Medini R. Singh

Professor Medini Singh joined Columbia Business School in 2001 as a member of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division.   He teaches a variety of courses in Columbia’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, including the core course in Operations Management and electives in Supply Chain Management, Operations Strategy, and Service Operations Management.  He also teaches regularly in executive education programs in top institutions in U.S., China, India and Latin America.  Graduating MBA students selected him as the winner of the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom in 2015 for his dedication to teaching and ability to communicate knowledge.  In 2011, he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School.  Professor Singh has also taught at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award in 1991.  He has also held visiting professorships at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Professor Singh is a member of the advisory board for the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness. His research focuses on service and supply chain design, at both the tactical and strategic level. Recently, he has been interested in the role of speed in competitiveness and in the risks and rewards of process outsourcing and off-shoring. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, and IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. He has served as associate editor of IIE Transactions and Production and Operations Management and on the editorial board of several journals, including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management. He has also served as thesis advisor for a number of master’s and doctoral students.

Professor Singh holds a B.E. in industrial engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India) and an M.E. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in manufacturing and operations systems and a Ph.D. in industrial administration, all from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has consulted for several Fortune 500 companies and has received research grants from a number of governmental and private funding agencies, including National Science Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute, GM Advanced Engineering and Whirlpool Foundation. He was the recipient of the Best Dissertation Award from Production and Operations Management Society (1990) and the IBM Manufacturing Research Fellowship from IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center (1988-1990).