Professor Kachani conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.
On July 1, 2014, Professor Kachani was appointed Vice Provost for Online Education. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to the Provost for Online Education. In this role, he oversees the development of Columbia University’s online, teaching and learning strategies.
Since July 1, 2011, Professor Kachani has also been serving as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also serves on the Columbia University Senate, where is a member of the University Senate Executive Committee and the Chair of the University Senate Budget Committee. Between 2008 and 2014, he was the Director of Master's Programs and the Director of Executive Education of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
At Class Day Ceremonies, Professor Kachani was honored with the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association 2005 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and devotion to mentoring students, the 2007 Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, and the 2010 Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Egleston Distinguished Service Award for exceptional achievement, leadership and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University.
Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Kachani worked as a senior consultant in the Boston office of McKinsey & Company. He has continued to consult to McKinsey, to large corporations and to startups in the areas of pricing, supply chain management, operations, asset management, and corporate finance.
Professor Kachani received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from MIT and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris.