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Dr. Ratna Babu

Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam is an expert in Big Data & Business Analytics. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology of Mangalore University (India) in 1988 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University (U.S.A.) in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is a Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at North Dakota State University from 1994 to 2000. He is the author of over 150 technical publications (journal articles, conference proceedings, and research reports). His research interests include business analytics, big data, supply chain management, freight logistics, operations management, sustainability, healthcare systems engineering, and smart engineering systems. He is currently the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, the International Journal of Quality, Statistics, and Reliability, and the North American Editor for the Journal of Remanufacturing. His past research is funded by the U.S. NSF, DoT, DoD, DoE, and VA. He carried out collaborative research with such multi-national companies as Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Intel, Goodyear, and consulted for such companies as Chrysler, Sirius Satellite Radio, Energy Conversion Devices, Dominos, CapGemini, Faurecia, Whirlpool, Steelcase, MRF Tyres, Magna International, DataFactZ, and Tecton. He graduated over 25 doctoral students with many occupying academic positions and is awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. He is a Founding Director for the Big Data & Business Analytics Group at Wayne State University. He is also the founding Director of the Global Executive PhD Track at Wayne State, the first such engineering PhD program in the U.S. He also leads the Business Analytics Spoke for the NSF's Midwest Big Data Hub. He is also the Founding Director for the novel Data Science & Business Analytics MS Degree at Wayne State. His students have won a number of best paper awards from national and international conferences, journals, and professional societies, including the 2013 INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society's Best Dissertation Prize (awarded to FarshidAzadian), the 2014 INFORMS ENRE Best Student Paper Award (awarded to MahyarNejad), the 2014 POMS College of Sustainable Operations Best Student Paper Runner-Up Award (awarded to MahyarNejad), and the IISE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award (awarded to MahyarNejad).

Academic History:
Advisor to Private Enterprises:
  • Strategic Advisor & Mentor, KyybaXcelerator, June 2017 - Present
  • Chief Analytics Advisor, DataFactZ, April 2015 – Present
  • Data Science Strategy & Solutions Advisor, Loven Systems, April 2015 – Present

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University, India, 1988.
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1990.
  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1994.