Aydin and Kumar Appointed as Tenured Professors

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The Carey Business School expanded the ranks of its tenured faculty with the recent appointments of scholars Goker Aydin and Sunil Kumar. With these latest appointments, approved by the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees in December, Carey now has 10 tenured professors among its 87 full-time faculty.

“Professors Aydin and Kumar are both accomplished researchers and scholars,” says Dean Bernard T. Ferrari. “Adding these distinguished academics to our tenured faculty is yet another sign of our continued growth as a business school.”

Goker Aydin comes to Carey from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he was an associate professor and the ArcelorMittal USA Faculty Fellow. Before joining the Kelley School of Business, Aydin was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Aydin studies and teaches in the areas of supply chain management, revenue management, retail operations, and the interactions between pricing, product variety, and operations decisions.

Aydin earned his PhD in industrial engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an MS degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from Bogazici University in Turkey.

Sunil Kumar became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University last September. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Kumar was dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management. During his five-year tenure as dean at Booth, Kumar focused on student recruitment, increasing the enrollment of women in full-time programs from 35 percent to 42 percent. He also expanded courses for undergraduates and helped establish the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which aims to transform the university’s discoveries into products and start-up businesses.

Throughout his career, Kumar’s research has focused on optimizing manufacturing systems, service operations, and communications networks, and on applying optimization methods and control theory to various managerial problems.

He earned a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a master’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a bachelor’s degree from Mangalore University.

“I am delighted to have professors Aydin and Kumar as part of the Carey Business School faculty,” says Valerie Suslow, vice dean for faculty and research. “They will be welcomed additions to our vibrant faculty community.”

—Tim Parsons

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