Roundup: Rady Faculty Research and Innovation

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Rady faculty Uri Gneezy, Charles Sprenger and Vish Krishnan pave the way for innovation in each of their areas of expertise

Year after year, students consistently rank their close access to the high caliber faculty at the Rady School as one of the most enjoyable, meaningful and valuable parts of their overall Rady experience. Rady faculty are recognized experts in their fields, always seeking new knowledge and new practices for business, and are dedicated to ensuring that Rady graduate students have the knowledge and skills to be effective as managers and innovators in a changing business world. Below are just a few recent accomplishments from Rady faculty that exemplify this leadership and impact.

Charles Sprenger Receives Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships

Charles Sprenger, Rady associate professor of economics and strategy, was one of only two UC San Diego faculty selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2016. The Sloan Research Fellowships give early-career scientists and scholars, who are identified as "rising stars" due to their achievements and potential, $55,000 to further their research. "In an increasingly competitive academic environment, it can be difficult to stand out, even when your work is first rate. The Sloan Research Fellowships have become an unmistakable marker of quality among researchers. Fellows represent the best-of-the-best among young scientists,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Sprenger is a behavioral economist who uses laboratory and field experiments to explore non-standard models of decision making over time and under risk. He is interested in phenomena that revolve around issues of self-control, temptation and the appeal of certainty. He believes that understanding these phenomena and the preferences underlying them are critical to advancing and refining the economist's view of individual behavior.


Uri Gneezy is Named One of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters

Uri Gneezy, professor of economics and strategy and Epstein/Atkinson Chair in Behavioral Economics, was selected among a review of approximately nine million researchers producing upwards of two million published studies around the world each year. Gneezy and his works are recognized as those most often cited by fellow scientists. Gneezy’s research focuses on putting behavioral economics to work in the real world, such as incentives-based interventions, Pay-What-You-Want pricing, and the detrimental effects of small and large incentives.


Vish Krishnan Chosen to Lead a National WSJ Panel on "Leading Innovation"

Vish Krishnan, professor of innovation, technology & operations, was invited to lead a panel on the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Network under the topic of “Leading Innovation.” The CIO Network is an invitation-only event that brings together chief information and technology officers from the top companies around the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities for innovation for their organizations. The “Leading Innovation” session focused on identifying the new skills businesses need and how CIOs, other corporate leaders and policy makers can begin taking necessary actions now. Leading innovation forms the core of Krishnan’s educational and research interests, particularly on the topic of how individuals, organizations and societies can leverage continued innovation for improved welfare and prosperity.



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