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Charu Chandra

William E. Stirton Professor, Donald Ross Cowan Endowed Collegiate Professor and Professor of Operations Management
Management Studies

Arizona State University, PhD, Industrial Engineering

Charu Chandra, PhD, is the William E. Stirton Professor, Donald Ross Cowan Endowed Collegiate Professor and Professor of Operations Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. He joined the College of Business on September 1, 2009. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. His PhD and Masters degrees are in industrial engineering and operations research from Arizona State University, Tempe, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, respectively.

Professor Chandra is involved in research in supply chain management, and enterprise integration issues in large complex systems. Specifically, his research focus is on studying systems in various application domains with the aim of developing cooperative models to represent coordination and integration in an enterprise. Currently, his primary focus is in Health Enterprise Informatics, wherein he is investigating topics on optimizing patient-centered health care delivery for elderly people. Some of his recent research projects focus on health care delivery, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and global logistics topics. He has secured and led several major funded projects with sponsors from healthcare, textile, and defense industries. He has published several books, papers in leading archival research journals, book chapters and conference proceedings in the areas of health care management, supply chain management, enterprise modeling, information systems support, inventory management, and group technology. He has also guest edited several journals on many of the above topics. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, a leading journal on health care management topics. Until January 2014, he was the Area Editor of OMEGA, a leading journal in Management Science and Operations Management areas, and he serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals with editorial responsibilities for supply chain management, enterprise engineering, and health systems management papers. He is actively involved in several academic and professional societies in various capacities. He is the recipient of the 2015 University Distinguished Research Award for outstanding contribution to research and scholarship, as well as 2015-2016 Distinguished Performance in Research Award from the College of Business.

At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he has been involved in developing graduate programs in information systems and technology, supply chain management, and business analytics in the College of Engineering & Computer Science and the College of Business. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the MS in Business Analytics. He has taught courses on information systems engineering, industrial engineering and operations research, management science, decision sciences, and supply chain management.


patient flow modeling

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Data science / Analytics / AI | Health outcomes | Health services research


  • Principal investigator of: Modeling Non-Linear Demand Forecasting and Inventory Management Under Uncertainty with SAP
  • Co-investigator of: MEP Grant: Manufacturing Education Plan (MEP) of the University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Principal investigator of: URP: Analytical Modeling of Logistics for Reconfigurable Supply Chain in Mass Customization of Vehicles
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