Professor Jeffrey Pinto, Ph.D.

Andrew Morrow and Elizabeth Lee Black Chair and Professor of Management

Professor Jeffrey Pinto is the Andrew Morrow and Elizabeth Lee Black Chair in Technology Management at Penn State-Erie’s Black School of Business. He is also an Honorary Professor at Apsley Business School (London) and was a Visiting Professor at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and Cranfield School of Management (UK).  Since 2002, Professor Pinto has been the Program Chair for Penn State’s on-line Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.

Professor Pinto is the author or editor of 28 books and over 200 scientific papers.  He served as Editor of the Project Management Journal from 1990 to 1996.  Professor Pinto is a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Project Management Institute (1997, 2001) for outstanding service to the project management profession.  He received PMI’s Research Achievement Award in 2009 for outstanding contributions to project management research. In 2017, Professor Pinto was honored with the International Project Management Association’s Research Achievement Award for his research career in project management. With Professors Peter Love and Lavagnon Ika, he received the 2022 Research Award from IPMA for “Major project behavior theory and practice: The case of social infrastructure.”

Gill Eapen

Founder and CEO of Decision Options ®, LLC.

Gill Eapen is the founder and CEO of Decision Options ®, a leader in Econometrics and Artificial Intelligence applications in business decision-making. Mr. Eapen has over 30 years of experience in strategy, finance, machine learning, artificial intelligence, engineering and general management. Mr. Eapen has advised clients on a broad range of industries including life sciences, healthcare, energy, aerospace, high technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, manufacturing, consumer goods, financial services and legal services. In the 90s, his team created and implemented one of the largest predictive models to forecast and manage all resources needed to conduct worldwide R&D at Pfizer, with annual investments exceeding $4 Billion. Mr. Eapen is the author of two textbooks. The first book, Decision Options: The Art and Science of Making Decisions, provides the theory and practice of economic valuation and investment decision-making in the presence of uncertainty and flexibility. The second book, Flexibility: Flexible Companies for the Uncertain World is a comprehensive discussion of the structure, systems, and strategies needed for companies to survive and succeed in an increasingly uncertain world. His Podcast, Videocast and Blog, “Scientific Sense ®,” and associated media publications are followed by people from over 100 countries.


Young Hoon Kwak, Ph.D.

Department of Decision Sciences, School of Business

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Dr. Young Hoon Kwak is a faculty member in the Department of Decision Sciences and serves as a Director of International Center for Project Management at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) in Washington, D.C. He also holds a visiting professor position at Department of Business Informatics and Operations Management at Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Kwak is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management in Engineering, specialty editor for the Case Studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and Department Editor for Project Management of the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He is the winner of 2023 International Project Management Association (IPMA)’s Global Research Award, 2021 Richard. R. Torrens Award by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from Korean American Construction, Engineering, and Project Management Association (KACEPMA) as a founding president.

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide for governmental organizations and private companies. He is a prolific researcher with numerous publications in top journals in the field. His primary research interests include project and program management; project delivery and project control; engineering and technology management; and management of complex megaprojects.

Ben Royce

Ben Royce is the AI Services Manager for Google Cloud. During the workday he designs AI based solutions for Google Cloud customers.

Previously, Ben was the Senior Vice President of Search and Data Science at Publicis Worldwide. His work has been cited in Forrester, Gartner, Think With Google, and Quartz.

At night he is a lecturer of Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in the MS Information Knowledge Strategy program at Columbia University in New York.