Dean's Executive Professor of Information Systems & Analytics
Dr. Karla Callahan initially joined SCU as an adjunct lecturer teaching the undergraduate class "Science, Information Technology, Business and Society", OMIS 34. This year in addition to teaching, Dr. Callahan takes the position as Dean’s Executive Professor which includes responsibility for developing and refining the graduate and three undergraduate curricula.
Karla is the founder and CEO of Vizyontech Imaging, developing an ultrasound product to make medical imaging easy, affordable and available to even the most underprivileged areas of the world. Dr. Callahan was the designer and author of the patent successfully issued in 2014. She previously held executive positions at Texas Instruments, Cypress Semiconductor and American Microsystems where she worked on new product innovation, managed large international organizations using a wide variety of enterprise software, optimized complex supply chains and evolved critical management information systems.
Dr. Callahan has founded three companies. Her previous start-up company, United Silicon Structures, won a major product contract with Boeing 767 & 777 aircraft for an integrated circuit design for airplane data and control safety, later acquired by a European company.
Dr. Callahan earned her Ph.D. (2004) and MS in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri, and BS Chemistry from the School of Mines and Technology in SD.