Rick So

Rick So

Professor Emeritus
Operations and Decision Technologies

SB2 438



PhD in Operations Research, Stanford University
MS in Operations Research, Stanford University
BS in Mathematics and Computing and Information Science, Roosevelt University

Research Interest

Supply Chain Management

Production and Inventory Management

Manufacturing and Service System Design

Time-Based Management

Operations Research

Dr. Rick So is a Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Dr. So received his BS degree in Mathematics and Computing and Information Science from Roosevelt University, and his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from Stanford University. Dr. So’s research expertise is in the areas of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Design of Production and Service Systems, and Business Process Management. Dr. So was a recipient of the Excellence in MBA Teaching Award, UCI Career Development Award, Andersen Consulting Outstanding Faculty Award, UCI Faculty Research Fellowship, and Corporate Partners Faculty Research Award. Dr. So served as the Ph.D. Program Director from 1998-2000 and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs from 2012-2016.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCI in 1989, Dr. So had worked at the AT&T Bell Laboratories for almost five years, where he served as an internal consultant to various AT&T manufacturing facilities. From 1996-98, Dr. So served as the Head of the Department of Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. So also held Visiting Professorships at the University of Hong Kong, International University of Japan and the National University of Singapore.

Dr. So has published over 45 research articles in major academic journals including Management ScienceOperations ResearchManufacturing & Service Operations ManagementIIE TransactionsNaval Research Logistics, Queueing Systems, and European Journal of Operations Research. Dr. So has frequently presented his research findings at academic institutions and professional conferences worldwide. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Naval Research LogisticsProduction and Operations Management and Computer and Operations Research.

Dr. So has previously advised clients or conducted management workshops for a number of companies including, Southern California Edison, Nestle, Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles, Ingram Micro, Conexant Systems, Microsemi, Orient Overseas Container Limited, and Hong Kong Hospital Authority.