Nanda Ganesan is a professor of information systems at California State University at Los Angeles. He was a prior Chair of the Department as well. Dr. Ganesan has worked and conducted research in several countries including the USA, Australia, England, Singapore, Iran, Sri Lanka and Japan. Among the various responsibilities undertaken were the teaching of courses in Information Technology, the conducting of research leading to publications, the designing and building of computing laboratories and electronic classrooms and the development of instructional websites.
Dr. Ganesanís teaching interests are in Computer Networking and Communications, Web Hosting, Hardware and Software Concepts and Database Design. He has also taught application development using the Office line of productivity software. His teaching is characterized by the introduction of state-of-the-art technology in the curriculum and the use of e-learning techniques and tools in instruction.
His current focus is on the design and implementation of websites for each of the courses being taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The course materials pertaining to a selected number of courses are accessible at www.calstatela.edu/faculty/nganesa. This continually evolving website is expected to play a important role in the delivery of instructions in the future.
Dr. Ganesan emphasizes the incorporation of hands-on computing exercises as part of an essential and effective learning process in Information Technology. The students have responded positively to his teaching methodology as evidenced from the favorable comments and the consistent good ratings received in student opinion surveys.
Dr. Ganesanís immediate research interests are in the development of web-based teaching material including the development of multimedia instructional modules. The research further extends to encompass the efficient hosting of such material on the web. Configuring high-speed computer networks to facilitate the electronic delivery of instruction is also part of his research efforts.
Professor Ganesanís research and development efforts have lead to the publication of more than 25 articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, handbooks etc. He has also authored a number of student guides.
His past efforts directed at the development and publication of multimedia instructional material has resulted in the production of a number of CD-ROM based instructional modules in the areas of communications, networking and general office applications.
Dr. Ganesan has held offices in professional bodies such as the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Operational Research Society of Singapore. He has conducted a number of professional seminars in the areas of networking and application development.
Professor Ganesanís involvement with the students is partly characterized by him being an advisor and mentor for the graduate program. Dr. Ganesan has served in numerous committees of responsibility at various levels that include serving in the faculty affairs committees at the school and department levels.
Professor Ganesan obtained his Ph.D. in Production Engineering from University of Birmingham, England after having specialized in the design of databases and simulation models for the manufacturing industry. He holds two Masterís degrees, one in Computer Science from University of Southern California, USA and the other in Operational Research from University of Lancaster, England. He initially graduated with a Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka.
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