Soulaymane Kachani

VICE PROVOST, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; SENIOR VICE DEAN, COLUMBIA ENGINEERING; PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH

346 S.W. Mudd

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Soulaymane Kachani applies data-driven models and algorithms he has developed to fields as varied as high tech, retail, financial services,  manufacturing, distribution, real estate, travel, fashion, and media.

Research Interests

PRICING, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS ANALYTICS, ALGORITHMIC TRADING, OPTIMIZATION, AND MACHINE LEARNING

Prior to coming to Columbia, Kachani was a senior associate at McKinsey & Company. He continues to consult for McKinsey and for large corporations on pricing, supply chain management, operations, asset management, and corporate finance.

Kachani received a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in applied mathematics from École Centrale Paris, France, and a Master of Science and a PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the 2006 vice chair and the 2007 chair of the Revenue Management & Pricing Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the world’s largest professional society for operations research.

Professional Experience

  • Vice provost, Columbia University, 2014–
  • Senior vice dean, Columbia Engineering, 2011–
  • Professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2013–
  • Associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2008–2012
  • Assistant professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2003–2008

Honors & Awards

  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2013–2019
  • Egleston Distinguished Service Award, for exceptional achievement, leadership and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University, 2012
  • Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award, for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia, and for marked commitment to diversity, in particular, as a mentor and advisor of women, 2010
  • Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement, for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, Columbia University, 2007
  • Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, for dedication to teaching and devotion to mentoring students, 2005

Selected Publications