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Ali Dadpay, Ph.D.

Dr. Ali Dadpay received his Ph.D. in economics with a focus on econometrics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, as well as a Master of Science degree in Socio-Economic Systems Engineering from the Institute for Management and Planning Studies in Tehran. He is joining the Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas as an associate professor of finance. Prior to this, he has taught in the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. He also has served as a research scientist with the State University of New York Research Foundation and a consultant with Eurasia Foundation. As a visiting faculty, he has taught courses in the University of Caen in France, the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Germany and the University of Pannonia in Hungary.  He is an active researcher, and his articles on multinational markets have appeared in Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics Quarterly, and Australian Economic Papers. He has also studied information content-based search criteria for generalized distribution families. A paper based on this study has been published by the Journal of Econometrics and an application developed for modeling air traffic delays appeared in the Journal of Air Transport Management. Currently, he is working on modeling techniques in reverse mortgage markets and analyzing investors' behavior in international markets. 

Why did you become a professor?
Everyone has a calling in life, mine is teaching. As a college professor, I serve the community, prepare students to meet the demands of an evolving global economy and continue to learn to be a better educator and scholar. Through teaching, I join the largest fellowship there is, continuing on a path as ancient as mankind's history.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
The interaction with students, to learn from them and their quests. I enjoy seeing them succeed in their lives and careers as well as showing them how to succeed. I consider myself a member of their success team. It is a good feeling.

What do you hope students gain from your courses? 
The skills they will need to perform their tasks and to fulfill their mission in life. I would like them to understand learning never ends and to have an open mind for new ideas and tools. 

What did you do prior to entering academia? 
I was a portfolio manager, a data analytics consultant, and a freelance columnist. My last posting prior to starting my academic career was supervising data analysis team as a contractor at the Office of Aviation Information, in the Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.

What are you passionate about outside of the University?
History, aviation, arts, and books. I love participating in events to promote entrepreneurship and follow startup scene closely. 

What are your research interests?
Investment analysis, venture capital, multinational markets, and duration analysis.