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10 Questions with Arturo Castellanos

Friday, August 1, 2014  

Welcome to the second installment of our new InSider series about AIS members.  This section was the brainchild of an AIS membership subcommittee that is looking to improve the doctoral student experience at AIS. In the spirit of this charge, “10 Questions with…” was created to allow doctoral students (and others) find out more about the people behind the publications and presentations. In this edition we will introduce our first doctoral student, Arturo Castellanos, who is also a member of the AIS Membership Committee.

Q: What is you most rewarding service activity? And why?

A: One of the most rewarding activities I have done during my tenure in the AIS community has been getting involved in the Doctoral Student Activities Subcommittee [of the Membership Committee] and working together with Professors Geoffrey Dick and Ryan Wright. Our goals include helping doctoral students be successful in their studies, job searches, and first years as academics by identifying value-added activities for them.

Q: Currently, what is your favorite class to teach? And why?

A: I’ve been a teaching assistant for the Business Intelligence course taught by Prof. Monica Tremblay in the Master’s of Management Information Systems and in the Healthcare Informatics program at Florida International University. I am looking forward to teaching a course on Business Analytics to undergraduate students at FIU next spring.

Q: What is your favorite saying or quote? 

A: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

Q: What’s one trend that you are excited about?

A: I am excited about healthcare information technology (HIT). I believe it has a myriad of opportunities for students, practitioners, and researchers. In the U.S., for example, the introduction of the Affordable Care Act and the creation of Accountable Care Organizations, will force hospitals to work efficiently (e.g., tackling high costs) and effectively (e.g., improving patient outcomes), shifting from a provider-centered to a patient-centered evidence-based practice. The opportunities range from evaluating and improving clinical guidelines (protocols) by partnering with domain experts and leveraging on the use of technology (e.g. analytics), system integration and implementation, better coordination of care, and decision support systems, to mobile and wearable health technology, among others.

Q: What is one habit that makes you more productive at work?

A: Prioritize tasks and keep a consistent schedule. Exercise, eat healthy, and sleep well.

Q: If you were to do it all over again, what would you have done differently?

A: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you will be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Q: Who has influenced your career?

A: This would make for a long list but family and friends are fundamental when embracing this journey. Faculty and staff at FIU have been supportive since day one and have helped us keep focused and motivated throughout the program. I can’t stress enough how valuable is to work and interact with faculty. Get involved in their projects and give the best of yourself; you’ll learn a ton.

Q: What is your favorite memory at an AIS event (ICIS/AMCIS) or affiliated conference (ECIS/PAIS/etc.)?

A: At my first ICIS (in Orlando) I was surprised on how open and approachable everyone was. Did I mention I was handing out the drink tickets?

Q: Tell us something very few people know about you?

A: I am a PADI certified scuba diver.

Q: Who would you like to see answer these questions next?

A: Frederik Von Briel, a Doctoral Researcher at City University of Hong Kong.

 For questions about this series or suggestions of who you would like to see interviewed, please contact Ryan Wright (, or Geoffrey Dick (

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