March 17, 2017
Ramayya Krishnan (1981/BTME), Dean of the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University, is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017. Krishnan received the award on March 16th in a ceremony held at the IIT Madras campus.
“Prof. Ramayya Krishnan joins an illustrious group of Distinguished Alumni of IIT Madras who are academicians. Prof. Krishnan is renowned for his seminal contributions to the field of Information Systems, and has made his alma mater proud with his accomplishments as Dean of the College for Information Systems at CMU,” said Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras.
The Distinguished Alumnus Awards are presented annually by the Institute. Since the inception of the awards in 1996, 147 alumni have been selected for the award.
“I am proud to represent my alma mater in all that I do, and humbled that the Institute has honored me with this award,” said Krishnan. “I look forward to visiting campus and having an opportunity to catch up and share stories with my fellow alumni honorees.”
Krishnan received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, and both his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983 and 1987, respectively.
Krishnan has been a member of the Heinz College faculty since 1988 and is a founding faculty member of the Master of Information Systems Management Program. He was appointed as the first Dean when the Heinz College was created in 2008 and was reappointed Dean upon the completion of his first term in 2014.
In 2016, under Krishnan’s leadership, INFORMS, the global Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) Society, recognized Heinz College with the UPS George D. Smith Prize for educational excellence in Analytics. Heinz College is the only academic institution that is home to both the Von Neumann Theory Prize and the UPS George D. Smith Prize.
Krishnan has a worldwide reputation for his expertise in data science and analytics. He is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development at the World Economic Forum. Currently, he serves on the IT and Services Advisory Board chaired by Governor Tom Wolf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.