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21st Annual

December 1-2, 2004

Keynote Speaker

Sudha Ram
Eller Professor of MIS, Eller School of Management, University of Arizona

Enterprise Data Management: Advances and Challenges

Sudha Ram is Eller Professor, Management Information Systems in the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry from the University of Madras in 1979, PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1985.

Dr. Ram has published articles in such journals as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly.

Dr. Ram's research deals with issues related to Enterprise Data Management. Her research has been funded by organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, Raytheon, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA , and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Specifically, her research deals with Interoperability among Heterogeneous Database Systems, Semantic Modeling, BioInformatics and Spatio-Temporal Semantics, Business Rules Modeling, Web services Discovery and Selection, and Automated software tools for database design.

Dr. Ram serves on editorial board for such journals as, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Information Technology and Management, and as associate editor for Information Systems Research, Journal of Database Management, and the Journal of Systems and Software. She has chaired several workshops and conferences supported by ACM, IEEE, and AIS. She is a co-founder of the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) and serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER).

Dr. Ram serves as a consultant to several global companies on global E-Business strategy and technology infrastructure. She also designs, directs and teaches many executive education programs. She also donates her time to providing IT solutions and guidance to non-profit organizations including, the Community Food Bank, Native American Seed Search Program, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and Tucson Police Department. She received the Joseph Peggs Kalt and Margie Peggs Kalt Award for Mentoring and Doctoral Placement for the second consecutive year in 1999. In recognition of her contributions as a Professor, Scholar, Educator and Community Leadership Dr. Ram was awarded the Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year Award in March 2000.

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