UNH Whittemore School Honors
Professor For Career Of Distinguished Research
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
August 18, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Whittemore
School of Business and Economics has honored a long-time professor
and department chair for his distinguished career as a researcher.
A.R. “Venky” Venkatachalam was named “Outstanding Researcher” earlier
this year for his distinguished career in research. Venkatachalam is professor
of information systems and chairperson of the decision sciences department. He
has been at UNH since 1992.
He received a bachelor’s with honors in mechanical engineering from the
University of Madras, India, MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta,
and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He has also worked in the industry
for five years as a corporate planning manager.
Venky is a highly skilled researcher whose contributions have substantially benefited
the business community as well as his students. He has demonstrated excellence
at every level of his distinguished career, and we are pleased to have selected
him as the recipient of our first Outstanding Researcher Award,” said Steven
Bolander, dean of the Whittemore School.
Venkatachalam pioneered the design and development of a procurement, marketing
and communications network, PRO-Net, for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
leadership, the Internet-based system was implemented in a four-month period
for a budget of less than $150,000 and replaced multiple systems that had been
under development in the federal government for a number of years, which cost
$10 million but were unsuccessful. PRO-Net has more than 195,000 companies listed
to permit federal, state, local and private procurement officers to find and
solicit proposals from small businesses interested in government, prime- and
For his leadership role in the creation of PRO-Net, Venkatachalam was honored
by Vice President Al Gore at the White House in 1997.
From 1995 to 2002, Venkatachalam was the project leader for ACE-Net (Angel Capital
Electronic Network), an Internet-based angel capital network that brings together
entrepreneurs seeking equity capital and self-accredited investors on a national
basis. ACE-Net is the only national Internet-based system permitted by SEC and
state regulators. The system is used by venture capital agencies in 45 states.
In 2000, ACE-Net reached the $1 billion milestone in raising equity financing
for entrepreneurs in the nation.
Venkatachalam was one of the leaders of a team that participated in a pilot study
funded by Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) involving use of the
Internet for transfer of defense technologies to the private industry. This pilot
program, completed in 1998, successfully demonstrated a technology transfer process
involving two defense laboratories and several private industries in two Northeastern
In July 2003 UNH and National Infrastructure Institute's Center for Infrastructure
Expertise launched a Web-based library portal ( www.ni2ciel.org), a project headed
by Venkatachalam. The portal is a one-stop shop for all pertinent information
related to the protection of built infrastructure and key assets.