Operations and Supply Chain Management Research

Prof. Jose Cruz is currently an Associate Professor in Operations and Information Management at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. His research is multidisciplinary and combines his background and interests in management, engineering, computer systems, and applied mathematics. His general area is complex decision-making on network systems with a specific focus on global issues. He is especially interested in international financial networks with intermediaries and electronic transactions, global supply chain networks, and social and knowledge networks. The methodological tools that he utilizes are: variational inequalities, dynamical systems, network theory, multicriteria decision-making, and optimization. Dr. Cruz has published his research in European Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Environment & Planning B, Journal of Cleaner Production, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Computational Management Science, and Quantitative Finance.

Prof. Moustapha Diaby’s research interests are in the areas of Operations Management, Logistics and Distribution Management, Manufacturing Systems Modeling and Analysis, and Mathematical Programming. His focus in recent years has been on the modeling of Cellular Manufacturing Systems for Flexibility, Loyalty Reward Programs, Reverse Logistics Manufacturing Systems, and the formulation of hard Combinatorial Optimization Problems as Linear Programs (which has to do with the theoretical foundations of methods for solving Scheduling and Sequencing Problems efficiently). His publications have appeared in journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Information Systems Frontiers, INFORMS J. on Computing, Int. J. of Math. in Operational Research, Int. J. of Operational Research, Int. J. of Production Economics, Int. J. Production Research, Int. Transactions in Operational Research, J. of the Operational Research Society, Management Science, Operations Research, and others.

Professor-in-Residence Tim J. Dowding’s research interests are focused on principles of global sustainability as it applies to operations and supply chain management. His 25 years of experience in the military and industry provide him with an extensive background in the practical applications of operations management on both macro and micro scales. He most recently authored a series of strategic plans for economic development in emerging countries, including Sri Lanka and Haiti. His case studies have been published in journals such as the International Journal of Business Insights and Transformation.

Prof. Cuihong Li’s research interests lie on the interfaces between operations, economics, and technology, in particular supply chain management and online markets. Her research applies quantitative analysis tools and information economic models in an operations context. Her research papers have appeared in or been accepted to Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics, and numerous other academic journals.

Prof. Suresh Nair is currently working on projects in stochastic optimization of risks and rewards in financial service operations, capacity planning and supply chain management; on modeling of evacuation strategies in mass casualty incidents; and on media revenue management problems, such as optimal allocation of upfront and scatter market sales in TV advertising selling. His recent publications have appeared in the journal Production and Operations Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, among others.

Prof. Lakshman Thakur is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management, an Ackerman Scholar, and Co-Director – Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program at University of Connecticut. He has over forty years of experience in teaching, consulting and research on optimization under resource constraints with numerous refereed publications. He has visited Yale University 1985-19867 and been an associate editor of Naval Research Logistics international journal for a period of ten years in the area of mathematical programming and production scheduling. He has published in Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Optimization and Control, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Naval Research Logistics, and other journals.