Prof. Lara Khansa

Sonny Merryman Professor in Business Information Technology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Pamplin College of Business,
Virginia Tech
1046 Pamplin Hall (0209), Blacksburg 24061
Tel: 540.231.6602 Email: larak vt edu

Prof. Khansa


Dr. Lara Khansa is the Sonny Merryman Professor in Business and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Khansa joined Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2019. She was named the Sonny Merryman Professor in Business in June 2020. Khansa took on her current role as Associate Dean for undergraduate programs in 2017.

As Associate Dean, Dr. Khansa provides leadership and direction to the academics of undergraduate education, including through enhancing the college's core undergraduate curriculum and enrollment management process. She currently leads a team of 21 advisors, educators, and mentors in developing and implementing initiatives related to student recruiting, and academic and career success and engagement in the college's areas of focus: business intelligence & analytics; innovation and entrepreneurship; security, privacy & trust; and the human condition.

Khansa has taught numerous undergraduate courses in business statistics, global operations and information technology, and enterprise resource planning. She has also developed and taught courses in health care information technology and health care data management in the online Master of Information Technology program. In these courses, Khansa teaches her students about the importance of data quality to patient care and safety and provides them with hands-on skills to evaluate and improve the quality of health care processes. In 2015, Dr. Khansa was selected by President Tim Sands to serve on the steering committee for the Envisioning Virginia Tech-Beyond Boundaries initiative and to co-chair a study group on discovering new funding models, one of four thematic areas identified as central to the university's advancement as a global land-grant leader.

She received a Ph.D. in information systems, M.S in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and M.B.A in Finance & Investment Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Computer & Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Khansa worked as a software design engineer at GE Medical Systems designing and implementing medical applications and connectivity tools at the company's global software platform facility in Wisconsin. Her research is in the areas of human-computer interaction, online behavioral economics, information privacy and security, healthcare analytics, and healthcare policy and societal disparities in access to healthcare. She has published over 50 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings in premier operations management, information systems, and medical research outlets including in the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, etc., and in leading medical journals such as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery.

Research Interests

Human-computer interaction (affective, social, and relational); human behavioral economics (psychoanalytic social theories); online behavioral analytics (nomological psychology); social commerce; B2B e-Marketplaces; integrated online security, online information privacy, security and resilience of IT information infrastructures. Healthcare analytics, including systematic healthcare analytics, financial healthcare analytics, and social media analytics in healthcare.


Academic Appointments

  • Sonny Merryman Professor in Business and Associate Dean, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, June 2020 - Present
  • Full Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech, June 2019 - Present
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, Aug 2017 - present
  • Associate Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech, June 2013 - June 2019
  • Assistant Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech, Aug 2008 - June 2013
  • Fellow, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Operations and Information Management, Wisconsin School of Business; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Aug 2003 - May 2008

    Nonacademic Employment

  • Software Design Engineer, Global Software Platform, GE Medical Systems, Jul 2000 - Jul 2002
  • Education

    Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2008
    MBA, Finance and Investment Banking, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2003
    M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2000
    B.S., Computer and Communication Engineering (With Distinction), American University of Beirut, 1998

    Dr. Khansa in the News

  • Lara Khansa named Sonny Merryman Professor in Business

  • 2019
  • Business analytics: predictive modeling of ER overcrowding
  • High-achieving inaugural cohort set for Calhoun Discovery Program
  • Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approves 2019 promotions, tenure, continued appointments
  • What the data ordered - Winter 2019
  • Health care IT offers robust career outlook - Seattle Times - April 3, 2019

  • 2018
  • Dr. Lara Khansa serving on the steering committee, advisory committee, and metrics and research subcommittees of the 2018 Virginia Tech's Strategic Planning committee - Feb. 25, 2018
  • Dr. Lara Khansa serving on VT's Honors College design group to reimagine higher education at Virginia Tech - Feb. 28, 2018

  • 2017
  • Lara Khansa appointed associate dean for Pamplin undergraduate programs - Nov. 21, 2017
  • Dr. Lara Khansa speaks about her Healthcare Information Technology course

  • 2016
  • Beyond Boundaries Visioning Document - May 2016
  • New Funding Models - May 2016

  • 2015
  • Appointed by President Sands as the co-chair of the Discovering New Funding Models thematic area for the Envisioning Virginia Tech in the year 2047 initiative- August 27, 2015
  • Initiative to imagine Virginia Tech in the year 2047 - August 30, 2015

  • 2014
  • Popular courses teach students how to manage increasingly complex healthcare systems - May 6, 2014
  • A marriage of interests - April 7, 2014
  • Managing healthcare through Information Technology - April 7, 2014
  • Lara Khansa: Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week - February 11, 2014

  • 2012-13
  • Feature: Growing demands for healthcare information technology professionals spark online course offering.
  • A discussion of the Virginia Tech online course 'Healthcare Information Technology' with Virginia Tech Professor Lara Khansa and Graduate Student Jeff Lang.