Dr. Zhao's general interest lies in supply chain management with a special focus on design, control and coordination of stochastic production-inventory systems, integration of supply chain management with project management, and applications in pharmaceutical industry. He has published in leading journals such as Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control and Naval Research Logistics. He is the recipient of Honorable Mention of the 2001 student paper competition in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.In 2008, he receives a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award on a project that integrates supply chain management and project management.
Dr. Zhao teaches core operations management and supply chain management courses for undergraduate, MBA, executive and PhD programs at Rutgers Business School. Prior to joining Rutgers, he taught at Northwestern University School of Engineering.
Dr. Zhao has collaborated with various companies in supply chain management applications and case studies. For example, he collaborated with General Motors in the area of Spare Part Operations, and with Estee Lauder Companies Inc. in the areas of forecasting and inventory control for new product introduction.