law and Economics.
His present research focuses on exploring links between manager personal characteristics
and corporate decisions (e.g. ‘Athlete CEOs’ and ‘Foreign CEOs’ papers). His work
has been presented at the Financial Management Association (FMA), Southern Finance
Association (SFA), American Real Estate Society (ARES), and Florida Finance conference
(FFC). Prior to joining USF Kirill worked as attorney, marketing intern at FedEx,
tennis coach, door-to-door book and insurance salesman, business consultant, and founded
his own commercial real estate business (BWT Global Investors). He earned his law
degree in Russia, International MBA from the University of Memphis, and MS in Real
Estate (Finance) from the University of Florida. He was a NCAA student-athlete on
a full tennis scholarship and was inducted into the Athletic Director’s Academic Hall
Iana Shaheen is a 4th year doctoral candidate. Her research focuses on supply chain
management including value creation, decision making in response to disruptions, and
humanitarian logistics. Several of her projects focus on leadership and resilience.
She is a member of a research team that is investigating market opportunity from a
macro-marketing perspective by evaluating the potential leverage investments in logistics
infrastructure to increase economic development for the State of Florida. Iana has
presented her research at various conferences including Academy of Marketing Science,
Academy of Management, Production and Operations Management Society, Council for Supply
Chain Management Professionals, and Decision Sciences. Iana has degrees in Management
and Business Law from Higher School of Economics in Russia. Prior to joining the doctoral
program, Iana worked as a marketing consultant both in the US and overseas.
Zhihao Yu is a doctoral candidate in Marketing. His research interests include conspicuous
consumption, digital marketing, and social influence marketing. Several of his projects
focus on formality and online product presentation. His work has been present at major
conferences including American Marketing Association and Academy of Marketing Science.
He is currently teaching Buyer Behavior at the University of South Florida. Prior
to entering the Ph.D. program, Zhihao worked in the luxury industry for many years
and was brand managers for several International luxury brands.