Jeff Leeson has earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, an MBA-Finance degree and a Master of Science in Management-Marketing. He recently earned his Doctorate Degree with a focus on the importance of manufacturing to our economy. Jeff has had one of his post-doctoral research articles published and a second article accepted for publication.
He has over 40 years of diverse industry background in Senior Operations and General Management roles for consumer and industrial products, medical equipment, computer hardware, building products, and commercial fitness equipment. He was the #2 executive at international recognized Thermos Company and Cybex International. After leaving corporate America, he and a colleague started Ground Zero Design, a niche company in the commercial fitness equipment industry using the brand name Free Motion. With a proprietary product, they grew first year sales to $10 million, growing faster than any company in the industries history. He left this business and purchased an established business, Eagle Graphics and Printing, a commercial print shop.
Jeff also teaches many business classes at the graduate and undergraduate level. He’s taught over 800 courses in the last 15 years and developed over 25 courses in management, accounting, operations and business sustainability. He also serves as a doctoral dissertation committee chair for a number of doctoral students. His MSAE thesis topic is: Which are more important to economic growth; macroeconomic stability variables or “other variables”?
Yoshie Kim was born in Massachusetts and moved to Ohio in 2006 where she currently resides. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Development with minors in French and Economics from Ohio State University. Yoshie is currently working as an intern at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, a state agency that provides services and determines Social Security Disability Insurance for people with disabilities. She works in the Division of Fiscal Management where she organizes and analyzes current and historical data to help in forecasting and developing a budget for the agency’s various programs for the upcoming fiscal year.
Yoshie enrolled in the MSAE program to learn more about the tools and methodologies used in analyzing data. As a mother of two girls, the flexibility offered by distance education was very appealing. She hopes to someday become a policy/program analyst where she can use her love of working with numbers and data to analyze the effectiveness of various programs and make recommendations on how to improve them. Yoshie hasn’t narrowed her thesis topic down yet, but is interested in education and the inequality present between different regions and countries.
Manoj Andhappilly started his career in 1998 with IBM in India after completing his Masters in Computer Applications. He moved to the US in 2000 and has been working for a number of software startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, he works as an engineer at Avaya Inc, in Santa Clara, California.
Manoj’s fascination for Economics started a few years back when someone gave him a copy of Freakonomics, which led him to read other books in the same domain. While working in a financial service startup, Motif Investing he realized how little he knew of finance and economics. That motivated him to enroll in the MSAE program at UND. Manoj is unsure of his thesis topic at this point.
Julian Janssen was born in Oregon and moved to Guam as a child. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Guam. Since 2010 he has worked in the Guam Legislature. Julian’s title has been Chief Analyst since 2014 and is currently working for the Chairman of Finance and Taxation in the Guam Legislature. They have recently renewed efforts to reform Guam’s tax laws by establishing the Guam Tax Commission.
Julian areas of interest in economics include macroeconomics, fiscal policy, public finance, monetary economics, labor economics, econometrics and growth theory. His thesis topic is: “Does the term premium for US Federal bonds affect Guam’s Business privilege Tax (BPT) Revenues?”