Sunil Kumar

Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, Chicago Booth

Sunil Kumar joined the Chicago Booth faculty on January 1, 2011, as dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management. Since then, Kumar has concentrated on broadening and strengthening the intellectual footprint of the school, including expanding the faculty, supporting more diverse student aspirations, and expanding the reach of the school’s programs, including formulating and executing a careful global strategy. He has also focused on strengthening the school’s ties with alumni and better disseminating the school’s intellectual capital.

Before joining Booth, Kumar spent 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology. He also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school’s MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior. He was awarded the Finmeccanica Faculty Scholarship, named a Spence Faculty Scholar, and received multiple teaching commendations. Born in India, Kumar received a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mangalore University in Surathkal. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.