Yao Zhao is an associate professor in the department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences at Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. His current research interests lie in supply chain and project management with applications in aerospace, pharmaceutical, energy and agricultural industries. He is a recipient of an NSF Career Award (2008-13) on integrating supply chain and project management. He currently serves as an associate editor for Operations Research and M&SOM.