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Aleksandar Tomic, PhD
Graduate Program Director,
MS in Applied Economics

Dr. Aleksandar (Sasha) Tomic is Associate Dean for Strategy, Innovation, & Technology, and Program Director of Master of Science in Applied Economics at the Boston College’s Woods College of Advancing Studies. He also holds courtesy appointments as Associate Professor of Practice in Economics department of Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Operations Management Department of Carroll School of Management. In addition to managing the MS in Applied Economics, Dr. Tomic leads strategic initiatives at the College, especially in areas of online education, alternative credentialing, and executive education.  Prior to joining BC, Dr. Tomic was Associate Professor at Mercer University, Professor at the Jack Welch Management Institute in Herndon, Virginia; Principal in Econometrics with HENDYPLAN, S.A. in Luxembourg; Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Programs in Business at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; and Assistant Professor of Economics and co-founder and Director of the Center for Economic Analysis at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia.

In his career, Dr. Tomic has developed, grown, and turned around academic and research programs, and has established connections with private and public entities both locally and internationally. He has written scholarly papers published in international journals and refereed books addressing topics such as European Monetary Union, behavior of political agents, racial disparities in policing and sentencing, and impact of college athletics on universities reputation.  He is a frequent lecturer and commentator on economic issues such as moves in commodity and financial markets, effects of economic policies, (e.g. change in minimum wage), and local/regional/national/international economic outlook.

Dr. Tomic has taught undergraduate, graduate, and Executive MBA courses in Economics, Finance, Statistics, and Quantitative Methods.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Tomic has managed and participated in Eurostat (statistical office of the EU) sponsored, complex, multi-year, multinational projects in economic statistics, business cycle forecasting, and macroeconometrics. He has also carried out applied studies in economic impact analysis, and provided litigation support in civil cases.

Dr. Tomic earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Clemson University.


Nathan Bastian, PhD

Dr. Nathan Bastian is a leader, practitioner, researcher, and educator of quantitative, economic, computational, analytic, data-driven, and decision-centric methods to support the improvement of operational processes, decision-making, performance, and management in healthcare, human resources, military operations, national defense, cyber security and logistics. He is an experienced operations researcher, data scientist, decision analyst and industrial engineer who discovers and translates data-driven, actionable insights into effective decisions using mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics, data science, and computing to develop decision-support models for descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Prof. Bastian holds a Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the Pennsylvania State University, M.Eng. degree in industrial engineering from Penn State, M.S. degree in econometrics and operations research from Maastricht University, and B.S. degree in engineering management (electrical engineering) with honors from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Serving over 10 years in the U.S. Army, Nathan currently serves as the Analytics Officer for the Health Services Division at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. He leads the Analytics (Operations Research / Systems Analysis) Section of the Readiness & Strength Branch, while serving as the principal Data Scientist and Decision Analyst for the Division. In addition to his Adjunct teaching at Boston College, Nathan has also served as an Adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, City University of New York, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has developed and taught graduate-level courses in econometrics, management science, machine learning, simulation and modeling techniques, Monte Carlo methods, business analytics, data mining, data science, operations risk management, managerial decision modeling, decision analytics, and system optimization methods. Finally, Nathan remains actively engaged in scholarly research, having co-authored roughly 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one textbook. He is also active in professional service, serving as a Referee for over 20 peer-reviewed journals and as an Associate Editor for two journals.


Piyush Chandra, PhD

Piyush Chandra is an Associate Professor of Economics at Stonehill College. He earned his MA in economics from Delhi School of Economics and a PhD in economics from University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining Stonehill College in fall of 2014 he had served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Colgate University since 2007. Chandra specializes in International Trade, Political Economy of Trade Policy, and Industrial Organization. His current research focuses on WTO sanctioned trade measures such as anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties. His publications include articles in Journal of Public Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, and World Development. Chandra teaches International Economics, Development Economics, and Economic Statistics as well as both Economic Principles courses.


Doru Cojoc, PhD

Doru Cojoc is an economist interested in microeconomics and experimental economics. He has studied how giving to charity affects one’s tendency to cheat. In addition, he has studied how political candidates campaign when running for office and how political parties select their nominees. Cojoc’s current interests are grade inflation and leadership: who becomes a leader and how do successful leaders behave? 

Cojoc obtained his PhD from Clemson University in 2004. After one year at University of Chicago, Cojoc taught at Stanford University from 2005 to 2011, where he was also a Searle Freedom Trust fellow. Before teaching at Columbia in 2014, he was a visiting assistant professor at University of Iowa. He speaks Romanian and English.


Can Erbil, PhD

Professor Erbil specializes in international trade, development economics and macroeconomic policy recommendations. His applied work extends to education and health policy and energy economics. In 2012, Erbil joined the Department of Economics at Boston College as an Associate Professor of the Practice. In 2015, he became a Full Professor of the Practice.

Between 1999-2012, Erbil worked at the International Business School (IBS), the Department of Economics and Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He held the positions of Assistant Professor, Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer. Erbil was also the Assistant Director of Center for German and European Studies. He is currently the Director of Turkey Outreach at IBS.

Dr. Erbil is currently the Director of Economic Modeling School at EcoMod, Global Economic Modeling Network. Since 2012, Erbil is a Senior Fellow at Bahcesehir University, Turkey, where he contributes to several programs, including the BAU-NYU Research Methods Center. In 2014, Erbil joined MindBridge Partners as Senior Advisor, where he engages in projects with a focus on innovation, EdTech, IT and executive training.

Dr. Erbil is a Research Associate at the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey (ERF). Erbil is on the Board of the Washington D.C. based think tank, Capital Turkish Connections, where he helps to facilitate evidence-based dialogue.

He continues consulting for the World Bank on projects related to international trade, regional development, education and health policies.


Jose Fillat, PhD

José L. Fillat is a Senior Financial Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. José manages a team of Financial Economists, Research Assistants, and Quantitative Analysts. He works in the oversight of risk models for Federal Reserve’s Dodd-Frank Act Stress Testing. José's policy analysis focuses on financial stability and systemic risk. His research focuses on macro-finance, asset pricing, portfolio choice, and international finance.  He has studied the asset pricing implications of long-run risks in consumption and housing. He also works on portfolio allocation decisions in the presence of housing. In the international finance field, his work focuses on the study of multinational firms' returns and the value premium. His research has been published in top economics and finance journals. He earned a B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, and he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2008.


Kenneth Hynes, MA

Kenneth Hynes has over 15 years of experience in developing economies advising the leadership of firms, governments, and donors on how to compete and prosper in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Kenhad led the design and implementation of dozens of private sector development projects, including small and medium enterprise (SME) financing, value chain upgrading, entrepreneurship, and public-private dialogue, in more than 25 countries across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Ken specializes in supporting economic development by helping firms, value chains, and clusters, develop new products, expand into new markets, and attract investment capital to fuel their growth. Most recently, Ken co-founded Artha Networks Inc., which provides investors with an on-line investment platform designed to lower the transaction costs associated with investing in mid-sized companies in developing economies. Ken has published a number of articles on competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship and has contributed to World Bank and Harvard Business School publications. Kenis also a frequent public speaker on these topics in local and international forums.  Ken holds a BA in economics from Concordia University, and an MA in Law and Diplomacy and Economic Development from Tufts University.


Gokce Olcum, PhD

Gokce's research tends to be quite interdisciplinary and policy-oriented; integrating applied economic research with environment and energy related regulations, climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, and natural resource management.

She is currently employed at Environmental Defense Fund as a research economist and her current research is more about analyzing the post-Paris climate policy architecture. In this vein, she focuses in evaluating the potential scale and evolution of the club of  carbon markets; identifying and analyzing the key institutional and policy design features for their successful development; quantifying the potential economic impacts together with other welfare and cost measures.

Among her past research focus are future-oriented research of climate change impacts, mainly on agriculture and energy industries. In one of her studies, she analyzes the effects of climate change induced changes in future water supply and crop yields on global agricultural production under changing food consumption patterns. In another work, she studies the future impacts of climate change on the structure of energy supply with respect to projected changes in energy demand under changing climate conditions. She also had extensive expertise on market based environmental regulations during her Ph.D. In this vein, she conducted economic and environmental impact assessment of the European Union’s 20-20-20 targets and its enlargement policies mainly on the European Union’s Emission Trading System, with a particular focus on Turkey’s integration. 


Sam Richardson, PhD

Sam Richardson teaches both Macro Principles and Honors Micro Theory. He has published several papers on a range of health care related topics, such as the use of aggressive medical treatments, the cost of inpatient rehabilitation care in the Department of Veterans Affairs, or issues in identifying cause of death.

He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Kenneth P. Sanford, PhD

Ken is a reformed academic economist who likes to empower customers to solve problems with data. Ken’s primary passion is teaching and explaining complex machine learning methods. At SAS he worked with some of the largest U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart, Citi, Ford, Comcast, Humana, Duke Energy and many others to help make their forecasting and predictive models actionable. His recent work on CCAR stress testing has been adopted by several large banks.

Ken has spent time in academia (Middle Tennessee State University, U of Cincinnati, Peace College, Boston College) consulting (Deloitte) and software development (SAS, H2O). He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his work on price optimization has been published in peer-reviewed journals. 


Esin Sile, PhD 
Partner and CEO, Mindbridge Partners

As a seasoned Economist and Consultant, Dr. Sile has worked extensively with institutions and organizations in the education sector, partnering with clients in K-12 and higher education institutions to provide strategy based on data-driven research. Dr. Sile also has been advising clients globally on how to best adopt innovative and entrepreneurial strategies in their organizations. Dr. Sile is a frequent speaker at international conferences on innovation and entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has advised clients on issues related to complex litigation, regulatory proceedings, and strategy development in a wide array of industries.

Currently, Dr. Sile is a partner and CEO at MindBridge Partners; an advisory firm focused on learning and innovation. Esin previously was Vice President at Maguire Associates, among the leading higher education consulting firms in the U.S. Prior to Maguire, Esin led numerous consulting engagements during her decade long tenure at Analysis Group, a leading economic consulting firm in the U.S. Dr. Sile holds BA in International Relations from Bilkent University, MA in International Law and International Economics from Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Relations (SAIS), MA in Economics from Brown University, and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University. She is the Co-chair of TurkishWIN Boston Chapter. She is also on the Board of Alumni Club of Brown University and also acts as the Board Treasurer.


Fahlino Sjuib, PhD

Fahlino Sjuib is a Professor of Economics and the Chair of the Department of Economics at Framingham State University (FSU).  He is also currently served as the Director of MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at FSU.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University.  His research is focusing on empirical macroeconomics and financial economics.  His recent works have appeared in Journal of Business and Economics Research, International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, and Empirical Economics Letter.  He had served as a Senior Macroeconomic Advisor for the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG).  In his role at AIPEG, he provided technical support and analyses on fiscal policy and financial development issues in Indonesia.  Prior to that, he served as a member of Indonesia-Japan Economic Cooperation Working Team, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  As a member of the team, he prepared a policy study on monetary and macroeconomic policies in Indonesia.  Dr. Sjuib teaches graduate macroeconomic course. 


Gustavo Vicentini, PhD

Gustavo obtained a PhD in economics from Boston University. His areas of research are industrial organization and applied econometrics. He is currently an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in econometrics, industrial organization, and statistics. Before coming to Northeastern, Gustavo worked for several years as an economist at Analysis Group, a firm that provides economic consulting to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. While at Analysis Group, Gustavo provided economic analyses to clients in support of commercial litigation and government investigations in a variety of industries.


Danielle Zanzalari, PhD

Danielle Zanzalari, Ph.D., is a Financial Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She currently works on model validation for CCAR/DFAST, ongoing model examination and research. Danielle focuses on examining off-balance sheet items, bank health, and financial crisis government programs. During her doctoral studies at Clemson University, she taught over ten sections of Macroeconomics and Money & Banking and was nominated for Graduate Teacher of the Year. As an undergraduate at Seton Hall University, Danielle majored in Finance, was a member of the Leadership Development Honors Program, and walked-on to the softball team.