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Dr. Ramesh Sharda

OSU Professor Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Oklahoma State University's Dr. Ramesh Sharda has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award at Aalto University in Finland.

Sharda serves as the Spears School of Business Vice Dean for Research and Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems.

“The Fulbright program is recognized around the world for its role in international exchange, and Dr. Sharda’s award will contribute to OSU’s global visibility and reputation," said Dr. Randy Kluver, associate provost and dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions along with corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The Distinguished Chair Award is the most prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Scholar Program, and Sharda is only the second OSU faculty member to receive this award.

Sharda currently holds the Watson/Conoco Phillips Chair and was selected as the 2020 OSU Eminent Faculty Award winner. He is a Fellow of INFORMS and AIS and was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sharda’s research has been published in major management science and information systems journals including: Management Science; Operations Research; IFORMS Journal on Computing; and many others.

He also serves on editorial boards for journals such as Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences and ACM Database and Information Systems Frontiers.

Sharda said he has two broad goals for his grant activities.

“The first goal is to leverage my knowledge and experiences of analytics research as well as launching, managing and supervising graduate degree programs to help grow Aalto’s new business analytics program," Sharda said. "The second goal is to engage in collaborative research projects with interested faculty colleagues and launch a healthy analytics research project that can take advantage of our current initiatives and activities in application of network science.”

The U.S. Fulbright Program is administered at Oklahoma State University through the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. Cara Menasco Eubanks serves as the Fulbright Program Advisor and Fulbright Scholar Liaison to assist students and faculty with finding Fulbright opportunities and the application process.

“Dr. Sharda is an internationally recognized analytics scholar and him receiving the Fulbright reflects the esteem in which he is held. His research has brought positive recognition to Spears and OSU. We are honored to have him as member of our faculty and administration," said Dr. Ken Eastman, dean of the spears school of business dean.

The Fulbright Program is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international concerns.

More information about the Fulbright program at OSU is available at

For more information about the National Fulbright Program, visit

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