I am a researcher, writer, teacher, and academic entrepreneur interested in next-generation media and the digital economy. My position as Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy (and previously Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information) allows me to fully pursue these passions. Educated as an engineer and social scientist, I obtained advanced degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics, Austria. Michigan State University has been my home institution since 1990. I had the privilege to spend extended time as a visiting professor affiliated with the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Constance, Germany (Summer 2010), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012).
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) create tremendous opportunities to empower individuals, support sustainable communities, and foster more inclusive and livable societies. Work with people in private, public, and non-profit organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia has convinced me that harnessing these potential benefits will require public interest technology, good governance models, as well as competition and cooperation. Ongoing research focuses on innovation in the next-generation Internet (Internet of Things, 5G wireless), digital entrepreneurship (both for-profit and social), and governance challenges. My work greatly has greatly benefited from collaboration with students and practitioners.