Prof. Avishai (Avi) Mandelbaum has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an M.A. in Statistics, both summa cum laude from Tel-Aviv University. His Ph.D. is in Operations Research, from Cornell University. After graduation, in 1983, he joined the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He left the U.S.A. in 1991 to assume a position in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM), Technion. This faculty and his current interests, research and practice, constitute a convex-hull of all the scientific areas with which he has been involved.
At the Technion, Prof. Mandelbaum has been teaching courses in probability, stochastic processes and service engineering. In IE&M, he served as the coordinator of the IE&M graduate studies and was the Associate Dean for Research; he is a past member of the Technion Academic Development Committee and a present member of the Prize committee of the Applied Probability Society. Since 1995, he has been the faculty advisor for IE&M's outstanding students.
Prof. Mandelbaum's teaching has been acknowledged by the Technion Mani Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999; the Technion Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000 (for the course Service Engineering); and the inaugural Meir Rosenblatt Prize for teaching, 2004. His research contributions have been acknowledged by the ORSIS Yosef Levy prize, 2001; the Mitchner Prize for Quality Sciences and Quality Management, 2003; and the inaugural Markov Lecture of the Applied Probability Society , INFORMS 2005.