George Schussel  was the founder and CEO of Digital Consulting Institute (DCI), a major American conference and expo company in the field of computer software during the 80’s, 90’s and until 2004 when the DCI company was sold. He’s also founder and President of Jellicle Investors, Inc., a real estate management company with investments in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

An expert on database, computing architectures, the Internet and information management issues, Schussel’s lectures on software futures  were held all over the world.  He was the inventor and chairperson of computer industry trade shows such as Database World, Client/Server World, and Creating the Real Time Enterprise. His lectures were noted for explaining technical issues, while focusing on the business benefits and uses of technology.

Schussel’s consulting work focused on computing architectures, data base management systems and marketing related to those technologies. At various times he was hired by Digital Equipment Corp. Cullinet Software, Ernst & Young, Ashton Tate, Computer Associates, AT&T, NCR, Borland, Revelation Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Sybase, IBM and Relevant Data among others.

In 2003 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, Schussel moderated a panel of database pioneers receiving honors for their work in advancing the field. DBMS stars in attendance included Chris Date, Herb Edelstein, Bob Epstein, and Michael Stonebraker. Schussel’s opening presentation was entitled “How Databases Changed the World”.

Schussel has authored or co-authored several books and over 150 articles or columns in leading computer industry journals such as Computerworld, Datamation, Client Server Today and Data Based Advisor. Much of this library is available for viewing on the Library page at this site. In addition, he authored the 1985 book, Data Management: Past, Present and Future, as well as co-authoring the 1994 book Rightsizing Information Systems.

In 1998, Schussel was a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Entrepreneur Award for his important contributions to the computing industry and profession as an entrepreneurial leader, advisor, and member. Other recipients of the Computer Entrepreneur award that year were Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak. Schussel has also been the recipient of an Outstanding Industrial Engineer of the Year award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Schussel’s academic background includes a Doctorate from the Harvard Business School (Marketing & Computer Science); Master’s Degree from Harvard University (Applied Mathematics & Computer Science) and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California (Physics & Mathematics).  He has lectured or held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Alabama.

At various times, Schussel was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and had CDP certification from the Data Processing Management Association.

In 1999, Schussel and his wife, Sandi, established The Schussel Family Chair in Management Science at MIT’s Sloan School. Currently, this chair is held by Erik Brynjolfsson, who is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review. Schussel has also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT Sloan School.

George Schussel was the founder of Prison Justice for America, a public service web site focused on the problem of over-criminalization in America. He also founded Unlocking Education, a web site devoted to using modern forms of education to help lower the recidivism rate among the formerly convicted.

More recently, Schussel and his wife, Sandra, have focused their charitable efforts on supporting the Weinstock Laboratory of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Under the guidance of David Weinstock, MD the laboratory is using a range of approaches at the intersection of genetics, DNA repair, and modeling to address the treatment of T-cell lymphomas.

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