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Purdue trustees approve Krannert School named and distinguished faculty positions

Friday, June 14, 2019

David Hummels

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 14) ratified seven named and distinguished faculty positions, including three within the Krannert School of Management. Trustees also issued resolutions of appreciation for friends of the university whose names will be added to campus facilities.

David Hummels was named a Distinguished Professor of Economics, Mohit Tawarmalani was named the Allison and Nancy Schleicher Chair in Management, and Annabelle Feng was named the John and Donna Krenicki Chair in Operations Management.

Hummels is the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and a renowned and highly cited scholar in the field of international economics. He has published four books and more than 40 research articles in major economic journals on topics that include offshoring, product differentiation, barriers to trade and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure and trade facilitation on trade and economic development. He is widely consulted for his expertise and currently serves as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics and an Associate Director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. Previously, Hummels has consulted and studied at a wide variety of central banks, development banks and policy institutes around the world.

Tawarmalani, who has held the Allison and Nancy Schleicher Chair in Management on a limited-term basis for the past five years, is one of the world’s leading experts on optimization, particularly mixed integer nonlinear programming. In his 16 years at Purdue, he has co-authored a book on global optimization algorithms, co-authored a software package widely used for global optimization (BARON), served on the editorial boards of several major academic journals and received multiple awards and fellowships in recognition of his research.

Feng, who has held the John and Donna Krenicki Chair in Operations Management on a limited-term basis since she joined Purdue in 2014, is an award winning researcher, instructor and mentor. Her work has made a profound scholarly impact in the areas of stochastic inventory and pricing management and contracting in supply chains, and she regularly gives back to the operations management profession, holding several leadership positions within the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), including her current appointment as a board member.

In other action, the board approved a resolution of appreciation for those who recently have contributed $1 million or more to the university, including the naming of John and Donna Krenicki Center for Business Analytics and Machine Learning in the Krannert School of Management.

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