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2020 New Faculty

Meet the extraordinary new teachers and researchers who joined the Poole College faculty in 2020.

Vivek Amanji

Title/Program: Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management  (Business Analytics)

Education: Ph.D. in statistics, University of Florida

Classes Taught: Predictive Analytics for Business

Industry Experience: Vivek Ajmani is an assistant teaching professor for the department of business management with more than 20 years of industry experience in business analytics. Ajmani worked for the likes of 3M, Intel Corp., United Health and General Mills while honing in his teaching skills through employee training and management at the C-suite level.

Why I Chose Poole College: Amanji has a hands-on teaching approach aimed at developing a real-world, problem-solving mindset which is what brought him to NC State as he believes the university teaches its students to hit the ground running.

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Jim Scalise

Title/Program: Professor of Practice, Department of Accounting

Education: Master of Business Administration, Saint Bonaventure University

Classes Taught: Accounting Analytics, Special Topics in Accounting, IT Risks and Controls

Industry Experience: Scalise brings over 35 years of industry and consulting experience to Poole College with the majority of his time spent as a management consultant for KPMG. In addition, Scalise and his wife co-own and operate Ivy Cottage, a successful home fashions retail business in Morrisville, North Carolina, since 1995.

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Basiru Usman

Title/Program: Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management (Business Analytics)

Education: Master of Science in applied mathematics

Classes Taught: Predictive Analytics

Industry Experience: Usman comes from Auburn University where he served as a teaching assistant professor while pursuing his doctorate degree. His research focuses on the neural network and the mathematics behind consumer decision making.

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