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Alumnus Sunil Kumar to speak at Engineering Commencement

Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office
5/15/2014

Engineering at Illinois alumnus Sunil Kumar, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will be the featured speaker for the College of Engineering commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18. Two separate Engineering ceremonies—4:30-6:15 p.m. and 7:15-9:00 p.m.—will be held in Huff Hall.

Kumar joined the Stanford faculty in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Stanford he taught courses in operations management, technology, critical analytical thinking and revenue management.His research interests include performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations and communications networks. - See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2010/07/27/sunil-kumar-named-dean-university-chicago-booth-school-business#sthash.tnmTfGan.dpuf

Sunil Kumar
Sunil Kumar
After receiving his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996, Kumar joined the Stanford University faculty where he taught courses in operations management, technology, critical analytical thinking, and revenue management. His research interests include performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations, and communications networks.

He co-developed Littlefield Technologies, a factory simulator that has been used for teaching operations management at more than 50 business and engineering schools. He has published dozens of scholarly research articles and has served as the editor of the Stochastic Models section of the journal Operations Research.

Kumar spent 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology. He also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school’s M.B.A. program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior.

On January 1, 2011, he joined Chicago Booth as dean and Professor of Operations Management where he has concentrated on broadening and strengthening the intellectual footprint of the school, including expanding the faculty, supporting increasingly diverse student aspirations, and expanding the reach of the school’s programs.

Born in India, Kumar received a master of engineering degree in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and a bachelor of engineering degree from Mangalore University in Surathkal.

Editor's note: Sunil Kumar's career was highlighted in a 2011 feature story produced for the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois.