Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Chih-Yang Tsai teaches operations and knowledge management at SUNY New Paltz. Tsai brings his professional experience of working as a special assistant to the CEO of a multi-national corporation and knowledge of Asian business practice into his classroom.
"Bringing Asian business practice into the classroom is important because we are in a global market competing against companies all over the world," said Tsai. "Also, Japanese operations philosophies have been widely adopted by American companies."
In addition to teaching, Tsai is the coordinator of the IBM e-Business Lab at New Paltz. With service provided by IBM from a remote mainframe server, students are able to build their own programs without the risk of shutting down the whole system.
"It is a great and free resource to our students," said Tsai.
Tsai enjoys not only teaching, but also getting to know his students and participates in student organizations.
A faculty advisor for the Student Organization for Business Ethics and Research (SOBER), Tsai helps the group with projects.
"Working with energetic, enthusiastic students is fun, because we are working to achieve a goal."
Why New Paltz? Tsai was attracted to the diversity of the area and college.
Influenced by: His father, who provided him with the best support possible, and his doctoral advisors at NYU.
Publications: Professor Tsai has published several papers and book chapters on topics ranging from "Mathematical Programming" to "Naval Research Logistics."
Interests: Observing nature and people, reading and spending time with his children.
Little-known Fact: Even though his teaching and research is centered on mathematical programming, he didn't become interested in mathematics until his junior year of college, when he learned linear programming and its wide range of applications in business and economics.