What's Your StORy?

Gerard Cachon

Gerard Cachon

December 2015 What's Your StORy?
Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, University of Pennsylvania

More questions for Gerard Cachon?
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What interest do you have outside of work that might surprise us?
Diving and underwater photography


Tell us about your role as editor-in-chief and how it has impacted your career.
My job as editor was to set the strategic direction for the journal and to manage day-to-day operations, with the former being much more interesting than the latter. The best part of being editor of a broad interest journal like Management Science is that it enabled me to meet scholars from many disciplines beyond my own.


What has been your best INFORMS experience?
My first time/paper with Management Science.


If we were sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you, what would we be celebrating?
Academic job offers for my PhD students.


What is something you learned in the last week?
Some Republican presidential candidates are even more stupid, ridiculous, and dangerous than I thought.


What is the best advice you can give to students in your field?
Pick another field. One with big, important problems, like economics, or computer science, or climate science.


Tell us something that not many people know about you.
I can’t speak French, I have perfected the art of cooking black beans, and shouldn’t always be taken seriously.