Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean at the Beacom School of Business, was associate dean and professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras, India; his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Venkatachalam also worked in industry as an engineer for four years (1983-87). Since August 2005, he was the director of the Enterprise Integration Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, Venkatachalam received several awards and distinctions, including the 2012 UNH Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Public Service, the 2006 UNH Faculty Excellence in Research Award and the 1995 UNH Teaching Excellence Award.
Since 1992, he has been an accomplished teacher, researcher, team builder, networker, entrepreneur and innovator developing several successful academic programs, including a J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program, entrepreneurship track in the M.B.A. program, M.S. Management of Technology, accelerated one-year full-time M.B.A., online M.B.A., campus-wide minor in entrepreneurship for non-business majors and an undergraduate program in information systems. Venkatachalam has successfully completed research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Administration and the National Science Foundation. During 2009-13, he was the project director for a clean energy technology accelerator project (Green Launching Pad), funded by the Department of Energy that successfully launched 14 green startups in two years.
Venkatachalam also pioneered the design and development of PRO-Net, the procurement, marketing and communications network for the U.S. Small Business Administration. For his leadership role in the creation of PRO-Net, the United States Vice President Al Gore honored Venkatachalam on June 3, 1997 at the White House, during the inauguration of Small Business Week.
In addition to being featured in more than 50 publications in reputed research journals and refereed conference proceedings, Venkatachalam is an associate editor for the Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications Research and serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and Journal of Organizational & End-User Computing.