Alumni Gift Establishes Operations Research Professorship at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business
With a $2.5 million gift, alumnus Adris Zoltners has endowed a new professorship at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)’s Tepper School of Business focused on teaching and research in the field of operations research, the school announced this month. The inaugural Andris. A. Zoltners Professorship of Business will be held by Professor R. Ravi, an expert in optimization problems who has been a CMU faculty member since 1995.
Zoltners, who earned a Ph.D. in operations research at Carnegie Mellon in 1973, founded and co-chairs a global pharmaceutical and biotech sales and marketing consulting firm, ZS Associates, and has served on the faculty of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management for more than 30 years. Hundreds of companies have turned to Zoltners for his expertise in sales force strategy, effectiveness, size, structure, deployment and compensation.
“It is through gifts like this that our school is able to recruit and recognize outstanding faculty and to support their ongoing research,” Tepper Dean Robert Dammon said in a statement. “We are proud when our alumni go on to become a great success in the global community and we are truly thankful when they give back to the school,” he added.
Zoltners has published prolifically, was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2005 and last year, with ZS Associates co-founder Prabha Sinha, was presented with the Pharmaceutical Management Science Association 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to management analytics in the pharma and biotech industry.