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Current OBHR PhD Students

Jared C. Law-Penrose

Jared C. Law-Penrose

5th Year Student

Jared graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2008. As an undergraduate he was selected as a David L. Boren scholar and spent a year enrolled in Nizhniy Novogord State University, Russia conducting cross-cultural media exportation. He presented his findings at the 2007 International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Paris. From 2008-2012 he worked for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in strategic planning and congressional affairs.

Jared is married to his wife Melissa. They have a three year old son and just welcomed a daughter to their family this past August. His personal interests include scuba diving, water skiing, and board games. 

Research

Research interests include non-profit human resource management, restorative justice within organizations, and intersection of leadership and trust.

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Matthew B. PerriginoMatthew B. Perrigino

5th Year Student

"The faculty in the Krannert OBHR program are all incredibly nice, genuine, and knowledgeable individuals who are always willing to answer questions and offer guidance. Although the coursework can be challenging, the combined support of the faculty and other students helps foster learning. This camaraderie creates a pleasant atmosphere where knowledge can easily be built, developed, and shared."

Matt was born and raised in Westchester, NY, and graduated with a BBA degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he double concentrated in operations management and business law and minored in religion. Prior to joining Krannert, he worked in corporate finance at IBM. 

Matt’s parents are Brian and Denise. He has a sister named Monica who is pursuing a degree at NYU Law. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, running, playing golf, and yoga.

Research

Research interests include work-family conflict, organizational behavior in hospitals, and organizational dress.


Ahmad M Ashkanani

Ahmad M. Ashkanani

4th Year Student

"In OBHR, you will find faculty and PhD students who genuinely care about your success. They will help you develop your research skills, research ideas, and teaching skills. You will also have access to valuable seminars offered by other areas within Krannert (e.g., Economics, Finance, Operations Management, Marketing and Strategy) and from other schools at Purdue (e.g., I/O Psychology, Statistics, and Engineering). This academic environment prepares you to become a prominent scholar."

Ahmad grew up in Kuwait and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Kuwait University in 2008. He worded in the industry as a software engineer before deciding to pursue higher education. He earned his MBA from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2012 and joined Purdue University afterwards.

Research

Research interests include Intersection of Organizational Behavior and Operations Management, Healthcare Management, Motivation, and Organizational Withdrawal. 


Hongzhi ChenHongzhi Chen

4th Year Student

"In our OBHR program, all faculty members are nice and helpful. Also, the colleagues always feel free to share their valuable experiences and knowledge here in the department, which helped me a lot with the first-year transition period. I feel so grateful that I made the choice of being here in such a professional, but friendly, learning community. By working with faculty members, I have the chance to explore my research interests further, build up my knowledge system, and eventually, develop the skills and competence of being a professional scholar."

Hongzhi graduated in 2013 from South China University of Technology (SCUT; Guangzhou, China) with a Master’s degree in Corporate Management (concentrated in Organizational Behavior). He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SCUT. During the Master’s years at SCUT, he presented his research at the 2011 & 2012 "China • Praxis • Management" Academic Conference (Guangzhou & Shanghai, China) and the 4th "Management in China" Academic Conference (Dalian, China, 2011). He has also published three papers in Chinese Journal of Management.

Research

Research interests include research and theory evaluation, relationship-oriented leadership, employee silence, team process, psychological safety and cultural values.


Lusi WuLusi Wu

4th Year Student

"We have a very supportive environment here. Faculty members pay attention to your development and fellow students are always ready to help and share."

Lusi Wu graduated from Renmin University of China with a MPA and BA in Public Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and drawing.


Research

Research interests include recruitment, employee selection, assessment and self-efficacy.


Catherine KleshinskiCatherine Kleshinski

2nd Year Student

"Krannert OBHR faculty are very supportive: they encourage my research interests, actively collaborate with the students, and lead engaging and challenging seminars that equip us with what it takes to succeed in this profession. The OBHR PhD students support each other by answering questions, giving advice, and through citizenship such as developmental friendly reviews. Through my first year coursework in OBHR, I/O psychology, and other departments, I’ve been able to sharpen my research interests, build research skills for methods and theory, and develop good habits for becoming a successful and productive scholar."

Catherine grew up in Ohio and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Dayton, where she double majored in Marketing and International Business, minored in French, and completed an honors thesis on mobile marketing. During her senior year at UD, she was a retail research intern at MeadWestvaco in the school and office products division. After graduation, she worked in web and e-commerce analytics in Cincinnati, Ohio at digital advertising agencies for such clients as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Folgers, Kimberly-Clark, and Schwan’s.

Research

Research interests include Organizational justice, work-family issues, leadership, and relationships at work/social exchange.


Benjamin PrattBenjamin Pratt

2nd Year Student

"The OBHR faculty here at Purdue are both productive and inclusive. I've been impressed at the extent at which faculty invite students to collaborate with them in research opportunities. Faculty take the time to train and mentor new scholars, and departmental resources are prioritized towards the growth and development of student researchers. The student culture within the department is one of support and encouragement. I have regularly been the beneficiary of mentoring from students more advanced in the program than I am. I highly recommend this program to any prospective OBHR scholars who are serious about professional growth and development."

Benjamin graduated with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2006. He then earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Houston in 2008. During the second year of his master's work, Benjamin was a social work fellow in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Medicine Program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Following his masters education, Benjamin worked as a clinical social worker for five years; four of which were spent in the VA Healthcare System in Salt Lake City, UT, where Benjamin worked as a Telehealth Social Worker and then as the Assistant Chief of Social Work Services. In 2013, Benjamin returned to graduate education, earning a master's degree in sociology from Purdue University before being accepted to the OBHR program in 2015. Benjamin and his wife, Mauri, have four children, ages 4 through 10.

Research

Research interests include healthcare organizations, status, reputation, occupations, work design, and work-lifebalance.