Contact Current PhD Students

Dina Denney

Year in Program: 4th
PhD Specialization: Strategy/Change Management


Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis
in RF systems from University of Texas of Dallas, MBA with an emphasis in
change management from University of Texas at Tyler, MPA with an emphasis
in change management from University of Texas at Tyler.
Research interests: Organizational change management, strategy, leadership,
organizational psychopathy and mixed methods research analysis.
Dina Denney is currently a second-year Ph.D. student at New Mexico State University
at the College of Business, in the Management Department. Mrs. Denney lived in Germany
for nearly seven years where she graduated from a private Department of Defense school.
During this formative period in her life, she encountered a myriad of cultures and people
while traveling extensively throughout western Europe. After returning to the United States,
she served her country for six years in the U. S. Navy.


She has worked in private sector companies such as Johnson Controls, G. E., and Boeing,
as well as in the public sector at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Her researchinterests extend to the merging of private sector business practices into the
public sector, specifically,the need for successful implementation of lasting change management.


Shravya Dharba

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Operations Management/Strategy


Degrees: Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering,

PSG College of Technology, India Master of Engineering in Engineering Management,

Certification in Systems Engineering Management and Data Exploration and Visualization

for Risk and Decision Making, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, U.S.


Research interests: Operations and Supply Chain Management, Operational Decision

Management, Project Management, Corporate Governance


Shravya is a first-year doctoral student in Management at New Mexico State University,
New Mexico. She believes in keeping an explorative attitude and inquisitive mind is a key
to constant learning process. She enjoys solving mysteries and puzzles. She considers
pursuing a doctoral degree as an opportunity to talk about new ideas, a chance to apply
those ideas into real-world situations and challenges and hopefully solve some of these
challenges. With some background operations research and decision making, she obtained
during her Masters, she focuses to work on operations management and supply chain management.


Shammi Gandhi

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Organizational Behavior/Human Resource


Degrees: Master of Business Administration (New Mexico State University (NMSU)), Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Education (Guru Nanak Dev University, India), Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s in Economics (Punjabi University, India)

Research interests: Job Satisfaction, Leadership, Organizational Commitment, Workplace Challenges, Diversity, Training, Employee Performance and Empowerment.

Shammi is a first-year doctoral student in the Management Department of
College of Business at NMSU. She moved from India to Las Cruces, NM in 2010.
Before moving to US, she was a College Instructor for almost four years and taught
methods of teaching Economics and psychology in the College of Education, Punjab, India.
However, before working on her MBA degree, she took a pause on the professional front
and spent her energies on raising her kids. Her focus at present is on learning various
key components of Management field of study, which can empower her to design a
multi-disciplinary research study for her Doctoral dissertation. Her future research projects
may focus on developing a comprehensible set of work practices in alignment with the
organization’s goals, impact of automation on job satisfaction, training and employee
engagement and shift in workplace challenges.


While working as Graduate Research Assistant and Program Specialist in College of

Health and Social Services at NMSU, Shammi also developed key marketing strategies

to promote dual degree program of master’s in public health and master’s in social work

from NMSU. Additionally, she has co-authored an article on “Contributions to

Public Health Social Work students to their professions and communities”, which is accepted to be

published in Health Promotion Practice.

Ali Mchiri

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Degrees: Master of Business Administration – NMSU, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting – UTEP

Research interests: Strategy and policy implementation in a multicultural context, moderating role of culture in entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics.

Ali Mchiri has extensive working experience in the private and government sectors
overseeing multi-million dollars budgets and contracts. He is also experienced in managing
and owning a small business. Prior to joining the PhD program in Management at NMSU,
Mr. Mchiri participated in The Ph.D. Project where he learned more about the PhD journey
and careers in academia. Having the advantage of being born and lived abroad in the Mediterranean/North African region, Mr. Mchiri offers diverse insights when it comes to
diversity, multiculturism, and doing business in diverse cultures. His research interests
include strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics in cross-cultural contexts.


Jimoh Fatoki

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Operations management and supply chain


Degrees: Master in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, University of Ibadan;

Bachelor in Wood Products Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Research interests: Supply chain partnership, e-commerce, product design and

quality control.


Mr Jimoh Fatoki grew up in Nigeria, a developing country in Africa, where he gained
academic and industrial experience. He worked in a wood-based industry as part of
the production team, and also as a quality control officer in Jebba Paper Mills Ltd., Nigeria.
Before embarking on a PhD journey, Mr Jimoh worked as a Research Assistant at Lagos
Business School in Nigeria, where he actively took part in a number of researches in
the school’s operations management unit.

Saba Rudsari

Year in Program: 1st


Degrees: MBA from New Mexico State University.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from New Mexico State Univerity.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Yazd University, Iran.


Research interests: Strategy, Leadership, Operations Management.


Saba Rudsari is a first-year Ph.D. student at New Mexico State University a the
College of Business, in the Management Department. Before joining the program,
her prior experience included work as the project manager and structural engineer
in the Management office for Physical Resource in Iran. She also worked as an advisor
and the counter manager of Clinique in the U.S., 4D- printing project’s entrepreneur
lead (Aggie I-CORPS) and the program specialist (ERC Environmental Design Contest)
in College of Engineering at NMSU. Saba’s research interests extended to Strategy,
Leadership, and Operation Management.

Mabel Sanchez

Year in Program: 4th
PhD Specialization: Organizational Behavior


Degrees: International Business, BA, and MBA with an emphasis in research

methods from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Research interests: Organizational behavior and change, diversity, gender

and organization, alternative paradigms, feminist theory, storytelling, and

qualitative methods.


Mabel Sanchez has a B.A. in International Business and an M.B.A. from the University
of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is currently a second year Ph.D. student at New Mexico
State University in the Management department. Mabel worked in the government and
private sector, including the World Trade Center El Paso/Juarez, the New Mexico Border
Authority, and the Dallas Independent School District. Working as an Ambassador of
Mexico at UTEP for three years, the interaction with people from eleven different countries,
and having lived in the United States, Mexico, France, and England has marked her research
interest in diversity, gender and organization, organizational change, feminist theory, and
qualitative research. Mabel returned to the US-Mexico borderland to study diversity, where
there are Native, Asian, American, and Mexican cultures that work and prosper: it is a window
into the United States’ future.

Ji-Yeon Seok

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Organizational Behavior and Strategy


Degrees: Master of Arts in Economics, Vanderbilt University, U.S.A.; Master of

Business Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea;

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Konkuk University, Republic of Korea

Research interests: Positive organizational scholarship / Positive relationships at work,

Virtuous/Responsible leadership, Employee well-being, Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility,

and Social Entrepreneurship.

Ji-Yeon Seok has been involved in non-profits, social enterprises, and start-up companies
as an employee, consultant, or volunteer for more than ten years in Republic of Korea.
Through this experience, her research interest – which was always oriented to enhancing
the quality of life, especially for the most vulnerable citizens – moved from a macro
perspective to a micro level. She came to understand the influence of micro-interactions
within organizations in achieving the sustainability and welfare of organizations, their
employees, and the communities they serve or belong to; hence, her current research
interests focus on these relationships and outcomes within firms.

Eugene Sull

Year in Program: 2nd
PhD Specialization: Operations Management


Degrees: Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering, Hanyang University; MBA,

Sogang University, South Korea.

Research interests: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Service Quality,

Quality Management, E-Commerce, Customer Behavior, Project management

Sull’s current research explores the major antecedents of mobile banking customer
loyalty. He has taught MGT 344 (Production and Operations management) both online
and face-to-face.

Before joining the PhD program, his prior experience included work as an system engineer, researcher and marketing manager at Samsung Thales, LS Industrial Systems and Research Institute for 10 years.

Ruoqing Zhang

Year in Program: 5th
PhD Specialization: Operations Management


Degrees: B.S. in Textile Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, China;

M.S. in Industrial Engineering, NMSU.

Research interests: Supply chain management and e-commerce.

Zhang has a rich industry background in both manufacturing and IT companies.
He worked as an operations manager and database administrator before joining
the management Ph.D. program.

His current research interests focus on transnational electronic commerce, specifically,
how technology influences merchants’ operations strategy and consumer behaviors
across different channels. He is also interested in investigating key factors of supply
chain integration (internal, customer, supplier).

Qin Zhou

Year in Program: 1st
PhD Specialization: Public Administration and Statistics


Research interests: Organizational Behavior

My name is Qin. I was a sociology major for my undergrad. After I graduated,
I came to the States for my graduate school. I got a master degree in Public
Administration and then a master degree in Statistics from University of Vermont.
Before I moved to Las Cruces with my family, I was a PhD candidate in Management
Information System at Iowa State University. Now, I am a first year Ph.D. student
in Management at NMSU. My interest is in Organizational Behavior.