Dr. Lara Khansa is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and an associate professor in Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
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. Before pursuing her PhD, she worked at GE Medical Systems as a software design engineer. Dr. Khansa's research is in human-computer interaction, healthcare analytics, online behavioral economics, and integrated information security and privacy. She has published in leading information systems and operations management journals such as 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.
Dr. Khansa joined Virginia Tech as a faculty in 2008 and was promoted to her current associate dean position in 2017. In her role as associate dean for undergraduate programs, she manages undergraduate business curriculum development and enrollment management efforts in the Pamplin College of Business. She works with an outstanding team of faculty and staff to recruit a diverse undergraduate student population into Pamplin, enable Pamplin students' success and retention, and offer them job opportunities that best fit their skills and aspirations. She has taught several undergraduate courses, and is currently teaching two graduate courses in healthcare analytics and healthcare database management in Virginia Tech's Online Master of Information Technology program.
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.
Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2008