EMBA Faculty: Rosa Oppenheim
An Educational Eye-Opener
"Teaching in the EMBA Program is considered a plum," says Rosa Oppenheim, professor and executive vice dean at Rutgers business school. "It's always an exhilarating experience to walk into the classroom. The students are enthusiastic and challenging."
She continues, "We attempt to get the best possible faculty. Most of our professors are at the forefront of their fields. We also get very respected professionals from the corporate world."
The result, she says, is an up-to-date education that gives managers "a greater perspective on what is going on in their organization, what techniques are available for problem solving, what other companies are doing. It is an eye-opener."
Prof. Oppenheim teaches two course in the EMBA program—Business Statistics and Analytical Techniques. In keeping with the overall philosophy of the Rutgers EMBA program, her emphasis is on how the students can/should apply the classroom theory to their respective professions. To this end, EMBA learning teams are required to make presentations describing how some of the statistics or operations management techniques could be used in the workplace (or are currently in use), with specific reference to one of the companies in each team.
“I have been very impressed by these presentations”, remarks Rosa. She cites one recent presentation where one of the physicians in the EMBA class used queuing theory to model his receivables from HMOs, his disbursements, his drug inventory, and his ‘waiting times’ while maximizing his objective function--overall patient satisfaction. Prof. Oppenheim found this to be “truly a remarkable application of the powerful tools we have covered—most impressive. And this is just one of dozens of amazing examples.”
"She teaches very mathematically oriented courses and just walks us down a strong progression. She is very impressive. After her course, quality control at work took on a new and much more rigorously defined meaning. Our quality-related complaints virtually disappeared and we were commended as an internal benchmark for quality control!”