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Meet MIT Sloan’s 11 new faculty members

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One uses machines to better understand human behavior. Another is looking at the sociology of labor. From algorithms to Zurich, here are this year’s 11 new MIT Sloan faculty members.

Joann de Zegher Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Comes from: de Zegher was a postdoctoral fellow in operations, information, and technology at Stanford University, where she also completed her PhD.

Research: de Zegher focuses on the design of operational strategies, technological innovations, and algorithms to advance social and environmental impact in informal, first-mile, and global supply chains.

Find out more: On her website and her faculty directory page.

Maryam Farboodi Assistant Professor of Finance

Comes from: Farboodi was a professor at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. She holds a joint PhD in financial economics from the Booth School of Business and the department of economics at the University of Chicago.

Research: Farboodi’s interests are in the areas of financial frictions, corporate finance, macroeconomics, and mechanism design.

Find out more: On her faculty directory page.

Negin Golrezaei Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Comes from: Golrezaei spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Google Research in New York. She completed her PhD at the University of Southern California.

Research: Golrezaei focuses on machine learning, statistical learning theory, mechanism design, and optimization algorithms with applications to revenue management, pricing, and online markets.

Find out more: On her faculty directory page.

Eben Lazarus Assistant Professor of Finance

Comes from: Lazarus completed his PhD at Harvard University, where he was also a research assistant in the Department of Economics.

Research: Lazarus focuses on asset pricing, macroeconomics, and time-series econometrics.

Find out more: On his website and his faculty directory page.

Jing Li Assistant Professor of Applied Economics

Comes from: Li most recently was a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Energy Initiative.

Research: Li’s research interests are industrial organization, and environmental and energy economics.

Find out more: On her faculty directory page.

Jackson Lu Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies

Comes from: Lu received his PhD from Columbia Business School.

Research: Lu focuses on culture and diversity, creativity, ethics, leadership, and negotiation.

Find out more: On his website and his faculty directory page.

Lawrence Schmidt Assistant Professor of Finance

Comes from: Schmidt was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, and a senior consultant at Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Research: Schmidt is interested in understanding factors that are associated with the risk and return to investments in human capital, and how frictions that limit risk-sharing in the labor market affect asset prices and macroeconomic dynamics.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page.

Bart Van Parys Assistant Professor in Operations Research and Statistics

Comes from: Van Parys completed a postdoctoral position at MIT Sloan in the operations research and statistics group.

Research: Van Parys is interested in the relationship between robust optimization and machine learning.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page.

David Rand Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Comes from: Rand was an associate professor of psychology, economics, and management at Yale University. He is the Director of the Human Cooperation Laboratory and the MIT Applied Cooperation Team.

Research: Rand’s research combines mathematical and computational models with human behavioral experiments and online/field studies to understand human behavior.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page.

Emil Verner Assistant Professor of Finance

Comes from: Verner has a PhD from Princeton University. Previously he was a visiting researcher for the Bank of Hungary.

Research: Verner focuses on the connection between financial markets and the macroeconomy in both advanced and emerging markets.

Find out more: On his website or faculty directory page.

Nathan Wilmers Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies

Comes from: Wilmers is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research. He received his PhD from Harvard University.

Research: Wilmers researches wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology, and the sociology of labor.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page.

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