College of Business > News & Events > Economics, Sales and Finance Experts Join Driehaus College of Business Faculty
By Jaclyn Lansbery /
October 15, 2021 /
Posted in: Faculty /
This fall marked the return to campus for the DePaul community as well as the hiring of three new full-time faculty members at the Driehaus College of Business. This year our new faculty represent expertise in sales and marketing, finance and risk management and theoretical economics.
Below, we highlight the diverse backgrounds each new faculty member hopes to bring to the classroom.
Geoff Nyheim brings more than 30 years of experience in the sales industry to his roles as executive director of the
Center for Sales Leadership and instructor at the Driehaus College of Business. Nyheim, a DePaul MBA alumnus, returns to DePaul after serving as executive-in-residence in the Department of Marketing for more than two years, teaching graduate and undergraduate sales classes and working closely with corporate partners to recruit students.
A self-described lifelong learner, Nyheim earned his undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of California (UC) Berkley and has completed executive education programs from New York University, Northwestern University, Columbia University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkley. Nyheim spent more than 20 years at Microsoft, serving in a variety of management and executive leadership sales roles. Until recently, Nyheim worked served as director of the U.S. Central Area for Amazon Web Services the where he led the strategy, operating plan and orchestration of 1,000-plus resources in Amazon’s cloud platform.
“I love being in the classroom and developing curiosity, discovery and learning. I am equally passionate about helping undergraduate students launch their careers with their first professional job and supporting our MBA students to transition career tracks or accelerate their success,” Nyheim says. “The experience I have had leading large organizations and making personnel decisions for three-plus decades gives me some insight to the ways in which individuals think about their careers and many of the challenges they face. I can anticipate and hopefully address needs students have during this critical period of career planning, preparation and pursuits while at DePaul.”
Mark Shore is a well-known expert on alternative investments with more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets. He is currently the founder and chief research officer at the research consulting firm Shore Capital Research LLC. Shore’s previous positions include director of Coquest Institute at Coquest Advisors; chief operating officer at VK Capital, a Morgan Stanley futures and currency trading business unit; and head of risk at Octane Research, a Swiss-based alternative investment firm. He has contributed to several books and authored more than 80 articles on various macroeconomic and investment topics.
He is currently a currently a
doctorate in business administration (DBA) candidate at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and earned an undergraduate degree in finance from the Driehaus College of Business. In 1998, Shore graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago. At DePaul, Shore has been teaching classes in finance and risk management as an adjunct professor for more than 10 years and transitioned to senior instructor this fall. He developed a graduate- and undergraduate-level course on trading system development and asset allocation.
“As an educator, I’ll continue to bring my decades of capital markets and research experience into the classroom to demonstrate and explore real-world examples, teach critical thinking and career-mentor students,” Shore says.
Yanchao Yang joins the business faculty as a visiting clinical instructor, teaching principles of microeconomics and health economics. Yang focuses her research on health economics, public policy and applied econometrics. Her projects typically involve analyzing the impact of public health policies on infant health, as well as application of machine-learning methods in economics. Her solid theoretical economics background and experience in analyzing complex big data have helped her enrich her classroom teaching in an effective and productive way. Yang received master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her bachelor’s degree in financial mathematics from Shanghai Finance University in China. She has experience teaching microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and development economics.
“In my teaching, I aim to expand students’ views by covering the classic theories in economics, inviting them to think critically and communicating the latest research insights,” Yang says. “To make sure that students get the most from the classroom, I use real-world examples to engage students in developing their own analytics skills.”
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