Montreka Dansby

Montreka Dansby

February 23, 2021 • ISSUE 562

Montreka Dansby Aspires to Lead by Example

MBA student Montreka Dansby, PhD

MBA student Montreka Dansby has a background in food and nutritional sciences and biomedical sciences. She received her PhD from North Carolina State University and her research focused on the biological and anti-cancer properties of dietary phytochemicals.

She completed the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) postdoctoral program in the Department of Physiology at Emory University School of Medicine and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Montreka learned about the Transcendental Meditation® program and Fairfield from watching an Oprah special in 2012. She was so impressed by what she saw that she wanted to visit. After signing up for a women’s conference at The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa, she spent a week learning the TM® technique, touring campus, and meeting people. She had such a wonderful experience she considered attending MIU but, due to work obligations, she could not. In 2017, however, she learned about the online MBA program and applied.

Doing outreach at a local elementary school for interactive learning about food science and nutrition

Montreka is currently program manager for surgical education at Morehouse School of Medicine, providing support for surgery residents and medical students as well as compliance and accreditation. Montreka’s job involves administration, education, and communication, and she is striving to exemplify good leadership.

“The information I have learned in my MBA classes has helped me significantly in decision-making and preventing and solving conflicts,” said Montreka. “I like to focus on respect, forgiveness, humility, and love. I grew up with those values and MIU has added structure to that foundation.”

She also finds that her TM practice helps her stay calm in stressful moments. “It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on, but TM helps me stay in balance; it defines my day,” she said.

Montreka is enthusiastic about educating and inspiring people. She aspires to motivate others to be their best authentic selves and reach for the highest goals. She is also passionate about food and wants to increase awareness about the relationship between agriculture, nutrition, and the environment. “I would like the next generation to appreciate and embrace agriculture,” she said. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and the outdoors.

Renuka Mohanraj Honored for Research

Renuka Mohanraj Honored for Research

February 19, 2021 – Issue 561

Renuka Mohanraj Honored for Research

Professor Ranuka Mohanraj, PhD

MIU Associate Professor Renuka Mohanraj, PhD, has recently been honored as a Fellow of Computer Science Research Council by the Open Association of Research Society for her important research on wireless sensor networks data security.

Her research was published in the Global Journal of Computer Science Technology: E. In this paper she presents an algorithm she designed as a potential solution to the problem of wireless sensor networks security threats in the rapidly expanding field of the Internet of Things (IoT), which are networks of smart devices used by consumers and many industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.

As a result of her research, in December 2020 Professor Mohanraj was invited to give the keynote address at an international virtual conference titled Bridging Innovative Trends in Mathematics, Engineering & Technology.

Professor Mohanraj in class

Professor Mohanraj teaches several courses in the Computer Professionals program℠, including the very popular mobile device programming. She dynamically tailors the course based on input from current students and alumni doing Android development. This feedback, along with her enthusiasm for research, keeps the curriculum on the cutting edge. Mobile device programming is a major market, and her class on the subject is highly valued by students because there are so many opportunities for Android programmers.

Professor Mohanraj has been teaching at MIU since 2014. During this time she has had the opportunity to experience many benefits of the Consciousness-Based℠ approach to education and the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

Renuka Mohanraj with her husband Mohanraj V.S. and daughter Vaisnavii (photos by Dileep Krishnamoorthy)

“TM practice helps to improve my self-confidence level and brings out my inner potential effortlessly,” she says. “I’m more active throughout the day and my mind is clearer, which makes me a better teacher and a more loving person.”

Professor Renuka Mohanraj and her husband Mohanraj V.S. live on the MIU campus with their daughter Vaisnavii. Mr. Mohanraj is the Computer Science Graduation Director, and Vaisnavii is in 11th grade at Maharishi School.