Research Associates

Sharada Alampalli

Sharada Alampalli
MBA in Management & Technology - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S. in Computer Science - University at Albany
Ms. Alampalli teaches the introductory finance course to several hundred students per semester, and also participates in grant writing related to technology transfer. She has worked as a software engineer and business analyst in both private and government sectors. She serves on the Business Plan Evaluation Panel of the Albany Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.


Rita Biswas
Ph.D. - Texas A&M
Associate Professor
Professor Biswas conducts research in the areas of international finance, banking, and financial information systems. Her experience includes two years spent training bank managers in Germany and Austria. Professor Biswas received the School of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1996 and Graduate Teaching Award in 2008. She served as Finance Department Chair from 2002-08.

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Na Dai
Ph.D. - Kansas
Associate Professor
Professor Dai join the University at Albany in 2009. Her primary areas of research interest are venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds. She has published articles in Journal of Corporate Finance and Financial Management.


Ross M. Miller
Ph.D. - Harvard University
Clinical Professor (Late)
Professor Miller founded General Electric's quantitative finance research group, and has published actively in the areas of portfolio and risk management and experimental markets. Recently he developed a method to determine the “active investment share” and “active expense ratio” for mutual fund portfolios. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, What Went Wrong at Enron (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).


Hany A. Shawky
Ph.D. - Ohio State
Professor and Associate Dean
Professor Shawky served as Director for the first five years of CIIM’s existence. He has published over 40 refereed scholarly articles, and was recipient of the School of Business Research Award in 1996 and 2001. His research has been in the area of market volatility, portfolio strategy, mutual funds, and hedge funds. Professor Shawky has consulted in the areas of banking and mergers & acquisitions with corporate and government clients worldwide.


David M. Smith
Ph.D. - Virginia Tech
Associate Professor and current CIIM Director
Professor Smith, a CFA charterholder and Certified Management Accountant, presently conducts research in the areas of mutual funds and corporate dividend policy. He received various School of Business Teaching Awards, the President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (2004), and the Financial Frontiers Award for Research Excellence (2006) from Janus and the Financial Planning Association.

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Yvonne Wang
Ph.D. - Penn State
Assistant Professor 
Professor Wang, a CFA charterholder, conducts research on mutual funds and hedge funds. Her recently published work appears in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the Journal of Financial Markets.