Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series

About the Orkand Chair

The Orkand Chair was established through an endowment from Donald S. Orkand, founder of the Orkand Corporation and chair of UMUC’s Board of Visitors, to advance research and scholarship at UMUC by bringing scholars of national repute to serve at the university’s graduate school.

Orkand Endowed Chair
Jay Liebowitz, DSc

Dr. Jay Liebowitz assumed the role of Orkand Endowed Chair in August 2009. He previously served as a professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Liebowitz was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was recently ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management.

Jay Liebowitz, DSc

At Hopkins, Liebowitz was the founding program director for Hopkins' Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the capstone director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, whereby he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects.  

Prior to joining Hopkins, Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, he was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College. 

Liebowitz is the founder and editor-in-chief of Expert Systems with Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which had about 1,600 paper downloads per day worldwide last year.  He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems). He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, intelligent systems, and IT management.  His most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), and Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011). He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

2008-2009 Orkand Endowed Chair
Erran Carmel, PhD

Erran Carmel, PhDErran Carmel, PhD, was named the Orkand Endowed Chair in 2008. Carmel took leave from his tenured position as chair of the Kogod School of Business Department of Information Technology at American University to assume the post. Carmel specializes in the globalization of technology, the offshoring of information technology and the emergence of software industries around the world. His first book, Global Software Teams, published in 1999, was the first on the topic and is still considered a landmark publication in the field. In addition to a second book published in 2005, Carmel has authored more than 80 articles and reports and consults with and speaks before numerous industry and professional groups each year. He has also been a visiting professor at Haifa University in Israel and at University College Dublin in Ireland.

As Orkand Chair, Carmel sought to collaborate with other UMUC professors to integrate cutting-edge management theories and trends into UMUC’s graduate curricula. He has a PhD in management information systems from the University of Arizona, an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.