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Dan Iancu

Visiting Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD


Dan Iancu is a Visiting Professor of Technology and Operations Management and The Patrick and Valentine Firmenich Fellow for Business and Society at INSEAD and an Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A native of Romania, Prof. Iancu holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University, an S.M. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. Prior to joining Stanford, he spent one year as a Goldstine Fellow in the Business Analytics Division at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Prof. Iancu’s research lies at the interface of operations, finance, and risk management. His work develops new tools for dynamic optimization under uncertainty and prescriptive analytics and applies them to study operational and contracting problems in complex value chains. An area of particular focus in his recent work has been the design of better procurement, payment, and financing solutions in global supply chains, where material and financial flows carry both immediate and long-term impact on the lives of millions of people, and on the environment. His research has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Mathematics of Operations Research, and has been awarded several best paper prizes. He serves in the editorial board of several of these journals.

Prof. Iancu’s teaching is closely aligned with his research focus. His courses are aimed at showcasing how quantitative modeling and analytics can improve decision-making, and how analytics can be integrated with business decision-making in a responsible and transparent fashion. He has taught business analytics classes at MIT, Stanford, and Wharton, as well as doctoral classes focused on dynamic optimization and supply chain management.

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Why Targeted Lockdowns Could Be Better for Everyone

D. F. Ciocan, D. Iancu, S. Zoumpoulis

Covid lockdowns may be with us for a long time to come, but they could be made sharper, less painful and possibly even more effective.