Saurabh Bansal

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 405 Business Building
Phone: 814-863-3797
Fax: 814-863-7067


Welcome to my home page.

My research focuses on three dimensions of supply chain and operations management:

a. Model and data driven understanding for how business managers perceive and estimate uncertainties,

b. Descriptive models for how they react to these uncertainties, and

c. Prescriptive optimization based models for how they should react to the uncertainties.

I collaborate with firms to develop new forecasting and optimization models to improve business performance.


My teaching focus includes courses on business modeling and analytics, with an emphasis on managerial decision making.


Selected Awards/Honors:

Finalist, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Biennial Applied Research Competition. 2016. Research collaboration with Dow AgroSciences.

Finalist, INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Practice Award. 2015. Research collaboration with Dow AgroSciences.

Honorable mention. Society of Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) student research award. 2015. (Student Supervision).

Dilwyn Paiste Teaching Award. The Pennsylvania State University. 2012.

Nominate for Fred Moore Teaching Award. The University of Texas at Austin. 2008.

Current Research

Research Interest:  Model and data driven forecasting and optimization solutions for improving business performance. 

Research Collaborators: IBM, AMD, Dow AgroSciences.


Publication List

S. Bansal, G. Gutierrez, J. Keiser, "Quantifying Uncertainties and Risks Using Managerial Judgments in a Dynamic New Product Development Environment", Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming,

A. Mutha, S. Bansal, V.D.R. Guide, "Managing Demand Uncertainty through Core Acquisition in Remanufacturing. 2016.", Production and Operations Management, 25 (8), pp. 1449 - 1464.

S. Bansal, B. Moritz, "Perceived versus actual value of product substitution flexibility: An experimental investigation. 2015.", Journal of Operations Management, 38, 56-70.

S. Bansal, J. S. Dyer, "Updating Inventories of Substitutable Resources in Response to Forecast Updates. 2014.", Production and Operations Management, 23(3), 477-488.

S. Bansal, S. Transchel, "Managing Supply Risk for Vertically Differentiated Co-Products. 2014.", Production and Operations Management, 23(9), 1577-1598.


Ph.D., Risk Analysis and Decision Making, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010

B. Tech., Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee, 2002


SCM 421, Business Modeling and Analytics (undergraduate)

SCM 421 H, Business Modeling and Analytics Honors (undergraduate)

SCIS 545, Simulations (Cross listed in IE) (PhD)

SCM 570, Advanced Supply Chain Modeling (MBA)