The George Pratt Shultz Professor and Dean
Sunil Kumar’s research addresses performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations, and communication networks. He also studies the application of optimization methods and control theory to managerial problems. He specializes in systems affected by stochastic variability via mathematical models.
He has published dozens of scholarly research articles and has served as the editor of the Stochastic Models area of the journal Operations Research. He also served as an operations consultant to several companies.
Kumar was awarded the Finmeccanica Faculty Scholarship, was named a Spence Faculty Scholar, and received multiple teaching commendations at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also served as that school’s senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing its MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior. He was named Professor of the Year at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
Kumar earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an ME in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and a BE from Mangalore University in Surathkal.
Kumar joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.