Akhil Kumar

Professor of Information Systems
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 420 Business Building
Phone: 814-863-0034
E-mail: akhilkumar@psu.edu
Member of Faculty Since: 2002


Akhil Kumar joined the Smeal faculty in June 2002. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley and has previously been on the faculties at Cornell University and University of Colorado. He also spent a sabbatical year as a scientist at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He has published more than 90 papers in academic journals and international conferences. He was coauthor of a paper which received the best paper award at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology in November 2001.

Akhil serves as associate edtior for IEEE Transactions on Services Computing and  Information and Technology Management Journals.  He has also served on the boards of Information Systems Research and INFORMS Journal on Computing. He was a co-program chair for CoopIS'11, and is serving on the program committees for KDD'12 and BPM'12.  He has been a principal investigator for National Science Foundation, and also received support from IBM, Sun Microsystems and other organizations for his work. Currently, he is working on a health IT project sponsored by HP.

Akhil Kumar has taught the following courses at Penn State.

MIS479W: Enterprise Resource Planning

MIS431: Database Systems

MIS434: Internet Technologies

MIS436: Business Data Communications

BA523: Introduction to Information Technologies

SCIS505: MIS Research

Current Research

His current research interests are in Health IT, BPM and workflow systems, service composition, process mining and business analytics. ( Publications)


Health IT, BPM and workflow systems, service composition, process mining, business analytics, data replication, distributed database systems, intelligent systems.


IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Associate Editor

Information Technology and Management, Associate Editor


Ph.D., Information Systems, University of California,

M.S., Computer Science, University of California,

P.G.D.M., Information Systems, Indian Institute of Management,

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology,


MIS479W, Enterprise Resource Planning

SCIS505, MIS Research