Information Systems Professor Brian Mennecke passed away in July during a boating accident while on vacation in Michigan.
“We are deeply saddened at the College of Business to lose a colleague and friend,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “Brian was a professor of information systems and had been with the college since 1999. He will be greatly missed by those who worked with him, and by students who learned so much from him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s wife, Joyce; their two children and their extended families.”
During Mennecke’s 17 years at Iowa State, his research focused on technology issues that included the influence of social and digital media on consumer decisions, security and privacy concerns related to mobile commerce and facial recognition systems, as well as collaboration in virtual worlds. Mennecke taught courses in ISU’s MBA program and mentored many graduate students during his career.
Brian was known for engaging students with real-world problems, such as live cases, corporate or real-world speakers, current news or events, as well as applications, problems, and ideas that are derivative of his research.
He worked with many graduate students and served on 30 doctorial committees and was involved in a number of curriculum development activities. For example, he was appointed by Dean Hira to serve on the Ph.D. Taskforce. This high-profile taskforce was charged with examining the feasibility of starting a Ph.D. program in the College of Business, identifying program content, and writing the proposal. The Ph.D. program was approved by the Board of Regents in 2007.