Dr. Susan Hanlon was appointed dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron, effective July 1, 2019. She served most recently as associate dean and department chair of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy. Hanlon, who joined The University of Akron's College of Business Administration in 1990, has long balanced classroom teaching with administrative roles. The CBA and its undergraduate and graduate programs have been ranked nationally by BusinessWeek, the Princeton Review, U.S. News World Report, the Public Accounting Report, and others. In addition, the CBA and separately, the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, have received the highest level of accreditation by the selective Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, a distinction held by less than five percent of all business schools. Hanlon earned a B.A. at Grove City College, an MBA at Kent State University and a DBA at the University of Memphis.
Guangming Ling is a managing senior research scientist at the Center for Education and Career Development, Educational Testing Service. Dr. Ling’s research focuses on assessment and training of core competencies, student learning outcomes assessments, and factors related to test validity, reliability, and fairness issues, covering a wide range of topics such as test mode effects, subscore reporting, test-taking motivation, computerized adaptive testing, and human- and machine-scoring of essay and speech responses. He has directed research projects related to a wide range of testing programs, including GRE, Major Field Tests (MFT), HEIghten, SAT, TOEFL iBT, and the PARCC assessments. Dr. Ling has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Human Behavior, PNAS, Exceptional Children, Child Development, Educational Assessment, Assessing Writing, and International Journal of Testing. Dr. Ling holds a Ph. D. in psychometrics (quantitative psychology) from Fordham University.
Dr. Ou Lydia Liu is Principal Research Director in charge of three ETS research centers: Center for Education and Career Development, Center for Language Education and Assessment Research, and Center for K12 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The three research centers support ETS programs including GRE, TOEFL, TOEIC, Praxis, HiSET, and HEIghten, and are responsible for foundational research in language assessment and learning, K-12 teaching, learning, and assessment, and higher education and workforce assessment and training. Dr. Liu is an internationally recognized expert in assessment and research of critical competencies in higher education. She has also managed several million-dollar grants awarded by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies in the United States, India, China, and Korea.
Samyr Qureshi is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Knack, the fastest-growing peer tutoring platform for colleges and universities. The company is venture-backed by Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Team Owner), Precursor Ventures, ETS (creators of GRE), ASU Enterprise Partners, and many other well-known investors and educational institutions. Currently based in Tampa, Florida, Samyr previously worked as an Account Executive in the Emerging Technology division at Gartner and also formerly served as an iOS Advisor at Apple. Samyr currently resides in Tampa, Florida where Knack is headquartered. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys playing guitar, listening to live music, and spending time outdoors with his dog Koda.