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Selva Nadarajah

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

Education

  • 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

Experience

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Revenue management in the hospitality (e.g. hotels) and retail sectors
  • Solution of large scale dynamic optimization problems using approximate dynamic programming and math programming
Accepted/Published Papers
  • "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
  • "Merchant energy trading in a network" (with N. Secomandi)
  • "Relationship between least squares Monte Carlo and approximate linear programming" (with N. Secomandi)
  • "Dynamic pricing for hotel rooms when customers request multiple-day stays" (with Y. F. Lim and Q. Ding)
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