Susan Cholette, Ph.D.

Decision Sciences
BUS 206C
Office Hours: 
T 1:00pm-2:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm(via Zoom); W 5:00pm-6:00pm(via Zoom); and By Zoom Appointment - SPRING 2021

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.

  • 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: 
  • Lam-Larsen Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award (2021-2023)
  • 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)