Operations and Information Management
Eng.Sc.D., 1971, Columbia University; M.S, 1965, Columbia University; B.S., 1963, Bombay University, Bombay, India
Areas of Expertise
Development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer programming methods in management science and function approximations in optimization mathematics.
Dr. Thakur received his B.Sc. from Bombay University in Mathematics and Physics in 1963, his doctorate from Columbia University in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in 1971, is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management, an Ackerman Scholar, and Co-Director -Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program (2001-2013) at University of Connecticut, Storrs. He has over forty five years of experience in teaching, consulting and research on optimization under resource constraints with numerous refereed publications. He has been consultant to IBM on Manpower Planning with Risk Assessment and Product Warranty Systems, as well as a senior consultant and Director of Management Science in a consulting organization. He has 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.
Dr. Thakur has been a Visiting Professor of Operations Research at Yale School of Management, Yale University, 1985-1987. 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. His primary research interests have been in the development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer optimization methods in Management Science and Spline function approximation in mathematics.
His current research focuses on supply chains, production scheduling, product design, computation and applications of spline functions, facility location problems, and Advanced Manufacturing Techniques adoption process in India (with Professors VK Jain, IIT Kanpur, Ravi Shankar, IIT Delhi, Dinesh Kumar IIM Bangalore). His research on production scheduling and Internet based implementation (both with Dr. Peter B. Luh) has been supported by National Science Foundation and Connecticut state Yankee Ingenuity Initiative grants. He is a full member of Informs (Operations Research Society of America+ The Institute of Management Sciences), and Mathematical Programming Society.