Appalachian State University professor of computer information systems and acting associate dean for graduate programs and research, Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, in the Walker College of Business has earned the AIS Doctoral Student College Founding Faculty Award from the Association for Information Systems for her invaluable contributions to the founding of the AIS Doctoral Student College.
The AIS Doctoral Student College is open to all graduate students and early career scholars in information systems who are members of AIS in good standing. The College was established to provide a forum for discourse between graduate students and early career scholars, an opportunity for mentor relationships crucial to the success of graduate students and early career scholars, and an avenue for career coaching through AIS-sponsored panels and discussions at ICIS and other AIS-sponsored conferences.
The Association for Information Systems (AIS) serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. AIS is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide.
Dr. Iyer joined Appalachian's faculty in 2017 as a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and director of the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program. During her tenure, she has founded the data analytics competition team and launched the Innovate for Good initiative, promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative activities to address social problems.
Dr. Iyer's research interests include emerging information and communication technology organizations and users, social inclusion and information technology (IT), business intelligence/analytics, healthcare IT, decision support systems and knowledge management. Her work has been published in respected journals including the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Management, and others.
Dr. Iyer was recently elected as the chair of the board for the Association of Information Systems (AIS) Special Interest Group in Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA) and has been serving as the AIS Vice President of SIGs and Colleges since 2016. For her service contributions, the Walker College honored her as recipient of the 2020 Sywassink Award for Excellence in Service. She recently earned the Hugh J. Watson Award for her work in the field of information systems.