Director, Global Supply Chain Management Initiatives
Krannert School of Management
J.George Shanthikumar has joined the Krannert School as the Richard E. Dauch Chair in Manufacturing and Operations Management. Shanthikumar comes to Purdue from the University of California, Berkeley, where he held dual appointments as a professor of industrial engineering and operations research in the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering. He also served as chair of UC Berkeley’s Management Science Group from 1989 to 1992.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sri Lanka and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto before joining the faculty of Syracuse University in 1979. He moved to the University of Arizona as an associate professor in 1982 and joined the University of California in 1984.
Shanthikumar’s research interests include production system modeling and analysis, queueing theory and applications, reliability and probability theory, scheduling and sequencing, simulation methodology, and stochastic processes and modeling. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers and has co-authored three books, Stochastic Models of Manufacturing Systems, Stochastic Orders and their Applications, and Stochastic Orders.
In addition, Shanthikumar is a co-editor of Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal and serves on numerous editorial boards of technical journals. As a consultant for KLA-Tencor Corp., he has also worked on joint development projects with IBM, Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Fujitsu, among others.