Faculty Elective Advisors

Each department appoints one or more faculty members to serve as departmental elective advisors for the undergraduate program.

Faculty elective advisors serve as a department resources and have the academic and disciplinary expertise to help students understand their department’s upper division elective courses. Faculty elective advisors are familiar with their department’s upper division elective offerings, including the educational goals of the courses, the content of the courses, level of rigor, and professional opportunities associated with courses and subject matter in their departments.  Faculty elective advisors are available to advise students by email.  Students can also learn more about upper division business courses from our business emphases faculty advisors.


Lloyd Levitin

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Professor Emeritus of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

JD, University of San Francisco; MBA, University of Pennsylvania; BS, UC-Berkeley

Lloyd Levitin is an expert in utility diversification, having been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Enterprises (now Sempra Energy), a Fortune 500 diversified energy utility. He has consulted for domestic and international companies, and for the state of California. Professor Levitin was on the board of the Financial Executives Institute and President of the Los Angeles Chapter. He has testified before the California Regulatory Commission and the Senate Finance Committee. Professor Levitin's articles have appeared in Hastings Law Journal and the American Gas Association magazine

Robert Bridges

Associate Professor Emeritus of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

MRED, University of Southern California; BA, Reed College; B. Arch, Southern California Institute of Architecture

Robert Bridges specializes in real estate feasibility and urban economics. As a consultant, his clients include investment and development firms, and international and domestic investors. His editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal, and has been cited by the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio, among other outlets. Professor Bridges received USC's Steven Sample Award for Teaching and Marshall's Award for Community. He is a licensed architect who has received awards from the LA Business Council, the Ray Watt Foundation, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute and the American Institute of Architects.

Inga Maslova

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

Inga Maslova is an applied statistician specializing in time series analysis, machine learning, wavelet techniques, functional data analysis, big data, and applications to finance, business analytics, economics, hydrology, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and climate change problems. She has taught and developed courses in statistical learning, business statistics, data analytics and visualization. To her classroom she brings her own experience from consulting for Cisco, working with the World Bank on business cycle synchronization; analyzing drone data to help farmers make better crop management decisions at Utah Water Research Lab; using statistical learning models to forecast commodity prices. In 2018 she received a Golden Apple Teaching Award for teaching excellence. Before joining USC, Inga was a faculty at American University, Washington DC. She received her BS (Summa Cum Laude) in Mathematical Statistics from Vilnius University, Lithuania; MS and PhD in Statistics from Utah State University.

Michael Coombs

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Associate Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

PhD, University of Southern California; MPA, BA, BS, Brigham Young University

Michael Coombs specializes in strategic management, individual and organizational development, globalization, and negotiation. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America and of the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including ARCO Transportation Company and The Aerospace Corporation.

Lars Perner

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing

PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, BA, California Polytechnic State University

Lars Perner's research interests focus in non-profit marketing, sponsored fundraising, consumer behavior, consumer price response, branding, and bargain hunting. His work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Journal of Consumer Psychology. He currently serves as a faculty coordinator for the Department of Marketing's undergraduate introductory marketing course sections, which serve approximately 1,600 students every academic year.

Greg Autry

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

BA Cal Poly Pomona, PhD, MBA, University of California, Irvine

Greg researches the emergence of new industries. His context is commercial spaceflight, a field in which he is regarded as a global expert. He serves as Chair of the Safety Working Group in the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee at the FAA. He served on the NASA Agency Review Team and as White House Liaison at NASA. He sits on the editorial board of the New Space Journal. Greg started his career as serial entrepreneur in video games, computer services, Internet content, enterprise applications, health care IT and material upcycling. He is the coauthor of Death by China. He previously taught entrepreneurship, strategy and economics at UC Irvine.