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Faculty and Fellows

In keeping with its 21st century academic orientation, the Levin Institute has created a faculty network composed of leading scholars who serve as Fellows of the Institute, SUNY and non-SUNY engaged faculty who regularly instruct in Levin programs, and a set of skilled, hands-on coaches and facilitators who participate in Levin’s executive and mid-career education programs. This engaged faculty is drawn from both management and the social sciences.

To ensure that the nature and quality of classroom instruction truly reflects the school's global and cross-cultural focus, Levin employs faculty drawn from leading institutions around the world, utilizing the latest in educational technologies.


Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Academic Affairs

Dr. Mazzara received her doctorate in International Education from Columbia University. Prior to Levin, she was the Director of Education for Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization promoting cross-cultural learning through the medium of film and was Education Attaché for the Government of Québec (New York office), responsible for Québec academic relations for the office’s region of eight states and DC.  Dr. Mazzara was also Director of Teacher Training Outreach for The Harriman Institute’s (Columbia University) U. S. Department of Education’s East European, Eurasian, and Russian National Resource Center for ten years. Her consulting works include cross-cultural training programs for international corporations and education seminars for non-profits including the Soros Foundation in Mongolia and The Business Alliance in Vietnam.

Yongqiang LIU, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute for Business at the State University of New York

Dr. LIU is concurrently an associate professor and a master graduate supervisor from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. He holds a Ph.D. degree in management from Nanjing University, where he served as guest professor to teach MBAs and International MBAs business communication and a comparative study on management from Sino-US language and culture perspective for 8 years. Prior to working at SUNY, he has been a guest professor at MBA center of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, invited to lecture at Saint Joseph’s University and University of Missouri at Saint Louis,and taught English in Nanjing University of Technology for a decade.  Currently he is lecturing on Human Resource Management to MBAs in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. His research areas cover global marketing management, human resource management (focusing on work-family relations), and cross-culture business communication. He is the author of three books, and 20+ journal articles.


Dr. Sheldon Weinig, Senior Fellow

Dr. Sheldon Weinig spent five years as a professor at Columbia University before founding Materials Research Corporation (MRC) in 1957. MRC, a company supplying materials and equipment to the semiconductor and computer industries, became a public corporation and was listed on the American Stock Exchange. Weinig was chairman and CEO of the company for more than 20 years. Sony acquired MRC in 1989 and following the merger, Weinig remained with Sony America for seven years as vice chairman of engineering and manufacturing. In 1996, he retired and accepted Adjunct Professorships at Columbia University and The State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y.  He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1984, and in 1988, the Government of France awarded him the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur. In 1990, he was elected to the International Technology Institute’s Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology. Weinig served two terms as a member of President Reagan’s Board of Advisors on Private Sector Initiatives.  As a Senior Fellow at Levin, he is actively involved in the JumpStart and FastTrac programs, and Chairs the Advisory Panel for JumpStart NYC.

Dr. Irving Wladawsky Berger, Senior Fellow

Dr. Berger is Chairman Emeritus at the IBM Academy of Technology and Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. At MIT, he is involved in multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities focused on how information technology is helping transform business organizations and the institutions of society. He is also a Strategic Advisor to Citigroup on innovation and technology initiatives and an Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School. Dr. Berger worked at IBM for 37 years where he was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments in the IT industry.

Dr. Lynne Rosansky, Fellow

Dr. Rosansky is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.  She served for four years as Vice Provost at Levin Institute, where she co-created a number of Levin’s current programs.  Dr. Rosansky was previously President of Hult International Business School (the former Arthur D. Little School of Management).She has served on the faculties of Babson College; Brandeis University and Simmons College. She has also led a successful consulting practice focused on management and leadership development and served on non-profit boards of directors including Women in World Trade and the Institute for Intercultural Studies. She earned a PhD from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College.

Dr. Cong Cao, Research Fellow

Dr. Cao has a PhD in sociology from Columbia University in 1997 and has worked at the University of Oregon and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Cao is interested in the social studies of science and technology with a focus on China. He is the author of China's Scientific Elite (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon 2004), a study of those Chinese scientists holding elite membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At Levin, Dr. Cao and Dr. Denis Simon conducted a four-year research project on the Global Talent Pool.  Their excellent study of the Chinese talent pool for science and innovation was published as the book “China’s Emerging Technological Edge” by Cambridge University Press in 2008.  Dr. Cao’s journal publications have appeared in Science, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Minerva, among others. His current research interests include China's S&T manpower and US-China relations in S&T.

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