• Rick So
  • Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine
    Visiting Faculty, NSCIIC
  • Phone:1-949-824-5054
  • Email:rso@uci.edu


Dr. So is a Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.  He had also served as Director of Ph.D. Programs and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.  He was a recent recipient of Senior Faculty Research Award, Excellence in MBA Teaching Award, and Faculty Service Award.


Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, Dr. So had worked at the AT&T Bell Laboratories as an internal consultant to AT&T manufacturing facilities. He had served as the Head of Department of Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University form 1996-98.  He had held Visiting Professorships at the University of Hong Kong, International University of Japan and the National University of Singapore.  He received his BS degree in Mathematics and Computing and Information Science from Roosevelt University, and his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from Stanford University. 


Dr. So’s research expertise is in the areas of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Design of Production and Service Systems, and Business Process Management.  He has published numerous research articles in major academic journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Queueing Systems, and European Journal of Operations Research. Dr. So has frequently presented his research findings at academic institutions and professional conferences worldwide. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Naval Research Logistics, Production and Operations Management and Computer and Operations Research.

Research Interests

Supply Chain Management, Production and Inventory Management, Manufacturing and Service System Design, Business Process Management


Teaching Interests

Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Statistics, Decision Models

Selected Publications

Liu, S., K.C. So and F. Zhang. 2010. The effect of supply reliability in a retail setting with joint marketing and inventory decisions. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 12, 19-32.


Pan, W and K.C. So. 2016.  Component procurement strategies in decentralized assembly systems under supply uncertainty. IIE Transactions 48, 267-282.


Huynh, C., K.C. So and H. Gurnani. 2016.  Managing a closed-loop supply system with random returns and a cyclic delivery schedule. European Journal of Operational Research 255, 787-796.


Cao, J. and K.C. So. 2016. The value of demand forecast updates in managing component procurements for assembly systems. IIE Transactions 48, 1198-1216.