The Center for Operational Excellence’s home academic department at Fisher College of Business is welcoming three new faculty members this fall with a range of expertise.
Here’s a look at who’s new at the Department of Management Sciences:
Christian Blanco joins Fisher as an assistant professor of operations management after receiving his PhD from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Blanco’s research is centered on helping firms develop sustainable and safe supply chains, addressing a gap he says he sees in available resources.
“Many firms are now responding to climate change-related risks, but the tools how to effectively manage these risks remain limited,” Blanco said.
Before joining the PhD program at UCLA, Blanco was part of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at UC Berkeley. He collaborated with a team of scientists in developing a model called “SWITCH” that identifies the least-cost combination of energy technologies that will provide low-carbon electricity in 11 western states.
Erin McKie comes to Fisher as an assistant professor of management science from the PhD program at the University of South Carolina. McKie’s research is focused on sustainable operations, closed-loop supply chains and environmental regulations.
McKie’s work has been presented at various practitioner and industry conferences, including the Decision Sciences, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) annual meetings.
Before returning to academia, McKie worked as a management consultant for Unum Group in the areas of operations, business systems, and strategy development.
Hyunwoo Park has joined Fisher as an assistant professor in management sciences from the postdoctoral fellowship program at Georgia Tech’s Tennenbaum Institute. He holds a PhD in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech.
Park’s research interests include business and data analytics, supply network management, technology and innovation management, and digital platforms. His research has been published in a range of scholarly research publications — among them, Decision Sciences, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and Research Policy — while just this year he was a finalist for top awards from the Academy of Management and INFORMS.
The new professors are joining a department ranked among the best in the country for students and research. It’s No. 1-ranked worldwide by the Journal of Operations Management, while it makes the top 10 in a broader set of four major operations management journals ranked by the University of Texas-Dallas. A number of Management Sciences faculty members serve as associate directors for COE, helping connect members leverage their relevant research to solve real-world business challenges.