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Yao, David Da-Wei

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Columbia University


Educational Background

Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of Toronto


David Yao received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1983, and started his academic career at Columbia, where he rose to full professor in 1988 and was appointed to the Thomas Alva Edison Chair 1992-1998.

Honors / Achievements

Guggenheim Fellowship (1991/92)
Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987-92) from the National Science Foundation Franz Edelman Award (1999) from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences
SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize (2003) from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (1999), Research Division Award (1996), the IBM Faculty Award (2006)

Short BIO

Professor Yao is an expert in operationresearch. He is an IEEE Fellow and INFORMS Fellow. Professor Yao was Author/co-author of over 190 refereed publications, three books and five edited volumes; he has served on the editorial board of several leading journals, including Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Management Science, Operations Research, and Queueing Systems.
A principal investigator of over two dozen research grants and contracts (from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council), he has done extensive research and consulting work in various aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, computer systems scheduling, Internet and web-server performance optimization, supply chain management, financial engineering and risk management. He is a holder of five U.S. patents in manufacturing operations and supply-chain logistics.


  • Books

    Chen, H. and Yao, D.D., Fundamentals of Queueing Networks: Performance, Asymptotics and Optimization, Springer-Verlag, Applications of Mathematics, 46, 2001.

    Glasserman, P. and Yao, D.D., Monotone Structure in Discrete-Event System, Wiley Inter- Science, Series in Probability and Mathematical statistics, 1994.


    Journal Papers

    Ye, H. and Yao, D.D., Utility-Maximizing Resource Control: Diffusion Limit and Asymptotic Optimality for a Two-Bott

    Yao, D.D., Zhang, S., and Zhou, X., Stochastic LQ Control via Primal-Dual Semidefinite Programming. SIAM Review, 46 (2004), 85-111.

    Liu, L., Liu, X. and Yao, D.D., Analysis and Optimization of Multi-Stage Inventory-Queues. Management Science, 50 (2004), 365-380.

    Song, J.S. and Yao, D.D., Performance Analysis and Optimization of Assemble-to-Order Systems with Random Leadtimes.Operations Research, 50 (2002), 889-903.

    Yao, D.D., Zhang, S., and Zhou, X., Stochastic LQ Control via Semidefinite Programming. SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 40 (2001), 801-823.

    Chen, J., Yao, D.D. and Zheng, S., Optimal Replenishment and Rework with Multiple Unrealible Supply Sources. Operations Research, 49 (2001), 430-443.

    Ettl, M., Feigin, G., Lin, G., and Yao, D.D. A Supply Network, Model with Base-Stock Control and Service Requirements. Operations Research, 48 (2000), 216-232.