The University of Chicago Booth School of Business mourns the passing of Che-Lin Su, associate professor of operations management. He died July 31, 2015, after a short illness.
Che-Lin Su developed and applied computational methods to study applications that arise in operations management, economics, and quantitative marketing. His research topics included structural estimation with applications in operations management and economics, and optimization and computational economics.
Che-Lin Su joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, most recently teaching an MBA course on managerial decision modeling and a PhD course on numerical methods in economics.
He was a scholar with the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. Each summer from 2007 to 2012, he was a contributor and instructor in the Initiative on Computational Economics (ICE), an intensive summer research experience cosponsored by the Becker Friedman Institute, Argonne National Laboratories, and the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago. More recently, he co-organized the institute's Computational Economics Colloquium for graduate students in 2014–15.
Che-Lin Su has been honored for his work in the field and has received grants from IBM, IGM, and the National Science Foundation.
At Chicago Booth, he was Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow and previously was a Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow in 2012–2013. He received the Meritorious Service Award for Manufacturing & Service Operations Management in 2012 and 2013.
Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also has held visiting positions in the departments at Yale and Harvard Universities.
Che-Lin Su received his undergraduate education in economics from the National Taiwan University in agricultural engineering. He went on to earn a masters degree and a PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford University.