Dr. Lakshmi Iyer has been named acting associate dean for graduate programs and research in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.
"Dr. Iyer brings a wealth of administrative experience in graduate programs to the role of associate dean, including eight years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and four years here at Appalachian," said Acting Dean Sandy Vannoy. "She will oversee all graduate programs and research operations for the college, including oversight of graduate curriculum, enrollment management, assistantships and scholarships, and administration of the college's research programs."
About Dr. Iyer
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.
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.
Iyer earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in management science and information technology and a minor in computer science from the University of Georgia. She holds a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from Bangalore University in India.