About Us

Jeremy M. Wilson

Dr. Jeremy Wilson is a Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at MSU, and has founded and directs the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Wilson was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led the development of the Center on Quality Policing and the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has held a wide variety of appointments and honorary titles at prestigious institutions around the world, and has served as an instructor for numerous law enforcement and brand protection training programs.  Dr. Wilson has collaborated with police agencies, communities, task forces, companies, associations and governments throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems, and has led over $10M of projects sponsored by the U.S. Congress, various units of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, community and institutional foundations, local governments, police departments, professional associations, and corporations. Among other areas, he has written extensively for practitioners and scholars on brand protection, product counterfeiting, police staffing and personnel planning, organizational consolidation, resource allocation, community policing, field interventions for violence prevention, data and measurement, empirical modeling and evaluation. Dr. Wilson’s research and commentary have been featured in numerous books, professional publications, academic journals, and Congressional testimony, and in various forms of national and international media. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Johnson & Johnson, Underwriters Laboratories, and others have honored him with recognition awards for his contributions to criminal justice, policing and brand protection.

Kari Kammel
Assistant Director of Education and Outreach

Kari Kammel works on professional training, adult education, program management and design spanning multiple disciplines.  As Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for the A-CAPP Center, she enjoys working on the center’s executive education programming, outreach and collaboration on and off-campus, managing the student program, and research on legal issues pertaining to trademark counterfeiting.  She is also currently a member of the Academic Specialist Advisory Committee at MSU and a board member of the Capital Area Humane Society.  Prior to coming to the center, she spent a significant time working, traveling, and living in the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Jordan, and others.  She was Deputy Chief of Party at DePaul College of Law’s Iraq office, where she managed rule of law programs; and Deputy Executive Director in the Chicago office.  She is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Michigan with a J.D. from DePaul University, an M.A. in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. 

Cliff Grammich
Research Specialist

Clifford Grammich holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Grammich has worked for policy and social research organizations for more than 20 years.  Topics of his work have included criminal justice, national security, demographic, and education issues.  He has co-authored several works on supply-chain risk management issues, police recruitment and retention, sharing and consolidation of public safety services, and reconstructing internal security in post-conflict societies.  He has overseen several data gathering initiatives, including the only county level enumeration of religious bodies in the United States.  In addition, he has worked in local and metropolitan print and broadcast journalism. Dr. Grammich is working with the A-CAPP Center to develop a synthesis of existing research on product counterfeiting as well as on various projects about the nature of and response to product counterfeiting.


Rod Kinghorn
Outreach Specialist

Rod Kinghorn retired in June 2012 as General Director of Global Security at General Motors where he was responsible for GM’s Global Security Operations. Mr. Kinghorn graduated from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Upon graduation, he worked with General Motors Security from 1974 until his retirement in a variety of positions.  In addition to security-related functions, he also held positions where he was responsible for fire protection and prevention, plant safety and worker’s compensation, employee business travel and company vehicle operations.  A majority of his assignments since 1984 for GM were in the field of investigations where he used an integrated business process to direct investigations that included: internal and external frauds, thefts, major policy violations, allegations of criminal activity, loss of proprietary information, forensic analysis of information systems, counterfeit automotive parts, health care fraud, workplace violence threats, and undercover drug operations in support of GM’s Global Operations. During his career Mr. Kinghorn’s participation in related professional organizations has included serving 10 years on the Nevada Safety Council Board of Directors, with seven years as the Vice President of Administration, Chairman of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), advisor, Secretary, President and Chairman for the Michigan Chapter of Infragard, and Chairman for the Michigan State University Identity Theft business partnership. In 2004, Mr. Kinghorn was honored as a recipient of one of the first Alumni service awards presented by the MSU School of Criminal Justice during a ceremony held in East Lansing, Michigan. Additionally, Mr. Kinghorn was an inaugural member of the A-CAPP Industry Advisory Board. Currently, he serves as an Outreach Specialist for the A-CAPP Center. 

Sara Heeg
Business Manager

Sara brings over 15 years of management experience from the industry sector. Prior roles include business management and quality assurance, where she was responsible to ensure day to day operations ran efficiently to meet strategic and quality standards for a team of 30+ staff and supervisors.  She was also responsible for the execution of communication and marketing, recruitment, event planning, project management and budgeting. She earned her BS in Medical Technology from Michigan State University in 2001.

Kayla Parker
Administrative Support Coordinator

Kayla is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Center. At the Center, she works on several projects ranging from event planning, internship program management, and preparing financial documents. She is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Cultures & Politics. She began working on campus at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as a student and gained an immense background in accounting procedures and grant set-up. She is also a reoccurring volunteer at the Lansing Refugee Development Center working with adults and students taking ESL classes. 

Lorryn Young
Legal Professional Aide

Lorryn is a third year law student at the MSU College of Law with an emphasis in Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law. As a legal researcher with the A-CAPP Center, she has researched anti-counterfeiting legislation and is currently researching the secondary liability of infringements on the internet, specifically e-commerce and social media platforms. Lorryn’s interests include cybersecurity law, product counterfeiting, and securing and protecting trademarks and copyrights in the media and entertainment industries. She currently holds a B.S. in Education from Illinois State University.

Brandon Sullivan
Assistant Professor

Brandon A. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection.  He earned his PhD from the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 2015 and his Bachelor and Master of Science from Bowling Green State University.  In addition to his work with the A-CAPP Center, he serves a Research Associate with the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (CUNY), Research Affiliate with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and Faculty Affiliate with the MSU College of Law.  He is Principal Investigator of the A-CAPP Center Product Counterfeiting Database (PCD) and co-Principal Investigator of the Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) Financial Crimes project.  His research focuses primarily on emerging areas of crime and justice, particularly those involving transnational criminal enterprises and networks, including fraud, product counterfeiting, extremist financial crime, and environmental/conservation crime.  Other research interests include organizational deviance, crime prevention, policing, law and society, and media and crime, as well as social network analysis and mixed methods research.  Recent publications have appeared in the International Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Global Crime, European Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Trends in Organized Crime, and Journal of Brand Management.

Jay Kennedy
Assistant Professor

Jay Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he was Graduate School Dean’s Distinguished Fellow, as well as a Yates Scholar.  While at the University of Cincinnati Jay was awarded a Graduate Minority Fellowship from the American Society of Criminology, and received several research grants and awards. A graduate of the MBA program at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati,his research focuses upon deviance within corporations.  Specifically, his research and published works explore issues of employee theft within small businesses, the multi-level antecedents of corporate crime, and the role business ethics plays in decision-making.  Prior to attending graduate school, Jay spent just over 8 years working for a number of corporations in the metro Detroit area, including a major non-profit organization, a family-owned automotive supplier, and a Fortune 100 corporation.


MSU School of Criminal Justice

Ross Militz

Ross Militz is a first-year Masters Candidate in the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice.  His primary research interests include white-collar and technology-facilitated crimes as well as open-source intelligence methods and private-sector security.  Ross previously worked as an intellectual property intern at Meritor, an operational risk and policy analyst for GM Financial, and as an intelligence analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s North American global security operations center.  He earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Terrorism from Oakland University in 2016.  His honors thesis explored the relationship between Internet technology and international human trafficking in the 2000s.  He will provide primary support for the first phase of A-CAPP’s resource collection initiative.

Fiona Chan

Fiona Chan is a doctoral student with the School of Criminal Justice. Inspired by her previous experience as an external auditor and public accountant, her research interests include crime prevention for white-collar offenses (including various forms corporate crime, financial crime and fraud) and product counterfeiting. She currently holds a B.S and a M.S. in Accountancy from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Interns and Externs

A-CAPP Center Student Interns

2018 Spring Student Interns

The A-CAPP Center 2018 spring interns are:(top, left) Marty Balow (Senior, Criminal Justice), Eldon Ferguson (2nd year Law), Madeleine Dahm (Sophomore, International Relations), Sung Lee (Doctoral, Criminal Justice), Mahmood Al-khassaweneh (1st year Law), (bottom, left) Lauren Jones (Senior, Packaging), Emily Osika (Sophomore, International Relations), Casie Wakeley (Junior, Criminal Justice) (not pictured): Scott Turner (Senior, Packaging), Asia Campbell (Senior, Criminal Justice), Zhuoyi Xu (MBA, Marketing Research)

Partners and Investigators

MSU College of Engineering

Leo Kempel

Leo Kempel is the Dean and Professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. His current research interests are conformal antennas, engineered materials for microwave applications, and computational electromagnetics. Kempel is a Member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Commission B of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI). He received the MSU College of Engineering's Withrow Distinguished Scholar (Junior Faculty) Award in 2001, the MSU Teacher-Scholar award in 2002, and a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation in 2002.

John Verboncoeur

John Verboncoeur is the Research Dean in the College of Engineering. His research interest are computational plasma physics, electromagnetics, beam physics, high field effects including sheath formation, field emission, multipactor, and breakdown, laser-plasma interactions, plasma edge effects, transport, numerical methods, object-oriented techniques applied to scientific computing, visualization, plasma waves and boundary phenomena. Applications include microwave-beam devices, charged particle beam optics, fusion and other energy applications, accelerators, plasma thrusters, low pressure discharges for plasma processing, and high pressure discharges including plasma display panels and fluorescent lamps.

Xiaoming Liu

Xiaoming Liu is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. His research interests include computer vision, patter recognition, machine learning, biometrics, etc. He received the B.E. degree from Beijing Information Technology Institute, China and the M.E. degree from Zhejiang University, China, in 1997 and 2000 respectively, both in Computer Science, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. Before joining MSU in Fall 2012, he was a research scientist at General Electric (GE) Global Research Center, where he performed research, and led a team of researchers on projects sponsored by various government agencies and GE businesses, aiming at developing computer vision algorithms to support facial and body analysis, multi-camera video surveillance systems, and medical imaging. At CAPP, he is interested in designing advanced algorithms to detect counterfeit products from visual contents. He has authored more than 70 scientific publications with H-index of 23, and has fired 22 U.S. patents.

Evangelyn Alocilja

Dr. Alocilja is a Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the Program Director of the Nano-Biosensors Laboratory. Her research focuses on the development of nanoparticle-based biosensors for rapid, point-of-care/on-site detection and diagnosis of disease-causing agents and adulterants of concern to global health, food/water safety, homeland security, and product integrity. Her research has resulted in six US patents and many more patent applications in review, drawing attention from many companies that commercialize biosensor devices for selected markets. She has published thousands of articles, mentored hundreds of undergraduate students, and received numerous awards throughout her career, such as the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials, 2012 Michigan State University Innovator of the Year Award, 2013 Outstanding Alumni of Silliman University Philippines, and the 2016 Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.  She is also a member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors and the only female member from Michigan State University. Her technology on nano-DNA tagging for anti-counterfeiting is featured in the Science of Innovation, a national program that is sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office, National Science Foundation, and NBC Learn. One of her proudest achievements is the founding of the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics (GARD) with membership from 11 countries representing various institutions. GARD consists of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners from around the world committed to improving global health by preventing illness, saving lives, and improving quality of life through low-cost rapid diagnostics.

Jian Ren

Jian Ren received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree from Shaanxi Normal University, China, both in Mathematics. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Xidian University, China, in Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Ren was the Leading Secure Architect at Avaya Lab, Bell Lab and Racal Datacom in security architecture and solution development. Dr. Ren's research interests include network security, wireless security, secure and energy efficient wireless sensor network protocols, cryptographic primitives, information forensics, network management, error-control coding and digital copyright protection. Dr. Ren received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2009. Dr. Ren is a senior member of the IEEE.


Shantanu Chakrabartty

Dr. Shantanu Chakrabartty is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University (MSU). His current research interests are in the area of self-powered integrated circuits, floating-gate circuits, and bioelectronics.  At MSU his research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation. He is the recipient of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, MSU's Teacher-Scholar Award and in 2012 he was named the innovator of the year award at MSU. Dr. Chakrabartty is a senior member of the IEEE and has over a hundred journal and conference publications along with eight issued and pending US patents. He also serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Circuits and Systems and the Frontiers of Neuromorphic Engineering. Dr. Chakrabartty is the co-founder of Piezonix, a startup company developing self-powered sensing solutions for structural health monitoring applications. He has had prior experience working both as a field engineer and as a design engineer for Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego. Dr. Chakrabartty holds a Ph.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Alex Liu

Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Liu joined Michigan State University in 2006 after earning his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-author of a number of papers published at conferences/journals such as Sigmetrics, PDOC, ICNP, INfocom, DSN, ICDCS, and TPDS. His research interests include networking, security, and systems. He won the 2004 IEEE&  IFIP William C. Carter Award with the citation, "to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. Dr Liu received an NSF Career aware in 2009 and the Michigan State University College of Engineering Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011.

Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp earned a M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. His current research interest include deformation and fracture of metals, order intermetallic alloys, high temperature materials, transmission electron microscopy, and diffraction studies using scanning electron microscopy. 

Jiliang Tang

Jiliang Tang is an assistant professor in the computer science and engineering department at Michigan State University since Fall@2016. Before that, he was a research scientist in Yahoo Research and got his PhD from Arizona State University in 2015. He has broad interests in social computing, data mining and machine learning and is directing the Data Science and Engineering Lab . He was the recipients of the Best Paper Award in KDD2016, the runner up of the Best KDD Dissertation Award in 2015, Dean's Dissertation Award and the best paper shortlist of WSDM2013. He has published his research in highly ranked journals and top conference proceedings, which received thousands of citations (Google Scholar) and extensive media coverage (Links). 

MSU School of Criminal Justice

Mary Finn

Mary A. Finn is Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice.  She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice.  Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections.  She is currently a co-principal investigator on a National Institute of Justice project assessing the influence of home visits and their temporal ordering on the supervision outcomes with high-risk parolees.  Her most recent publications appear in Criminology & Public PolicyCrime & Delinquency, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Acting Director of Institutional Research at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

Edmund McGarrell

Edmund F. McGarrell is a Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. McGarrell’s research interests are in the area of communities and crime. He is the Principal Investigator of an initiative sponsored by the National Institute of Justice whereby the School of Criminal Justice is the national research team for Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The PSN is a major Department of Justice program intended to reduce firearms violence in the United States. Two recent grants extend this research to an evaluation of gang violence reduction and drug market violence reduction initiatives. He is also the Co-PI for projects involving law enforcement intelligence and food supply chain security, both sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. McGarrell co-chairs MSU’s Risk Research Initiative, and, as part of this work, he is collaborating with faculty from a variety of fields to promote research on emerging issues related to supply chain security, counterfeiting, and environmental and natural resource crime. McGarrell has conducted several long-term research projects including an experiment on the use of restorative justice conferences as an alternative response to juvenile crime and a strategic problem solving initiative to reduce homicide and firearms violence. McGarrell’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, private foundations, industry, and state and local agencies. Much of McGarrell’s research employs an action research model that involves collaboration with key stakeholders in the public and private sector with the goal of addressing complex or “wicked” problems through data-driven, strategic interventions.

Christopher Maxwell

Christopher Maxwell a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. Dr. Maxwell’s research interests include testing for the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impacts of police and court services on victims of domestic violence, the epidemiology of violence against intimates, and the causes and correlates of violence against intimates. He has published his research in several referred journals including Criminology, Criminology and Public Police, Justice Quarterly and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the John T and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, and the State of Michigan's Department of Community Health. Dr. Maxwell earned a B. A. degree in sociology and criminal justice and a B. A. degree in psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington (1990), and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in criminal justice from Rutgers University-Newark. 

Steve Chermak

Steven Chermak is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and a lead investigator affiliated with the The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror (START).   Dr. Chermak’s research has focused on four general areas.  First, he has received funding from one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence (The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism--START) to study the criminal and terrorist activities of domestic far right extremists.  Working with a colleague at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Professor Joshua Freilich), this funding has supported the creation of the United States Extremist Crime Database—a national open source database that includes data on the violent and financial crimes committed by extremists in the United States.  Second, he has completed several policing projects.  This research includes the evaluation of strategies to reduce violence, a study of the intelligence practices of State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies, and assessments of organizational change and implementation.  Third, he is studying the sources of funding used by terrorist organizations, with a particular emphasis on examining their use of counterfeited products.  Finally, he has studied the media’s role in relation to crime and policing issues.   For example, he has examined how community policing and other innovations are presented in the news, discusses the strategies police agencies use to market innovative programs, and how high profile media cases impact police agencies.  Dr. Chermak’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and the Michigan State Police. He has published two books, 10 edited books, and numerous research reports. His research has appeared in a number of journals including Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Policing, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2005, Dr. Chermak was faculty member at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1992-2005.

Tom Holt

Tom Holt is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University specializing in cybercrime and technology abuse. His research focuses on computer hacking, malware, credit card theft, and the role that technology and the Internet play in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. He works with computer and information systems scientists, law enforcement, businesses, and technologists to understand and link the technological and social elements of computer crime. Dr. Holt has been published in journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Criminal Justice, and presented his work at a variety of computer security conferences.

Tim Homberg

Tim Homberg serves as the Career Development Coordinator for the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, providing career guidance and programming to undergraduates, graduate students and alumni of the School.  A large part of his responsibilities involve working with agencies from all segments of the criminal justice field to coordinate internships and full-time recruitment channels for both students and Alumni.  Tim also instructs CJ 294: “Leadership and Professional Development in Criminal Justice”, and he serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Criminal Justice Honors Society. Tim joined the School of Criminal Justice in May of 1998 after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from MSU and working for nearly three years in Executive Recruiting in Chicago.  He has since earned his Master’s degree in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State in 2002.  If you would like to speak with Tim about possible internship or recruitment opportunities with your organization, please contact him by phone at: (517) 432-3197 or via email at: hombergt [at] msu.edu.

Adam Zwickle

Adam Zwickle conducts interdisciplinary social science research centered on communicating environmental risks and encouraging sustainable behaviors.  Drawing from the fields of social psychology and risk communication, his work integrates theories of individual perception and message framing to aide communication practitioners.  Specifically, his goal is to better communicate environmental risks in ways that reduce the amount that their long term impacts are discounted.  He is also active in sustainability issues at the university level.  He has worked with colleagues to develop a valid assessment of sustainability knowledge targeted at undergraduate students, partnered with university sustainability offices to increase conservation behaviors among students, and believes in using campuses as living laboratories to produce both theoretical and practical research as well as tangible local impacts.

MSU College of Human Medicine

Doug Moyer

Doug Moyer, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Instructor in the Program in Public Health, College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. He develops and teaches on-line graduate-level classes in the Program including "Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health." His research includes the influences of organization behavioral on corporations' packaging design functions. He has 25 years experience in industry with the last 10 as the Ford Customer Service Division's Global Packaging Engineering Manager.

Michael Rip

Dr. Michael R. Rip, BSc(Hons), MSc(Community Health), PhD, serves as the Founding Director of the Program in Public Health in the College of Human Medicine (CHM) at Michigan State University. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Program, and the Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree, as well as positioning the program for future expansion and development of specialty tracts and directing the accreditation efforts of the Program. Dr. Rip is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (CHM) of Epidemiology, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Intelligence Program, School of Criminal Justice. He directs various public health programs and is developing a novel Public Health Intelligence specialty area in the MPH. This specialty area is focused on a Graduate Certificate in Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals that pays particular attention to long-term ‘downstream’ effects to the public’s health such as drug resistance. Dr. Rip pioneered the teaching of undergraduate epidemiology and public health at MSU. He is interested in integrating the core concepts of public health and epidemiology into strategic intelligence analyst training programs, and into the medical School curriculum to improve clinical decision-making. Dr. Rip is a spatial epidemiologist and medical geographer interested in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. He has a long history of such research in South Africa. He is the author of two books, and numerous articles in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and the regionalization of perinatal care. Dr. Rip is currently researching a number of incidents of counterfeit pharmaceuticals being distributed in Sudan. Dr. Rip is a regular consultant instructor for the Intelligence and Analysis Training Unit at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. His 4-day (32-hour) course, ‘Critical Thinking for Intelligence Analysts,’ is one of the three core competencies for intelligence analysts identified by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Participants are drawn from all branches of the intelligence community.  Dr. Rip is currently researching a third book: “Blunt Scalpel — The Cruise Missile Attack Against the El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Factory in Khartoum, Sudan: The First U.S. Strike Against al-Qaeda?

MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Saleem Alhabash

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects associated with using social networking sites and playing serious/persuasive video games. His research is geared toward understanding how new communication technologies can be utilized in cross-cultural and international communication, with emphasis on changing attitudes and stereotypes of foreign nations. Saleem received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He brings a diverse experience in global media and strategic communication.

Prabu David

Prabu David currently serves as the Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  David came to MSU from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (WSU) where he served as Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Academics since 2010 and played an instrumental role in creating new undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Prior to WSU, he was on the faculty at Ohio State University (OSU) from 1993 to 2010 where he held a number of positions, including Assistant and Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the university’s School of Communication, and Faculty Associate with OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Public Health Preparedness.

His research emphasis is communication technology and health. His current research focuses on mobile media, which involves designing mobile apps for health outcomes and the study of multitasking.

He has served as an investigator or co-investigator on projects funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

David earned a bachelor of science degree from Loyola College, Chennai, India, in 1983; a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1988; and doctoral degree in mass communication from the University of North Carolina in 1993.

Kami Silk

Dr. Kami Silk is the Associate Dean for Research and professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the MA Program in Health & Risk Communication at Michigan State University; she also has an appointment MSU AgBioResearch). Her expertise is in the general area of persuasive health communication, with a specific interest in developing effective health messages for the lay public that are sensitive to health literacy issues. Dr. Silk is currently a co- investigator for an NCI and NIEHS funded grant that investigates the links between the environment and breast cancer. With an emphasis on adolescent lifestyle factors [nutrition and exercise] as a strategy for risk reduction, Dr. Silk is developing health messages for mothers of adolescent girls. Dr. Silk is also a co-PI on an NIH funded project designed to teach adolescent mothers about infant-centered feeding practices.

Maria Lapinski

Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Lapinski received her doctorate in 2000 from MSU and her Master of Arts from University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her research examines the impact of messages and social-psychological factors on health and environmental risk behaviors with a focus on culturally-based differences and similarities. To this end, Dr. Lapinski has conducted collaborative research projects with her students and colleagues in a number of countries in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Central America, and Africa. Her work has been presented at national and international communication and public health conferences, published in refereed journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, and others. Her research has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and United States Department of Agriculture. Her favorite courses to teach are International Health Communication, Risk Communication, and Health Communication for Diverse Populations.

Hairong Li

Hairong Li is a Professor of Advertising, faculty associate of the Center for Business and Social Analytics, and core faculty of Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University. His research covers the uses, effects and implications of digital technology in advertising, communication and marketing. He has received grants from Baidu, Google, WPP, Microsoft, Marketing Science Institute, American Academy of Advertising, MSU Foundation and other sources. He has published extensively, and his articles have appeared in many top journals, such as the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, International Journal of Advertising, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media and Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Journal of International Business Studies. Dr. Li is a founding editor of the Journal of Interactive Advertising and an editorial board member of three major academic journals in the United States and Europe. His professional experience also includes chair for the American Academy of Advertising 2017 Pre-conference on computational advertising in Boston and 2014 Pre-conference on big data for advertising research and education in Atlanta, guest editor of a special issue on big data for the Journal of Advertising, visiting professor at City University of Hong Hong, executive director for Panmedia Institute in Beijing, senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, chair of the American Academy of Advertising 2009 Asia-Pacific Conference in Beijing, speaker for a FTC mobile commerce town hall meeting, chair of the AAA 2004 Publications Committee, and Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.               

Amol Pavangadkar

Amol Pavangadkar is a Senior Producer and a Teaching Specialist with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He has a MA in Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media from MSU. He has extensive production experience in all facets of the industry including promotional, training, educational videos and films. He has produced and directed over sixty media projects on a diverse range of topics. In the arena of criminal justice, his work includes training modules for Intellectual property right violations, Drug Market Intervention program, Project Safe Neighborhood initiatives and Emergency services consolidation. His other productions include fostering climate change communication, mercury poisoning outreach, food safety, the green economy, high energy particle physics, mine risk education, and improving nutrition habits in low income families. He has served as a principal investigator, content developer and communication strategist on grants and projects and his work has been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Community Health, Department of Energy as well as various other foundations, corporations and university sources. Prior to coming to MSU, he worked in the Indian television and film industry, while completing his MBA in Finance. He is a 2012 fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Faculty seminar series.

Bill Dutton

William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU, where he is Director of the Quello Center. Bill was the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford where he was founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Fellow of Balliol College. He has recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014).

MSU School of Packaging

Robert Clarke

Robb Clarke is Director of the MSU Auto-ID Research and Testing Center (AIRTC) and an Associate Professor of Packaging at Michigan State University.  He had a 17-year industry career in the Packaging and Distribution arena, and is currently in his 14th year at the MSU School of Packaging, and his 12th year as Director of the AIRTC.  His teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses on Packaging Operations and Quality Issues; Material Handling and Distribution Packaging; Robotics for Packaging; and Auto-ID for Packaging. 

Dr. Clarke has a B.S. degree in Packaging, an M.B.A. in Marketing, a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, and a two-year Willett Visiting Scholar research position in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, England.  At Michigan State, his primary research is in automatic identification (particularly radio frequency identification and bar codes) for manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and supply chain applications.

Cimberly Weir

Cimberly Weir is responsible for establishing and maintaining all outreach educational activities for Michigan State University’s School of Packaging located in East Lansing, Michigan. This includes managing the industry education portfolio and online certificate programs.  As the Associate Director of the Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability she is responsible for the daily activities of its members and researchers working on projects funded by the Center. Cimberly has over 14 years of experience in the packaging industry.  Her first 10 years were focused as an expert in transport packaging and testing. She has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies in the Medical Device and Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Food and Beverage, Industrial, Automotive, and Cosmetics packaging sectors to identify and mitigate field hazards in an effort to save time and money and build brand reassurance. An expert in transportation testing and simulation protocols, Cimberly has extensive knowledge of both ASTM and ISTA standards.  As the School of Packaging’s Outreach Coordinator, she is responsible for managing educational opportunities for industry members around the globe which include online, on campus and custom training on various packaging topics. Cimberly is a Past President of the West Michigan chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and a Past President of the Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association’s Executive Board. In 2008, Cimberly received the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ first Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.  She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, Lifelong Education from MSU.

MSU Broad College of Business

Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta is the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business. He joined the Broad College in 2007 as the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. He was appointed associate dean for the MBA and professional masters programs in July 2012. As associate dean, Gupta instituted curricular innovations, such as Broad Weeks, in the Full-Time MBA program, led a task force to evaluate the Weekend MBA program, and facilitated the launch of new master's programs in business analytics and management, strategy, and leadership. Average GMAT scores of entering students rose by 25 points during his tenure, and the MBA program increased its position in global and national rankings. Previously, he held several positions in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, including the first Henry & Horne Professorship in Accountancy, Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars, and faculty director of the master of accountancy and information systems and the master of taxation programs.   He has been recognized by the Broad College's Executive MBA Class of 2010 with the Faculty Excellence Award and by the Arizona Society of CPAs with the Accounting Education Innovation Award and the Outstanding Educator Award. He was chosen by MSU for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Academic Leaders Program and the CIC's Department Executive Officers' Seminar. Gupta's research focuses on corporate and individual tax policy issues. He has written extensively on corporate tax burdens, corporate responses to changes in tax incentives, and the interaction of taxes and financial reporting. He has published in leading tax and accounting journals including the National Tax Journal, the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Tax Notes. His research on the political economy of corporate taxation and state corporate tax issues has been cited in the media, in court cases, and at public policy forums. Based on downloads and citations of his research, he ranks in the top two percent of all authors in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). He is currently an expert witness for a state department of revenue. He has consulted for the Big Four public accounting firms, the U.S. government (Bureau of Economic Affairs and Internal Revenue Service), international consulting firms (Charles River Associates and Equity Methods), and Fortune 500 companies (Motorola and Sempra Energy). He serves on the University of Notre Dame Accounting Advisory Board and the MSU-CIBER Advisory Board. He has also served various business schools as part of their AACSB Accreditation Review Teams.   Gupta received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a master of accountancy from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of laws from Calcutta University in India, and a bachelor of commerce from the University of Mumbai. He holds non-practicing certifications as a CPA and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. 

Roger Calantone

Dr. Calantone is the Eli Broad Chaired University Professor of Business at The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. In addition, he is Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Dr. Calantone is also adjunct professor of Management and Economics, and has been recognized as an MSU University Distinguished Faculty. In 2009 he was honored as a Leading Researcher by the International Association for the Management of Technology, an award given every five years, for the second time. Dr. Calantone has authored over 378 peer reviewed journal and proceedings articles (indexed in Google Scholar), 5 books and several book chapters.  His publications and research are mostly in the areas of product design and development processes, decision support tools for NPD, and organization process metrics. He is the recipient of numerous research and publication awards. In 2012 an article in JPIM analyzed the most productive innovation research scholars worldwide for the last twenty years and placed him second. Before he was at MSU, he was associate dean of the PhD program and research at McGill University, a visiting professor at Rutgers University while a senior consultant at Bell Labs; Econometrician at the Dick Pope Tourism Research Inst., and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. 

Stanley Griffis

Professor Griffis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Before joining MSU he taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. His primary teaching interests include logistics and supply chain management. Professor Griffis received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University with a major in Logistics and a minor in Information Systems Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Logistics from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining academia he worked on numerous logistics system design programs for the U.S. Air Force. Professor Griffis has published research in the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management,  Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Science (Omega), International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Journal Supply Chain Management Review, Logistics Quarterly, and the Journal of Transportation Management. He is an active speaker at professional and academic meetings and has published in various conference proceedings. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

David Closs

Dr. David J. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Dr. Closs completed his MBA and Ph.D. at Michigan State in 1978 focusing on the topics of marketing, logistics and management science. Dr. Closs has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning. The computer models have included applications for location analysis, inventory management, forecasting and routing. The information systems development focuses on inventory management, forecasting and transportation applications. His experience has focused on the logistics related issues in the consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products and parts industries. Dr. Closs actively participates in logistics executive development seminars and has presented sessions in North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Closs's primary research interests include supply chain strategy, information systems, security, and planning techniques. He was one of the principle researchers in two studies completed by Michigan State University investigating world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities. Dr. Closs has authored and co-authored numerous articles and made presentations regarding world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities and logistics information systems applications.
Dr. Closs is an active member in the CSCMP and was Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics. He is Executive Editor of Logistics Quarterly.

Ahmet Kirca

Dr. Ahmet Kirca holds a Ph.D. degree in International Business/Marketing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Prior to joining MSU in 2006, he worked at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr. Kirca's research focuses on international business and marketing strategy with a special emphasis on firm internationalization, firm innovation and strategic orientations.  He has several published or forthcoming articles in top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of World Business and Journal of Management, among others. Kirca teaches international business, global strategy, and marketing strategy courses in various undergraduate and graduate programs at MSU. Ahmet also had extensive managerial experience in textile and tourism industries in Istanbul before joining the academia. A native of Turkey, Kirca fluently speaks English, French, and Italian languages. He also has working knowledge of Spanish and Japanese.


MSU College of Social Science

Joseph Messina

Joseph P. Messina is the associate dean for research in the College of Social Science and professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University (MSU). He is a member of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, Member of AgBioResearch, Member Center for Latin American and Caribbean and Studies, Member African Studies Center, Member Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University. Awarded research honors from NASA through the New Investigator Program, The National Institutes of Health Roadmap Program, and the Sigma Xi / MSU Young Scholar of the Year. Member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. Served on the EPA panel establishing a national program on behavioral and social science research and the environment; served on national review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS and NIEHS); the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation and the Decision Making Under Uncertainty programs; NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and ACRIM and the LCLUC programs. Co-edited special issues in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Environment and Planning A, and Environment and Planning B. Served on the Organizing committees for Geocomputation, and the International Medical Geography Symposium. Served in leadership roles or on select committees for the Association of Association of American Geographers, the remote sensing specialty group of the Association of American Geographers, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Geography Awareness Week Plenary Speaker at multiple universities. Honorable Discharge, United States Army. His research program focuses broadly upon Medical Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULCC) and the techniques and theoretical methods that allow one to explore the spatio-temporal dynamics of change, including, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Complexity Theory, and Dynamic Spatial Simulation Models. Within the LULCC context, I have directed research projects in Ecuador, Kenya, Thailand, Michigan, and the Florida Bay. I am currently working on sleeping sickness (NIH) and malaria (NSF) projects in Kenya, LULCC (NASA) in Urumqi and Shanghai, health care access (MDCH) in Michigan, and drug war remote sensing in Ecuador and Colombia.

MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

John Norder

 John Norder is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Tribe and descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Anthropology, with a focus on ethnohistory, archaeology, and community-based research. His current and ongoing research has focused on the ways in which traditional Indigenous knowledge is used as a tool of mediation between issues of historical and contemporary identity, landscape, cultural and natural resource heritages, and economic development in the context of community and state level policy issues.  His recent work as the Director of the Native American Institute has focused on issues of community forestry, agribusiness development, traditional natural resource studies, community behavioral health, documentation of community stories through digital storytelling, issues regarding counterfeit production of American Indian arts and crafts, assessment of tribal and Native American organizational programs, and ongoing work on American Indian heritage issues related to NAGPRA and community cultural programs.

Christie Poitra

Christie M. Poitra (Turtle Mountain) is the Assistant Director of the Michigan State University Native American Institute. Her views on the importance of action research have been shaped by her academic and professional experiences in different aspects of the K-12 education sector, and work with Indigenous communities. She believes research with Indigenous communities and reservation schools should be an iterative, collaborative and empowering process. Her scholarship, service and teaching interests are defined by three interrelated ideas. The first area centers on how current state, federal and school policy contexts affect Indigenous education experiences. This line of inquiry explores the partnerships between tribes and reservation/reservation-adjacent K-12 schools, and the unintended ways that district, state and federal policies shape the practices of instructional leaders in reservation/reservation adjacent K-12 schools. The second area of research examines the ways that tribal leaders respond to internal and external political climates through educational policy and program development. The third line of research looks at how tribal leaders’ perceptions and definitions of human capital need shape educational investments in their communities.

MSU College of Law

Carrie Feeheley

Carrie Feeheley is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, with interests in international law, mediation, and gender law. She is a certified civil mediator. Carrie manages admissions, marketing, student services, and programming for the MSU Law graduate programs, as well as exchange programs and international partnerships. She also manages admissions and marketing for the College's Advanced Standing J.D. program. Carrie speaks Russian and French. Prior to joining MSU Law, Carrie was the marketing director for a national dispute resolution company that specialized in providing mediation and arbitration services, and also served as a consultant for companies developing conflict resolution systems. While in law school, she also worked as a lobbyist and member services manager for real estate and energy trade associations in Michigan.

Dan Linna

Daniel W. Linna Jr. is a Professor of Law in Residence and the Director of LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. Previously, Dan was an equity partner in the litigation department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn. He was a member of Honigman's Automotive and Manufacturing; e-Discovery and Information Management; Commercial Transactions; and Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media groups. Dan joined Honigman after clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan. Before law school, he was an information technology manager, developer, and consultant. Dan is the co-founder of and lead organizer for the Detroit and Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology meetup groups. He was named to the 2015 Fastcase 50 as a person who has charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. Dan received his BA from the University of Michigan, received a second BA and an MA in public policy and administration from Michigan State University, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson joined the Global Food Law Program as Program Coordinator in 2016. Leslie serves as a resource for prospective students by providing information regarding admission requirements, degree financing options, curricular planning and other related issues; serves as the academic advisor to current and continuing students; and works with graduates as they join the Spartan Alumni Network. Her passion for working with diverse student populations, commitment to excellence, and interest in quality online learning are evident in her work across the Global Food Law program. Leslie was the Administrative Director for the MSU College of Human Medicine’s online Program in Public Health for over seven years and brings that experience to the College of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from MSU and recently received her Master of Science in Management, Strategy & Leadership from the Broad College of Business.

Other Universities

Will Demere

Will Demeré is an assistant professor of accountancy at the University of Missouri. He received his PhD in Accounting and Information Systems from Michigan State University and his BS and MS in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Will teaches advanced auditing and risk management, and has previously taught courses in cost and managerial accounting, financial accounting, and information systems. His research focuses on corporate governance, performance evaluation and incentives, human capital, and developing new approaches to measurement. Prior to receiving his PhD, Will worked as an external auditor at Deloitte, and as an Instructor in the Accounting and Information Systems Department at Virginia Tech.

Karen Sedatole

Karen L. Sedatole is a Professor of Accounting at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Prior to joining Emory University in 2017, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Karen holds BSE (computer engineering) and MBA degrees and received her PhD from The University of Michigan in 2000. Her research focuses on the design and effectiveness of performance measurement and reward systems, the role of forecasting and budgetary systems within organizations, and control in inter-organizational collaborations. She has partnered with numerous corporations in the auto, chemical, and high-tech industries to generate research relevant to the business community and twice was awarded (along with her co-authors) the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award. Her research, which includes archival, field research, and experimental methodologies, has been published in Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Accounting, Organizations and Society.   Professor Sedatole is a two-time recipient of the American Accounting Association Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Research Award. She currently serves as Editor of Accounting Horizons and Senior Editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research