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Ramayya Krishnan

Ramayya Krishnan

Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems

Ramayya Krishnan is the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Heinz College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed as Dean of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in 2009.

Krishnan was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research, and a PhD in management science and information systems. He is an expert on digital transformation and has worked extensively with firms and policy makers on using technology and analytics to achieve policy goals. He is well known for his work in e-commerce and information risk management where he has made seminal contributions to technology management and policy. His current research interests are in the responsible use of AI and in data driven approaches to support workforce development.

Krishnan has been a serial academic entrepreneur. He founded the Master of Information Systems and Management program in 1998. The program grew from a founding cohort of 10 students to an intake of 120 students in a few years and now has alumni in leading tech companies throughout the world. The data analytics track of the program (BIDA) was chosen by the US Army Futures Command in 2020 to be part of its AI scholars program. In 2022, he and his colleagues at the Heinz College launched the Decision Analytics and Systems (DAS) program, an innovative undergraduate minor that combines systems thinking, analytics and experiential learning. INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, the leading organization of scholars and practitioners of analytics, recognized Heinz College in 2016 with the UPS George D. Smith Prize for educational excellence. Heinz College is the only educational institution that is home to both the Von Neumann Theory Prize and the UPS George D. Smith Prize from INFORMS.

Krishnan has founded 4 externally funded research centers raising close to $100M dollars over the course of the last decade. He directs the Block Center for Technology and Society and advises policy makers, business leaders and international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank on Technology and Policy. He is an American Association for the Advancement of Science - AAAS Fellow (section T), an INFORMS Fellow, an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a commissioner of the Geotech Center of the Atlantic Council.

Krishnan has extensive experience and expertise in public policy. He serves on the IT and Services Advisory Board chaired by Gov. Tom Wolf of the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the policy advisory board of the GAO chaired by Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States. He serves on a select advisory board on technology and economic development to the President of Asian Development Bank. In May 2019, he served as an invited member of a Royal Society and National Academies convening on Artificial Intelligence and its consequences. In 2020, he led a CMU team of faculty experts helping Gov. Wolf and State of Pennsylvania with recovery and reopening policy. He is a distinguished alumnus of both the Indian institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. He served in 2019 as the 25th President of INFORMS, the Global Operations Research and Analytics Society. He was appointed to the National AI Advisory Committee to the President of the United States and the National AI Initiatives office in 2022.

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