Uday Rao

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Uday Rao, PhD

Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

3370 Carl H. Lindner Hall

513-556-7138

B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Ph.D., Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University
Worked at Cornell University, University of British Columbia, Carnegie Mellon University before University of Cincinnati
Consulting projects with Bell Laboratories, Ford-Visteon, Caterpillar Inc., RFID Solutions Center, Cincinnati Fire Department, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Luxottica Retail, GE Aviation, and a few local entrepreneurial ventures (e.g. West Chester Protective Gear)

Teaching Interest
Developed & taught courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in Statistics, Calculus, Quantitative Methods, Simulation, Production Planning and Scheduling, Inventory Control, Quality Analysis, Manufacturing Systems, Operations Management, Manufacturing Strategy, Global Operations (via experiential learning), Supply Chain Management & International Operations (Executive Education / China program modules), Toyota Production System (Field-study kaizen projects), and research seminar courses in Manufacturing Operations, Stochastic Programming, Game Theory, Logic Constrained Programming, Dynamic Programming / Markov Decision Processes, and Revenue Management.

Research Interest
Supply Chain Management under Uncertainty
Cyclic Scheduling for Repetitive Manufacturing
Advanced Resource Planning
Long & Short Term Capacity Analysis
Stochastic Inventory Systems
Simulation-Based Optimization
Reconfiguration for Remanufacturing
Hub Location for Fixed Wireless Telecom
Workforce Staffing, Cross-training
Intelligent Software Agents, Reinforcement Learning
New Products (RFID tags, Pharmaceuticals)
Healthcare Delivery Operations (Automatic Dispensing Machines & Inventory, Emergency Department - Operating Room dedication to Electives/Emergencies, team-to-patient assignment, Scheduling ED Physicians)

History
Institution: CoB, University of Cincinnati (UC), Cincinnati, OH.
Title: Associate Professor

Institution: GSIA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA
Title: Assistant Professor
End Date: 2001-09-30

Institution: SORIE, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
End Date: 1994-08-31

Institution: Faculty of Commerce (now Sauder School of Business),University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
End Date: 1993-04-30

Institution: TELCO, Pune, India
Title: Engineering Intern
End Date: 1987-08-31

Assignments
Admit students to Operations Excellence graduate certificate program and facilitate their completion of program credits.
Dates: 2013-08-01

Academic Director, MSQA Program Processing applications -- admission and aid decisions Advice students -- courses, jobs
Dates: 2007-08-06 - 2009-09-06

Awards | Honors
Organization: Decision Sciences Institute
Name: Decision Sciences Best Paper Award 2014
Year Received: 2014

Organization: Lindner College of Business
Name: Two-Year Lindner Research Fellow
Year Received: 2014

Organization: Alien Technology
Name: RFID Rapid Adoption Initiative
Year Received: 2007

Organization: College of Business, UC
Name: Three-year CoB Research Fellow Award
Year Received: 2005

Organization: National Science Foundation
Name: NSF Grant
Year Received: 2001

Organization: Ford-Visteon
Name: Ford-Visteon Contract
Year Received: 2000

Organization: Management Science
Name: Distinguished Service Recognition as a Reviewer
Year Received: 1996

Education
Major: Manufacturing Systems
Completed: 1992
Degree: Ph D

Institution: Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, SORIE, Cornell University
Major: Manufacturing Systems
Completed: 1990
Degree: MS

Institution: Indian Institute of Technology
Location: Bombay, India
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Completed: 1987
Degree: BS

Published Contributions
Ferrand, Yann, Magazine, Michael, Rao, Uday, Todd Glass (2018). Managing responsiveness in the emergency department: Comparing dynamic priority queue with fast track. Journal of Operations Management / Elsevier, 15-26.

Saravanan Kuppusamy, Mike Magazine, Uday Rao,  (2017). Electric Vehicle Adoption Decisions in a Fleet Environment. European Journal of Operational Research / Elsevier, 123-135.

Michael Magazine, Uday Rao, Claudia Rosales,  (2015). The 2-bin System for Controlling Medical Supplies at Point-of-Use. European Journal of Operational Research, 271-280.

Ramesh Bollapragada, Saravanan Kuppusamy, Uday Rao,  (2015). Component Procurement and End Product Assembly in an Uncertain Supply and Demand Environment. International Journal of Production Research, 969-982.

Michael Magazine, Uday Rao, Yann Ferrand,  (2014). Partially Flexible Operating Rooms For Elective and Emergency Surgeries. Decision Sciences, 819-847.

Michael Magazine, Uday Rao, C;audia Rosales,  (2014). Point-of-Use Hybrid Inventory Policy for Hospital. Decision Sciences, 913-937.

Michael Magazine, Uday Rao, Yann Ferrand,  (2014). Managing Operating Room Efficiency and Responsiveness for Emergency and Elective Surgeries – A Literature Survey. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering , 49-64.

Fei Qin, Uday Rao, Haresh Gurnani, Ramesh Bollapragada,  (2013). Role of Random Capacity Risk and the Retailer in Decentralized Supply Chains with Competing Suppliers. DECISION SCIENCES.

Claudia Rosales, Uday Rao, David Rogers,  (2013). Retailer Transshipment versus Central Depot Allocation for Supply Network Design. Decision Sciences, 329 – 356.

Michael Magazine, Yann Ferrand, Uday Rao,  (2011). Building Cyclic Schedules for Emergency Department Physicians. Interfaces, 521-533.

Keli Feng, Uday Rao, Amit Raturi,  (2011). Setting Planned Orders in Master Production Scheduling under Demand Uncertainty. International Journal of Production Research, 4007-4025.

Uday Rao, K. Feng,  (2007). Evaluating Periodic Review Echelon (R,nT) Policies in Two-stage Stochastic Serial Inventory Systems. Operations Research Letters, 95-104.

Uday Rao, K. Feng , P.  Jackson,  (2007). Identical-Jobs Cyclic Scheduling:  Model and Solution Approaches. Journal of Academy of Business and Economics.

Uday Rao, R.  Bollapragada , Y. Li,  (2006). Budget-constrained, Capacitated Hub Location to Maximize Expected Demand Coverage in Fixed-wireless Telecom Networks. INFORMS Journal of Computing, 422-432.

Michael Fry, Michael Magazine, Uday Rao,  (2006). Firefighter Staffing with Temporary Absences and Wastage. Operations Research, 353-365.

Uday Rao, R.  Bollapragada,  (2006). Replenishment Planning in Discrete Time, Capacitated, Non-stationary Inventory Systems with Demand and Supply Uncertainty. IIE Transactions, 605-617.

Uday Rao, R.  Bollapragada, H.  Gurnani,  (2006). Analysis of Buyer-Seller Contracting under Supply Capacity Uncertainty.

Uday Rao, R.  Bollapragada , O. Ozluk,  (2006). Maintenance Scheduling of Optic-Fiber Networks.

Jeff Camm, R Bollapragada, Uday Rao, J Wu,  (2005). Two-stage Greedy Hub Location-Allocation for Fixed-wireless Broadband-access. Operations Research Letters, 134-142.

Uday Rao, J.  Swaminathan , J.  Zhang,  (2005). Demand and Production Management with Uniform Guaranteed Lead Time. Production and Operations Management.

Accepted Contributions
Claudia Rosales, Michael Magazine, Uday Rao,  (Accepted). Point-of-Use Technology Enabled Hybrid Inventory Control Policy . Decision Sciences.

Research in progress
Title: 2-bin inventory systems
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: A Contract Design Model for Power Interruption Contracts
Description: Demand Response (DR) is a mechanism of changing electricity usage in response to peak demand and prices. DR reduces the overall cost of electricity for service providers and promotes energy savings. We study a DR program involving resi- dential customers. We develop a model that determines when to turn which power unit on or off, how much power to cut during peak demand hours, and what con- tract parameters to use in designing contracts between the provider and residential customers. In numerical experiments, the proposed model leads to projected cost savings of the order of 20%, compared to a current share-of-choice (SOC) bench- mark model used in practice. We also identify factors contributing to cost savings, quantify their impact, and study characteristics of customers picked by different contracts.
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: An Integrated Model for Power Interruption Contracts
Description: Developed a novel integrated model for minimizing total costs of utility providers while power interruption contracts are used. Isolated parameters influencing contract design and total costs.
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Capacity Utilization in ED Department
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Component procurement in uncertain supply and demand environment
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Configuring a rapid response supply network with Prof. Uday Rao and Prof. Maria Caridi
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Quality of Returns
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Contract Design in a Decentralized Electric Vehicle Supply Chain
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Electric Vehicle Adoption for a Taxicab Fleet
Description: Paper building a centralized model of the EV Supply Chain; revision submitted to POM Dec 2014
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Evaluating Partial Flexibility in Healthcare Systems with Multi-Priority Patients:  A Queueing Approach
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Proactive Scheduling:  Safe Scheduling in Complex Outpatient Clinics
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Surgical Room Assignments
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Technology Enabled Hybrid Inventory Control Policies in Hospitals
Description: The purpose of this research is to analyze a new hybrid inventory policy used by hospitals as new technology becomes available to increase inventory visibility. This increased visibility offers a new range of possibilities for material handling and control. We seek to offer practical and efficient operational policies that are applicable to the health care sector and other environments where increased visibility enables the use of new operational policies.
Status: On-Going
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Telecom Hub-Concentrator Location in Combined Wireline and Wireless Networks
Description: Models the capacitated hub location problem in combined wireline and wireless networks; proposes and tests a greedy solution heuristic; conducts numerical experiments to study the impact of problem parameters.
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Title: Two item joint and hybrid policies
Status: Writing Results
Research Type: Scholarly

Presentations
Title: Applying Operations Research to Manage Patient Flow in the OR/ED
Organization: SORIE Cornell University
Location: Ithaca
Year: 2017

Title: Optimizing Large scale Capacitated Location-Allocation-Transport under constraints
Organization: INFORMS
Location: Philadelphia
Year: 2015

Title: A Queuing Evaluation of Partial Flexibility in Healthcare Systems with Multi-priority Patients
Year: 2014

Title: four papers with students and colleagues
Organization: INFORMS
Location: SF, CA
Year: 2014

Title: Resilient Patient Scheduling in Complex Outpatient Clinics
Year: 2014

Title: Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Role of Retailers
Organization: Decision Science Institute
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Year: 2013

Title: Consumer Trade-in Program Design and the Role of Retailers
Organization: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location: Minneapolis,MN
Year: 2013

Title: A Queueing-Based Measure to Evaluate Responsiveness to Multi-Class Customers in Healthcare Delivery
Year: 2013

Title: A New Buffer-Sizing Approach to Robust Patient Scheduling
Year: 2013

Title: A New Buffer-Sizing Approach to Robust Patient Scheduling
Year: 2012

Title: Resilient Patient Scheduling in a Complex Outpatient Clinic
Year: 2012

Title: Impact of Random Yield in Decentralized Supply Chains with Competing Suppliers
Organization: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Year: 2012

Title: “Retailer Transshipment versus Central Depot Allocation for Supply Network Design”
Organization: INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Year: 2012

Title: Random Capacity Risk in Decentralized Supply Chains with Competing Suppliers
Organization: Production and Operations Management (POMS)
Location: Chicago,IL
Year: 2012

Title: Analyzing fleet renewal decision of taxi cabs with electric vehicles
Location: Chicago,IL
Year: 2012

Title: Managing Hospital Supplies
Year: 2011

Title: Random Capacity Risk in Decentralized and Competitive Supply Chain
Organization: INFORMS
Location: Charlotte, NC
Year: 2011

Title: Increasing Patient Throughput at an Outpatient Clinic with Two Classes of Patients and Two Types of Providers
Year: 2011

Title: Who Should Emergency Physicians see next
Year: 2010

Title: New Inventory Policies in Health Care
Year: 2010

Title: Improving Patient Flow Through Shared Workload at an Outpatient Clinic
Location: San Diego, CA
Year: 2010

Title: Building Cyclic Schedules for ED
Organization: INFORMS
Location: San Diego
Year: 2009

Title: New Inventory Policies in Healthcare
Organization: INFORMS
Location: San Diego,CA
Year: 2009

Title: "Inventory System Structure:  Transshipment vs. Allocation"
Organization: INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Year: 2006

Title: Demand Variability Impact in an Inventory System with Transshipments
Organization: INFORMS
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Year: 2005

Title: Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location: Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh
Year: 2004

Title: Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location: University of Cincinnati
Year: 2003

Title: Firefighter Staffing with Overtime, Attrition, and Random Absenteeism
Location: Savannah, GA
Year: 2003