Two College of Business faculty members have recently been appointed to endowed professorships.
Hamid Beladi, professor of economics and associate dean for research, has been named the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor in International Business.
Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. ’07, associate professor of cyber security, has received the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship.
A leading scholar in international economics, Beladi is a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers and was a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization in 2014.
“I am honored and privileged to assume the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor position and look forward to extending the reach of work in international business,” said Beladi. “These types of initiatives hold tremendous strategic value for the College of Business and its efforts to achieve Tier One status.”
With more than 200 published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, Beladi is the co-founder of the International Economics and Finance Society. He is also the editor of the International Review of Economics and Finance, associate editor of the Review of International Economics, managing editor of the North American Journal of Economics and Finance and series editor of Frontiers of Economics and Globalization. Beladi has taught at UTSA since 2005.
With over 15 years of industry and government experience in information security and digital forensics, Beebe has shown extraordinary leadership in building the college’s security and analytics programs.
Beebe’s research focuses on information security and digital forensics. And, she has an exceptional record of obtaining external funding for her work–receiving more than $1.2 million in research grants while at UTSA.
Recognizing the entrepreneurial ties to cyber security, she will utilize the professorship to focus on the commercialization of new technology, promote faculty research and support student research endeavors and cyber entrepreneurship ventures.
“It means a great deal to me to receive the Lachman Professorship,” said Beebe, who has been on faculty at UTSA since 2007. “While the endowment is fundamentally focused on entrepreneurship, one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial industries is cyber security. Cyber is a transformation agent in many entrepreneurial endeavors. My aim is to empower cyber-related entrepreneurship activity at UTSA, involving both faculty and students.”