Rachel Chen


Ph.D., Cornell University

Research Expertise 
Operations and supply chain management, service operations and dynamic pricing

Professor Rachel Chen is an expert in operations research and supply chain management. Her work has been published in leading journals, including IIE Transactions, Management Science, Marketing Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations ManagementOperations Research Letters and Production and Operations Management.

Chen has presented her research widely in the U.S. and internationally, including the International Annual Overseas Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science and Engineering (OCSAMSE) Conference (Tianjin, China), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Shanghai JiaoTong University, the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Conference, Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) Conference (Haifa, Israel), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Conference, the Michael H. Rothkopf Memorial Conference, Penn State University's Smeal College of Business, and many more. She is an associate editor of Decision Science Journal and IIE Transactions and a senior editor of Production and Operations Management Journal.

Chen grew up in central China and moved to Shanghai to attend Tongji University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Three years later, she obtained her master’s in management information systems from Fudan University. She received her M.S. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2002 and her Ph.D. in operations management a year later. She taught for three years at the UC Riverside Graduate School of Management before joining the faculty at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.


  • Best Paper Award, Third International Annual Overseas Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science and Engineering (OCSAMSE) Conference, 2010.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Decision Science Journal, 2008.
  • Small Grant in Aid of Research, Academic Senate Committee on Research, 2009, 2010.
  • Academic Senate Research Travel Award, 2006-10.
  • University of California Regents’ Faculty Fellowship, 2004.
  • INFORMS Doctoral Colloquium Nominee, 2003.
  • Sasakawa Scholarship, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 1997.
  • Excellent Graduate, Tong Ji University, 1995.