Professor Alok Gupta sitting in a chair.

Gupta Honored with Career Achievement Award

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

For his countless contributions to the field of information systems, Professor Alok Gupta, Carlson School senior associate dean of faculty, research, and administration, received the LEO Award for career achievement from the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

The award, which is the highest honor given by AIS, recognizes outstanding scholars who have made a global impact on the discipline.

“This is the greatest honor in our field and I’m humbled to receive it,” Gupta said as he accepted the award at the organization’s annual International Conference, held this week in Austin, Texas. Speaking in the same city where he earned his PhD at the University of Texas-Austin, Gupta focused his comments on thanking those who have supported him along his academic journey. He also acknowledged colleagues in the Carlson School for “mak[ing] it fun to go to work every day” and mentioned his first PhD student, now colleague, Professor Ravi Bapna.

“This is the greatest honor in our field and I’m humbled to receive it.”

As the Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management, Gupta’s research focuses on economic engineering of systems – where system design explicitly considers incentives of participants – as applied to a variety of transactional systems from Internet, real-time databases, B2B systems to e-commerce. He has published over 80 journal articles in various journals, with more than half of those in premier journals – Management Science, Information Systems Research (ISR), MIS Quarterly, INFORMS Journal of Computing, Transportation Science, and Production & Operations Management. He is currently serving in his second term as Editor-in-Chief for ISR.

Earlier this year, Gupta was recognized with the President’s Service Award and Practical Impacts Award from INFORMS ISS, was chosen as an AIS Fellow in 2016, an INFORMS ISS Distinguished Fellow in 2014, and earned a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research on dynamic pricing mechanisms on the internet.

In his administrative role, Gupta is responsible for Carlson School’s $120 MM budget, faculty hiring, review and evaluations, research infrastructure, IT infrastructure, facility and classroom management, and academic programs management and scheduling.

Given out since 1999, LEO Award recipients are “regarded as a preeminent representative of their national or regional information systems community” and are “highly esteemed for their exemplary professional and personal integrity.”