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Contact Information

Name: Yang Sun, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of Decision Sciences & Supply Chain Management

Office Location: Tahoe Hall 2O18

Email: suny[at]csus.edu (please replace [at] with @)

Office Phone: (916) 278-6OO1

Mailing Address: CSUS-CBA, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

Office Hours: Please check the College of Business Administration website at https://www.csus.edu/college/business-administration/

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Community Service Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2019-2020

Outstanding Teaching Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2013-2014

Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2010-2011

Alan Khade Best Paper Award, CSUPOM, 2018

Alan Khade Best Paper Award, CSUPOM, 2017

VPAA Grant, California State University, Sacramento, 2013

Dean’s Research Award, College of Business Administration, 2011

Faculty Promotion Development Awards, California State University, Sacramento

UEI President’s Awards, California State University, Sacramento

Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society

Omega Rho International Honor Society, the Honor Society of INFORMS

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sacramento Business Review

“Towards a Sustainable Society through Emerging Mobility Services: A Case of Autonomous Buses”, with K. Chinen, M. Matsumoto, Y.Y. Chun, Sustainability, Vol. 12, No. 21, 2020

“COVID and Small Businesses in the U.S., China, and Russia: Three Models of Government Support”, with A. Mikhailitchenko, S. Varshney, Economics, Politics and Regional Development, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2020

"A Fast Heuristic for Segmented Technical Analysis to Support Trading Operations ", with S. Varshney, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2019.

"Online Grocery Retailing for Fresh Products with Order Cancellation and Refund Options", with Y. Li, Y. Zhang, X. Hu, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2018.

"Optimizing Outbound Logistics at a Clinical Laboratory’s Patient Service Center", with Y. Li, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2017.

"Simulation-based Evaluation of Job Release Policies under Release Constraint", with X. Li, X. Xu and H. Li, Proceedings of the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC),  Anaheim, CA, May 2016.

"A Weakening Chain? Impact of China’s Economic Slowdown on Global Supply Chain Management of US Multinational Enterprises: A Capital Market’s Perspective", with J. Lee and S. Varshney, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2016.

“Time-interval based Coverage Constraint for Nurse Scheduling Problems”, with M. Shukla and X. Li, Proceedings of the 2015 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), Nashville, TN, May 2015.

“What Do Involved Parties Want in a Forensic Accountant?”, with S. Ogilby, C. Davis, R. Farrell, Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014.

“The Effects of Country of Origin on Consumer Willingness to Purchase General Motor Automobiles in the United States”, with K. Chinen and Y. Ito, International Journal of Marketing Studies, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2014.

“Revenue sharing in assembly system with VMI under different decision modes”, with Q. Qing and Z. Liu, Control and Decision, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2014.

“Response surface optimization of surgery start times in a single operating room using designed simulation experiments”, with X. Li, International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, Vol. 14, 2013.

“A Multi-level Inventory Control Model for File System Prefetching via Simulation, with C. Guo and X. Li, Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (IESRC), Orlando, FL, May 2012.

“Optimizing surgery start times for a single operating room via simulation”, with X. Li, Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Dec 2011.

“Minimizing weighted completion time variance on identical parallel machines: extended abstract”, with X. Li and J. Fowler, Proceedings of the 2011 MISTA Conference, Tempe, AZ, Aug 2011.

“Minimizing weighted completion time variance on homogeneous servers”, with X. Li and J. Fowler, Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), Reno, NV, May 2011.

“Policies for allocating product lots to customer orders in semiconductor manufacturing supply chains”, with J. Fowler and D. Shunk, Production Planning and Control, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2011.

“Effects of country-of-origin on buying behavior: A study of the attitudes of United States consumers to Chinese-brand Automobiles”, with K. Chinen, International Journal of Management, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2011.

“Inventory sharing under decentralized preventive transshipments”, with Y. Rong and L. Snyder, Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 57, No. 6, 2010.

“Semiconductor lot allocation using robust optimization”, with A. Ng and J. Fowler, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 205, No. 3, 2010.

“Strategic factor-driven supply chain design for semiconductors”, with D. Shunk, J. Fowler, and E. Gel, California Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2010.

“On the minimization of job completion time variance on identical parallel machines”, with X. Li, and Y. Chen, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2010.

“Makespan minimization on identical parallel machines with precedence constraints”, with J. Wang, X. Li, and R. Sawhney, Proceedings of the 2008  Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), Vancouver, May 2008.

“Inventory sharing under preventive transshipments”, with Y. Rong and L. Snyder, Proceedings of the 2008 MSOM Conference, University of Maryland, 2008.

“Job scheduling to minimize the weighted waiting time variance”, with X. Li , N. Ye and T. Liu, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2007.

“Minimizing class-based completion time variance on a single machine”, with X. Li, Y. Chen, and R. Sawhney, International Journal of Operations Research, Vol 4, No. 1, 2007.

“Decision paradigms in the semiconductor supply chain: a survey and analysis”, with A. Feller, D. Shunk, J. Fowler, T. Callarman, and B. Duarte, Proceedings of the 3rd Annual IEEE Conference on Automation and Systems Engineering (IEEE-CASE), Scottsdale, Sept 2007.

Book Chapter: Chapter 17 Inventory Allocation and Cycle Time Estimation in Manufacturing and Supply Systems, with L. Liu, in Formal Methods in Manufacturing, Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Courses that I teach

  • EMBA 223: Quantitative Methods in Decision Making (EMBA Core)
  • EMBA 247: Executive Decision Making (EMBA Elective)
  • EMBA 296: Six Sigma for Business Excellence (EMBA Experimental Elective)
  • EMBA 210: EMBA Boot Camp
  • IMBA 214: Statistical Decision Making (IMBA Core)
  • IMBA 243: Global Supply Chain Management (IMBA Elective)
  • IMBA 210: IMBA Boot Camp
  • MBA 280: Value Chain Integration (MBA Core)
  • MBA 209: Production and Operations Analysis (MBA Foundation)
  • MBA 206: Managerial Statistical Analysis (MBA Foundation)
  • OPM 101: Operations Management (BSBA Core)
  • DS 101: Data Analysis for Managers (BSBA Core)
  • MKTG 188: Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis (BSBA Supply Chain Concentration)
  • BHON 106: Business Data Analysis (Business Honors Core)
  • BHON 109: Operations Management (Business Honors Core)
  • BHON 130: Value Chain & Supply Chain Management (Business Honors Integrative Core)

Leadership and Professional Services

Board of Directors, Alta California Regional Center, 2018-

Director, EMBA Program, 2015-2020

President, CSUPOM, 2013-2014

Co-General Chair, the 2nd International Conference of Supply Chain & Technology Innovation (ICOSTI), Daejeon, Korea, May 27-30, 2014

General Chair, the 26th Annual CSU-POM Conference (CSUPOM 2014), Sacramento, Feb 28 - March 1, 2014

Advisory Board Member, Center for Teaching and Learning, 2015-2018

Editor-in-chief, Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management

Research Interests

Business Applications: Global Supply Chain Management; Production and Service Operations Management; Lean and Six Sigma; Healthcare Delivery; Enterprise Integration; Technology and Knowledge Management; Regional Economy.

Operations Research / Business Analytics Methodologies: Optimization; Simulation Modeling and Analysis; Markovian Decision Processes; Game Theory; Systems Dynamics; Machine Learning and Data Modeling.

Educational Backgrounds

  • PhD, Arizona State University, 2007
  • MS, Arizona State University, 2004
  • BE, Tsinghua University, 1999
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

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