Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Amir M. Hormozi

An Outstanding Islander

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Let’s Dance

Since 2003, Dr. Amir M. Hormozi has generated campus camaraderie by providing free dance lessons to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their significant others. His passion for dance began when at age 12, he learned to dance cha cha and tango. The professor of operations management offers classes in more than 25 styles of dance including salsa, rumba, and Argentine tango through the University Dance Club, which meets Thursday evenings each spring and fall semester.

“I have the same positive experience watching students learn on the dance floor and in the classroom,” said Hormozi, who attends Brigham Young University Dance Camps each year. “There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction when someone who really doesn’t know much about dance can, in five weeks, learn how to execute turns and specific patterns.”

Hormozi is a board member of the local Revelaires Dance Club and is on “The Wild Things” rhythm and dance team, which encourages financial support for the fine arts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He has led dance workshops during the University’s annual Employee Development Day, taught community lessons and performed at University and public events.  

“Dance is something you can carry with you all your life,” said Hormozi. “As you become older, you may have to give up some exercises eventually because they become too strenuous on the body.  But with dance, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can enjoy it until you’re 90.”

Table tennis is another sport Hormozi has enjoyed most of his life. Hormozi won two Senior Olympic gold medals (’01, ’05) in table tennis (click here to view video). Illness prevented him from defending his title in 2009, but he plans to compete again in 2013.

Hormozi, who has more than 25 years experience in training and implementation of manufacturing planning and control systems, has enjoyed a successful academic career at the Island University since he arrived in 1994. He has published numerous journal articles in the areas of operations management, manufacturing strategy, quality, and environmental issues, and has served as chair of the national remanufacturing group of APICS, program chair for INFORMS, track chair for National Decision Sciences Institute, and Ph.D. dissertation consortium chair for Production Operations Society.
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