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Dennis J. Aigner, PhD Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Aigner has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of environmental business

    LAGUNA BEACH, CA, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Dennis J. Aigner a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Aigner celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

The son of Herbert Lewis and Della Geraldine Aigner, Dr. Aigner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1963, preceded by an MA in Applied Statistics in 1962, and a BS in Agricultural Economics in 1959. Dr. Aigner began his career as an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Illinois in 1962. He was an associate professor and professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin from 1967 to 1976, and a professor and later chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California from 1976 to 1988. Dr. Aigner was a professor of Management and Economics in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine from 1988 to 2007, and from 1988 to 1997 he served as dean of the school. From 2000 to 2005 Dr. Aigner served as dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and helped structure the educational curriculum of the school, influencing the focus of the Master's program to incorporate environmental management, science and law for a greener approach to business practices. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Aigner participated in the construction of one of the greenest buildings in the United States at UCSB, which received the LEED Platinum Award in 2003. Since 2007, Dr. Aigner has held the title of professor emeritus of Management and Economics in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Outside of his career in academia, Dr. Aigner served as chair of the California Worker's Compensation Rate Study Commission from 1990 to 1992. His work culminated in the deregulation of the California workers' compensation insurance market in 1995. He also served the National Research Council's Committee on the National Energy Modeling System, which evaluated the Department of Energy's energy modelling and forecasting system over two years, analyzing energy policy issues and the development of strategic planning activities. Later he served as a National Research Council panel member reviewing the research program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrator on the environmental aspects of NAFTA. Since 1978, he has also contributed his services as an expert witness on statistical matters in litigation.

Dr. Aigner's research and teaching has focused on statistical and econometric methodology, corporate environmental management, international trade, and state and local economic issues. He has published several books and numerous articles on statistical and econometric methodology, and applied economics. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Econometrics, and served the journal as a co-editor for 20 years. For his research efforts, he was honored as a National Science Foundation grantee from 1970 to 1976, 1979 to 1981, and 1984 to 1986.

Dr. Aigner's current research focuses on the relation between environmentally sustainable business practices and financial performance on the corporate level. From 1998 through 2006 he organized a series of workshops on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the topic of "Capital Markets and Environmental Performance". Funded with a grant from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS), Dr. Aigner completed a study of the top 400 Mexican firms in 2011-2012 with regard to their sustainability practices. During that time and through 2014 he held the position of distinguished visiting professor at the EGADE Business School of the Monterrey Institute of Technology. In 2015, he received a second UC-MEXUS grant that funded research aimed at analyzing the nature and extent of corporate engagement on the part of environmental and social non-governmental organizations in Mexico. Dr. Aigner's work has had an impact on society's understanding and application of environmentally friendly business practices, thereby preventing future environmental problems and solving ones that already exist, while protecting business profits.

Outside of his interest in environment and business, Dr. Aigner has spent 25 years researching the cultural use of the swastika symbol prior to its appropriation by the Nazis, particularly its use in Navajo rugs. His book on the subject, "The Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles" is now in its 5th edition.

Dr. Aigner was a Fulbright fellow in Belgium in 1970 and in Israel in 1983. He has held visiting positions at universities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia, and at Harvard. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and was a Bren fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1998 to 2005. He is a member of the American Statistical Association and a past member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society. He has received multiple awards and commendations for his research and teaching, and has been featured in numerous editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in the West. He has been married to Gretchen Camille Bertolet for 25 years and has four children from a previous marriage, Mitchell A., Annette N., Anita L. and Angela D. In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Aigner has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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