Peter Jackson

Institute Director
Professor and Head of Pillar (ESD), SUTD
Phone: +65 6499 4561

Peter Jackson served as the Director of the Cornell University Systems Engineering Program. He led the introduction of its online M. Eng. degree program in systems engineering which was subsequently ranked in the top eight such programs by US News and World Report. He has published over thirty articles, primarily in production planning and scheduling, and multi-echelon inventory management. He is the author of an introductory text on systems engineering, Getting Design Right: A Systems Approach. He advised 50 M. Eng. projects over 36 years of service at Cornell. He is a celebrated instructor of industrial engineering and the creator of dozens of experiential learning games and tools. He has consulted extensively with industrial firms, developing systems for production-inventory optimization (Quaker Oats), transportation scheduling (Clopay), readiness-based sparing optimization (Servigistics-PTC), business simulation (General Motors), and vendor-managed inventory optimization (Agco) among others. He was named a “most valuable colleague” by General Motors in 2012.

Amedeo Odoni

Distinguished Visiting Professor, SUTD
Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Amedeo Rodolfo Odoni is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Beginning in 2009, he is also the Lead Principal Investigator of the Future Urban Mobility research project, sponsored by Singapore’s National Research Foundation in connection with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). From 1999 to 2009 he served as co-director of the Global Airline Industry Center at MIT, a research and education project on the international airline industry sponsored primarily by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and from 1996 to 2002 as co-director of the FAA’s National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR). Previously, he was head of the Systems Division of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department (1991-96) and co-director of MIT’s Operations Research Center (1985-1991).

His research interests are in applied probability theory, stochastic processes and decision-making under uncertainty. His principal application domains are airport planning and operations, air traffic management, urban service systems, queuing theory, and location theory.

Professor Odoni is the author, or co-author, of three books and about 100 professional publications, as well as co-editor of six books. He served as editor-in-chief of Transportation Science from 1985 to 1991, and is a current or past member of the editorial boards of many professional journals. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and the recipient of many awards for his teaching and research. He has supervised 41 Ph.D. students, several of whom have won major prizes for their research and dissertations, and has been a member of the Ph.D. thesis committees of more than 100 other students. He has served as consultant to national and international organizations, and to many of the busiest airports in the world on projects related to practically every aspect of airport planning and design, and of air traffic management.

Foo Yu Chiann

Director of Operations
Deputy Director (ESD), SUTD
Phone: +65 6499-4788

Yu Chiann received her B.Sc. and M.Eng degrees from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. Degree from University of Surrey, U.K., all in Electrical Engineering.

She started her career as a telecommunications engineer at the Ministry of Defence, Singapore, where she designed and customised large-scale, advanced communications solutions to meet operational requirements.

After receiving her PhD from the University of Surrey in England, she returned to work as a Project Manager at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) in Singapore, where she conceptualised and managed wireless/mobile communications programmes that could be adopted for military applications. She also concurrently served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore, where she taught network technologies for the Master of Defence Technology and Systems (MDTS) Programme.

After serving her scholarship bond with DSTA, she joined the University of New South Wales Asia in 2007 as an Assistant Professor where she taught computer networking at the undergraduate level. She subsequently joined the Infocomm Devleopment Authority of Singapore (IDA), where she led a team to masterplan, implement and manage nation-wide wireless/mobile programmes such as Wireless@SG and various mobile government initiatives.