Education

Ph.D., M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Leadership; decision-making tools and techniques; engineering and technology management; systems design; operations management; globalization

Background

Dr. Thakkar has been engaged in electronic systems packaging, physical design, development, compliance, and reliability engineering for the last 35 years, 26 of which were spent at Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories). Dr. Thakkar has published and presented more than 25 technical papers and holds two U.S. patents. He also has received several awards for community service and affirmative action activities at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Thakkar mentors students in the Ph.D. in Management program and teaches courses in managing organizational systems, quantitative reasoning and analysis, and management of decision-making.