(MSIE 1961, PhD 1966)
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (2009)
J. Franklin Sharp is founder of Sharp Seminars in New York, a leading provider of training to Wall Street analysts and portfolio managers. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). With close to 25 years with Sharp Seminars, Franklin notes he has taught CFA courses in New York longer than anyone else. Franklin previously served as a professor of finance and assistant finance chairman and taught popular MBA courses in financial statement analysis, investment analysis, and portfolio management. He also taught courses in financial accounting (basic, intermediate, and advanced), economics (graduate level), and quantitative analysis (undergraduate and graduate) at Rutgers, New York University's Stern School of Business, and Pace University's Lubin School of Business. His career also includes several positions with AT&T, including supervisor of internal consulting, district manager of corporate planning, and district manager of financial planning. Franklin has written 36 books and workbooks, published many articles, spoken at numerous conferences, and appeared on national television. He is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance, and Who's Who in American Education. He also has received several ICFA Certificates Of Achievement for participation in the CFA Continuing Education Program. In addition, Franklin manages multimillion-dollar stock portfolios and the Professor J. Franklin Sharp Charitable Foundation. Franklin's undergraduate engineering education took place at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Illinois. He holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue.