Caggiano appointed associate dean of M.Eng. Programs

Kathryn Caggiano, professor of practice in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE), has been appointed to a three-year term as associate dean of Master of Engineering Programs at Cornell Engineering, effective July 1, 2023.

Caggiano is currently the director of ORIE M.Eng. Studies and “brings a unique combination of experience and proven success to this role,” said Lynden Archer, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. Under her leadership, the ORIE M.Eng. program has been repeatedly selected as a finalist for the INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize, the field’s flagship award for effective and innovative preparation of students.

Caggiano received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in operations research at Cornell, and she served on the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2009-2015. She is also a member of the ORIE Advisory Council and of the Graduate Studies Advisory Board at William & Mary, where she received her undergraduate degree.

Prior to joining the ORIE faculty in 2007, Caggiano was a faculty member in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of academia, she has held positions with Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services (now PwC) and PeopleSoft (now Oracle) in technology and supply chain consulting.

Caggiano’s research interests focus on developing practical mathematical models and solution approaches to enable better decision making in large-scale production and distribution systems. Her effectiveness as an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Michael Tien ‘72 Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Engineering Education Award. Kathryn is the author of Spreadsheet Modeling, a four-part eCornell Certificate Program that launched in March 2022.

Caggiano will be succeeding Yong Joo, the current senior associate dean of Master of Engineering Programs and the BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Professor in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Yong will soon begin an extended leave at Samsung SDI, based in South Korea.

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