Lei Lei received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a minor in Computer Sciences. She has served as the dissertation advisor of many 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 her papers appeared in journals such as Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Interfaces, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Naval Research Logistics, etc. She was the leading researcher for an industry distribution network design project that led to a potential saving of multi-million dollars in 2004, as a Semi-finalist, 2002 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and Management Science, and 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 RBS 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.