Heng Chen

Assistant Professor
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
HLH 511 F
P.O. Box 884114
Lincoln, NE 68588-4114
(402) 472-5285
heng@unl.edu
Heng Chen Photo
Education
  • Ph.D. in Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Areas of Expertise
  • Transportation Science and Logistics
  • Agricultural Operations Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Stochastic Models
Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, 2016
Biography

Heng Chen is an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His research interest is in the application of stochastic methods and data analytics for efficiency improvement and cost reduction in the sectors of transportation, agriculture, and others. More specifically, he studies business and social aspects of transportation, as well as intelligent and smart transportation systems. He also has work in specialty crop management and smart agricultural operations. His methodological expertise is in stochastic modeling and optimization, and his overall research goal is to make stochastic methods and data analytics utilizable for practical decision making in problems that he studies. His work has been published in several journals, including Production and Operations Management and Transportation Science. He has won several awards, including a best dissertation award and an outstanding paper award.

Selected Publications 
  • H. Chen, S. Solak, "Lower Cost Departures for Airlines: Optimal Policies under Departure Metering," Transportation Research Part C, 111, pp. 531-546 (2020).
  • S. Solak, H. Chen, "Optimal Metering Point Configurations for Optimized Profile Descent Based Arrival Operations at Airports," Transportation Science, 52 (1), pp. 150-170 (2018).
  • H. Chen, S. Solak, "Value of Extended Time-Based Metering for Optimized Profile Descent–Based Arrival Operations." Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2600), pp. 27-38 (2016).
  • H. Chen, S. Solak, “Lower Cost Arrivals for Airlines: Optimal Policies for Managing Runway Operations under Optimized Profile Descent," Production and Operations Management, 24 (3), pp. 402-420 (2015).
  • S. Solak, E. Baker, H. Chen, "Convexity analysis of the dynamic integrated model of climate and the economy (DICE)," Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 20(5), pp. 443-451 (2015).
Grants and Research Awards
  • Best Dissertation Prize, INFORMS Aviation Applications Section, 2017
  • Best Paper Award on Air Transportation, INFORMS Section of Transportation Science and Logistics, 2016
  • Eugene M. Isenberg Scholar Award, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, $10,000
  • Dissertation Research Award, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Research Award, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014
  • Best Student Presentation Award, INFORMS Section of Aviation Applications, 2014
  • Graduate Research Award, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 2014, $10,000
  • First Place, Central Connecticut Chapter Scholarship Competition, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2015
  • NSF Travel Award, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2014, $500
  • FAA Travel Award, Federal Aviation Administration, 2014, $2,000
  • China National Scholarship, Chinese Ministry of Education, 2007
  • Best Paper Award in Mathematical Modeling, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2006
Undergraduate Courses

Operations and Supply Chain Management (SCMA 331) - Analytical management techniques for: ascertaining demand for the organization's goods and services; justifying and acquiring the necessary resources; and planning and controlling the transformation of resources into goods and services. Application in both large and small organizations, private and public enterprise, service, and manufacturing organizations.

Global Sourcing and Distribution (SCMA 439) - Sourcing strategies, concepts and tools in the context of integrated supply chains. Specific issues include make or buy decisions, supplier evaluation and selection, total cost of ownership, contracts and legal terms, negotiation, and purchasing ethics. Discussion of supply chains in the context of international trade. Purchasing options, to include benefits and risks in outsourcing. Information technology for control and coordination in international supply chains.

Teaching Interests
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Stochastic models
Professional Service
  • Member, INFORMS Student Affairs Subcommittee, 2020
  • Chair, Aviation Applications Best Student Presentation Competition Award Committee, 2019
  • Cluster Chair, Aviation Applications Cluster, INFORMS Annual Meeting 2018, 2018
  • Judge, Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Student Awards, 2017
  • Social Media Coordinator and Webmaster, INFORMS Section on Aviation Applications, 2013-2018
  • Member, Aviation Applications Best Student Presentation Competition Award Committee, 2016
  • Secretary, UMass Amherst Student Chapter of INFORMS, 2014-2015
  • Cluster Chair, Aviation Applications Cluster, INFORMS International Conference, 2012
Institutional Service
  • Seminar Organizer, SCMA Seminar Series with Guest Speakers 
  • Member, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics Grade Appeals Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics Faculty Search Committee, 2016-2018
  • Member, Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics Professor of Practice Search Committee, 2016-2017
Awards
  • Best Dissertation Prize, INFORMS Aviation Applications Section, 2017
  • Best Paper Award on Air Transportation, INFORMS Section of Transportation Science and Logistics, 2016
Selected Media Placement