Dr. Milind Dawande
Professor of Operations Management
Ashbel Smith Professor
As a child, Dawande listened to his mother, a history professor, narrate stories about academic life. These stories had an impact on his decision to teach. Then, in his college career, he was surrounded by researchers who performed quality work.
"These researchers had a strong influence on me and therefore, honestly speaking, I never thought about any other career than research and teaching," he said.
Since Dawande joined UT Dallas in 2000, he says, the Naveen Jindal School of Management has provided a fertile ground for quality research, which has helped him grow as a researcher. His interests include discrete optimization of problems in manufacturing and service operations, and supply chain management. Dawande has applied his expertise to help solve optimization problems at several companies.
"Often there is a need to solve challenging optimization problems to enable effective decisions from the various stakeholders of the supply chain," he said. "Identifying such opportunities and devising efficient algorithmic solutions is the goal of my work."
Dawande says he is proud to be a part of the operations management group, which is one of the best groups in its field in the country. He is also proud of his students.
"The success of our PhD students over the years is also something that makes me really proud. They've been able to go out on their own, do research and publish in the top journals," he said.
He is currently an associate editor for Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Journal of Scheduling. He is a senior editor for Productions and Operations Management.
He received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India. He received a master's in mathematics from the University of Louisiana. He earned both a master's and a PhD in algorithms, combinatorics and optimization from Carnegie Mellon University.
The University of Texas System supports the professorship.
Before joining UT Dallas, Dawande was a research staff member in the Enterprise Solutions Research Group at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, where he was the recipient of the First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award for his work on optimized solutions for the steel industry.
"I see investiture as recognition of my efforts and success in publishing quality research and teaching. As far as day-to-day life is concerned, in terms of what I do, I think that largely remains unchanged in the sense that we continue to do our research, contribute to the broad domain of supply chain management, and try to publish in the best possible research outlets."