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Meet the Faculty of the UW Bachelor’s in Sustainable Management

UW Online Collaboratives February 16, 2023

All courses in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management, Certificate in Environmental Sustainability, and Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise, are developed and taught by University of Wisconsin faculty from one of the UW partner campuses or are sustainability industry experts serving as adjunct faculty. UW Sustainable Management faculty have expertise in a wide range of fields, including: business, sustainability, engineering, water resource management, sustainable agriculture, economics, environmental science, law and ethics, psychology, natural resource management, and sociology. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management is a partnership of UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, and UW-Superior.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management

Mei Cao | UW-Superior

Dr. Mei Cao is assistant professor of business and economics at UW-Superior.

Dr. Cao teaches courses in supply chain management, advanced supply chain management, land transportation, air transportation, business statistics, and quantitative models for productions and operations management. She is the author of book chapters and publications in various academic journals and conference proceedings.

She earned her BA in English from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China), her MBA in information systems, and her PhD in manufacturing management and engineering from the University of Toledo.

Rita Kozak | UW-River Falls

Dr. Rita M. Kozak is an adjunct professor at UW-River Falls.

Dr. Kozak was a member of the UW-River Falls faculty for seven years prior to her work as a land use planning consultant in a self-owned firm. Dr. Kozak teaches the Systems Thinking and the Sustainable Management Capstone courses.

She earned her BA in geography from Elmhurst College, her MA in geography from the University of Chicago, and her PhD in land use planning, management and design from Texas Tech University.

Sakib Mahmud | UW-Superior

Dr. Mahmud serves as Academic Director for the BS in Sustainable Management at UW-Superior.

Dr. Sakib Mahmud is associate professor in sustainable management and economics at UW-Superior.

Dr. Mahmud’s research focuses on applied microeconomics with applications on issues related to climate change adaptation, environmental and resource economics, behavioral economics and policy. He was the 2014-2015 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow under the University of Wisconsin System. He is also serving as one of the Steering Committee Members for the National Bank of Commerce-sponsored Regional Economic Indicators Forum (REIF) project. The project involves mentoring of undergraduate student researchers to perform long-term study of economic and business indicators covering 15 counties in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Dr. Mahmud teaches Economics of Sustainability, International Development and Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability courses.

Dr. Mahmud earned his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wyoming, and his MA in economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) of Canada.

Eric Sanden | UW-River Falls

Dr. Eric Sanden is Professor of Natural Resources Management and Community Planning at UW-River Falls.

He has taught courses at Colorado State and Texas Tech and was a range conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Dr. Sanden teaches courses in natural resources management and environmental policies; introductory, comprehensive and advanced community planning; geographic information systems; remote sensing; and environmental education.

He earned his BS in range ecology from Colorado State University and his MS and PhD in Range Science from Texas Tech University.

Laine Vignona | UW-River Falls

Dr. Laine Vignona, Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Management, was a member of the UW-River Falls faculty for 12 years.

She has also taught courses at New York University and Berkeley College (N.Y.). Dr. Vignona teaches courses in environmental policy.

She earned her BS in Geology from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and her MS and PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University.

Programs: Sustainable Management