Professor Kachani is conducting research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, logistics, supply chain and inventory management, 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.
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, an award that recognizes one faculty member who goes 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.
Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Kachani worked as a senior consultant in the Boston office of McKinsey & Company. He continues to consult to McKinsey and to large corporations on issues revolving around pricing, supply chain management, operations, asset management, and corporate finance.
Professor Kachani received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris.
Since July 1, 2011, Professor Kachani has been serving as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has been the Director of Master's Programs and the Director of Executive Education at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research since July 2008. Professor Kachani 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.
In February 2014, Professor Kachani was appointed Special Assistant to the Provost for Online Education. He succeeds Sree Sreenivasan, who served as Columbia’s Chief Digital Officer before leaving the University. In this new part-time role, Professor Kachani will devote a portion of his time to the development of the University’s online, teaching and learning strategies.