College of Business Administration Faculty Member Asked to Serve as Expert Advisor and Mentor for XP

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KENT, Ohio - Nov. 10, 2016 - PRLog -- Craig Zamary, lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the Kent State University College of Business Administration, has been asked to serve as an Expert Advisor and Mentor for the XPRIZE Foundation in California.

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE encourages innovation in any form and invites teams to create their own goal and solution to a grand challenge by using artificial intelligence. It is a four-year competition and the top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED in 2020. XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.

"I am humbled by the offer and look forward to serving and working with teams to find ways that humans can collaborate with artificial intelligence to solve the world's greatest challenges," said Zamary.

"Craig's affiliation with the XPRIZE Foundation is yet another example of the reach of Kent State's College of Business Administration," Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D. "Our business students are fortunate to be taught by faculty such as Craig who impacts the innovation and thought leadership in this field."

Zamary is a serial entrepreneur, board member, advisor and faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He is also an advisor to USAID Global Innovation Exchange, a contributor to the Huffington Post and has served as a senior advisor to The Kauffman Foundation overseeing the development and implementation of the Entrepreneur in Residence Program for a select group of Community Colleges across the United States to build their Entrepreneurship Programs and local ecosystem.

Zamary has helped and advised numerous companies, government organizations and nonprofits and has appeared in national and international television and online media outlets; such as: Huffington Post, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, Kauffman Foundation,, Fast Company, Cnet, HI Velocity Media, Inside Business, Reuters, Ohio Means Business, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee.

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Kent State University's College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio. The College has more than 4,300 students representing 43 countries with over 85 full-time faculty from 16 countries.

The college grants undergraduate through graduate degrees, and is one of only three public business colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program. The MBA program is offered in an accelerated format. The Executive MBA program offers two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives. The M.S. in Accounting and M.A. in Economics are specialized master's degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines. The College also offers a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) that spans all industries and organizations. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.

The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to be endorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and recognized by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) for Professional Sales Education.

The college boasts an onsite Career Services Center and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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