Professional Research Consultant’s Joe Inguanzo, Ph. D. Inducted into University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hall of Computing

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National Healthcare Thought Leader Recognized for Contributions to the Field of Computer Science

President and CEO Joe Inguanzo, Ph. D.

Professional Research Consultants, Inc. President and CEO Joe Inguanzo, Ph. D.

PRC adheres strictly to the scientific process in order to help hospitals and healthcare organizations use survey results to achieve excellence in patient care.

The Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is inducting Professional Research Consultants, Inc., President and CEO Joe Inguanzo, Ph. D. into its Nebraska Hall of Computing.

This year’s inductees are individuals with deep ties to Nebraska who have made significant contributions to one or more of the fields of computer and information science and engineering, the development and utilization of computing technology and computing education.

“This year we are honoring an extremely accomplished and diverse group of professionals,” said Matthew Dwyer, chair of the UNL’s computer science and engineering department. The inductees include founders and executive officers of companies that have used computing across a range of industries and have employed many thousands, academics who are highly respected for both their research and educational impacts, and research fellows of two of the most influential computing companies in history.”

Dr. José “Joe” M. Inguanzo was born and raised in Cuba. On July 4, 1962, he and his mother, sisters and brother arrived in Miami. In just a few months, his mother received an offer to teach Spanish in Burwell, Nebraska, and shortly after the family made its home on the Great Plains.

An aptitude for numbers and a desire to apply them in ways that would help people, fueled his choice to enroll in engineering at UNL in 1964. There he quickly gained enough expertise to work on the mainframe installation in Nebraska Hall on campus and by 1970, and earn both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees. Inguanzo then went on to consult with clients, helping them prepare, administer and analyze survey results, before pursing his Ph.D.

In 1979, Inguanzo co-founded Professional Research Consultants, Inc., also known as “PRC,” with his wife Joyce and two close friends—all UNL alums. Driven by his vision of helping hospitals and healthcare networks use custom research to achieve excellence, PRC is now the industry’s largest, privately held, minority-owned, healthcare-exclusive custom market research consultancy. The company employs nearly 1,000 people in its Omaha Neb., headquarters.

“PRC adheres strictly to the scientific process in order to help hospitals and healthcare organizations use survey results to achieve excellence in patient care. The skills and techniques I learned at UNL – statistical consulting, classification theory and systems design – are at the core of PRC’s successful methodology. Our organization has thrived thanks to the belief that no shortcuts exist for organizations aiming to achieve excellence,” said Dr. Inguanzo.

“Our commitment to excellence stems from the choice I made long ago to build my dream at UNL. I am honored to be among those being inducted into the university’s esteemed Hall of Computing.”

The Hall of Computing will officially induct Dr. Inguanzo and his fellow honorees during a ceremony on April 10 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.

About PRC
Professional Research Consultants, Inc., (PRC) brings excellence to healthcare through custom market research. It remains the largest privately held market research firm dedicated solely to the healthcare industry. In addition to being a certified vendor for government-mandated CAHPS surveys, PRC also provides custom research services that measure community perceptions, brand positions, patient experience, physician alignment and employee engagement. PRC also conducts community health needs assessments in accordance with IRS guidelines. PRC was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

About the Nebraska Hall of Computing
The Nebraska Hall of Computing honors individuals with ties to Nebraska who have made significant contributions to one or more of the fields of computer and information science and engineering, the development and utilization of computing technology, and computing education. The Hall of Computing is sponsored and maintained by the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Plaques celebrating the honorees and their contributions are proudly displayed at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus and the Hall of Computing website recognizes honorees with biographical sketches and photographs.

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