Finance faculty are continuing their commitment to excellence in the Orfalea College of Business and beyond.
Professor Larry Gorman became one of the first-ever recipients of the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship, alongside fellow professors Eduardo Zambrano (economics) and Chris Carr (accounting and law). Gorman was selected for the fellowship by a four-person Dean’s Advisory Council committee for his outstanding efforts to inspire students. Gorman has paved the way for strong industry connections between finance students and major employers in the high-tech sector, including leaders like Apple.
Finance professor and former area chair Cyrus Ramezani has been appointed interim department chair for Agribusiness Department in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Ramezani brings extensive hands-on experience to the position, including his Ph.D. in agricultural and resources economics from UC Berkeley and extensive research in the field. Ramezani’s appointment follows the retirement of the Agribusiness Department’s Jay Noel. Ramezani continues to teach finance courses in the Orfalea College of Business, including the Student Managed Portfolio Project, during this temporary appointment.
Professor Pratish Patel is also sharing his finance knowledge across Cal Poly’s campus. Patel served as a mentor to an interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly business,s architecture and construction management students competing at the recent 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition. His expertise helped the team finish in second place out of 37 universities across the nation. He worked with the team as they prepared for the critical finance and business portions of the comprehensive building planning project.
Professor Brian Ayash has led finance students through the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Challenge course. In December 2015, 14 Cal Poly students took the Level 1 exam with a pass rate of 57 percent. The rate yet again bested the international average of 43 percent. Ayash says another group of 25 students will take the exam in June. Cal Poly’s CFA Challenge is a senior project course that devotes a year to preparing seniors to sit for the certification that is often considered the gold-standard in the finance profession. Thanks to Learn by Doing preparation, Cal Poly students have a long history of surpassing international averages for the CFA exam.
Finance Area Chair John Dobson has continued his research surrounding aesthetics and business. He recently published the article “Heidegger’s Critique of Technology and the Contemporary Return to Artisan Business Activity” in the journal Philosophy of Management. Dobson was a featured speaker at a symposium hosted by University of Wisconsin’s School of Business on Beauty in Business. The title of his presentation was Dwelling Poetically: An Aesthetic Justification for Teaching Art in Business School. Professor Dobson also presented a similar paper this summer at the Philosophy of Management Conference at Oxford University, UK.