Professor Kachani serves as Columbia University’s Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. In this role, he oversees the development of Columbia University’s teaching, learning, and innovation strategies, supporting schools, colleges, and departments in offering new and extending existing on-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs to audiences at Columbia and around the world.
Professor Kachani also serves as Senior Vice Dean of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, machine learning, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He is an affiliated member of two centers of the Columbia Data Science Institute: The Financial and Business Analytics Center and the Foundations of Data Science Center. He is also an affiliated member of the Columbia Center for Financial Engineering and the Computational Optimization Research Center. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.
At Class Day Ceremonies, Professor Kachani was honored with the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association 2005 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and devotion to mentoring students, the 2007 Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, and the 2010 Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Egleston Distinguished Service Award for exceptional achievement, leadership and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University.
Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Kachani worked as a senior consultant in the Boston office of McKinsey & Company. He has continued to consult to McKinsey, to large corporations and to startups in the areas of pricing, supply chain management, operations, asset management, and corporate finance. Professor Kachani received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from MIT and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris.