BS in Tourism and Services Management, University Stefan cel Mare (Romania); MSc and Ph.D. in Foodservice and Lodging Management, Iowa State University.
Expertise & Research Interests
- Information Technology Adoption
- Biometric Systems
- Mobile Technology
- Security and Privacy
Prior to joining Hilton College in 2012, taught at Temple University, Kansas State University and University of St. Thomas; work has been funded by regional organizations such as the European Union, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, state and local destination organizations such as the Lawrence Conventions and Visitors Bureau (Kansas), and universities such as University of Houston and Kansas State University; research has resulted in over 110 peer-reviewed publications that include book chapters, journal articles, invited articles, and conference proceedings, and in journals such as International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, Journal of Hospitality Information Technology, Tourism Economics, and Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing; recipient of several prestigious academic awards, including the Stephen Rushmore/HVS Research Excellence Award, The Provost’s Certificate of Excellence in Recognition of Extraordinary Achievements, the Barbara S. Stowe Endowed Faculty Development Award and Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Award; recognized by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) as an outstanding reviewer in the information technology area; presented work at I-CHRIE, the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism, the International Hospitality Information Technology Association (where he received the Best Research Paper Award in 2015), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, and Travel and Tourism Research Association; and numerous media appearances and invited presentations at conferences, colloquia and workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia.