Professor and Dean of Rutgers Business School
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 Principal 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.
Professor Lei is currently the director and founder of the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management, and the dissertation advisor for seven Ph.D. students. She has been serving as an Associate Editor of IIE Transactions, and a guest-editor for Annals of Operations Research. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious University Academic Excellence Award.In the fast-growing field of global supply chain management (SCM), Professor Lei Lei is, quite simply, a titan. It is largely through her efforts that Rutgers Business School has attained its well-deserved global reputation of being a supply chain powerhouse. In addition to the Rutgers Center for SCM, we now have a PhD program in the area along with a shorter certificate course.
She teaches a course in Supply Chain Management in the EMBA program which synergizes with the Statistics and Analytical Techniques courses, as well as with the International Business and International Trade courses. The material in this course is technical and overlaps that of a contemporary engineering program. Despite the rigors of the course, Professor Lei, who has won several teaching awards, manages to convey complex mathematical information to both engineers as well as those with non-quantitative backgrounds with equal effect.
In the near future, as the US builds on its strength in IT and our global supply networks, it is very likely that the next round of “good” jobs will include the field of supply chain management. In this respect, Rutgers Business School has positioned itself very well indeed, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Professor Lei Lei.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Industrial Engineering
M.S., Dalian Univ. of Tech; Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publications with PhD Students and Alumni
Optimal Business Policies for a Supplier-Transporter-Buyer Channel with a Price-Sensitive Demand (L. Lei, Q. Wang, and X. Fan). Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol. 21, No. 4, 2005, pp. 1-9)
On the Integrated Production, Inventory, and Distribution Routing Problem (L. Lei, A. Ruszczynski, S. Liu and S. Park). IIE Transactions (Under the second review. First revision completed: May 2005)
On the Integrated Production and Distribution Problem with Bi-directional Flows (L. Lei and H. Zhong). INFORMS Journal on Computing (Under the second review. First revision completed: September 2005)
Container Vessel Scheduling with Bi-directional Flows (L. Lei, Z. Chen, and H. Zhong). Operations Research Letters (Under the second review. First revision completed: September 2005)
Optimizing production, inventory, and distribution for General Chemical Group (D. Bloomquist, D. Graziosi, L. Lei, A. Ruszczynski, S. Liu and H. Zhong). Interfaces (Practice Abstract), Vol. 32, No. 4, 2002, pp. 67-68.
Effects of Errors in Production-Inventory Systems (J. Yang, L. Lei, and C. Fan). Proceedings of 2005 Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting (Refereed, January, 2005).
On the Zero-Inventory Production and Distribution Problem (R. Armstrong, L. Lei*, and S. Gao). Proceedings of 2005 Multidisciplinary International Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications (Refereed, April, 2005. pp. 428-444).(*Corresponding author)
A Dynamic Scheduling Algorithm for the Integrated Production and Distribution Problem (M. Kumar, L. Lei, C. Fan, and J. Yang). Proceedings of 2005 Multidisciplinary International Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications (Refereed abstract, April, 2005. p. 701).
On the Single-Truck Capacitated Packing-Routing Problem with a Fixed Route (S. Liu, L. Lei, and S. Park). Proceedings of 2005 Multidisciplinary International Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications (Refereed abstract, April, 2005. p. 70).
Optimal cyclic scheduling of a robotic processing line with two-product and time-window constraints (L. Lei and Q. Liu). INFOR. Vol. 39, No. 2, May 2001.
An Efficient Algorithm for a Class of Two-resource Allocation Problems (R. Armstrong, S. Gu, and L. Lei). INFORMS Journal on Computing, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1998, pp. 114-120.
Solving a Class of Two-resource Allocation Problems by Equivalent Load Method (R. Armstrong, S. Gu, and L. Lei*). Journal of the Operational Research
Society, Vol. 48, 1997, pp. 818-825. (*Corresponding author)
Determining the Number of Transporters for a Cyclic Transportation Schedule(L. Lei, R. Armstrong, and S.H.Gu). Applications of Management Science: Engineering, Vol. 9, 1996, pp. 175-190.
A Greedy Algorithm to Determine the Number of Transporters in a Cyclic Electroplating Process (R. Armstrong, S.H. Gu, and L. Lei*). IIE Transactions.Vol. 28, No. 6, 1996, pp. 347-355. (* Corresponding Author)
An O(Nlog(1/e)) Algorithm for the Two-resource Allocation Problem with a Non- differentiable Convex Objective Function (R. Armstrong, S. Gu, and L. Lei).Journal of the Operational Research Society. Vol. 46, 1995, pp.116-122.
A Bounding Scheme for Deriving the Minimal Cycle Time of a Single-Transporter N-Stage Process with Time-Window Constraints (R. Armstrong, L. Lei*, and S. Gu). European Journal of Operations Research. Vol. 75, 1994. pp. 130-140. (*Corresponding author)
Minimizing the Fleet Size for a Cyclic Transportation Schedule with Dependent Time Windows and Single-Track Constraints. (L. Lei, R. Armstrong, and S.H. Gu). Operations Research Letters. Vol. 14, 1993, pp. 91-98.
Minimizing the Cycle Time of a Just-in-Time Manufacturing Process with a Single Transporter (R. Armstrong, L. Lei and S.H. Gu). Manufacturing Research & Technology. Vol. 12, 1991, pp. 237-246. Dispatching Material Handling Robots in a Continuous Chemical Process with Time- window Constraints (R. Armstrong, T. Boucher, S. Gu, and L. Lei*).Proceedings of 1994 Conference on Computer Integrated Manufacturing,1994. pp. 89-100. (*Corresponding author)
Optimal Allocation of Two Non-Substitutable Resources among Competing Activities with Precedence Relationships(R. Armstrong, S.H. Gu, and L. Lei*). Proceedings of ORSA Technical Section on Manufacturing Management.1994. pp.85-90. (*Corresponding author)
Minimizing the Cycle Time of a Just-in-time Manufacturing Process with a SingleMaterial Handling Transporter (L. Lei, R. Armstrong and S. Gu). Proceedings of the 1991 International Conference on Just-in-Time Manufacturing Systems.1991
Name: Jian, Zhe
Graduation Date: 2017/May
Thesis Title: A Sub-gradient Heuristic for Multimodal Freight Transportation Problem
Name: Wang, Yijun
Graduation Date: 2017/May
Thesis Title: Essays on Supply Chain and Healthcare Analytics
Name: Wang, Zhengwei
Graduation Date: 2016/October
Thesis Title: Coordinated Supplier Selection and Project Scheduling in a Resource-Constrained Construction Supply Chains
(Co-Advisor with Weiwei Chen)
Name: Dong, Hui
Graduation Date: 2014/May
Thesis Title: Solving the Emergency Operations Scheduling Problem with Multi-staged Lead Times and Tardiness Penalties
Name: Wang, Shengbin
Graduation Date: 2014/January
Thesis Title: Operations Scheduling with Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
Name: Wang, Gang
Graduation Date: 2012/October
Thesis Title: Operations Scheduling with Delivery Deadlines in Multi-Echelon Supply Chains
Name: Gao, Su
Graduation Date: 2011/October
Thesis Title: On the Integrated Production and Distribution Problems in Make-to-Order Businesses
Name: Fan, Chunxing
Graduation Date: 2007/October
Thesis Title: On the Collaborative Planning and Scheduling Problems
Name: Zhong, Hua
Graduation Date: 2006/May
Thesis Title: Models and Algorithms for Supply Chain Network with Bi-Directional Flows
Name: Liu, Shuguang
Graduation Date: 2003/October
Thesis Title: On the Integrated Production, Inventory, and Distribution Routing Problem
Name: Liu, Qing
Graduation Date: 1999/October
Thesis Title: On The Robotic Cyclic Scheduling Of M-Stage Flow Lines With Multiple-Part And Time Window Constraints
Name: Gu, Shanhong
Graduation Date: 1999/ May
Thesis Title: On The Single Hoist Cyclic Scheduling Problem