Who We Are
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty graduated with a bachelor's degree from Central State University, received her Master of Science degree from Wright State in 1975, and completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. She also has received two honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Dominican University and Central State University.
On November 6, 2012, Beatty was elected to Congress to represent the newly drawn Ohio 3rd Congressional District that is wholly contained within Franklin County and represents 29 municipalities.
As a freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives, she was appointed to the Financial Services Committee and serves on the subcommittees on Housing & Insurance and Oversight & Investigations. Additionally, for her first term, Beatty was selected to serve as a Democratic Caucus Regional Whip for Region 10 that includes Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1999, she was selected by her peers to serve in the 27th House District of the Ohio House of Representatives. Beatty went on to serve five terms in the Ohio General Assembly.
After leaving the Ohio House in 2008, she joined The Ohio State University as senior vice president of outreach and engagement where she promoted community, business, and economic development; advocated for health care collaborations; and led the university's global initiatives.
Beatty is a sought after public speaker, and Ebony Magazine named her one of the 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States. She is active in The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National American Heart Association, where she serves on the board.
Beatty is married to Otto Beatty, Jr., an attorney, businessman, and former Ohio State Representative. He currently practices law in Columbus, Ohio.
Pratik Parikh, Ph.D., is a gifted and dedicated educator and researcher, admired by his Wright State colleagues and students, and his industry and academic collaborators.
He is assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Data Analytics and Optimization Laboratory. He also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Surgery in the Boonshoft School of Medicine.
"Enthusiasm is a hallmark of Dr. Parikh's approach to everything he does," said Lang Hong, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. "From his zeal for teaching to his dedication to research and service, Dr. Parikh excels in engaging others around him."
Parikh developed engineering methods to reduce patient wait times for surgery at Dayton's VA Medical Center and for trauma patients in the ER. He also has collaborated with several area businesses on price optimization research projects. Parikh has secured more than $600,000 in grants and contracts, including a National Science Foundation grant examining warehouse integration in enterprise-wide supply chain planning.
His students describe his teaching style as focusing on constant communication, connecting theory to the real world, and providing thought-provoking challenges. He helped to revitalize the Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter at Wright State, providing students with opportunities outside the classroom.
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