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Dr. Ramayya Krishnan

1981 - B.Tech - Mechanical Engineering Dean, H. John Heinz III College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems @ Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Ramayya Krishnan received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, and both his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He is currently the W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed Dean when the Heinz College was created in 2008. In 2014, he was reappointed upon the completion of his first term as Dean. In 2016, INFORMS, the global Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) Society, recognized the Heinz College with the UPS George D. Smith Prize for educational excellence in Analytics.

Since he joined CMU in 1988, Krishnan has compiled an outstanding research record in Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) and its applications to Information Systems. His contributions have been recognized by INFORMS, through its highly-selective INFORMS Fellow award, and in 2015, he was conferred with the Y. Nayudamma Award for his contributions to information technology and telecommunications management. He has been the President of INFORMS Computing Society and INFORMS Information Systems Society, and has edited premier journals in the fields of Operations Research, Management Science and Information Systems Research.

Krishnan has a worldwide reputation for his expertise in data sciences, with many papers and book chapters to his credit. He was invited to speak on data analytics at the World Economic Forum in 2011. As U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton appointed him to serve as a STEM expert of US Delegation to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Consortium) in 2012. In September 2014, he provided a private briefing on “big data” to the 10 ICT Ministers of ASEAN. He is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development at the World Economic Forum.

For his seminal contributions to the field of Information Systems, and for his administrative excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Dr. Ramayya Krishnan.

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