On behalf of Dean Whitten and CAS faculty, staff and students, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Assistant Professor Jessica Luo Carlo, who passed away on Wednesday, January 2.
Jessica was a faculty member within the department of Advertising and Public Relations. Her passion for life, her family and her scholarly pursuits represents a painful loss to all who knew her and worked with her at Michigan State University.
Dr. Carlo’s research interests included technology-based innovation and systemic risk in complex socio-technical systems. She was a key researcher for The Path Creation Project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and studied information technology-enabled innovations and 3D modeling software in the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
On MSU’s campus, she was working with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to study teamwork among the many groups of physicists, engineers and other scientists involved in the creation of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB. The three-year study funded by NSF is measuring the effectiveness of both formal and informal structures when multiple teams are involved.
Dr. Carlo received her PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University. She also taught undergraduate and MBA courses at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where she won the Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award in 2004.
She presented her work at international conferences and published in leading academic journals such as Information & Organization, Information Systems Journal, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and Annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference (ASAC).
Her career also included serving as an assistant professor at Sichuan University, P.R. China, where she trained medical doctors going to North American hospitals as visiting scholars, and Tibetan students majoring in Clinical Medicine.
Her industry experience included working with American companies building proprietary consumer durable goods, automotive aftermarket products in mainland China, as well as sales activities in China involving breakthrough non-invasive surgical technology.
She was a member of the Academy of Management, Association for Information Systems, and IFIP 8.2 work group. She served as associate editor for Extreme Innovation Track and Human Behavior and Information Technology Track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2008.
For those wishing to express their condolences, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made on behalf of Jessica and Dave Carlo’s three-year-old son to the Vincent Carlo Education Trust Fund through the MSU Federal Credit Union, 3777 West Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.