J. George Shanthikumar

Professor Shanthikumar joined the Krannert faculty in 2009. Prior to coming to Purdue, he was a Chancellor's Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in integrated interdisciplinary decision making, model uncertainty and learning, production systems modeling and analysis, queueing theory, reliability, scheduling, semiconductor yield management, simulation stochastic processes, and sustainable supply chain management. He has written or co-written more than 250 papers on these topics. He is a co-author (with John A. Buzacott) of the book Stochastic Models of Manufacturing Systems and a co-author (with Moshe Shaked) of the books Stochastic Orders and Their Applications and Stochastic Orders.

 

He was a co-editor of Flexible Services & Manufacturing Journal and is (or was) a member of the editorial boards of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Automation Sciences and Engineering, IIE Transactions, International Journal of Flexible Management Systems, Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, Journal of the Production and Operations Management Society, Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, OPSEARCH, Probability in the Engineering and Information Sciences, and Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications.
Professor Shanthikumar has extensively consulted for various companies, including Applied Materials (AMAT), Bellcore, IBM, KLA-Tencor, NTT (Japan), Intel, Intermolecular, ReelSolar, Safeway, and Southern Pacific. Through KLA-Tencor, he has worked on joint development projects for Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Intel, LSI, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and UMC.

 

John R. Birge

John R. Birge studies mathematical modeling of systems under uncertainty, especially for maximizing operational and financial goals using the methodologies of stochastic programming and large-scale optimization. He was first drawn to this area by a need to use mathematics in a useful and practical way. "My research has shown how special problem structure can allow for efficient solution of complex problems of decision making under uncertainty," Birge explains. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Naval Research, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Volkswagen of America. He has published widely and is the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Fellows Award, the Institute of Industrial Engineers Medallion Award and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

A former dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University, he has worked as a consultant for a variety of firms including the University of Michigan Hospitals, Deutsche Bank, Allstate Insurance Company, and Morgan Stanley, and he uses cases from these experiences in his teaching.
Birge earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University in 1977 and a master's degree and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University in 1979 and 1980, respectively. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004.
He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Mathematical Programming Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and Sigma Xi. He also speaks French, Russian, German, and English.
Outside of academia, Birge enjoys running, reading, and travel.

 

Houmin Yan

Professor Houmin Yan is Chair Professor of Management Sciences and Dean of the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CityU he served as Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and as Associate Director and Science Advisor for the Hong Kong R&D Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies. He has also worked as a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas.
Professor Yan's main research areas are stochastic models, simulations, and supply chain management. He has published in journals such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Optimization: Theory and Applications, and IEEE Transactions. Professor Yan's work has won widespread recognition. In 2004, his paper (co-authored with Gan and Sethi) "Coordination of Supply Chains with Risk-Averse Agents" (POM, Vol. 13, 2004, 135 -149) received the Wickhan-Skinner Best paper Award from the 2nd World Conference on Production and Operations Management and the Society of Production and Operations Management (POMs). In 2005, his paper (co-authored with Lee and Tan) "Designing An Assembly Process with Stochastic Material Arrivals" (IIE Transactions, Vol. 35, 2003, 803-815) has been awarded the Best Paper Award for "the focus issues on Operations Engineering for 2003-2004" from the Institute of Industrial Engineers(IIE). In 2012, his paper (co-authored with Buzacott and Zhang) "Risk Analysis of Commitment-Option Contracts with Forecast Updates" (IIE Transactions, Vol. 43, 2011, 415-431) has been awarded the Best Paper Prize in in Scheduling and Logistics from the Institute of Industrial Engineers(IIE). He received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.