Professor of Information Systems
Smeal College of Business
420 Business Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802.
Phone: (814) 863-0034
Fax: (814) 863-7067
Email: FirstName AT psu DOT edu
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 and has spent a sabbatical year as a scientist at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He has published more than 100 papers in academic journals and international conferences.
Akhil currently serves as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems. He has previously been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Information Systems Research. He was a co-program-chair of BPM 2017 Conference. He also served as a co-program chair of CoopIS'11 and as 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. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.
His current research interests are in Blockchain technology, Business analytics, Deep learning, Health IT and Healthcare forums, BPM and workflow systems, and process mining.
Akhil published a book on Business Process Managment in 2018 . This book introduces students to business process management, an approach that aims to align the organization's business processes with the demands of the marketplace. Blending a strong grounding in current research with a focus on concepts and tools, Business Process Management is an accessible textbook full of practical examples and cases that will appeal to upper level and graduate students.
He was a coauthor of a paper which received the best paper award at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology in 2001. He has collaborated extensively with researchers in US, and also internationally with several co-authors at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands; Ulm University, Germany; Tsinghua University, China; and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Akhil has taught various courses at Penn State.
MIS479W: Enterprise Resource Planning
SCIS505: Information Systems Research Seminar
MIS431: Database Systems
MIS434: Internet Technologies
MIS436: Business Data Communications
BA523: Introduction to Information Technologies
MIS597: PhD seminar course
Hobbies: Badminton, tennis, yoga, hiking and bicycling.