Rui Zhang is an assistant professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship division at Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD in Management Science from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. He won the 2nd Prize for 2016 WINFORMS Student Excellence Award Competition. He is the recipient of Frank T. Paine Award for Academic Achievement, and Abraham Golub Memorial Dissertation Proposal Prize.
Currently, his research interests are in quantitative methods, especially prescriptive analytics techniques. His work focuses on developing exact methods to solve large-scale influence maximization problems to optimality on social networks. Other than that, he also collaborates on research projects in vehicle routing and arc routing problems. His work has been published in Naval Research Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, and Computers & Operations Research, among others.