A new dean has been named for the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ashok Rao will take the post Feb. 1, Provost Stanley McKenzie said Thursday in a memo to faculty and staff.
Rao replaces Wayne Morse, who has been serving as interim dean since October 2005. A nationwide search for a new dean commenced after Thomas Hopkins stepped down from the post after seven years in that role.
Rao has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharaghpur, India, one of the most highly rated institutes of technology in the world, McKenzie said.
Rao came to the United States to study at the University of Iowa, earning a master of science in electrical engineering and a doctorate in industrial and management engineering.
Rao has worked as a senior systems engineer at Leeds & Northrup and as an assistant professor of operations research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; manager of operations research at Canada Packers Ltd.; director of business systems at Northern
Telecom Ltd.; associate professor of business administration at Northeastern University; and professor at Babson College of Business in Massachusetts, where he held the position of chair of the management division from 2000 to 2005. He is currently professor of technology operations and information management.
â€œThroughout his career, Ashok has maintained strong ties to industry,â€ McKenzie said. â€œHis research has shifted from operations to materials management.â€
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