Grant Thornton Institute



Meet the Co-Directors

Eric Kinser

Teaching Professor

Eric Kinser is a senior lecturer in the Department of Operations and Decision Technologies at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. At Kelley, Eric teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in spreadsheet modeling, visualizing data with Excel and Microsoft’s Power BI suite, Cloud Based Analytics, and Visual Basic for Applications. In addition to serving as co-director for the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk, he is a faculty sponsor for the Business Analytics Club, and is a co-author on the Your Office textbook series. Prior to joining Kelley he worked in the medical field and in higher education as a technology and decision support specialist.

Travis J Brown

Senior Executive Assistant Dean, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

As the senior executive assistant dean, Dr. Brown built and serves as the academic director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program and Cross-Curricular Education, the executive director of the Shoemaker Innovation Center, and the point of contact for strategic discussions related to the commercialization of faculty research. Dr. Brown also holds a special academic appointment as an HCI/d Core faculty member, which entails teaching Design Strategy and Strategic Design and serving as a faculty advisor for the HCI/d master's degree students as well as the co-director of the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management. In addition, he is the faculty advisor for the Ideation & Creation Entrepreneurs (ICE), the Shoemaker Scholars, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), and the Product Management Club. Prior to returning to Indiana University to pursue his doctoral degree, Dr. Brown spent his career within the intersection of business and technology, focusing on performance management, entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, business analytics, software development, and interaction design in corporate and small business settings.

Daniel Grundmann

Senior Lecturer, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Daniel J. Grundmann has specialized in the field of human resource management for more than 25 years, and worked for the City of Bloomington for 17 years, including 13 as director of human resources.

Dan Grundmann is a senior lecturer in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where he serves as lead faculty for the human resource management (HRM) major. He has won numerous teaching awards as an instructor for courses that include introductory HRM, strategic HRM, and compensation strategy and systems. Additionally, Dan teaches global human resource management as an affiliate faculty member with the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, in Barbados.

In addition to his role as co-director of the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management (GT-IDEA), he serves on the O’Neill Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, is a frequent faculty advisor for O’Neill Honors student theses, and is the faculty advisor for the student Human Resource Association.

As director of human resources for the City of Bloomington, Dan worked under two mayoral administrations. In that role he was responsible for all HR strategy and function, served on the board of a statewide health insurance trust, was involved in the negotiation of more than a dozen collective bargaining agreements, and was a recognized advocate for the employment rights of people with disabilities.