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Nicola Secomandi appointed head of Ph.D. program for the Tepper School of Business

Oct. 11, 2017

Nicola Secomandi phd headNicola Secomandi, faculty member in the Tepper School of Business since 2003, has been named the head of the Ph.D. program for the Tepper School.

Secomandi, professor of operations management and faculty affiliate of the Carnegie Mellon University Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is well-known for his research in energy and commodity merchant operations, real options and trading, which lies at the interface between operations and financial engineering, as well as his work on approximate dynamic programming and logistics under uncertainty.

Together with former Tepper School Ph.D. student Guoming Lai and faculty member Francois Margot, Secomandi won the 2012 Best Publication Award in Energy of the INFORMS, Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section. Mulan X. Wang and Paul Enders, two former Tepper School PhD students advised by Secomandi and his colleagues, received the first prize in the 2007 and 2009 Student Paper Contest of the INFORMS Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section.

Secomandi currently serves as associate editor for IISE Transactions; INFORMS Journal on Computing, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management; and Operations Research, and has been an associate editor for Management Science. He is also a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. Additionally, he has edited the volume Real Options in Energy and Commodity Markets, World Scientific Now Publishers Series in Business, and is co-editing the special issue of Applied Mathematical Finance on Methods and Models for Energy and Commodity Markets. 

“Nicola’s dedication, vision, and creativity — combined with his experience and commitment to our doctoral program — will prove invaluable to the program and the school as we move forward,” Alan Scheller-Wolf, senior associate dean of faculty and research, said.

As head of the Tepper School’s Ph.D. program, Secomandi will be instrumental in enhancing the academic experience of students. Secomandi plans to increase the research effectiveness of this program.

“I am honored to have been selected as the head of the Tepper Ph.D. program,” Secomandi said. “After having been a member of the Tepper Ph.D. Committee for the last six years, in my new role I look forward to continuing my involvement with this committee and broadening my interactions with the Tepper doctoral students beyond my own area.”

Secomandi began his career at the Tepper School in 2003 as an assistant professor and has held the BP Junior Research Chair, Xerox Junior Research Chair and Faculty Giving Chair. Secomandi earned his Ph.D. in operations research and statistics in 1998 and his master of science in computer science in 1993, both from the University of Houston.