Soulaymane Kachani was appointed Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation on July 1, 2014.
In this role, he oversees the development of Columbia University’s teaching, learning, and educational innovation strategies to help the University navigate and lead the changing landscape of higher education. To this end, he develops and disseminates policies and best practices on teaching and learning, oversees grants and awards that advance educational innovation, and supports and extends online and hybrid courses and programs. Prior to his role as Vice Provost, he served as Special Assistant to the Provost.
In addition, Kachani serves as Senior Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is an elected representative of the faculty of Columbia Engineering on the Columbia University Senate, where he is a member of the University Senate Executive Committee and the Chair of the University Senate Budget Committee. Between 2008 and 2014, he was the Director of Master’s Programs and the Director of Executive Education of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
He was honored with the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association 2005 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and devotion to mentoring students, the 2007 Edward and Carole Kim Award for Faculty Involvement for going above and beyond the call of duty to foster student success, and the 2010 Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award for outstanding performance in enhancing diversity in departmental, school and university programs at Columbia. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Egleston Distinguished Service Award for exceptional achievement, leadership, and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University.
As an academic, Kachani conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.
Kachani received a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a master of science in Operations Research from MIT and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Applied Mathematics from École Centrale Paris.