Decision Sciences

Susan Cholette, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
Decision Sciences
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
BUS 206C
Phone: 
(415)405-2173
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020 - None
Biography: 

Susan Cholette is Professor of Decision Sciences in the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in operations, supply chain management and project management. Prior to her university appointment, she served as a project manager at Nonstop Solutions (now Manhattan Associates) and as a supply chain consultant for Aspen Technologies. She earned her Ph.D. in Operations Research at Stanford University and her BSE in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University.

Her primary research interests concern supply chain efficiency and sustainability, especially for the food and beverage sectors. She has published in diverse academic journals including: Interfaces, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Informs Transactions on Education, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, International Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, International Journal of Wine Business Research, Journal of Global Marketing, International Journal of Wine Marketing. She has contributed an invited chapter to the anthology Green Technologies in Food Production and Processing.

In addition to her duties at SF State, she has taught a variety of short courses elsewhere within California, France and Italy, and she is active in the business community, serving as Scholarship Director for Women in Logisitics. She was one of the founders of the Bay Area Green Supply Chain Forum and is on the Board of Directors of PulpWorks, Inc, a startup providing greener and safer alternatives to plastic packaging. In what remains of her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing and travelling.

She has prepared for and taught classes at both graduate and undergraduate levels in statistics, operations, supply chain management, and project management, as well as served as an adviser for graduate level research projects.   At the moment she is currently Chair of Decision Sciences.

Education: 
  • B.S in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering Management Systems (1989), Princeton University
  • Ph.D. in Operations Research (1996), Stanford University
Research Interests: 
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Wine Industry Analysis
  • Sustainable Distribution Systems
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2013: CSU “Campus as A living Lab” Grant: Analyzing the Embedded Greenhouse Emissions Associated with Transportation of Goods and Services for SFSU
  • 2009: CSUSB Leonard Transportation Center Seed Grant Recipient
  • 2007 SF State Vice President Assigned Time Award

  • 2005-7 BIE Grant

Professional Associations: 
  • INFORMS (1996-Present)
  • Scholarship Director, Women in Logistics (2003-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Pulpworks (2013-Present)

Ramesh Bollapragada, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
Decision Sciences
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
BUS 206A
Phone: 
(415) 338-7487
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020 - TTH 11:30am-12:30pm; T 4:00pm-6:00pm(DTC)
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Faculty Advisor
Biography: 

Ramesh Bollapragada was born in India. Having lived in Hyderabad, India for 21 years, he moved to the Unites States in the 90's.

Since August 2002, Professor Bollapragada has taught in the Decision Sciences department of the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University.

In a span of 9 years since joining the Lam Family College of Business, he was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure, and from Associate Professor to Full Professor.

Ramesh received the "Distinguished faculty award for Excellence in Professional Development for the academic year 2013-2014" awarded annually at the University level at San Francisco State. This recognition (Research Professor of the Year across over 1000 full time faculty) is considered to be the equivalent of a "life time achievement award" for outstanding contributions to his profession. For details, please see the links: 

From the academic year 2016-2017, Ramesh serves as the Director of Research of Accreditation at the Lam Family College of Business. In this role, he teams up with the Associate Dean in leading several new research initiatives and the AACSB Accreditation efforts at the College.

Over the past fourteen years, Ramesh taught courses for the Executive MBA program, the M.B.A. program, and undergraduate classes in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, business forecasting, managerial decision making using optimization models, total quality systems, computer simulation and managerial statistics.

In Summer 2016 and Summer 2014, he served as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India. In Spring 2017, he was a Visiting Professor in the Engineering school, University of California at Berkeley and taught the Supply Chan Management class for graduate students from Civil, IEOR and Chemical engineering. Further, in Fall 2011, he was a Visiting Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and taught the Supply Chain Management class taken by the EMBA and MBA students.

Prior to joining SF State, Ramesh was a Research Scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, NJ for six years, working in the areas of inventory and supply chain management, telecommunications network planning.

He has worked for six months in the Manufacturing Research Center at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY as a summer intern in 1994. He also has two years of experience in process automation and control in India.

Ramesh has a B.Tech. and M.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from India and a M.S. and Ph.D. in management of manufacturing and automation from the School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

He received fellowship awards for his graduate study at Carnegie Mellon and National Merit Scholarship from High School to master's degree in India.

Ramesh has published over 20 journal papers, with over a dozen in Tier A journals. He presented at over 20 international conferences (U.S and Europe) and also served as an invited session chair at the INFORMS annual meetings. In addition, he was invited to give talks on his research at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, Google's research group at their Mountain view Headquarters, and the top management institutes in India (ISB-Hyderabad, IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Bangalore).

His research is published in journals such as Management Science (2 papers), Interfaces (2 papers), INFORMS Journal of Computing (2 papers), IIE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics (2 papers), Naval Research Logistics (1 paper), Decision Sciences (1 paper), European Journal of Operational Research (1 paper), Transportation Journal (1 paper), Operations Research Letters (1 paper), International Journal of Production Research (2 papers), International Journal of Production Economics (1 paper), Vilkalpa, IIM-Ahmedabad journal (1 paper), Italian OR Society Journal (1 paper), Journal of Mathematical Finance (1 paper).  Further, he has over 10 articles at various stages of publication in premier journals. He served as a co-advisor and dissertation committee member of 5 Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon, University of Cincinnati, and HEC School of Management, Paris. Further, he served as referee for over fifteen international journals in his career.

In addition, he guided over 25 MBA thesis projects in the Lam Family College of Business.

Ramesh's biographic data has been published for eight consecutive years in "Marquis Who is Who in World", Marquis Who is Who in America", "Marquis Who is Who in Science and Engineering", "Manchesters Who is Who" and "Scholar Universe". He has received multiple stock option awards and several management awards from Bell Labs president and vice-president for outstanding contributions to Bell Labs and Lucent business units during his career there. He also has a few patents for his work at Bell Labs.

Ramesh was also named Research Professor of the Year for two consecutive years (2005-2006, 2004-2005) by the Lam Family College of Business for excellence in research across over 100 full time faculty members in the Lam Family College of Business.

He was a semi-finalist for the Franz Edelman Award in 2016-17 as well as 2008-2009, finalist for the Wagner Prize in 2003-2004, and his group at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, helped win the INFORMS Prize for the company in 1998.

Over the past ten years, Ramesh has been invited to conduct research and teach doctoral courses at top research universities in the U.S. (Carnegie Mellon) and abroad (HEC School of Management, Paris; ISB-Hyderabad, IIM-Ahmedabad, India, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Helsinki school of Economics, Finland; Cork Constraint Optimization center, Cork, Ireland; University of Nice, Nice, France; Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India.

Ramesh has professional certifications in Advanced Consulting Skills, SAP Manufacturing Planning and Management, Wireless Networking, Data Networking, and Optical Networking.

He is a current member of INFORMS and a past member of IEEE and AAAI. He refereed several papers for Management Science, Operations Research and IEEE. He also organized companywide Operations Research and Operations Management seminar talks in Lucent and research roundtable talks in the Lam Family College of Business. He served as the chair of JFRC (Junior Faculty Research Consortium) at the Lam Family College of Business for academic year 2004-2005.

Ramesh has served as a member of the HRTP (Hiring, Retention, Tenure and Promotion) committee in the Lam Family College of Business for over 7 years and served as Chair of HRTP for two years. He served on the SFSU Academic Senate (Curriculum Review & Approval Committee) from 2005-2008. He is a faculty advisor for the Indian students Association of SFSU (2005-current), the Indian Graduates Association (2008-current) and the India Dance Organization (2008-current).

Ramesh served as the chair of the Faculty Honors and Awards committee (FHAC) at the university level from 2015-2017 and as chair of Undergraduate Curriculum committee at the college level for the academic year 2015-2016.

His other interests include traveling (visited 25 countries and 100 cities, on research, teaching and leisure), and Philanthropy (contributes extensively to charitable organizations in U.S. and India).

A firm believer that in addition to one's own hard work, someone else is behind a person's success, Ramesh attributes his academic career as well as personal accomplishments in life for the tremendous love, constant support, patience, and dedication of his parents (Rajarao Bollapragada and Managatayaru Dulla Bollapragada). He further thanks all the help and support from his family; his brothers Srinivas, Suresh and Mohan, his wife Dr. Rama, his wonderful daughter Trisha Manorama (Trisha), and son Krishna Rajaram (Krish).

Education: 
  • B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, India.
  • M.S. in Systems and Control Engineering, India.
  • M.S. in Management of Manufacturing and Automation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Ph.D. in Management of Manufacturing and Automation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Research Interests: 
  • Inventory and Supply Chain Management
  • Economic Lot-sizing and Scheduling
  • Telecommunication Network Planning
  • Application of Operations Research Models
  • Forecasting, Quality, Transportation Models
Honors and Awards: 
  • Visiting Professor, School of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, USA. (2017)
  • Visiting Research Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India (Summer 2016)
  • Visiting Professor, MBA program, Univeristy of Nice, Nice, France (Spring 2017 through Spring 2008)
  • Semi-finalist for INFORMS Franz Edelman Award, 2016 (2016)
  • Visiting Research Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India (Summer 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (Summer 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India (Summer 2014)
  • Visiting Professor, MBA program, Univeristy of Nice, Nice, France (Spring 2015), (Spring 2014) and (Spring 2013)
  • Outstanding teaching achievements at MBA and Undergraduate level. Taught a total of 20 MBA courses and 40 Undergradaute courses in past 10 years at SFSU. The average course rating is 1.6 out of 5 (1 – Excellent, 5 – Poor) (2012)
  • Visiting Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, USA. (2011)
  • Invited Speaker, Google's Forecasting Research group, Mountainview Headquarters, California, USA (2010)
  • Invited Speaker, Department of IEOR, U.C Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA (2010)
  • Invited Speaker, Stanford University, Terman Engineering Center, Northern Informs Chapter, Palo Alto, California, USA (2010)
  • Visiting Professor, HEC School of Management, Paris, France (2010)
  • Semi-finalist for INFORMS Franz Edelman Award, 2009 (2009)
  • Biographic Listing in Marquis Who is Who in the World (2007-2017)
  • Biographic Listing in Marquis Who is Who in Science and Engineering (2007-2017)
  • Biographic Listing in Marquis Who is Who in America (2007-2017)
  • Visiting Professor, HEC School of Management, Paris, France (2008-2009)
  • Early Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, SFSU, CA (2007)
  • Appeared on San Francisco TV, Radio for research on improving efficiency of FASTRAK (Bridge toll collection system) for Bay area bridges. This work appeared in 20 newspapers in State of California. (2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Operations Management, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India (2007)
  • Research Professor of Year Award (2005-2006) Lam Family College of Business, SFSU (2006)
  • Visiting Professor, University College, Cork, Ireland (2006)
  • Appointed as Adjunct Professor (Docent), Logistics Department, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland (2006)
  • "Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award", Leadership in Action 2005-2006, Office of International Educaiton, SFSU, CA (2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland (2005)
  • U.S. Patent 6917816, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies:http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=6917816 (2005)
  • Research Professor of Year Award (2004-2005) Lam Family College of Business, SFSU (2005)
  • Visiting Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (2005)
  • Biographic Listing, Scholar Universe (2005)
  • Visiting Professor, Adminstrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India (2004)
  • Visiting Professor, Politechnico Di Torino, Torino, Italy (2004)
  • Finalist for INFORMS Wagner Prize Competition, 2003 (2003)
  • Visiting Professor, Adminstrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India (2003)
  • Biographic Listing in Manchesters Who is Who (2002)
  • Patent submisison: Methods for analyzing network configurations (2002)
  • Bell Labs Vice-President Team Award on Lucent Configurators Project (2002)
  • Lucent CEO Stock option award for outstanding company contributions (2001)
  • Lucent CEO Stock option award for outstanding company contributions (2000)
  • Bell Labs President Team Award on Wireless Network Planning Project (2000)
  • Philanthrophic Recognition: Director, Statue of Liberty/ Ellis Island (2000)
  • Lucent CEO Stock option award for outstanding company contributions (1999)
  • Bell Labs. President Excellence Award on Inventory Management Project (1999)
  • Research Fellowship, Computer Science Dept, Carnegie Mellon University (1994-1996)
  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University (1993-1996)
  • William Larimer Fellowship, Business School,Carnegie Mellon University (1991-1994)
  • Best Engineer Award, Hyderabad, India (1989)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Hyderabad, India (1988-1989)
  • National Merit Scholarship, Hyderabad, India (1984-1988)
  • 1st Rank(General Proficiency), St. Paul's High School, Hyderabad, India

Leyla Ozsen, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
Decision Sciences
Position: 
Associate Professor
Office: 
BUS 307
Phone: 
(415)338-6299
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020 - W 2:00pm-4:00pm(DTC 624); TH 9:00am-11:00am(Zoom)
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Faculty Advisor
Education: 
  • B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

Hamed Hasheminia, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
Decision Sciences
Position: 
Associate Professor
Office: 
BUS 203A
Phone: 
(415)338-2098
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020 - None
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Faculty Advisor
Biography: 

Hamed Hasheminia was born in Tehran, Iran. He spent 24 years in Iran and received his first Master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. While working on his Master's thesis, he became so fascinated in Data Mining, Statistics, and Econometrics that he took every possible course in the field from every department that offered them, from Computer Science to Economics. He was amazed by how meticulously Econometricians evaluate their Statistical models and how prudent they are in interpreting the results. At the same time he was immersed in the ingenuity of Computer Scientists in coming up with out-of-the-box machine learning techniques.

To pursue his passion and learn more, he moved to beautiful Vancouver, Canada and spent eight of his most productive years there. During this time, he earned two graduate degrees, a Master's in Economics and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. He used his Data Mining capabilities on projects defined by some of the most prominent industries and sectors in Canada including Insurance Company of British Columbia, the largest Insurance company in British Columbia; WestJet, the second largest airline in Canada; and finally Transport Canada, federal department responsible for developing regulations, policies, and services of transportation in Canada. At the same time, he enjoyed teaching several Statistics and Operations Management courses at the University of British Columbia.

In 2013, Dr. Hasheminia, joined San Francisco State University as an Assistant Professor and started a new chapter of his life. He joined San Francisco State University to satisfy two of his passions simultaneously i.e. teaching and contributing to the ever-growing field of Business Analytics in San Francisco the most advanced city in the field. To satisfy his dream in sharing his Data Mining expertise to SF-State students, he designed a new course titled Data Mining with Business Applications. To add more depth to this course and to give the opportunity to citizens of the world to have access to the materials of this course and more advanced courses, he founded www.DataMiningClass.com (Design of the website was inspired by the great online class Dr. Tibshirani and Dr. Heisti offered at Stanford University).

As a person who has spent his life in three different countries, Hamed, is a big believer that all human beings are born equal and there shall not be any physical boundaries separating the citizens of the world. He believes that we may not be influential enough to remove those physical boundaries, but all have the power to smash intellectual boundaries by sharing what we learn and what we know. He is a great admirer of those who generously dissipate their knowledge. Like many others, his mission is to share all he has learned to the citizens of the world.

Education: 
  • B.S., University of Tehran, Iran (Industrial Metallurgy Engineering)
  • M.S., Sharif University of Technology, Iran (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada (Business Administration)
Research Interests: 
  • Data Mining with Business Applications
  • Business Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Game Theory
  • Econometrics

Sada Soorapanth, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
Decision Sciences
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
BUS 208B
Phone: 
(415)338-2973
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020 MW 12:30pm-2:00pm; T 6:00pm-7:00pm
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Faculty Advisor
Biography: 

Sada Soorapanth received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in industrial and operations engineering, an M.S. from the University of Houston in industrial engineering, and B. Engg. from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, in chemical engineering.

Her research interests are in statistical modeling, decision analysis, and discrete-event simulation with applications in health care. She has over 10 years of research and work experiences in economic analysis of public health policy and new medical technology. She has worked with major pharmaceutical companies to perform economic modeling and analyses in various diagnostic and therapeutic areas.

During her leave of absence from San Francisco State University, she worked as a Director in Health Economics at Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Health Solutions. At RTI, she worked with major pharmaceutical companies to conduct cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses demonstrating the clinical and economic utility of new pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Prior to joining San Francisco State University, she had years of experience working in private industry and governmental agency. She was a Prevention Effectiveness fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working on developing the decision analysis models for the costs and benefits analysis of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions.

Prior to the CDC, she was a senior research engineer at the United Technologies Research Center, United Technologies Corporation, working on developing a stochastic scheduling and optimization tool for planning and scheduling overhaul and repair operations of aircraft engines.

Her Ph.D. thesis, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), involved developing mathematical models to quantify risk of waterborne disease and to provide useful information for water treatment decision making.

During her Ph.D. study, she worked with General Motors research and development and planning to develop a decision support software for analyzing system interactions and planning cost optimal policy for their maintenance activities.

Education: 
  • B. Engg. in Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Houston
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (2002), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: 
  • Mathematical Modeling of System Dynamics
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Public Health Policy
  • Decision Analysis and Bayesian Inference
  • Discrete-Event Simulation