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Darian Unger

Associate Professor

  • Information Systems & Supply Chain Management
  • School of Business


Dr. Unger joined the faculty of Howard University in 2004 after completing his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and teaching at the Asian Institute of Technology (A.I.T) in Thailand He has earned multiple teaching awards from both faculty and students for his dynamic teaching. Outside of Howard University, Dr. Unger is a Montgomery County Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. He has also served as chair of the Montgomery County American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Progressive Neighbors, and as President of the Silver Spring Advisory Board. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and 3 children.

Areas of expertise

  • Energy Policy
  • Innovation Management
  • Technology Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • New Product Development


  • Ph.D., Engineering Systems Management and Policy, M.I.T., 2003
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, M.I.T., 1999
  • B.S., Engineering, Swarthmore College, 1995

Courses Taught

  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Business Problem Solving

Selected Research

  • Modern innovation management theory and the evolving US lighting industry, Journal of Management History
  • Comparing Product Development Processes and Managing Risk, International Journal of Product Development
  • Improving Product Development Process Design: A Method for Managing Information Flows, Risks, and Iterations, Journal of Engineering Design
  • Business Education Innovation: How Common Exams Can Improve University Teaching, American Journal of Business Education
  • Sharing and Guarding Information: Managing Data Security in Supply Chain Networks, Alliance Journal of Business Research
  • Comparing Product Development Processes and Managing Risk, International Journal of Product Development
  • Correlations Demonstrating the Importance of the Free Flow of Information: The Role of National Religious Freedom in Business Competitiveness, Washington Business Research Journal