Philip (Renyu) Zhang 张任宇

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

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


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

  • My paper "Trade-in Remanufacturing, Strategic Customer Behavior, and Government Subsidies" (joint work with my advisor Fuqiang Zhang) has won the finalist award in the POMS College of Supply Chain Management 2015 Best Student Paper Competition.

  • About Me

    I am a fourth-year doctoral student in Operations and Manufacturing Management at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. My advisors are Professor Nan Yang and Professor Fuqiang Zhang. 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, 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, with applications to retail competition, social networks, customer behavior, sustainable operations, and risk management. My research has been published in Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

    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.
  • Contact

    Olin Business School
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Campus Box 1156, One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, 63130 MO, USA.
    Email: renyu(dot)zhang(at)wustl(dot)edu . Please replace "(dot)" with "." and "(at)" with "@".

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