Andrew Hafenbrack, Alicia DeSantola, Ties de Kok, Lukas Kremens, Mingwen Yang, Lalit Jain and Brian Gale. Not pictured is Russell Walker.

Class of 2019

UW Foster School adds eight exceptional faculty members

Business education is booming at the Foster School, which welcomes eight new members to its expanding faculty. Each brings a wealth of expertise and accomplishment—and even greater promise—to Foster this year. Here’s a brief look at the faculty class of 2019.

Ties de Kok Assistant Professor of Accounting – recently earned his PhD at Tilburg University – nominated for the best doctoral dissertation at Tilburg – spent 2018 as a visiting scholar at the Foster School – studies financial accounting, capital market research, management accounting, natural language processing and computer science – fun fact: is a proficient 3D modeler.

Alicia DeSantola – Assistant Professor of Management and Organization – recently earned her PhD in organizational behavior at Harvard University – studies new venture development, entrepreneurial teams, technology and innovation strategy, and venture capital – won a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching at Harvard and the Vincenti Thesis Prize for masters work at Stanford – fun fact: is a multi-linguist who has studied Spanish, French, Latin and Greek… so far.

Brian Gale – Assistant Professor of Accounting – recently earned his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – previously earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School where he was editor of the Chicago Law Review – studies judgment and decision making, accounting regulation, information processing and investors’ use of financial reporting – winner of the Figge Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award at Illinois – fun fact: has visited the lowest and highest points in the Lower 48 in the same day.

Andrew Hafenbrack – Assistant Professor of Management & Organization – earned his PhD from INSEAD – joins Foster from the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics – earned CLSBE Best Teacher Award at CLSBE – studies mindfulness and performance, multicultural experiences, decision-making, and social identity – mindfulness research has received widespread media coverage – won Best Paper Awards from Academy of Management and European AOM – named to Poets & Quants “40 Best Business School Professors Under 40” – fun fact: studied opera for many years. 

Lalit Jain – Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business – earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – research scientist in the UW’s Allen School of Computer Science since 2018 – co-founded Seventh Harmonic LLC – expert at building machine learning and adaptive collection algorithms and systems with humans in the loop – fun fact: favorite company is Indian Trunk Sale, his mom’s clothing shop in Knoxville, TN.

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Lukas Kremens – Assistant Professor of Finance – recently earned his PhD at the London School of Economics – previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Rothschild – studies international asset pricing, macro finance, and financial intermediation – two-time winner of the Class Teacher Award at LSE – won best paper awards from the Swiss Society for Financial Markets and the Annual Conference in International Finance – fun fact: passionate soccer (aka football) player and fan of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Russell Walker – Senior Lecturer of Marketing – joins Foster from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management – at Kellogg, served as clinical professor of managerial economics and decision sciences and associate director of the Zell Center for Risk Research – won 2011 Kellogg Impact Award – studies analytics, big data, digital strategies, data monetization, sports analytics, risk management, data-driven marketing, decision sciences, and international business strategy – author of three books on big data and risk management – fun fact: is an avid horticulturist.

Mingwen Yang – Assistant Professor of Information Systems – recently earned her PhD from UT-Dallas – studies fintech, online reputation management, cloud computing security and business intelligence and analytics – runner-up for Best Paper in the 2018 INFORMS E-Business Cluster – fun fact: has a good sense of direction and enjoys orienting by maps.

Ed Kromer Managing Editor Foster School

Ed Kromer is the managing editor of Foster Business magazine. Over the past two decades, he has served as the school’s senior storyteller, writing about a wide array people, programs, insights and innovations that power the Foster School community.