Catherine and Prakash ‘wanted to return the favor’ to School of Business

Among the donors who have made gifts toward a new KU School of Business building are two longtime School of Business faculty members, Catherine and Prakash Shenoy.

“The School of Business has been instrumental in the academic development of both of us,” said Catherine and Prakash Shenoy. “We wanted to return the favor in some tangible form.”

Catherine, who grew up in Lubbock, Texas, earned three degrees from KU — a bachelor’s in accounting in 1979, an MBA in 1984 and a Ph.D. in finance in 1991. She joined the School of Business faculty in 1993 and is on the finance faculty. Since 2001, she has been director of the Applied Portfolio Management program, a student-managed portfolio founded by Kent McCarthy in 1993. She also now serves as director of the school’s MBA programs.

Prakash grew up in Mumbai, India. He graduated with a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in 1973. Subsequently, he enrolled in the graduate program in operations research at Cornell University, earning a master’s degree in 1975 and a Ph.D. in 1977. He joined the KU School of Business faculty in 1978. Since 1994, he has been the Ronald G. Harper Distinguished Professor of Artificial Intelligence. 

Catherine and Prakash Shenoy