Miklos Vasarhelyi, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, received the 2018 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, which honors full-time college accounting educators for excellence in teaching and achieving national prominence in the accounting profession.
Vasarhelyi founded and serves as director of the Rutgers Accounting Research Center and Continuous Auditing & Reporting Lab, where he assigns projects to Ph.D. students to address audit technology issues for companies. He has directed doctoral programs for more than 20 years, chaired more than 20 dissertations in the United States, participated on international dissertation committees, and published more than 20 books and 200 journal articles. He also has led executive programs on e-commerce for large international organizations such as Eli Lilly, General Electric, and Johnson & Johnson.
In addition to serving as a longtime member of the AICPA Assurance Services Executive Committee (ASEC), Vasarhelyi has participated on the ASEC Emerging Assurance Technologies Task Force and the Continuous Assurance/Continuous Control Monitoring Working Group. He also helped launch the Rutgers AICPA Data Analytics Research Initiative, which was created to help integrate data analytics into the audit process.