Meet Your Program Director
Dr. Carlo J. Ninassi, AIA
Associate Professor of Practice – Strategy & Innovation
Penn State Executive Programs
The Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Dr. Carlo J. Ninassi is an Associate Professor of Practice – Strategy & Innovation with Penn State Executive Programs. Carlo provides creative and innovative strategic solutions to aid clients in assessing, formulating and implementing strategy, leadership and organizational capabilities to meet their strategic objectives and create competitive advantage.
Previously, Dr. Ninassi was the Director of Strategic and Organizational Planning for Jacobs Consultancy-Utilities Practice, a division of Jacobs Engineering, a Fortune 500 Company and global leader in professional services. He has worked with senior executives in the public and private sectors toward the alignment, development and implementation of initiatives to meet a client’s organizational and strategic intent. Much of his work with executives in the evaluation of functional and operational processes, assessment of their organizational structure, and the effectiveness of corporate, business and operational level strategies has been institutionalized by his clients. He has advised leaders among the highest levels of the Executive and Judicial Branches of the Federal Government and into the Executive Suite of a number of major corporations. Under Dr. Ninassi’s leadership, the engagements he and his teams have been involved with have won awards and citations.
Various management tools have been designed and employed by Dr. Ninassi to evaluate and implement short- and long-range strategies resulting in a positive and effective end state; and, to assure the proper and timely alignment of resource needs such as financial systems, human resource systems, operational supply/value chains processes, and their related risk management, performance metrics and enhancement programs for several major clients.
Before joining the faculty at Penn State, Dr. Ninassi was an adjunct faculty member with the Marymount University’s School of Business Administration (SBA) in Arlington, Virginia. During his tenure there Dr. Ninassi developed the business studio methodology that applies critical thinking of business acumen in a “design-like” studio environment. The clients he has supported include: the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana National Guard, the Administrative Office of the Courts (the Judiciary), Black Entertainment Television, Marriott, AT&T, Enbridge, Integrys, Spectra, Puget Sound Energy, Yankee Gas, and various internal pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Ninassi has been a member of several professional organizations and has been invited to speak on several occasions by leading associations such as the American Institute of Architects, The National Academy of Sciences, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, FORBES Conference, (Washington, D.C. and London, England, UK), CoreNet (NACORE), Federal Real Property Association, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Marcellus Conference, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Dr. Ninassi is a licensed architect. He received a Bachelors of Science from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University; a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maryland (UMUC); a Masters Degree in Financial Management from the University of Maryland (UMUC) and a Doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University. Carlo has also worked with various strategic methods including Malcolm Baldrige, Balanced Scorecard, and Program Management Institute (PMI). And, he is currently the Chairman of the Stuckeman School Advisory Board for the Stuckeman School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design at the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Ninassi will be presenting a paper titled "Tools and Techniques for Managing Change" at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition -- Chicago, Illinois (June 26-28).