Prof. Lara Khansa

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Pamplin College of Business
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 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.

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

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, Aug 2017 - present
  • Associate Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech, June 2013 - present
  • 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

  • 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.