Soulaymane Kachani

VICE PROVOST, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; SENIOR VICE DEAN, COLUMBIA ENGINEERING; PROFESSOR OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH

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Soulaymane Kachani conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, machine learning, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He is an affiliated member of two centers of the Columbia Data Science Institute: The Financial and Business Analytics Center and the Foundations of Data Science Center. He is also an affiliated member of the Columbia Center for Financial Engineering and the Computational Optimization Research Center. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.

Professor Kachani serves as Columbia University’s Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. In this role, he leads the development of Columbia University’s teaching, learning, and innovation strategies, supporting schools, colleges, and departments in offering new and extending existing on-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs to audiences at Columbia and around the world. He founded and has been overseeing the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning and ColumbiaX. He also serves as Senior Vice Dean of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and is in charge of the School's world-class undergraduate, Master's, PhD, executive, online and global programs.  

 

Research Interests

PRICING, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS ANALYTICS, ALGORITHMIC TRADING, OPTIMIZATION, AND MACHINE LEARNING

At Class Day Ceremonies, Professor Kachani was honored with the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association 2005 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and devotion to mentoring students, the 2007 Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, and the 2010 Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Egleston Distinguished Service Award for exceptional achievement, leadership and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University.

Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Kachani was a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has continued to consult to McKinsey, large corporations and startups in the areas of pricing, supply chain management, operations, asset management, and corporate finance.

Professor Kachani received a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in applied mathematics from École Centrale Paris, France, and both a Master of Science and a PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

 

Professional Experience

  • Vice provost, Columbia University, 2014–
  • Senior vice dean, Columbia Engineering, 2011–
  • Professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2013–
  • Associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2008–2012
  • Assistant professor of industrial engineering and operations research, Columbia Engineering, 2003–2008

Honors & Awards

  • Knighted by the King of Morocco on July 30, 2015, Morocco's National Day. Inducted to the class of Commander of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite (equivalent to France's Légion d'Honneur), for meritorious service and excellent civil conduct
  • Young Global Leader (YGL), World Economic Forum, 2013–2019. OGL, 2020-Present
  • Egleston Distinguished Service Award, for exceptional achievement, leadership and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University, 2012
  • Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award, for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia, and for marked commitment to diversity, in particular, as a mentor and advisor of women, 2010
  • Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement, for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, Columbia University, 2007
  • Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, for dedication to teaching and devotion to mentoring students, 2005

Selected Publications