Professor Lei Lei received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a minor in Computer Sciences. She has served as the dissertation advisor for Ph.D. students, co-guest editor for Annals of Operations Research, associate editor of IIE Transactions, and Naval Research Logistics. She was a member of the review board of Journal of Supply Chain Management and the review panel of National Science Foundation. Her research expertise includes supply chain network design and optimization, operations planning, scheduling, and process recovery after disruptions, demand-supply planning, and resource allocation optimization.
She has over 50 refereed publications, including from journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Interfaces, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, and Naval Research Logistics. She was the leading researcher for an industry distribution network design project that led to a potential savings of millions of dollars in 2004. She was a semi-finalist for the 2002 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and Management Science. She was also the Principle Investigator of a major government research grant on pharmaceutical supply chains (2011-2013). She is a recipient of five (5) best teacher awards at Rutgers Business School since 1990, and was listed in Business Week as one of the two Most Popular Business Professors at Rutgers University (BusinessWeek, Oct. 2nd, 2000). She was nominated as the U.S. Professor of the Year (2010).
After serving as the founding chair of Department of Supply Chain Management since 2008, she is now the Dean of Rutgers Business School.