"I graduated from the IOE department at U-M. So coming back was like coming home."
In 2001, Hyun-Soo Ahn earned his Ph.D in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan before heading off to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. Two years later he returned to Ann Arbor to join the Ross School of Business (RSB) faculty as Assistant Professor of Operations and Management Science, and in 2009 he was named RSB Associate Professor. Dr. Ahn now serves both as Professor of Technology and Operations and as Faculty Director of the Master in Supply Chain Management Program.
In his research, Hyun-Soo develops and analyzes mathematical models related to supply chain management, dynamic pricing and revenue management, workforce agility, and resource allocation. He is also interested in modeling the customer's behavior and how it affects profit. He has worked with more than 20 companies and his research has been funded by several organizations including the National Science Foundation. His papers appear in leading journals in the field, including Operations Research, M&SOM, and Journal of Applied Probability.
But Professor Ahn's primary focus is his students. He considers the highlight of his career to be, "My PhD and MBA student placements. All of my PhD students at U-M became tenured or are tenure track faculty." At RSB, he teaches supply chain analytics and business statistics to MBAs, Executive MBAs, MSCM and BBA students. He has won several teaching awards voted on by students, including the 2012 Exec MBA teaching excellence award, 2012 Global MBA teaching excellence award, and 2006 BBA teaching excellence award.
When asked what students and other faculty would be surprised to learn about him, Hyun-Soo replied, "Many students know me too well to keep a surprise. But, if I have to pick, it might be that I was ranked #1 in one category at Mixcloud.com." Next time you need some great beats to accompany your day, just check out Ahn's Episode 17: Songs on my way to Tappan Street!