• Passed away on November 3, 2014 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sandra Slaughter. We will remember her forever.

Posted by D.J. Wu on September 10, 2019
Dear Sandy,

The recent US News has ranked Georgia Tech Scheller’s ITM Undergraduate Program No. 3 alone in their 2020 peer rankings. This is the first time we have ever made it into top 5, and we thought immediately about you. We can't achieve this without your leadership.
Posted by Anandhi Bharadwaj on November 6, 2018
Hi Sandy,
 Just came back from INFORMS (2018). Missed you so dearly there and wanted to share that I was elected to ISS fellow. You would have been so proud! You were the pioneer and such a great role model for women like me. Thanked you and your legacy in my speech. Will always miss your friendship, mentorship and scholarship! -- Anandhi Bharadwaj
Posted by Nishtha Langer on November 5, 2018
Dear Sandy: Miss your kindness, affection, and discourses about IS research everyday.
Posted by D.J. Wu on November 4, 2018
Dear Sandy,

Today, at INFORMS CIST, Scheller Ph.D. alumni, Peng Huang, is one of the recipients of the 2018 ISS Sandra Ann Slaughter Early Career Award. Peng is a tenured Associated Professor at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and Associate Department Chair in the Department of Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies.

This marks the fifth Scheller faculty and Ph.D. alumni who won this prestigious INFORM ISS award created in 2014 in honor of Sandy. Early winners are Profs. Eric Overby, Marius Florin Niculescu, Mingfeng Lin and Scheller PhD alumni Sam Ransbotham, who is a tenured Associate Professor at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

As Ajay said, you continue to inspire us to do Scheller pride in all dimensions you have shown us.
Posted by H Subramanian on November 4, 2018
Its been 4 years; We all miss you dearly!
Posted by Ajay Kohli on November 4, 2018
Sandy, you continue to be a source of inspiration to do good. You are sorely missed, even as your presence continues to be felt in the halls of Scheller.
Posted by David Naumann on November 3, 2018
Such a warm and brilliant person as a student and graduate. Always attentive and just a pleasure to be near. We all miss you, Sandy.
Posted by Ajay Kohli on November 6, 2017
Hi Sandy,

I hope you can sense the loss we all feel ever since you left us for your heavenly abode. We miss you very much -- your cheerful professionalism, your principled thoughtfulness, and unending desire to do the right thing. The world is a better place for you today. Thank you! May you rest in peace.

Posted by Wai Fong Boh on August 22, 2017
Dear Sandy,

I learned today about a great piece of news - I was promoted to Full Professor. I thought about whom i would like to share this with and thought immediately about you. Without your guidance and teachings, I would not have been able to get to where I am. I am very sad that you are not around to share my joy. Thank you, Sandy, for everything you have done.


Posted by Nishtha Langer on November 7, 2016
Dear Sandy:
I cannot believe that it has been two years already. Time goes by but your memory stays with me forever. Thanks for all your time and patience with me.
Posted by Wai Fong Boh on November 3, 2016
Dear Sandy,

Can't believe it has been two years... I missed you.


Posted by Anna Weitnauer on April 26, 2016

Missing you today. I'm applying for PMP certification. You were always gracious and generous with your time and care. Thank you for being a wonderful professor and example to us all.

Posted by Tridas Mukhopadhyay on November 4, 2015
Dear Sandy,

It's over a year, but we still miss you. In the meantime, two of our co-authored papers were published and one even rec'd an award by ISS.
Your work and your warm presence will be remembered for a long time!

Posted by Wai Fong Boh on November 3, 2015
Dear Sandy,

Wish you were still here...


Posted by Nishtha Langer on November 3, 2015
Dear Sandy:
Missing you today. You would have been happy to know that our paper on PMs' practical intelligence was the runner up to the Best Published Paper Award at ISR.
Wish you were around for us to share this news.
Posted by D.J. Wu on April 2, 2015
Today, April 2, 2015, Sandy was remembered and honored at this evening’s When the Whistle Blows ceremony at Georgia Tech.

GT President G.P. “Bud” Peterson made remarks, Provost Rafael L. Bras read Sandy's name. Also attended were GT First Lady Val Peterson and GT Executive Vice President for Research Dr. Stephen Cross, among others.

On behalf of GT SCOB Dean Maryam Alavi and Sandy’s other SCOB colleagues, ITM Area Coordinator Dr. D. J. Wu honored Dr. Slaughter at the ceremony by lighting a candle in Sandy’s memory. A replica of the whistle honoring Sandy’s time spent at Georgia Tech will be given to her family.

Representing the SCOB community, Dr. Sridhar Narasimhan, Dr. Marius Niculescu, Dr. Mike Smith, Dr. Peter Swire, and Ph.D. Candidate Michael Frutiger also attended the ceremony.

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Posted by Dawn Hukai on February 23, 2015
Sandy was a fantastic colleague while we were Ph.D. students at the University of Minnesota. She always had a smile and time for everyone, even while working on breakthrough papers and breaking world records. Sandy, thank you for showing us the true meaning of work-life balance at its best.
Posted by Terri Lee on January 7, 2015
I worked with Sandy on a committee at GT. It is so hard to believe she is gone. She had such a great sense of humor and was such a nice person overall. My condolences to her husband and family What a great loss.
Posted by Eldon Li on December 24, 2014
It all seems like yesterday when Sandy and I joined a group tour to Masada on June 10 after ECIS 2014 in Tel Aviv. I can vividly recall her soft voice echoing around us. I knew Sandy long before we worked together as members of AIS Council during 2012-14. In the Council, we both were serving as Regional Representatives. She was very supportive toward my initiative of AIS-Journal Joint Author Workshop and served as a mentor in PACIS 2013 and ECIS 2014. I also joined her initiative of AIS Mid-career Mentoring Workshop as a mentor in ICIS 2013 at Milan, Italy. Sandy has been a very productive scholar and published many articles in top journals. She was also very active in volunteer services for the AIS community. On the personal side, Sandy is a gentle and polite lady. She cares very much about the environment, the society, and the sustainability. Her passing away is a great lost to our community and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Posted by Eldon Li on December 24, 2014
It all seems like yesterday when Sandy and I joined a group tour to Masada on June 10 after ECIS 2014 in Tel Aviv. I can vividly recall her soft voice echoing around us. I knew Sandy long before we worked together as members of AIS Council during 2012-14. In the Council, we both were serving as Regional Representatives. She was very supportive toward my initiative of AIS-Journal Joint Author Workshop and served as a mentor in PACIS 2013 and ECIS 2014. I also joined her initiative of AIS Mid-career Mentoring Workshop as a mentor in ICIS 2013 at Milan, Italy. Sandy has been a very productive scholar and published many articles in top journals. She was also very active in volunteer services for the AIS community. On the personal side, Sandy is a gentle and polite lady. She cares very much about the environment, the society, and the sustainability. Her passing away is a great lost to our community and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Posted by Samer Faraj on November 29, 2014
Life is so fragile. We leave behind only our good deeds. Over the years, I witnessed an inordinate number of acts of kindness and generosity from Sandy. In a field with its share of arrivistes and ethics challenged colleagues, she stood out radiating strong principles and selflessness. We will miss you Sandy.
Posted by Julie Reker on November 24, 2014
Sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. Ron, I was searching for info on your big adventure on the tandem and came across this about Sandy. My thoughts and prayers to you and Sandy's family and your dogs. Hope you are well.
Posted by Carla Zachery on November 23, 2014
I met Sandy Slaughter shortly after I joined the Scheller College of Business (formerly the College of Mgmt) in 2007. Sandy had a great spirit and personality. She would always speak to you when she saw you. She may not have always agreed with some information she was being given, but she would ask the question to understand and would accept it as long as we did all that we could to gain resolution. I never saw her get angry and she always treated me with great respect, as I did her. She really appreciated what the staff did to assist her and would let us know. I will miss seeing her smiling face.
Posted by Benn Konsynski on November 18, 2014
There is a memorial today in tribute to Sandy. The reality of the loss is certain. So many dimensions of professional and social contribution to the community. Concern and care for her friends - two-legged and four-legged.
Posted by PANKAJ SHARMA on November 13, 2014
Professor Sandra was one of the best professor I ever had. She was filled with kindness and love for her students. Because of her I have a great respect for project managers and she was one of the reasons I joined Georgia Tech. All prayers for her family.Professor Sandra you will be greatly missed...
Posted by Kalle Lyytinen on November 10, 2014
I was shocked to hear that Sandy is gone. I met her frequently in different roles in committees, panels and in editorial board meetings. Last time we talked extensively about her work in New York in the ISR workshop on the future of work in November, 2013. I learned to appreciate her passion, positive attitude and care for the others and field the field. As the old adage says- why are the best of us taken so early?
Posted by Zoey Chen on November 10, 2014
I still can't believe this.

Sandy was a wonderful person and I am forever grateful and indebted to her for her kindness and compassion. I often turned to her for advise and she always made time for me, despite having zero obligations to do so. I feel fortunate to have known her and she has shaped who I am as an academic.

Words can't express my sadness - I will miss you dearly Sandy. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Claudia Loebbecke on November 9, 2014
Sandy was such a great colleague and friend. It took me several conferences and meetings to learn that we graduated from the same MBA program at IU and that her German was so much better than she would ever admit – top among American IS colleagues! The Senior Scholar Slam at ICIS in Milano was the last time I had the opportunity to chat with her -- I still can't believe the loss.
Posted by Jerri Bonner on November 9, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Sandy's death. I did not know her except to see her walking her dogs or jogging daily. Such a nice calm presence in our neighborhood. So sorry
Posted by Nick Lurie on November 9, 2014
Sandy was a wonderful and inspirational colleague. I'll always appreciate her guidance and insights. She was a joy to work with and to be around. We will all miss her so very much.
Posted by Polo Chau on November 8, 2014
Sandy, you were the model colleague I looked up to. You inspired me, in numerous ways. I still remember your kind, warm smile the first time I met you. I enjoyed and treasured every minute we worked together. It's my privilege to have worked closely with you.
Posted by Ali Tafti on November 8, 2014
I will always remember an INFORMS conference session with Sandy Slaughter; in 2007 in Seattle. I was a third-year PhD student at the time. Because the conference was nearing its end, many people were already heading home, and the entire audience in that session consisted of just the three presenters, plus maybe one other person. When it was my turn to present, Sandy was attentive to my talk and asked numerous insightful and constructive questions. What a lively and constructive session! My research project suddenly found new inspiration after that interaction with her, and it was not the only time. Her generous and cheerful energy has helped so many people and will be long cherished in the IS community. I extend my heartfelt condolences to all of Sandy's family and loved ones.
Posted by Saïd Assar on November 8, 2014
I met Sandra two weeks ago in Paris on Oct. 24th. I fetched her at her hotel and accompanied her to Telecom Ecole de Management in Paris suburbs for a research seminar. I had such a nice discussion with her on the train, and I remember her so well laughing when we mentioned some incredible small things that can happen by hazard in life ... Her talk at the seminar was so interesting and enthusiastic and all attendees were delighted meeting her.

My colleagues at Telecom Ecole de Management and myself will keep remembrance of her as a delightful person dear to our hearts.
Posted by Ram Subramanyam on November 7, 2014
Sandy was an inspiring academic in every way possible and a role model for all of us. On top of all that, she was very approachable, kind, and immensely helpful to me and many colleagues. She was a great human being and will be sorely missed. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Michael Frutiger on November 7, 2014
For years I worked at the college without ever really getting to know Sandy personally. She was just one of those people you periodically heard good things about. How nice she was. How smart she was. When I was deciding whether to join the PhD program I got to sit in on her seminar. I remember thinking if being an academic is anything like this, I'm in.

When I joined the program was when I finally began to get to know Sandy. We spent countless hours collaborating over a project began with the military maybe a week before my first day of the program. In that time I got to discover a little bit of why I'd heard those good things for so many years. She was the busiest person I'd ever known, but she always had time for others. She was always trying to help. Always looking out for us. She once said that PhD students are kind of like one's kids and so faculty and advisors like to see them go out into the world and do well. How true that was with Sandy. She was delighted to see those she'd worked with and mentored do well.

I got an email this week from someone who'd only really spoken with her once and that maybe six months ago .. and she was so upset to learned what had happened. Imagine being able to make such an impression on someone over one coffee.

I regret that I never got to take her seminar. I regret that I won't be able to share the future stories of my successes and trials with her. I regret that I will never be able to continue the conversations we had going. I regret that I can't answer the last emails she left in my inbox. I regret that so many will miss out on getting to know her. But I am so grateful that I was one of the lucky ones who did.
Posted by Wendy Currie on November 7, 2014
I worked closely with Sandy on the 2009 International Conference in Information Systems, held in Arizona. Sandy was a great professional and fun to be with. This is very sad news, and I send my deepest sympathy to her family, friends, colleagues and students.
Posted by Tridas Mukhopadhyay on November 7, 2014
Sandy was with me in Tepper School for 12 years. We continued to work together after she went to Georgia Tech. We had a joint paper accepted for a journal just last month. And now, she is suddenly gone.
It will take me a long time to get over this void. May her soul rest in peace!
Posted by Eric Overby on November 7, 2014
* Posted on behalf of Dr. Sylvester Ivanaj, Prof. ITM, ICN, Nancy, France. Translated from French by John McIntyre *

Sandra was a person to be admired. I spent the entire day of October 23 with her, from greeting her at the train station, breakfast in town, visit of the historic city, presentations with our MBA students and professors on MOOCs and business analytics. I took her back to the train station around 5:00 pm. What struck me most was her simplicity, her calming quality, on the one hand, and the remarkable command of the field and her achievements.  I have had it on my mind often these past days and I feel a sense of injustice at her passing mixed in with regret for the loss of this extraordinarily talented person who could be so simple in daily living.
Posted by Anjana Susarla on November 7, 2014
My earliest interactions with Sandy were as a PhD student and a newly minted assistant professor. She was very warm and nurturing towards younger faculty and Phd students- wonderful with advice and incredibly generous with her time given how many commitments she had. I really don’t know how she was able to take on so many professional responsibilities and still found time to patiently mentor and nurture each one of us. Over the years, I have also gotten to spend some time with her and got to know her well. She took such joy in so many little things – I still remember her peals of laughter! She emailed me only last week, I was looking forward to seeing her at INFORMS, and barely two days later heard the news that she is no more! It is all too soon!

Sandy, you were such a great mentor, I hope I learn from the example you set and from your graciousness, enthusiasm and your positive energy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family!
Posted by Anand Gopal on November 7, 2014
Stunned to hear about Sandy's passing this week. She was a doctoral committee member, teacher, friend and mentor to me during my doctoral studies at CMU (and clearly to a lot of other people too). She was always warm, gracious and generous with her time and attention. Even when she vehemently disagreed with you, she did it with grace and positivity! I was fortunate enough to work with for ICIS, on dissertation committees, as a co-author and finally, as a mentor (often seeking advice on critical issues) and she unfailingly delivered on every occasion. Even though her life was cut short in her prime, I believe she has left a tremendous legacy in terms of her work, friendship, goodwill and respect. RIP Sandy...
Posted by Holly Rush on November 7, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Sandy earlier this year at the Big Data Industry Forum. She was super kind and always gracious to work with. My sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.
Posted by Sara Dommer on November 7, 2014
Sandy was one of the first people at Scheller (outside of my own area) to learn my name and greet me in the halls. Her constant smile and kindness made Scheller a better place to work and her absence in the school will definitely be felt. To say “she will be missed” seems trite but absolutely true in this case.
Posted by David Croson on November 6, 2014
I was shocked and, of course, deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. Sandy's devotion to the development of new ideas (and the young scholars who think them) was, and will remain, legendary. To have achieved so much professionally, to continue to outperform after achieving pinnacle after pinnacle of success, and to hold the personal respect and gratitude of so many for her generosity with her time: a seemingly impossible triad, yet one everyone would instantly agree Sandy held.
Posted by Rob Kauffman on November 6, 2014
With the loss of Sandy, I feel like we lost a warm and glowing light of caring and support in the world. I knew when I was a reader of her PHD thesis at Minnesota, that she had all of what it would take to be great in research. And I know she was a devoted teacher right from the start. We all benefited from her kind and committed approach to helping colleagues, developing the research of others, and finding time for friendship with people.

Sandy, you are a model for the rest of us who work in your discipline. An inspiration! What a loss for Georgia Tech, its students, staff and faculty colleagues.

I'd like to send my condolences to Sandy's family especially. I wish you well in these difficult days, and hope that time will heal your wounds from losing Sandy. We all loved her, but it must be that you loved her even more -- if that's possible.
Posted by Prabhudev Konana on November 6, 2014
Sandy will be missed dearly. Her wonderful smile and gentle nod made her very unique. Ever since we attended doctoral consortium back in 1994 in Victoria Island together, we had good friendship. Always greeted me with her unique smiling "Hi Prabhudev" and pronounced my name perfectly. She was extraordinarily supportive of authors as an editor and particularly to younger faculty. She will be missed dearly.
Posted by Keng Siau on November 6, 2014
I checked my Inbox and the oldest email she sent me (that is still in my InBox) was in 1999. She helped to review a paper for one of the workshops that I organized. As usual, her review was very thorough and comprehensive – it is 2.5 pages of detailed comments for a workshop paper! She was a great colleague with a great smile. I am still in shock and disbelief. She will be missed.
Posted by Jared Feuer on November 6, 2014
Professor Slaughter was a wonderful professor. She was meticulous, warm, brilliant and clearly loved teaching. After I took a class with her in project management, she continued to make herself available as a resource and contact. It was an honor to learn from her and Georgia Tech was lucky to have her on faculty. My condolences to her family.
Posted by Tianshi Wu on November 6, 2014
As my PhD advisor, Sandy is a perfect model of professors. I am always learning from her. She always smiles to me and keeps praising me when talking to other professors on conferences. She was also very ready to help, spending numerous meetings with me to improve our research, help with my teaching, conduct mock interviews for my job hunting, etc. Rigorous to research, she continuously asks questions that may flaw our research, and I also benefit from this in my individual work or collaborative work with other colleagues. She also shows me her enthusiasm in her classes and demonstrates how to become a good teacher. Without her guidance, I may not be able to survive from my PhD life. What's more, her instructions still inspire and guide me now when I become a professor and start to co-supervise master and PhD students. My students like me -- but just because that what I do is imitating what Sandy did to me. As one of my colleague PhD students said, there is still time until there isn't anymore, and I regret that I did not study with her for more time. Sad and shocking and still could not believe it. A huge loss to everyone, the community, the school, and also myself. But she will still be in my heart and her words will never be forgotten. In my entire life. Rest in peace, Sandy.
Posted by Anandhi Bharadwaj on November 6, 2014
Sandy was so beloved by so many of us in the IS community. Every dotoral student in Infomation Systems has read her work and benefited immensely from her scholarship.  She has been a wonderful collague and mentor over the years for so many of us. I've learned from her values and work ethic through serving with her on the MS editorial board and was looking forward to hearing her wise counsel for many, many more years! She was so generous and giving with her time and efforts to help so many people in the academia. She will be forever missed!!
Posted by Frank T. Rothaermel on November 6, 2014
I’m still under shock—I worked closely with Sandy and we just spent hours together a few days prior in some long P&T meetings. I first met Sandy in 2006 when she was a rising star as an associate professor at CMU, and we were trying to recruit her at GT. I knew she would be a huge addition to our faculty and we were lucky to appoint her as the Costley Chair and promoted her to full professor. Professionally, Sandy transformed the ITM group at GT to become one of the best in the U.S. Moreover, working closely with Sandy on the college-wide P&T committee for the last few years, I came to know her well—and valued her high standards combined with compassion for each person going through the process. Sandy spent countless hours trying to understand and evaluate research not in her immediate area. Through her P&T work, Sandy clearly raised the stature of the Scheller College. Personally, she was always warm and understanding, and giving of her time. May her soul rest in peace. My love goes out to Sandy’s family. She will be sorely missed. A terrible loss for us all.

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