Georgia Perakis is the William F. Pounds Professor of Management, Associate Dean of MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing, and a Professor of Operations Research, Statistics and Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been on the faculty at MIT Sloan since July 1998.
Perakis teaches courses and performs research in analytics, optimization, machine learning with applications in pricing, revenue management, supply chains, transportation, energy, and healthcare, among others. Over the years, she has taught in a variety of programs such as undergraduate, MS, PhD, MBA, and EMBA programs across MIT. For her teaching Perakis won the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award in 2002, the Jamieson Prize in 2014 for excellence in teaching, and the Teacher of the Year award (among all faculty at the MIT Sloan School) in 2017.
In her research Perakis investigates the theory and practice of analytics and its role in operations problems. She is particularly interested on how to solve complex and practical problems in pricing, revenue management, supply chains, healthcare, transportation, and energy applications, among others. She has widely published in some of the flagship journals of the field such as Operations Research, Management Science, M&SOM, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, and POM.
She has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the PECASE Award from the Office of the President on Science and Technology. In 2016, she was elected as an INFORMS Fellow, and in 2021 she was elected as an MSOM Distinguished Fellow. Both recognize individuals for lifetime achievements to their field. In addition, her work has received recognition with awards such as the TSL Best Paper Award, the Best Paper competition of the Informs Service Science Section several times, as well as Best Application of Theory Award from NEDSI (Northeast Decision Sciences Institute) Conference. Her work on promotions with the Oracle RGBU was a finalist at the Practice Award of the RMP Section of INFORMS in 2015. In addition, her work on predicting demand for new products with Johnson & Johnson won first place at the Applied Research Challenge Competition in 2018. In 2019 and also in 2021 her papers received honorable mention (second place) in the M&SOM practice-based best paper competition. Her work was also a finalist at the JD.com competition at the 2019 POM conference as well as in the IAAA (Innovative Applications of Analytics Award). Her paper on subsidies received the 2019 best paper award published in Management Science in the last three years. Finally, her work with her PhD students has also been recognized with several awards including the MSOM Society best student paper award, the Service Science best student paper award, the RMP best dissertation award, the CBOM best student paper award, and the POM Supply Chain best student paper award.
Perakis has a passion for supervising PhD, Master's, and undergraduate students and builds lifelong relationships with them. So far, she has graduated twenty-eight PhD and fifty-three Master's students. In 2012, she received the Samuel M. Seegal Award for inspiring students to achieve excellence.
Since September 2022, she has served as the Associate Dean of MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing. In addition, since July 2019, she has served as the CoDirector of the Operations Research Center (interdepartmental PhD program at MIT reporting to the Schwartzman College of Computing and MIT Sloan). She is currently serving on the council for the College of Computing. In the past, from 2017 to 2022, she served as the Faculty Director of the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at MIT Sloan. From 2009 to July 2015, Perakis served as the Faculty CoDirector of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO, former LFM) Program at MIT (joint program between the Sloan School and the School of Engineering). She has also served as the Group Head of the Operations Management group from 2010-2017 and finally, as the Group Head of the Operations Research and Statistics group at MIT Sloan.
Perakis is currently the editor-in-chief of the M&SOM journal. Prior to that role, she had also served as America’s editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, as a department editor for the journal Service Science in the area of Analytics, and as an associate editor for the flagship journals: Management Science, Operations Research, M&SOM, NFORMS Journal on Optimization, and as a senior editor for POM. She has served as the chair of the RMP Section of INFORMS and as the VP of Meetings of the MSOM Society of INFORMS.
Perakis holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Athens as well as an MS in applied mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University.
Perakis Featured in a Teaching Book
Georgia Perakis's teaching methods were recently featured in a book written by George Siedel. In “Seven Essentials for Business Success: Lessons from Legendary Professors” (Routledge 2022), Siedel dedicates a chapter to award-winning professor Perakis and how she teaches the course "Data, Models, and Decisions" in the MIT Executive MBA program.
Getting Treated at the ED as Painlessly as Possible
Professor Georgia Perakis and several collaborators used machine learning tools to investigate emergency department (ED) length of stay and wait times. The team built a predictive model that can be adapted to address similar issues in any ED.
Why the Global Impact of an Executive MBA is More Important Than Ever
Georgia Perakis, the current faculty director of the MIT Executive MBA program, discusses how the program focuses on global diversity, and how the international backgrounds of MIT's faculty enhance the program. She often thinks about how to maximize the program’s value for both students and faculty alike.