Ed Pinero's not a one-dimensional kind of guy.
on erosion control on the islands of St. Croix, St. John and Puerto
Rico. He's interested in e-commerce and has taught the subject in
the Southern Miss Caribbean Studies program in Jamaica. He thinks
geospatial applications are the tools of the future. And he wants
to know all he can about economic development.
All this and
he still finds time to ride his Harley.
definitely not one-dimensional, and he's not just "Ed Pinero"
anymore, either. Thanks to almost five years of work, this multi-talented
man has a new set of initials to put after his name: "Ph.D."
an employee for 10 years, is the first Southern Miss employee to
earn a doctorate in international development, "the process
by which nations and organizations work together to improve the
quality of life globally through political, economic, and social
change," notes the department's Web site. Graduates from the
program "should be prepared to build on past development theory
and experience, but be entrepreneurial and creative enough to face
the emerging economic frontiers and opportunities of tomorrow."
has been associate director of Southern Miss' Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center at Gulf Coast Research Lab since its inception, is definitely
the kind of person who fits right in with the department's definition
of the typical student: "
an American upper-middle-class
38-year-old public sector employee seeking knowledge
has traveled internationally before joining the program, speaks
Spanish [though Pinero doesn't], and learned of the program by word
fit," Pinero said of the program, now in its fifth year, with
seven graduates to date. "My emphasis was e-commerce and economic
development, and this Ph.D. program went in the direction I needed
to strengthen my career aspirations with the university. This degree
has given me the knowledge to support the research and economic
development enterprise of the university. It was the natural progression
and the perfect Ph.D. for me."
an excellent executive opportunity that has allowed me to pursue
a Ph.D while maintaining a full-time job with Southern Miss. It
will help open doors to further my research interests in e-commerce
and geographic information systems."
Dr. Bill Hawkins,
executive director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, thinks
Pinero's accomplishments are stellar. "We're proud of Ed, who
completed this rigorous course of study while maintaining full-time
duties in his job and as a husband and father," he said. "The
program put him in a good situation with his position here at the
that the international development program is "outstanding
because it fills a big niche for nontraditional students seeking
the degree for personal development or job competition. The university
could really benefit from more of these type programs."
the program emphasized methods to enhance the economies of different
states and different countries. "It helped us learn the theory
behind the methods and how to apply them." He credits his major
professor, Mark Miller, as "the key to my completing the program."
President for Research and Technology Transfer Dr. Cecil Burge,
whom Pinero describes as "a mentor who has been a champion
in helping guide my professional growth," sees Pinero's research
dealt with electronic commerce - the supply side and the marketing
side," he said. "He found that many failing manufacturers
didn't incorporate the Internet in their operations. For example,
in Mississippi, broadband infrastructure is not readily available
to many manufacturers. This makes them least likely to survive.
Small manufacturers who have moved to the electronic commerce model
tend to remain viable longer."
Dell, which he calls the "premiere model for e-commerce"
because of its unique ability to serve its customers through Internet
technologies. Dell takes orders for computers via the Internet,
orders parts in real time upon order entry, assembles the computer,
and then sends the order on to the customer."
can provide this service while having zero inventory," Burge
said. "Ed's research basically undertook to learn why the e-commerce
model pioneered by Dell is not being adopted by other manufacturers,
particularly smaller manufacturers in Mississippi. He wanted to
know what small manufacturers knew about e-commerce techniques and
what the impediments to wider adoption involve."
Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dr. Angeline
Dvorak thinks the entire international development program has global
implications. "The work of Ed Pinero reflects the strategic
impact of the international development program in enhancing the
economic future of our state and region, while confirming the truly
global presence that The University of Southern Mississippi enjoys,"
is not Pinero's only focus. He's married to Christie, a junior high
math teacher. They stayed occupied with their 4-year-old daughter,
Alyssa, who was one month old when her father started the international
development program. Both Christie and Alyssa said they are proud
of Pinero's accomplishments and await the next big adventure.
For more information
about the international development program, contact Dr. David Butler
at (601) 266-4735.