Renyu (Philip) Zhang 张任宇

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Renyu (Philip) Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Operations Management (Official Website)
NYU Global Network Assistant Professor
New York University Shanghai

NYU Stern Department of Technology, Operations, and Statistics
NYU Shanghai Center for Business Education and Research
NYU Shanghai Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Curriculum Vitae (Last update: June 2020)

About Me

I have been an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at New York University Shanghai since August 2016. I am also affiliated with the operations management group at NYU Stern School of Business. My research addresses fundamental operations issues under the emerging trends in technology, marketplaces, and society. I am particularly enthusiastic about developing novel analytics methodologies to study the operations problems in the context of online platforms and marketplaces, sharing economy, social networks, and sustainability. My research works (downloadable here) have appeared in Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and have been recognized by POMS College of Supply Chain Management Best Student Paper Award, and INFORMS Service Science Best Cluster Paper Award, and INFORMS Data Mining Section Best Paper Award. I am also an economist and Tech Lead at Kwai, developing and implementing economics and data science frameworks to evaluate and optimize the eco-system of the large-scale online video sharing and live streaming platform, especially its recommender system and advertising platform.

Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, I obtained my PhD degree in Operations Management at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis in May 2016 under the supervision of Professor Nan Yang and Professor Fuqiang Zhang. I got my B.S. degree in mathematics at School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University in July 2011.


Business Seminars at NYU Shanghai

If you are interested in giving a research talk in the NYU Shanghai business group, please contact me.

Operations Research and Analytics: The Science of Making Intelligent Decisions

I have made a short video on OR and Analytics, which gives a gental introduction on this exciting field. Hope you will enjoy it.

Reflections and Advices about the Operations Job Market

I have made a four-part video about my thoughts (and actionable advices) on the operations academic job market.

  • Part 1: A brief introduction about myself.
  • Part 2: Operations academia in a nutshell.
  • Part 3: Why you should pursue a tenure-track assistant professor job (or not).
  • Part 4: Actionable advices for PhD students on the operations job market.

  • You can download the slides of this talk. If you cannot reach Youtube, please watch this video on Youku (a Chinese online video-sharing platform). Please email me if you have comments or suggestions.


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    Pudong, Shanghai, China, 200122.
    Email: renyu(dot)zhang(at)nyu(dot)edu . Please replace "(dot)" with "." and "(at)" with "@".


    “切勿要求胜利,只应要求一往无前的勇气。因为从坚忍不拔的奋斗中,你将为自己带来荣誉。但更重要的,你将为全人类带来光荣。”---古希腊奥运会格言,见Hung-Hsi Wu(伍鸿熙)《黎曼几何初步》致读者的话。

    "God, give us Grace to accept with Serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and Wisdom to distinguish one from the other."---Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer.