Dr. Stephen Shao is a faculty instructor, researcher and consultant. He holds a doctorate in operations research from the University of Maryland at College Park; a master’s in business administration from Old Dominion University; and a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Virginia. Dr. Shao has served as a faculty member at various universities in Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee. He also spent eight years in the telecommunications industry as a network applications developer, project manager and computer network designer.
Dr. Shao is a former founding director of two university-based business and information technology research centers. His research work in the area of community-based distance education has been supported and recognized by various major corporations, as well as by the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, Smithsonian Institution, American Library Association, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, and others. Dr. Shao has more than 200 published articles and conference presentations. His past achievement awards and professional memberships include the IEEE Society, National Engineering Consortium, Institute of Management Sciences, International Teleconferencing Association, Tennessee Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation, AT&T Special Telecollaboration Award, Who’s Who in Technology Today, International Who’s Who, and Omega Rho Honor Society.