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Arjang A. Assad

Dean, School of Management

Professor, Management Science and Systems Department

Education

PhD, Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Experience

Arjang A. Assad was named dean of the University at Buffalo School of Management in August 2008. During his tenure, he led a comprehensive revision of the MBA curriculum, launched a Master of Science program in accounting and significantly enhanced the Master of Science program in finance. Assad championed and secured sponsorship for LeaderCORE, a major initiative to develop leadership skills in MBA students over the course of their two years in the program, and was instrumental in launching the student-run Terese Kelly Investment Group.

Assad has formulated a strategic plan for the School of Management that involves a 25 percent growth in the size of the school’s faculty by 2017. As part of this plan, Assad has clearly articulated three strategic areas of focus for the School of Management—leadership, entrepreneurship and health care management.

Investments in the strategic priorities began in 2011 with the enhancement of the school’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Assad matched the support obtained from the Provost’s Office to augment the scope and reach of the center’s activities, enabling it to assume a significant role in UB’s economic engagement plans.

He also championed the launch of the school’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, which, with support from UB, significantly advances research, teaching and outreach in the area of leadership and its impact on organizational effectiveness.

During his tenure, Assad has promoted excellence in research, while recognizing and valuing outstanding teaching. Assad created the Dean’s Research Fellowship to recognize faculty who publish in top-tier management journals and the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Fellowship to recognize exceptional teaching.

In 2013, Assad established the Arjang A. Assad Teaching Award with a personal endowment. The award is designed to recognize, in perpetuity, the contributions of outstanding faculty members in the School of Management, and is presented every other year to a School of Management faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership and a passion for the profession.

In addition, he has invested heavily in student services with particular emphasis on career and advising services; and built a comprehensive alumni and development program that will have tremendous long-term benefits for the School of Management.

Assad subscribes to UB’s strong commitment to international education. He helped strengthen key international programs in Singapore and India, and developed an exchange agreement with Renmin University in Beijing, China.

In 2011, Assad led the school successfully through its accreditation review, resulting in five more years of accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Assad previously served as professor of management science and Dean's Professor for Extraordinary Service in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he had been a faculty member since 1978.

In addition, he held several key administrative positions in the school, serving as chair of the Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies from 1998-2003 and as senior associate dean from 2004-07. He also directed and taught in an award-winning cross-disciplinary program involving management and engineering students called QUEST. 

Research

Assad’s research interests include operations and quality management, optimization of distribution systems, mathematical programming and the history of operations research. He has authored or edited a number of books, as well as more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators, was co-authored with Saul I. Gass. The book traces the history of operations research, or the science of decision making, from its military origins to the close of the century. 

He has been a member of the editorial boards of several prestigious scholarly journals, including Operations Research, Transportation Science, and Production and Operations Management. 

Business and Consulting Experience

Assad was a co-founder of that produced routing software and provided services in distribution problems, which was sold subsequently. In his research or consulting activities, he has worked on a variety of operations and distribution problems with such major U.S. corporations as DuPont, UPS, Federal Express, IBM, and analyzed operational issues for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Census Bureau, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Army, the American Red Cross and the U.S. Transportation and Energy departments.

As a result of these activities, Assad founded (and subsequently sold) a company that produced routing and distribution software.

Contact Information

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Arjang A. Assad
Dean and Professor
School of Management
University at Buffalo
160 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4000

Tel:  716-645-3221
Fax: 716-645-5926
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