Sarv Devaraj, Director
Sarv Devaraj is the Fred V. Duda Professor of Business at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Professor Devaraj brings a wealth of experience and expertise in business analytics, healthcare and supply chain management, and the application of business technology. Professor Devaraj has taught undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA courses in business analytics, technology and operations management, and he earned his doctoral degree in business administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Devaraj is the co-founder of the healthcare information technology company Carextech, located at Innovation Park at Notre Dame before its acquisition in 2020, whose flagship product is used by more than 700 senior care facilities. He currently serves as the senior editor for the journal Production and Operations Management and is co-author of The IT Payoff: Measuring the Business Value of Information Technology Investments (Prentice-Hall & Financial Times).
Professor Devaraj has a prolific research record and his research in information systems and operations management has won many best paper awards. He joined Notre Dame-California in July 2020.
Dierre Upshaw, Assistant Director
Dierre Upshaw lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works onsite at Notre Dame-California in Palo Alto. Dierre administers ND-California programs, works on the ground with alumni and corporate partners, directs the Silicon Valley student programs and manages the ND-California facility, which hosts numerous campus groups and ND-sponsored events throughout the year.
Dierre serves as the primary point-of-contact for students, faculty and staff affiliated with Silicon Valley Semester and Summer in Silicon Valley, ND-California's flagship programs. He develops the co-curricular, immersive, and experiential components of these programs, ensuring that student experiences inside the classroom are connected with professional development, internships at startups, and practical experiences in California. Dierre works with California alumni and campus stakeholders on ND-California program operations, budgeting, program recruitment, and course planning.
Dierre's background and experience center primarily around academic programs, student support services, fellowships, advising, and academic affairs. Dierre joined Notre Dame in the fall of 2018 after roles at Stanford (Graduate Medical Education) and Harvard University (Academic Affairs and The Office of Undergraduate Education). Dierre received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth (2009).