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Meet the Recipients

Award winners are announced in May each year.

Recipients receive a $1,000 stipend and a $4,000 research grant funded by the endowed chairs and the Opus College of Business. The research grant can be used to fund the winner’s future research, and therefore need not be spent in the year the award is received. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, travel for conferences or data gathering, purchase of databases or software, hiring a graduate assistant or funding a survey. The research grant may not be used for summer salary or in any other manner to provide salary support for the award winner.

2018 RECIPIENT: AVINASH MALSHE

Avinash Malshe received his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been a full-time faculty member in the marketing department at the University of St. Thomas since 2005. His primary research interest lies in examining marketing strategy processes in business to business markets.

His work is published in marketing, management and business journals, including: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, International Business Review and International Small Business Journal. He has also co-authored a book titled 'Improving Sales and Marketing Collaboration: Step-by-step Guide' published by Business Expert Press in 2014

He primarily teaches graduate courses in marketing management, health care marketing, and brand management in the Full-Time, Evening and Health Care UST MBA programs. He has also taught the capstone undergraduate course in marketing management. Before his academic career, he worked for more than five years as a brand manager in the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Ltd. in their South Asia operations.

Malshe has trained and consulted with business executives in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors on a variety of marketing, sales, and strategy-related issues. He is an active source for the media and has written numerous "Outside Consultant" columns in the Star Tribune, in which he advises small and mid-size businesses on the unique marketing challenges they face.

2017 RECIPIENT: MUFADDAL BAXAMUSA

Mufaddal Baxamusa's research focuses on corporate finance (mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, corporate governance, financing policies, investment decisions) and investments (trading strategies, abnormal returns, hedge funds). He is widely published in leading academic journals, including Financial Management, and has been invited for presentations at universities, and prestigious national conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Finance Association. He has also been quoted in the media as a subject area expert. Baxamusa earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

2016 Recipient: Chad Brinsfield

Chad Brinsfield received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in labor and human resources from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. He has extensive industry experience in manufacturing and logistics, including positions as a general manager for an international automotive parts manufacturer, and founder and president of a logistics services company. He has researched and published in the areas of silence and voice in organizations, trust and workplace commitments.

2015 Recipient: Muer Yang

Muer Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management. He received his Ph.D. in operations management from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, the University of Cincinnati; and an M.S. in management science and a B.S. in management information systems from Tsinghua University.

His research interests include applications of simulation optimization techniques, health care management and public policy operations. His research publications have appeared in IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, OMEGA, JORS, Critical Care Medicine and other journals.

Yang's teaching philosophy centers on the translation of knowledge into practical skills that bridge the classroom and the real business environments. He teaches classes at the undergraduate and MBA levels, including operations management and business statistics.

He received the Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award in 2015, which recognizes outstanding faculty achievement in research in UST, and second place in the INFORMS SPPSN best paper competition in 2011. His research in voting operations has received media coverage.

2014 Recipient: Debasish Mallick

Debasish Mallick is associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management. He joined the university in 2006 and earned his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas.

Debasish N. Mallick teaches technology and operations management. Prior to joining the University of St. Thomas in 2006, he worked in industry and taught at the University of Arkansas, University of Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Boston College and the University of Minnesota. He also directed the New Product Design & Business Development Program at the University of Minnesota.

Mallick's research focuses on collaboration, innovation and learning in new product development and technology management. His work has appeared in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Design Management Journal, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management, Intelligent Design and Manufacturing, and in proceedings of national conferences.

Mallick has consulted with more than 20 companies and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is an active member of Production & Operations Management Society, Decision Sciences Institute, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Engineering Management Society, and Product Development & Management Association. 

He is also the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the University of Arkansas Sam Walton College of Business, IBM Design Leadership Fellowship from the Corporate Design Foundation, McKnight Economic and Business Research Fellowship and Learning Excellence Initiative Grant at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, Instructional Innovation Award from the Decision Sciences Institute, and was nominated for the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award at Boston College. 

He received his B. Tech. (with honors in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

2013 Recipient: Daryl Koehn

Daryl Koehn is a full professor in the Ethics and Business Law department. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and has taught at St. Thomas since 2010.


Daryl Koehn joined the UST Opus School of Business faculty in 2010. She had previously served for 12 years as the director of the Center for Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. She has taught at the University of Chicago, Oxford University and DePaul University. In 2010, she received the Outstanding Professor of the Year teaching award; in 2008, she was awarded the Outstanding Researcher of the Year award.  

Koehn's current research focuses on the nature of good and evil in business and professional arenas. She has published extensively on the subject of trustworthiness and integrity, and on corporate governance. At present, she is researching the ethics of CEO apologies and the aesthetic dimension of ethical goodness.  

She regularly consults with boards of directors regarding ethics and compliance issues and does mission-driven consulting for Catholic institutions. She serves on the integrity and compliance committee of a major multinational company and has been on the board of advisors of several nonprofit organizations.

2012 Recipient: Avinash Malshe

Avinash Malshe is associate professor of marketing at the Opus College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been at St. Thomas since 2005.

In one of the nominations submitted on his behalf, a fellow faculty member wrote, "We are very fortunate to have him as our inaugural Heckler Award recipient. Not only does his work deserve recognition on its own merits, I believe it sets a benchmark for us all. It is clear that he is not just producing at a high level, but that there is a vision - an intention - behind his work.”

Malshe's primary research interest area is marketing strategy. In particular, his research explores how the interface dynamics between sales and marketing function within a firm, impact its strategy creation and implementation activities, and provide implementable solutions to managers. His work is published in marketing and business journals such as Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Strategic Marketing, and Journal of Business to Business Marketing, among others. He has also co-authored a book chapter in a marketing thought piece titled “The Service Dominant Logic of Marketing” that discusses the notion of consumer resources and how marketers need to think about consumers as a resource in their marketing practices.

“His work stood out among a strong pool of candidates for its ability to contribute to both the academic discussions and provide real guidance to managers struggling with a difficult problems, such as designing and managing the interface between sales and marketing, another nominator wrote. "He exemplifies what we were hoping to honor with the Susan Heckler Award for Research Excellence”

Malshe has trained and consulted with business executives in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors on avariety of marketing issues. Prior to starting his academic career, he worked as a brand manager in the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer Inc. in their South Asia operations.

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