Rick So

Rick So

Professor Emeritus
Operations and Decision Technologies

SB2 409  


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 Professor Emeritus 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 and supply chain management, and business process improvement in manufacturing and service systems.

Dr. So has been on the faculty at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business for over 30 years, and had served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs (2009-2012, 2014-2016) and the Ph.D. Program Director (1998-2000). 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 many 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 has served on the editorial boards of Naval Research LogisticsProduction and Operations Management and Computer and Operations Research. Dr. So was a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards at UCI.

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.