Two Tepper School of Business professors, also serving in administrative roles, were recently awarded professorships carrying the names of esteemed benefactors who contributed to the impressive legacy of Carnegie Mellon and the Tepper School of Business: Richard Cyert, former president of Carnegie Mellon University and dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now the Tepper School), and Margaret Cyert, honorary alumna of Carnegie Mellon and namesake of the university’s Margaret Shadick Cyert Center for Early Education and Program for Collaborative Learning.
Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean of education, was named the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory.
“It is an honor to have my name associated with the Richard and Margaret Cyert chair, and I want to thank the Cyert family and friends for supporting the chair,” Weingart said at a recent ceremony honoring the new faculty chairs.
“Richard Cyert was clearly the quintessential interdisciplinary scholar. Cyert’s work really changed the way that we conceptualize organizations. Margaret was quite an incredible woman as well. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at a time when women really weren’t welcome in higher education,” she added.
A world leader in the study of what drives team effectiveness, Weingart focuses her organizational behavior and theory research on examining negotiation, conflict and team innovation. She is the co-editor of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annals and has held various offices including chair of the Conflict Management Division of the AOM, president of the International Association for Conflict Management, founding president of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, and most recently, an elected fellow of the AOM.
Weingart has been on the Tepper School faculty since 1989 and was appointed senior associate dean in 2014. In this role, Weingart has overseen several academic initiatives, including a curriculum review for the MBA program that led to the creation of BaseCamp (the MBA orientation program) and the Accelerate Leadership Center.
Alan Scheller-Wolf, head of the Ph.D. program, was named the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Operations Management.
“I can’t think of any greater honor than to be connected with Richard Cyert and to everything he did to further the school, the university and scholarship in general,” Scheller-Wolf said during his remarks at the ceremony.
Scheller-Wolf joined the faculty in 1996, and in the years since has become a prolific researcher and expert in the areas of queuing theory and stochastic processes. Balancing his work between leading the Ph.D. program, teaching, consulting and research, he has produced 21 refereed publications since 2014.
His research interests include inventory theory, energy, service systems, computer science, stochastic processes, and queueing theory. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals in his field, including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research, and Queueing Systems, and was a co-editor of the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Special Issue on Practice-Focused Research.
In reflecting on his time at the Tepper School, Scheller-Wolf noted several of his memorable collaborators at the school and the impact they had on his career, including Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management; Sunder Kekre, Bosch Professor of Operations Management and director of the PNC Center for Financial Services Innovation; Nicola Secomandi, professor of operations management; Dean Robert Dammon; Senior Associate Deans Weingart and Michael Trick; and the late Rick Green — a former professor, Ph.D. program head and senior associate dean at the Tepper School, who also held a Cyert chair position — among others.
“If there’s one thing that’s made me successful, it’s being able to find good collaborators,” he said. “A good collaborator is someone who you respect; it’s someone whose respect you can earn; it’s someone you can trust. I have been fortunate to identify these people.”
In addition to Green, a Cyert chair was formerly held by the late Paul Goodman, previously a professor of industrial administration and psychology.
“Both Rick and Paul were incredible scholars, incredible mentors, and incredible leaders,” Weingart shared.
Weingart and Scheller-Wolf were recognized at a ceremony and reception at the Tepper School on Oct. 17, where Dean Robert Dammon and Carnegie Mellon Provost Farnam Jahanian spoke highly of the pair’s contributions to the school.
“The awarding of endowed professorships to our faculty is a source of pride for all of us. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions that the recipients have made to the Tepper School, Carnegie Mellon University and the broader academic community,” Dammon said.
“[Weingart and Scheller-Wolf] have both had outstanding academic careers and have made important scholarly contributions to your fields,” he added. “But beyond their academic accomplishments, both of them have also provided valuable leadership for the Tepper School and have served as important role models for our faculty and students.”