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Selva Nadarajah

Selva Nadarajah,Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences


  • PhD in Operations Research, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Science in Operations Research, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Applied Sciences in Operations Research, Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras


  • Consulting experience with companies in the retail, high technology, and energy industries

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Operations Management (MBA core: Fall 2014/15/16, Spring 2015; Corporate MBA: Fall 2016)
  • Supply Chain Management (Graduate elective: Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Dynamic programming (PhD elective: Fall 2016)

Research & Publications

Research Interests
  • Energy operations with focus on commodity and energy conversion assets (e.g., natural gas storage, power plants, and oil refineries), including renewable energy (e.g., wind)
  • Solution of large scale dynamic optimization problems using approximate dynamic programming and math programming
  • Revenue management in the hospitality (e.g. hotels) and retail sectors
Accepted/Published Papers
  • Merchant energy trading in a network (with N. Secomandi), Operations Research, Forthcoming, 2017.
  • Relationship between least squares Monte Carlo and approximate linear programming (with N. Secomandi), Operations Research Letters, 45(5), 2017.
  • Comparison of least squares Monte Carlo methods with applications to energy real options (with F. Margot and N. Secomandi). European Journal of Operational Research, 256(1), 2017.
  • Relaxations of approximate linear programs for the real option management of commodity storage (with F. Margot and N. Secomandi). Management Science, 61(12), 2015
  • Real option management of hydrocarbon cracking operations (with N. Secomandi, G. Sowers, and J. Wassick). Real Options in Energy and Commodity Markets (Now publishers), 2017.
  • An integrated approach to the less-than-truckload carrier collaboration problem (with J. H. Bookbinder). Journal of Heuristics, 19(6), 2013
Submitted Papers
  • Managing shutdown risk in merchant commodity and energy production (with A. Trivella, S.E. Fleten, D. Mazieres, D. Pinsinger).
  • Revisiting approximate linear programming using a saddle point based reformulation and root finding solution approach (with Q. Lin and N. Soheili).
  • Network-based approximate linear programming for discrete optimization (with A. Cire).
  • A level-set method for convex optimization with a feasible solution path (with Q. Lin and N. Soheili).
  • Dynamic pricing for hotel rooms when customers request multiple-day stays (with Y. F. Lim and Q. Ding)
  • Partial hyperplane activation for generalized intersection cuts (with A. Kazachkov, E. Balas, and F. Margot). 
Conference Proceedings
  • Operation, valuation, and electricity sourcing for a generic Aluminium smelter (with S. H. Andresen, E. F. Aas, S. E. Fleten, D. Mazieres), Real options workshop 2015, Lappeenranta, Finland
  • A three-echelon integrated production-distribution system (with J. H. Bookbinder). International Conference on Decision Sciences and Technology for Globalization, Decision Sciences Institute, Ghaziabad, India. 2008
  • Enhancing transportation efficiencies through carrier collaboration (with J. H. Bookbinder). BPC World Conference , Mumbai, India. 2007
  • Non-destructive evaluation by low pulsing acoustic tap technique: Spectral relationships (with T.S. Niranjan and A.V.Varun). Flight 2006, National Aerospace Symposium, Chennai, India. 2006

Awards & Affiliations

  • William L. Cooper doctoral dissertation award in Management Sciences or Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
  • Egon Balas best student paper award, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
  • William Larimer Mellon fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
  • Innovations in SCM track best paper award, ISDSI conference, 2008