Renyu (Philip) Zhang 张任宇

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Renyu (Philip) Zhang
Ph.D. Candidate in Operations and Manufacturing Management
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis
Curriculum Vitae (last update: November, 2015).

Advisors: Prof. Nan Yang and Prof. Fuqiang Zhang.


  • I am on the academic job market in the 2015-2016 academic year. You can find my research interests and research papers here, my teaching interests and teaching experiences here, and my complete biography here.

  • About Me

    I am a fifth-year doctoral student in Operations and Manufacturing Management at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. I am very much blessed to have Professor Nan Yang and Professor Fuqiang Zhang as my academic advisors. I am broadly interested in providing in-depth theoretical analysis to practical problems from an operations management perspective, and developing effective methodologies for such analysis. In particular, I am intrigued by addressing the fundamental operations issues under the current trends in technology, marketplace, and society. My thesis work focuses on a fundamental operations management problem: How to dynamically optimize and coordinate a firm's price and inventory policies under an uncertain (and possibly competitive) market environment? Employing the methodologies like stochastic modeling, optimization, dynamic programming, and dynamic game, I have been working on dynamic pricing and inventory management under the emerging trends of customer behaviors, sustainability concerns, and commodity price fluctuations. My research has been published in Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. In the future, if I am fortunate enough to get a job in academia, I wish to devote my intellectual efforts to two streams of research: (a) operations management under social interactions (e.g., social networks) and (b) sustainable operations.

    Before joining Olin Business School, I finished my undergraduate study in mathematics at School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University in 07/2011.


  • “切勿要求胜利,只应要求一往无前的勇气。因为从坚忍不拔的奋斗中,你将为自己带来荣誉。但更重要的,你将为全人类带来光荣。”---古希腊奥运会格言,见Hung-Hsi Wu(伍鸿熙)《黎曼几何初步》致读者的话。
  • "God, give us Grace to accept with Serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and Wisdom to distinguish one from the other."---Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer.
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    Olin Business School
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Campus Box 1156, One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130, USA.
    Email: renyu(dot)zhang(at)wustl(dot)edu . Please replace "(dot)" with "." and "(at)" with "@".

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