Nandkumar (Nandu) Nayar joined the faculty of the College of Business in fall 2001. Prior to his training in finance, Professor Nayar worked as a civil engineer, a field in which he holds Bachelors and Masters degrees. He was previously an associate professor and the Nichols Faculty Fellow at the University of Oklahoma, where he received several teaching awards, including the Harold Hackler Outstanding MBA Professor, Regents Award for Superior Teaching, and awards voted on by students such as Student Business Association's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, and the Delta Sigma Pi Professor of the Year. He has lectured to a variety of audiences including executives from domestic corporations as well as from Hong Kong, Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia.
Professor Nayar's research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Futures Markets, and Financial Management, and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. In 2009, he received the Beidleman Research Award.
In the consulting arena, his research on behalf of an insurance company involved in residual value insurance for real estate assets helped the company save over $170 million in capital charges to maintain its insurance ratings. Professor Nayar has also worked with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an academic fellow in the area of litigation support and analysis and continues to serve as an expert witness for the SEC.