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Executive MBA Faculty Profiles

Kambiz Raffiee, Ph.D., EMBA Director

Kambiz RaffieeKambiz Raffiee is associate dean and director of the online Executive MBA program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon. His areas of specialization are on the airline industry and economic impact of transportation systems. He has done extensive work involving cost-benefit analysis of air cargo and passenger systems at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, public opinion survey of Reno/Tahoe International Airport and economic linkages of the air transportation systems in Northern Nevada.

He has published more than 60 papers in nationally and internationally refereed journals that include the top-ranked journals in transportation economics. He received the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor award in May 2001 in recognition of his significant contributions in research, teaching and service. He is also the recipient of the Best Researcher of the Year Award in Business Education in 1992 and 1998 from the Nevada Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest honor society for collegiate schools of business in the United States.


Bahram Adrangi, Ph.D.

Photo of Bahram Adrangi, Ph.D.Bahram Adrangi is professor of economics at the Robert B. Pamplin School of Business Administration, University of Portland. He received his BS in economics in 1973, his MBA in 1975; and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1982. His areas of research interest are financial economics, transportation economics and international economics. His published papers have appeared in the Journal of Futures Market, Financial Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Transportation Journal, The Logistics and Transportation Review, and Journal of Industrial Organization, among others. He is also a regular presenter at economics and finance conferences nationally and internationally.


William L. Kuechler, Jr., Ph.D.

William L. KuechlerWilliam Kuechler is professor of information systems and chair of the information systems discipline at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Georgia State University.

His academic career follows a successful industry career in information systems development and consulting. His work experience brings insight to his teaching of both IS management and technical material and brings a wealth of practical background to his research. Kuechler’s two primary research themes are the cognitive bases of IS use, development and education, and design science research in IS. He is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Information Systems Education and is an associate editor for the Journal of Information Technology Cases.


Ronald Lembke, Ph.D.

Ronald LembkeRon Lembke has taught supply chain management and operations management at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1995. In addition to operations management, his teaching has focused on courses in quality, inventory management, and production planning. More recently, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainability.

He is the author of Going Backwards: Reverse Logistics Trends and Practices with Dr. Dale Rogers. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at the corporate offices of 3M, where he developed models to optimize supply chain inventories and production capacities. Lembke holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in math with a concentration in computer science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.


Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Bret L. SimmonsBret Simmons is associate professor of management in the College of Business where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and personal branding to both undergraduate and MBA students.

Simmons earned a master’s degree in international management from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and a Ph.D. in business administration/management from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Simmons blogs about leadership, followership, and social business and teaches organizational behavior, management and organization science, international management and entrepreneurial psychology at the University.


Yvonne Stedham, Ph.D.

Yvonne StedhamYvonne Stedham is professor of management, a 2010 University of Nevada, Reno foundation professor, and co-director of the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in the College of Business. She received a Ph.D. in business and an MBA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas and undergraduate degrees in economics and business from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn, Germany. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international management and human resource management at the University of Nevada, Reno and the School of Management in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Her research focuses on cross-cultural aspects of management and business ethics. Stedham serves on the State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as on the Nevada World Trade Council (NEWTRAC). She provides consulting and training services to many companies, locally, nationally, and internationally.


James A. Sundali, Ph.D.

James A. SundaliJames Sundali is associate professor of strategic management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and his MBA and bachelor’s degree in economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997 and has taught strategic management, corporate finance, game theory, bargaining and negotiation, individual choice behavior, organizations and the natural environment, the psychology of gaming, and managerial and leadership insights from film and literature.

In 2006 he was awarded the B.J. Fuller Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. In the last few years he has been involved in teaching abroad with classes in London, New York City, and Bilbao, Spain. His research is focused on experimental economics, behavioral game theory, behavioral finance, and individual choice behavior.


Arun Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Arun UpadhyayDr. Arun Upadhyay teaches finance courses in the College of Business at University of Nevada Reno. His primary teaching area is corporate finance. Before moving to academic world, Dr. Upadhyay worked for several years with a commercial bank in the area of credit analysis and international banking. He received Ph.D. in finance from Temple University. Prior to moving to University of Reno, he worked at University of Alaska Anchorage where he was awarded College of Business and Public Policy Best Teacher award. Dr. Upadhyay also served on the Investment Advisory Commission of Municipality of Anchorage.

Dr. Upadhyay’s research focuses on corporate governance issues. He studies corporate leadership structure and executive compensation. He has published articles on board structure in high quality finance journals such as Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His work has been presented at various national and international conferences.


Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D. CPA

Jeffrey WongJeffrey Wong is associate professor in the College of Business and received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Wong’s work has been published in a number of journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Database, International Journal of e-Collaboration, and Internal Auditor.

His research interests focus on understanding how a firm’s strategic decisions and actions ultimately map to financial results. This research focus has most recently examined how a company’s information systems and investments in technology enhance the value of a firm.


James McClenahan, MBA

James McClenahanJim McClenahan is the Director of Management and Executive Programs for Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, responsible for more than 150 professional development courses annually as well as several major conferences.

He serves as the Treasurer to the Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Schools to Careers committee for Washoe County and on the advisory board for St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. He completed his MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006.

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