Joseph C. Paradi

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Joseph C. Paradi
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Born1941
Hungary
NationalityCanadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationEngineer, entrepreneur and founder of Parcorp Ltd
Years active1968-Present

Joseph C. Paradi is a senior professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto.[1][2][3][4] Paradi is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship.[5] He is also a chair holder in Information Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.[6]

Paradi is the founder of Parcorp Ltd., a company that invests and facilitates the growth of small Canadian high-tech companies.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1941, he started skating at the age of 2 as his parents were ice dancing champions in Hungary. He played competitive junior hockey in Hungary at age 14 and also was the national speed skating champion for his age group. The 1956 revolution in Hungary put an abrupt end to all of this and with his parents he left his birth country in November 1956 and emigrated to Canada from England the year after.

Paradi pursued his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1961.[7] He then enrolled in a master's program a year after his graduation. Paradi also completed his PhD. from the University of Toronto in 1975.[8]

Career[edit]

Paradi commenced his career as a senior information technology expert when he founded Dataline Inc., a computer-services company, in 1969.[9] Paradi sold the company to a U.S. firm in late 1987 and left the company in 1989 after serving for 20 years.

Paradi restarted his relationship with the University of Toronto in 1983, as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He joined the University as a permanent staff member in 1989, after his exit from the commercial sector. He served at the University of Toronto for over 15 years, as a distinguished professor and retired in 2006. But he did not leave the University as he continued to teach courses on entrepreneurship and carried on research. During his tenure, he has supervised 17 Ph.D. theses and 62 Master's theses, 7 postdoctoral students, and 5 other researchers, in addition to 186 undergraduate theses involving 254 students in engineering.

Paradi founded the Centre for the Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship (CMTE), which is housed in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Another notable accomplishment was the founding of the Engineering Hatchery which grows and guides new startup businesses in the Faculty of Engineering.[10]

Paradi is also the founder of Parcorp Ltd., a company devoted to investing in, nurturing, and facilitating the growth of small Canadian high-tech companies. Throughout his career, he started several other organizations, including a specialized technology consulting firm, two firms based on intellectual properties developed at U of T (DesignCo Inc. and Translucent Technologies Inc.), and a joint venture in Hungary, to name a few.[11] Paradi has presented more than 170 papers at national and international technical conferences and has chaired technical sessions on more than 50 occasions.[12][13][14][15][16][17] He is a speaker at International Conference on 'Data Envelopment Analysis Performance Management and Measurement' held at Beirut, Lebanon.[18][19] He is also a well known collector of antique corkscrews among other hobbies.[citation needed]

Selected books[edit]

  • P.-Y. Badillo and J. C. Paradi "DEA: La Méthode d’analyse de Performances" Hermes Science Publications, 1999.[20]
  • Donald A. Bull and Joseph C. Paradi "Champagne Collectibles", Schiffer Publishing Limited, 2011.[21]
  • Donald A. Bull and Joseph C. Paradi "Wine Antiques & Collectibles", Schiffer Publishing Limited, 2013.[22]
  • Donald A. Bull, Joseph C. Paradi and Bert Giulian "World Class Corkscrews" Schiffer Publishing Limited, 2015[23]
  • Gail O'Dell, Roy Payne, Joseph C. Paradi and Ion Chirescu "History, Culture and Legends in British Brass Corkscrews", Art Group, Romania, August, 2015[24]
  • Joseph C. Paradi, H David Sherman and Fai Tam "Data Envelopment Analysis in the Financial Services Industry: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts". Springer International Series in Operations Research & Management Science" Volume 266, 2018.[25]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1988- Entrepreneur of the Year, by the Information Industry Association, Financial Services Industry Division.
  • 1996-Nominated and Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in Ontario, "Supporter of Entrepreneurship" category.
  • 1997- Elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers
  • 1999- Innovation Management Association of Canada (IMAC) – Distinguished Member Award
  • 2005-NSERC Synergy Award in collaboration with the CMTE industrial sponsor group of BMO Financial Group, Bell Canada, RBC Financial Group and TD Bank Financial group.
  • 2010-Inducted into the Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction
  • 2010-Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA): Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship[26]
  • 2010-Professor Bill Burgess Teacher of the Year Award by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.[27]

Professional membership[edit]

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario[28]
  • Metropolitan Toronto Board of Trade
  • Canadian Association of Data and Professional Services Organisations
  • Data Processing Management Association
  • Information Industry Association, Financial Services Industry Division[29] ·
  • Member, Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • TIMS College on Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Productivity Analysis and Research Network
  • International Association for Management of Technology
  • Board of Directors of Canadian Association for Management of Technology

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paradi, Joseph C.; Zhu, Haiyan (2013-01-01). "A survey on bank branch efficiency and performance research with data envelopment analysis". Omega. Data Envelopment Analysis: The Research Frontier - This Special Issue is dedicated to the memory of William W. Cooper 1914-2012. 41 (1): 61–79. doi:10.1016/j.omega.2011.08.010. ISSN 0305-0483.
  2. ^ "Keynote Speakers | DEA 2018". deaic.mcu.edu.tw. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  3. ^ Menzies, Teresa V.; Paradi, Joseph C. (2002-01-01). "Encouraging technology-based ventures: Entrepreneurship education and engineering graduates". New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. 5 (2): 57–64. doi:10.1108/NEJE-05-02-2002-B008. ISSN 2574-8904.
  4. ^ Paradi, Joseph C.; Schaffnit, Claire (2004). "Commercial branch performance evaluation and results communication in a Canadian bank--a DEA application". European Journal of Operational Research. 3 (156): 719–735. doi:10.1016/S0377-2217(03)00108-5. ISSN 0377-2217.
  5. ^ "Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship". www.cmte.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  6. ^ "Joseph C. Paradi". Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  7. ^ "Keynote Speakers". deaic.org. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  8. ^ "J. C. Paradi". ieeexplore.ieee.org. Retrieved 2020-10-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Joseph Paradi is a very experienced senior information technology expert | CERCL". cercl.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  10. ^ Ardehali, Parisa Hosseini; Paradi, Joseph C.; Asmild, Mette (2005-09-01). "Assessing financial risk tolerance of portfolio investors using data envelopment analysis". International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making. 04 (03): 491–519. doi:10.1142/S0219622005001660. ISSN 0219-6220.
  11. ^ "A somewhat mysterious bunch, angel investors are often tough nuts for entrepreneurs to crack". discover.rbcroyalbank.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Fixler, Tamás; Paradi, Joseph C.; Yang, Xiaopeng (2015-09-01). "A data envelopment analysis approach for measuring the efficiency of Canadian acute care hospitals:". Health Services Management Research. doi:10.1177/0951484815601876.
  13. ^ Alirezaee, Mohammadreza; Hajinezhad, Ensie; Paradi, Joseph C. (2018). "Objective identification of technological returns to scale for data envelopment analysis models". European Journal of Operational Research. 266 (2): 678–688.
  14. ^ Hewitt, Richard; Sowlati, Taraneh; Paradi, Joseph C. (2011-02-01). "Information technology adoption in US and Canadian forest products industries". Forest Products Journal. 61 (2): 161–170.
  15. ^ "JSTOR: Search Results". www.jstor.org. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  16. ^ "Keynote Speakers". icae.nau.edu.cn. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  17. ^ Menzies, Teresa; Paradi, Joseph (2002-01-01). "Encouraging Technology-Based Ventures: Entrepreneurship Education and Engineering Graduates". New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. 5 (2). ISSN 1550-333X.
  18. ^ "Thursday –Saturday June 10th – 12th 2010: OSB Auditorium" (PDF). www.deazone.com/.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "DEA2007, Hyderabad, India, January 2007". www.deazone.com/.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Dialogues, Librairie. LA METHODE DEA ANALYSE DES PERFORMANCES, analys... - Patrick-Yves Badillo, Joseph C. Paradi - Hermès science publications (in French).
  21. ^ "Champagne Collectibles". www.therapeuticresources.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  22. ^ "Wine Antiques and Collectibles - $79.99 : Schiffer Publishing". www.schifferbooks.com. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  23. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "World-Class Corkscrews|Hardcover". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  24. ^ verten (2017-08-30). "CanCan Ladies' Legs Corkscrews - Book Release 2017". Museum of Romanian Records. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  25. ^ Paradi, Joseph; Sherman, H. David; Tam, Fai Keung (2018). Data Envelopment Analysis in the Financial Services Industry: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts Working in Operations Research Using DEA. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-69723-9.
  26. ^ "The Engineering Medal". Professional Engineers Ontario. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  27. ^ "Interfaces" (PDF). chem-eng.utoronto.ca/.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Login - Aptify e-Business". secure.peo.on.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  29. ^ "Canadian Who's Who Biography". canadianwhoswho.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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