Robert Cizik Chair in Manufacturing and Technology Management
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Operations and Information Management Department
Ph.D., M.S., Northwestern University 1988,1985;
Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), Harvard University 2012;
M.S., Training Institute for Productivity and Industrial Engineering, India 1981;
B.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India 1979.
Areas of Expertise
Business Analytics, Financial Services, Management Consulting, Optimization, Operations Management, Simulation,Supply Chain Management, Service Operations, Stochastic Modeling.
Dr. Nair’s Google Scholar profile is here.
Dr. Nair’s research interests are in applying optimization techniques to problems in Services, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Finance. He specializes in the modeling of financial service operations, technological change, new product/service design and healthcare operations. He has worked on problems related to analytical modeling for customer acquisitions, customer lifetime value, risk management, auctions, computer networks, bank services, call center, yield management, healthcare and supply chain management. He has published in Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems and European Journal of Operational Research. Dr. Nair serves as a Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management and Associate Editor of Decision Support Systems.
To keep current with business practice and better prepare his students, Dr. Nair has returned to industry for each of his sabbatical leaves. In 1995, Dr. Nair spent his sabbatical leave with General Electric Global Research Center at Schenectady, NY. In 2002, Dr. Nair worked with Merrill Lynch’s Management Science Group in Plainsboro, New Jersey, during his sabbatical leave. In 2009 he worked on healthcare and life sciences related issues during his sabbatical leave with Booz & Company in New York City. He has consulted with various businesses including JP Morgan Chase, The Hartford and General Electric. He founded FinOpTrix, a software services startup in the bank sweep optimization space, using seed capital from National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Dr. Nair worked for four years in industry and management consulting prior to his graduate work. His industrial experience was in automotive and electronics manufacturing. Dr. Nair was part of the team that won the 2002 Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Operations Research.
Dr. Nair is also visiting faculty at Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in Calcutta and Lucknow, India.
Dr. Nair’s teaching interests are in Business Analytics, Operations Management, Optimization and Simulation. He teaches in the MBA, MS in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM), Ph.D., and Executive MBA programs and in the undergraduate Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program. He has won several teaching awards.
Dr. Nair has held administrative positions at both the school and university levels. He is currently, and was from April 2006 through December 2007, the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Business School. He was the University’s Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness in the Provost’s office from 2011 to 2013.