Dr. Samir Shah, associate clinical professor of MIS, accepted the Leadership and Innovation Award from the Pennsylvania Office of Information Technology for his contributions in the field of IT and higher education.
Shah recently came to Drexel LeBow after nearly 10 years at Pennsylvania State University’s York campus. A colleague at Penn State nominated Shah for this award based in part on a capstone Information Sciences and Technology class he taught, where he connected a class of 30 students here in Pennsylvania with 20 students taking a similar class in India on multiple “real-world” classroom projects.
Working collaboratively, these students developed business prototype applications after holding 30-plus video conferencing sessions and sending more than 350 emails. The course not only provided students the opportunity to develop joint technical solutions, but also taught students to work around global challenges such as language and cultural barriers and time-zone differences.
The award was presented to Shah by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Administration, the Honorable Kelly Logan, during the Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Forum 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa., on November 27.
Shah will be teaching two MIS courses here at LeBow during winter term: MIS 200 and MIS 347. His research delves into global IT project management, and more specifically, the application of Agile methodology in the offshore software development.