Executive Team

Patrick Young


Patrick Young is a Junior Marketing major at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. Patrick has a diverse background, spending time living throughout four countries. Patrick began his involvement with Blockchain and distributed ledger technology after his most recent move to Zürich, Switzerland, dubbed the ‘Blockchain – Valley’. Since then, he has actively facilitated Blockchain understanding within the Miami University community. Alongside his colleagues, Patrick founded the Miami University Blockchain Club (MUBC) and is currently developing MUBC’s first Blockchain solution.


Jake Salerno

Director of Membership and Media

Jake Salerno is a Junior Architecture major and Entrepreneurship minor at Miami University. Jake began his involvement with Blockchain this past summer while running his startup business An Extra Hand in the Greater Boston Area. Jake takes pride in developing people and growing businesses. His passion and creativity is fueled by curiosities for understanding the world's greatest offerings. 


Dana Schwartz

Head of Blockchain Research

Dana Schwartz is a Junior Information Systems major at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.  She is currently an active member of Remodista, a social think tank studying retail disruption, focusing on the use of blockchain and cryptocurrency in the fintech industry. With a hobby of coding and staying on top of current and future technologies, the blockchain industry fits every aspect of Dana’s passion for the digital world and leading women in technology movements. 


Billy Becker

Billy Becker


Billy Becker is a Sophomore Finance major from Willow Springs, Illinois. He is a strong enthusiast for blockchain technology, as well as an investor in various cryptocurrencies. Powered by his thirst for knowledge, Billy constantly seeks to learn more about the exciting possibilities of blockchain technology.


Jeffrey W. Merhout


Jeffrey W. Merhout is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. and MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He has information systems consulting experience in several industries, including financial services, manufacturing and retail. His current research interests focus on: agile software development project management; blockchain; sustainability issues with information technology and sustainability solutions offered by information systems; IT governance, information risk management, IT security and information systems auditing; and recruiting underrepresented students into the information systems major. He has presented and published his research at numerous MIS conferences and in journals, including the Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Information Systems Education, Information Technology & People, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Review of Business Information Systems, and Information Systems Control Journal.


Dr. Arthur Carvalho

Dr. Arthur Carvalho



 Dr. Arthur Carvalho is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Analytics at Farmer School of Business, Miami University. His research interests lie at the intersection of Information Systems, Analytics, and Decision Analysis. In particular, Dr. Carvalho works on the development of mathematical techniques and decision support systems that assist decision makers in making better decisions. 


Research Committee

Myles McNeal


Zach Wolf

Supply Chain

Kyle Freiman


Ashton Barger

Social Sustainability

John Zottola

Environmental Sustainability

Daniel O’Leary


Joseph Nelson


Olivia Pinales


Benjamin Moorman


James Grisanti


Alex Kwon


Cristion Brown