Rajan Batta

Rajan Batta, PhD, is the Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he oversees the school’s nine departments, including faculty, staff and over 7,500 students.

Rajan Batta.

Rajan Batta, Interim Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Interim Dean

"Over the past few years, we have changed in innumerable ways, small and large, always striving to improve the quality of education our students receive and the impacts of our research.  These actions make us stronger, but not complacent; the more we achieve the more we see to be done to rise to the challenge of training the next generation of great engineers while delivering world-changing advances in science and technology."

Contact Information

Rajan Batta.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

208 Davis Hall

Phone: 645-0972

Email: batta@buffalo.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, 1980

Professional/Research Interests

Creation of novel and innovative solution methods using industrial and systems engineering principles to study logistical problems of significant societal and business impact.

Biography

Rajan Batta, PhD, is the Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he oversees the school’s nine departments, including faculty, staff and over 7,500 students.

He has previously served previously served in various administrative roles in the school, most recently as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, where he helped to build and implement faculty mentoring programs, and enhanced diversity initiatives that address the school’s faculty and student communities. This is his second term as interim dean; he also served as associate dean for graduate education and research, and as chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Batta’s faculty appointment is as a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research is in the area of logistics, with specific focus on the areas of humanitarian relief and military mission planning. He has a sustained record of research funding, with more than $13 million in grants from federal and state agencies and private industry, and has published more than 140 articles in the top journals in his field.

An excellent teacher and mentor, Batta has supervised or co-supervised over 100 doctoral and master’s students. In recognition of his exceptional work, he has received many honors and awards, including the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award, the Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering, and the Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award, all from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Batta joined UB in 1984. He received his PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 and his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1980.