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Akhil Kumar joined the Smeal faculty at Penn State in June 2002. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley and has previously been on the faculties at Cornell University and University of Colorado. He also spent a sabbatical year as a scientist at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He has published more than 90 papers in academic journals and international conferences. He was coauthor of a paper which received the best paper award at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology in November 2001.

Akhil serves on the editorial board of Information and Technology Management Journal, having completed service on the boards of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Information Systems Research. He also served as a co-program chair of CoopIS'11 and a co-chair of Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'07). He has been a principal investigator for National Science Foundation, and also received support from IBM, Sun Microsystems and other organizations for his work.

His current research interests are in Health IT, Healthcare forums, BPM and workflow systems, service composition, process mining and business analytics.

Akhil has taught various courses at  Penn State.
MIS431: Database Systems
MIS434: Internet Technologies
MIS436: Business Data Communications
MIS479: Enterprise Resource Planning
BA523: Introduction to Information Technologies
MIS597: PhD seminar course
SCIS505: Information Technology Research Seminar

Hobbies: Badminton, tennis, yoga, hiking and bicycling.

Misc: Working on health IT with funding from HP. Recent HP Labs Innovation Research Award 2012.
2013 PC work: BPM, IEEE SCC, IEEE ICWS, CoopIS, IEEE Big Data