Meet Our Faculty

Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management

Our MS GSCM program boasts some of the most experienced and talented professionals in the supply chain industry and related fields.

Learn more about our MS GSCM faculty below! 

 

Program Leadership

Nick Vyas

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Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

NICK VYAS, BS, MBA, Ed.D, University of Southern California

Dr. Nick Vyas, a practitioner in operations management and organizational excellence through the application of Blended Quality Management, AI, ML, RPA, Blockchain, and Data Analytics received his Doctor of Education from USC with his published dissertation on Conceptualization of Higher Education Excellence System (HEES): Use of Advance Data Analytics and Blended Quality Management. A Subject Matter Expert in End-to-End Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM), Vyas has led business transformation for fortune 100 companies. As USC CGSCM’s Executive Director/ Co-founder, Director of MS GSCM and as an Assistant Professor, he was presented with the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence and recognized as a “Supply Chain Leader” for the APICS Excellence Awards. As a thought leader, he speaks at conferences on global trade, disruptive technology and GSCM. Vyas serves to make GSCM education accessible through the Gift of Knowledge scholarship at USC MS GSCM program and Supply Chain Professionals without Borders. Working closely with students, Vyas consulted for over 25 global operations across various sectors. He integrated technology and directed teams that both optimized speed-to-market and managed cost/quality.

Department Leadership

Greys Sosic

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Department Chair, E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, University of British Columbia; MS, BS, University of Zagreb

Greys Sošić holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia, and a master's and a bachelor's degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her research interests include supply chain management, sustainability, competition and cooperation in supply chains, with emphasis on coalition stability. Her work has been published in Management Science, Operations Research, M&SOM, and POMS. Greys is an Associate Editor for Operations Research, IIE Transactions, and POMS. She has received Dean's Awards for Research Excellence and IISE Transactions Design & Manufacturing Best Paper Award. She has been teaching courses on supply chain management, sustainability, and sourcing.

Core Faculty

ali picArdavan Asef-Vaziri

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BS, Department of Industrial Engineering, Sharif (Arya-Mehr); MS, University of Southern California; PhD, University of Toronto.

Alireza Kabirian

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Room / Office
401 N
Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

Ashok Srinivasan

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401F
Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University; MBA, University of Delhi; BEng, University of Madras

Ashok Srinivasan's research interests include supply-chain management, nonprofit management, and productivity analysis. His research has appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Managerial and Decision Economics, including "Leadership and Competition in Network Supply Chains," with P. Majumder, that appeared in Management Science in June 2008.

Bala Subramanian

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Bala Subramanian’s teaching approach is informed by 25+ years of developing winning strategies by applying analytics steeped in customer understanding. He is President of NuEdge Consulting in Santa Monica, CA providing strategy advice to varied retail, travel, service, non-profit organizations … Fortune 100 to startup. Previously, he was VP of Customer Analytics at Wal-mart from 2011-2014 optimizing Membership/Merchandising/Marketing strategy to grow $60 billion club business. From 1999-2010, he was SVP of Global Distribution Services evolving several industry dominating brands for Hilton hotels, and building sustained marketing leverage through the digital transformation of customer conversations. Bala has an MBA from University of Minnesota, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Feng Chen

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400G
Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences & Operations
Feng Chen is an operations management scholar. Her research interests include process analysis, supply chain management and supply chain analytics, and experimental study of behavioral impact on operations decision making. She teaches courses of operations management and data analysis for decision making. Feng received her Ph.D. in business administration from University of Southern California.

Hiroshi Ochiumi

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BRI
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308F
Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, University of Washington; BEng, Waseda University

Hiroshi Ochiumi is an operations management scholar. His research interests include supply chain management, design and analysis of contracts, and behavioral aspects of decision making. He teaches classes on operations management and designing spreadsheet-based business models. Prior to receiving his PhD, Professor Ochiumi worked for Hilti Japan and Goldman Sachs.

Mike Lee

CTO & Senior Lecturer

Education: BA, University of California, San Diego

 

Mike, an innovator in the media & entertainment and technology space, has split his career between major studios (Fox & Warner Bros) and innovative start-ups that have revolutionized the Internet (Netscape & YEKRA). He is now at his dream job of engaging with students at USC. 

Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in digital entrepreneurship and enterprise systems for USC's Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business. He is also the CTO of USC Annenberg's Media Impact Project. 

Prior to USC, he spent the previous decade at Fox and Warner Bros, as a VP of Technology and Director; Netscape as a Technology Evangelist; and CTO/VP Technology for various Internet/software companies. 

Mike has spoken on Internet technologies at major conferences across the United States and Europe. 

Mike resides in greater Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and son.

Murat Bayiz

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307D
Academic Director for the Full Time MBA and Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management; MS & BS, Industrial Engineering, Bilkent University

Murat Bayiz is a Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations at Marshall School of Business. He has more than two decades of combined management consulting and academic experience and specializes in operations strategy.

Murat teaches core and elective at Marshall School’s undergraduate, MS in GSCM, and MBA programs. In recent years he received six Golden Apple awards for teaching excellence and the Evan Thompson award for teaching and learning innovation.

Prior to joining USC, Murat was a management consultant at PRTM Management Consultants (later acquired by PwC) and Kiran Analytics and consulted with high tech companies on supply chain strategy projects.

Tathagata Dasgupta

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences

Dual Ph.D. in Operations Research & Management Science, 1998, Penn State University / MA in Statistics, 1992, SUNY at Buffalo / <br>B.Sc. in Statistics, 1989, Presidency College of Calcutta, India

Dr. Das Dasgupta is Chief Data Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he leads Data Science Operations and Advanced Analytics. Dr. Dasgupta's past experience includes leadership roles at Amazon, McKinsey, EY, and most recently Viacom. He has over 20 years of experience in helping organizations with their Strategy, Operations, and Data Analytics initiatives. He teaches Business Analytics and Logistics courses at the Marshall School and has Dual Ph.D. Titles in Operations Research and Management Science from Penn State University.

Yijia Guo

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Business Communication
Dr. Guo’s research focuses on organizational and intercultural communication in business. She is particularly interested and specialized in identity development and strategic negotiation in various international organizational contexts. Her research has appeared on top-tier journals that examined topics such as organizational culture, conflict management, emotion management, communication technology use in business (e.g., social media, mobile), and leadership communication. Professor’s pedagogical expertise in academia includes organizational communication, communication strategies in business, leadership communication, business and professional communication, communication in non-western culture, and persuasion. Prior to academia, Dr. Guo held program and event coordinator positions in Chinese and U.S. multinational companies, specializing intercultural business communication.

RichardRichard W. Vawter

Senior Lecturer of Information Technology and Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BA, BA, MA, MA, University of California - Los Angeles, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Southern California

 

Elective Faculty 

Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering faculty teaching elective classes for Global Supply Chain Management students

Abbass Sharif

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306B
Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MS, Utah State University; MS, BS: Lebanese American University

Abbass Sharif’s specialty is in the field of statistical computing and data visualization. Professor Sharif has developed and published new multivariate visualization techniques for functional data and currently he is developing visualization techniques to study brain activity data collected via the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology. Professor Sharif teaches statistics courses that range from introductory statistics to data analysis for decision-making through to advanced modern statistical learning techniques.

AliAli Nowroozi

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BS,  MA, MA, PhD; Sharif University Of Technology, University of Southern California

AljosjaAljosja Beije

Director of BlockLab Rotterdam

Education

Aljosja is a MSc in Quantitative Business Economics from Erasmus University and is currently the Logistics and Technology Lead of Blocklab. 

Ann Majchrzak

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401C
Professor Emeritus of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MA, UCLA; BA, Pitzer College

Ann Majchrzak is the USC Associates' Chaired Professor of Business Administration for Marshall. She teaches and does research on digital innovation. She is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. She has held concurrent appointments at Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain) Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, LUISS School of Business and Management (Rome, Italy) and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) in the areas of Innovation and Organization. She has a 2020 book: Unleashing the Crowd: Collaborative Solutions for Wicked Business and Societal Problems, a Marshall webinar for Covid19 & Small Businesses, and a Tommy Talk on the subject.

Arif Ansari

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Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MS, University of Southern California; MTech, IIT- Madras; BEng, Anna University

Arif Ansari is an expert in the area of data mining, business intelligence, data warehousing, and intelligent systems and technologies, a field in which he has fifteen years of research experience. He has published in IEEE Transactions on Systems and Man and Cybernetics. Professor Ansari received Marshall's Golden Apple Award in 2006.

BhaskarBhaskar Krishnamachari

Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering-Systems and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Education

BA, Electrical Engineering; Cooper Union, MA, PhD, Electrical Engineering: Cornell University

CharlesCharles Tang

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

 

Christine El Haddad

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Associate Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

PhD, University of Southern California

Dr. El Haddad specializes in business, corporate and global strategy and has taught these topics in Marshall’s MBA and undergraduate programs. She has received the Douglas Basil Award for Junior Faculty and is a three-time winner of Marshall’s Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. Her research interests lie in social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. As a management consultant, she has advised various businesses and leading nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity.

Christopher Gopal

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307G
Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

Cosimo Arnesano

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

Dawn Porter

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307C
Academic Director for the Masters of Science in Business Analytics, and Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations Management

PhD, MPhil, MS, New York University; BA, Cornell University

Dawn Porter is a statistician who has published in Management Science and is the coauthor of Basic Econometrics (fifth edition). Prior to joining USC, she served on the faculty at Georgetown University. Professor Porter has consulted for KPMG Consulting, Ginnie Mae, Inc., and Toys R Us.

Dennis Schorr

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Associate Professor of Clinical Marketing

PhD, Yale University; MBA, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Stanford University

Dennis Schorr is an expert on strategic flexibility, marketing resources and capabilities, and competitive advantage. His research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has consulted for a variety of organizations in Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research and Strategy, and Total Quality Management and Market Responsiveness.

TTEufracio Benavides

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial & Systems Engineering

GezaGeza P Bottlik

Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Practice

Education

BA, BA, MA; Manhattan College, University of Southern California

Inga Maslova

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203
Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations
Inga Maslova is an applied statistician specializing in time series analysis, machine learning, wavelet techniques, functional data analysis, big data, and applications to finance, business analytics, economics, hydrology, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and climate change problems. She has taught and developed courses in statistical learning, business statistics, data analytics and visualization. To her classroom she brings her own experience from consulting for Cisco, working with the World Bank on business cycle synchronization; analyzing drone data to help farmers make better crop management decisions at Utah Water Research Lab; using statistical learning models to forecast commodity prices. In 2018 she received a Golden Apple Teaching Award for teaching excellence. Before joining USC, Inga was a faculty at American University, Washington DC. She received her BS (Summa Cum Laude) in Mathematical Statistics from Vilnius University, Lithuania; MS and PhD in Statistics from Utah State University.

Inge Lindholm

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

Kalinda Ukanwa

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Assistant Professor of Marketing

PhD, University of Maryland, MBA, M.S. and B.S, Stanford University

Kalinda Ukanwa is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Southern California. A quantitative modeler, Professor Ukanwa researches how algorithmic bias, algorithmic decision-making, and consumer reputations impact firms. She is the winner of the 2018 Eli Jones Promising Young Scholar Award and a finalist for the 2018 INFORMS Service Science Best Student Paper Award, 2019 Howard/AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the 2020 AMS Mary Kay Doctoral Dissertation Award. In a prior life, Professor Ukanwa was an industrial engineer, financial analyst, and finance executive at Walt Disney, Citigroup, Viacom, and Kaplan.

KazuoKazuo Jozeph Takeda

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BA, MA; California State University - Long Beach, University of Redlands

 

Lan Luo

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Associate Professor of Marketing

PhD, University of Maryland

Lan Luo’s primary research interests relate to applications of artificial intelligence in marketing. She publishes and serves on the editorial review board of premier marketing journals such as Journal of Marketing Research and Marketing Science, among others. Professor Luo is the recipient of several prestigious research awards, including the John D.C. Little Award, the Donald R. Lehmann Award (twice), and the Paul E. Green Award finalist (twice). At USC Marshall, she has been granted the Dean’s Research Excellence Award and Golden Apple Award for her teaching excellence. Professor Luo also consulted for commercial litigation involving product defects and counterfeits.

Leigh Tost

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Associate Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, Business Administration, Duke University

Leigh Plunkett Tost studies the psychological and sociological dynamics of hierarchy and diversity in organizations. Her research on hierarchy focuses on questions about how power differences in teams and organizations affect team performance and ethical decision making. Her work on diversity examines people’s attitudes about diversity and explores the unintended consequences of diversity initiatives. Her research has been published in a broad range of academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Psychological Science. In addition, the implications of her research have been discussed in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.

Lorena Martin

Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations
PhD, BS, University of Miami; MS, Nova Southeastern University; Postdoctoral Fellowships, UC San Diego

Professor Martin teaches courses that range from introductory statistics to statistical computing and data visualization. Prior to USC, she was the Director of Sports Performance Analytics for the LA Lakers and Director of High Performance for an MLB team. She is a contributing author of Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation 2nd edition, Improving Exercise Adherence, and sole-authored, Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics. As an academic, she received funding from the NHLBI, NCI, and NIMHD for researching how health behaviors and analytics can help reduce health disparities.

Milan Miric

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Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Milan Miric joined the IS Group within the DSO Department in 2016. His research tries to understand basic questions about how firms can capture and create value in digital industries. In particular, his research tries to understand how the unique structural features of digital industries (network effects, low costs of innovating, non-monetary motivations) influence the process by which firms capture and create value. His work is largely empirical combining large-scale panel datasets with interviews and field work. His research work draws heavily on insights from psychology, economics, and sociology but tries to contribute to the literature on information systems and innovation.

Mohammed Alyakoob

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Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Mohammed Alyakoob is an Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. His research examines the economic and societal impact of digital marketplaces, with a focus on examining and measuring the role of traditional barriers, related to market structure, race, and expertise, among others, on limiting the equality of benefits derived from these platforms. His research has been covered by various media outlets including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. At the Marshall School of Business, he teaches graduate courses in the MBA and MSBA programs.

NitinNitin Vasant Kale

Professor of Information Technology Practice and Industrial and Systems Engineering Practice

Education

BA, MA; Birla Institute of Tech & Science, University of Southern California

Omar El Sawy

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BRI
Room / Office
401L
Kenneth King Stonier Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Stanford University; MBA, American University in Cairo; BSEE, Cairo University


PhD, Stanford Business School; MBA, American University in Cairo; BSEE, Cairo University. Expertise in digital business strategy in messy environments, business models for digital platforms, real-time management. Director of Research for Marshall's Institute for Communications Technology Management 2001-2007. Inducted Fellow of Association of Information Systems in 2008. 7-time winner of Society for Information Management's Annual Paper Award. Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and founding Associate Editor of Information Systems Research. UNDP advisor in Egypt, Fulbright scholar in Finland, field projects in Dubai and Denmark. Received 2021 USC Marshall Faculty Mentoring & Leadership Award.

Paat Rusmevichientong

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400F
Justin Dart Professor in Operations Management & Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MS, Stanford University; BA, UC-Berkeley

Paat Rusmevichientong's research focuses on large-scale stochastic optimization problems, with applications to market systems, supply chains, and revenue management. His research has been published in Management Science, Operations Research, and Mathematics of Operations Research. He received the INFORMS George B. Dantzig Dissertation award in 2003 and the NSF CAREER award in 2008. Prior to joining USC, he was a faculty member in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University, where he was voted Professor of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

Peng Shi

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303D
Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Peng is interested in developing quantitative methodologies for the betterment of society. His current research focuses on optimization in matching markets, with applications in school choice, public housing, and two-sided marketplaces. His research on school choice has won multiple awards, including the MSOM Responsible Research in OM Award, ACM SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award, the INFORMS Public Sector Operations Best Paper Competition, and the INFORMS Doing Good with Good Operations OR Student Paper Competition. Prior to joining USC, he completed a PhD in operations research at MIT, and was a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research.

Peter Carnevale

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Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, SUNY-Buffalo; BA, University of Delaware

Peter Carnevale does research on negotiation, mediation, and organizational conflict resolution systems. He has published two books and more than 100 articles in leading scientific and management journals, often supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He has served as the President of the International Association for Conflict Management as well as Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Richard Selby

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Richard W. Selby is a Director of Software Products at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, CA. He leads a 250-person software organization and has served in this position since 2001. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Management Company (PIMCO) in Newport Beach, CA where he managed a 105-person organization for three years. From 1985-1998, he was a Full Professor of Information and Computer Science (with tenure) at the University of California in Irvine, CA (UC Irvine).

Robert Wang

Adjunct Professor of Data Science and Operations

PhD, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA. MS, Shanghai University of Technology.

Prior to joining USC, Robert has 7 years of management consulting experience with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touch. In 2001, he joined the Business Analytics and Optimization Group of Nestle USA. As a principal of the group, Robert is the mastermind behind many holistic solutions for some of the very complex business problems. He specializes in using OR, large-scale optimization, machine learning, statistics, visualization, and other analytic techniques on complex business problems. He has successfully lead the design, development, and implementation of solutions for Supply Chain Network Design, Inventory Optimization, Supply Planning, Deployment Planning, Network Capacity Planning, Trade Optimization, and Transportation.

Robertas Gabrys

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Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Utah State University; MS, BS, Vilnius University

Robertas Gabrys has research interest in functional data analysis and its applications in environmental sciences, financial econometrics, and space physics; statistical computing, and actuarial mathematics. His work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Austrian Journal of Statistics.

Saeed Mohasseb

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Prior to the KPMG acquisition of Wise Window, Inc., a data analytics company, in April 2012, Sid Mohasseb was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Wise Window, Inc. At KPMG, he is a Managing Director for Data Analytics and the national lead for Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution practice as well as a member of the KPMG US DA leadership team. Additionally, he is an Adjunct professor at University of Southern California (USC) Marshall Business School as well as Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

ShaliniShalini Gupta

Senior Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BA, MA, PhD; Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, University of Texas - Arlington

Sriram Dasu

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Room / Office
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Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MIT; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay

Sriram Dasu's research has been published Queuing Systems, Operations Research, and Management Science. He has served as associate editor of Management Science and senior editor of Manufacturing and Service Operations. His research interest are healthcare operations, global health, service operations with focus on customer psychology, and supply chain management.

TheodoreTheodore Ken Mayeshiba

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BA, MA; Kettering University, University of Southern California

ThomasThomas C Booth

Part-Time Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

PhD; Purdue University

 

Vivek Sharma

Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

MBA, INSEAD; BA, Indian Institute of Technology

Vivek Sharma teaches business innovation to graduate data science & MBA students. He is CEO & Founder of InStride, a strategic enterprise education company enabling employers to provide career-boosting degrees to their employees, through leading global universities. Previously, Vivek was SVP, Digital Guest Experience & eCommerce for Disney Parks, Experiences & Products, where he led global eCommerce, physical-digital convergence and AI integration. Vivek also served as GM of Yahoo! Mail & Messenger, and as an associate partner in McKinsey & Company’s Technology practice. Vivek is an independent board director of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU).

ttYalda Khashe

Lecturer of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Education

BA, MA, PhD; University of Texas - Arlington, University of Southern California