Welcome Additions

Welcome Additions

Jeffrey Pontiff

Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Pontiff joined the Carroll School of Management's Finance Department this year after 10 years of teaching corporate finance and investments at the University of Washington's School of Business Administration. He was named Washington's "Professor of the Quarter" in the winter of 1998.

Pontiff, who also was a visiting professor at the Emory University Goizueta Business School and the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School, is a 1988 honors graduate of the University of Chicago.

He earned a master's degree in applied economics and a doctorate in business from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, where he was the recipient of the Olin Fellowship. He also taught at the Simon School while studying for his advanced degrees.

His research has appeared in a number of professional journals as well as the popular press, including The New York Times, Smart Money, Forbes and Barron's. Pontiff has been associate editor of Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis for the past two years and is a referee for numerous professional finance publications.

Mei Xue

Asst. Prof. Mei Xue brings a background in business operations and industrial engineering to her post in the Carroll School of Management's Operations and Strategic Management Department.

She received a doctorate in operations management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School earlier this year. She also holds master's degrees in operations and information management and systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Xue earned dual bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering and management and English for science and technology from Tianjin University in China.

Her areas of research interest include service operations management, information technology and e-business management and productivity and efficiency analysis of service industries.

Matteo Iacoviello

With a master's degree and doctorate from the London School of Economics, Asst. Prof. Matteo Iacoviello has enhanced the Economics Department's expertise in international economics.

Iacoviello taught at the London School for four years while studying for his own advanced degrees. He is also a graduate of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and holds a doctorate in economic theory from Universita' degli Studi di Bologna.

He is currently engaged in research on domestic and international collateral and the international transmission of economic shocks and optimal monetary policy under debt inflation. Iacoviello also serves as a referee for three economic journals.

Iacoviello is teaching Monetary Economics and Macroeconomic Theory this year.

Amy LaCombe
A newly arrived lecturer in the Carroll School of Management Accounting Department, Amy LaCombe is a familiar name to many in the Boston College community. She was captain of the 1990 BC women's basketball team, a two time All-Big East player and an Academic All-America selection during her undergraduate days at the Heights.

She added a master's degree in education and a certificate of advanced study in counselor education from Syracuse University before returning to Boston College where she received a MBA in 2000.

LaCombe served as a Boston College academic counselor while studying for her MBA degree and was the Carroll School's assistant dean for administration for two years before receiving her faculty teaching appointment.

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, will profile new faculty members at Boston College.


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