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Indian American Vishal Gaur Named Dean of Cornell Graduate School of Management

Indian American Vishal Gaur Named Dean of Cornell Graduate School of Management

  • Currently the Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management and Professor of Operations, technology and information management, he will take on the new role effective July 1.

Vishal Gaur, a professor of operations at Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, has been named the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, effective July 1. He succeeds Mark Nelson who has served as dean since 2016. 

Currently, the Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management and professor of operations, technology and information management, the Indian American is the program director of the school’s MS in Business Analytics, according to a university statement. He also served as the associate dean for MBA programs. During that period he launched the Digital Technology Immersion, “in which MBA candidates and students earning their M.P.S. in data science or applied statistics develop skills in coding, databases and advanced analytics and learn to leverage them to tackle challenges faced by leading companies,” the university said. 

His research focuses on data-driven analysis of problems in supply chains, retailing, e-commerce and marketplace operations, and his work was recognized with the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society in 2006. He created a method for benchmarking the inventory turnover performance of firms, and his current projects involve the reduction of food waste and supply chain risk.

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He is the 2022 recipient of the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2020 recipient of the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award and a three-time winner of the Johnson School’s Core Faculty Award. Well-known among students for the care and attention he gives to his teaching, he currently teaches the Semester in Strategic Operations MBA immersion course, where students go on-site visits and work on client projects in topics such as industry 4.0, traceability, and sales and operations planning.

Gaur earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. 

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