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Diwakar Gupta


Department:     Information, Risk & Operations Management

Research Areas:     Healthcare, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Transportation

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Diwakar Gupta is a professor for The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, teaching in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management.

Gupta’s research bridges engineering and business. Recent research focuses on ways to improve health care operations and management, from scheduling and staffing operating rooms to procuring transplant organs. He also has examined vaccine procurement contracts for developing countries and the use of data to track post-transplant renal function in older- donor kidneys.

Gupta was previously at the University of Minnesota, where he taught courses and conducted research in industrial and systems engineering and in mechanical engineering. He was an affiliate senior member of the graduate faculty in health services, policy, and administration in the university’s School of Public Health. Before that, Gupta was a program director in the National Science Foundation’s Service, Manufacturing, and Operations Research Program.

Gupta holds a Ph.D. in management sciences from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. Sc. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Windsor, and a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.




Best Paper Award Finalist, College of Healthcare Operations and Management Paper Competition


Best Paper in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Scheduling and Logistics



M&SOM Best Paper Award Finalist



IIE Outstanding Publication Award and IIE Transactions – Scheduling and Logistics best paper award



IIE Transactions – Design and Manufacturing best paper award



IIE Transactions – Scheduling and Logistics best paper award


Julius Barth, Su Li, Hrayer Aprahamian, and Diwakar Gupta. 
Spatiotemporal Vaccine Allocation Policies for Epidemics with Behavioral Feedback Dynamics.
Naval Research Logistics. Forthcoming.

Pengfei Zhang, and Diwakar Gupta. December 2023. Robust Optimization with Order Statistic Uncertainty Set. European Journal of Operational Research 311(3): 1023-1039.

Paola Martin, Diwakar Gupta, and Timothy Pruett. Feb 2023. Predicting Older‐donor Kidneys' Post‐transplant Renal Function Using Pre‐transplant Data. Naval Research Logistics 70(1): 21-33.

Yichuan Ding, Diwakar Gupta, and Xiaoxu Tang. May/June 2023. Early Reservation for Follow-up Appointments in a Slotted-Service Queue. Operations Research 71(3): 917-938.

Ozge Ceren Ersoy, Diwakar Gupta, and Timothy Pruett. 2021. A Critical Look at the U.S. Deceased-donor Organ Procurement and Utilization System. Naval Research Logistics 68(1), 3-29.


Gordon Burtch, Diwakar Gupta, and Paola Martin. 2021. Referral Timing and Fundraising Success in Crowdfunding. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 23(3), 676-694.


Chaithanya Bandi and Diwakar Gupta. 2020. Operating Room Staffing and Scheduling. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 22(5), 958-974.


Diwakar Gupta and Yibin Chen. 2020. Retailer-Direct Financing Contracts under Consignment. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 22(3), 528-544.


Paola Martin and Diwakar Gupta. 2020. Vaccine Procurement Contracts for Developing Countries. Production and Operations Management 29(11), 2601-2620.


H. W. Chen, Diwakar Gupta, H. Gurnani, and G. Janakiraman. 2016. A Stochastic Inventory Model With Fast-Ship Commitments. Production and Operations Management 25(4), 684-700.


Hao-Wei Chen, Diwakar Gupta, and Haresh Gurnani. 2016. Balancing Inventory and Stockout Risk in Retail Supply Chains Using Fast-Ship. Production and Operations Management 25(12), 2103-2115.


F. Li, Diwakar Gupta, and S. P. Potthoff. 2016. Improving Operating Room Schedules. Health Care Management Science 19(3), 261-278.


Diwakar Gupta and S. Potthoff. 2016. Matching Supply and Demand for Hospital Services, in Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, Now Publishers, 131-274.


Diwakar Gupta and F. Li. 2016. Reserve Driver Scheduling. IIE Transactions 48(3), 193-204.


S. P. Kim, Diwakar Gupta, A. K. Israni, and B. L. Kasiske. 2015. Accept / Decline Decision Module for the Liver Simulated Allocation Model. Health Care Management Science 18, 35-57.


Diwakar Gupta and M. Mehrotra. 2015. Bundled Payments For Healthcare Services: Proposer Selection and Information Sharing. Operations Research 63(4), 772-788.


Diwakar Gupta, E. M. Snir, and Y. Chen. 2015. Contractors’ and Agency Decisions and Policy Implications in A+B Bidding. Production and Operations Management 24(1), 159-177.

Y. Tang, H. Gurnani, and Diwakar Gupta. 2014. Managing Disruptions in Decentralized Supply Chains with Endogenous Supply Reliability. Production and Operations Management 23, 1198-1211.

W. Y. Wang and Diwakar Gupta. 2014. Nurse Absenteeism and Staffing Strategies for Hospital Inpatient Units. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 16, 439-454.

F. Li and Diwakar Gupta. 2014. The Extraboard Operator Scheduling and Work Assignment Problem. IIE Transactions 46, 1132-1146.

H. W. Chen, Diwakar Gupta, and H. Gurnani. 2013. Fast-Ship Commitment Contracts in Retail Supply Chains (Winner of 2015 Best Paper in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Scheduling and Logistics). IIE Transactions 45, 811-825.

Diwakar Gupta. 2012. Queueing Models for Healthcare Operations, in Healthcare Operations Management, Brian Denton, ed. NY: Springer, Chap. 2.

K. Amaruchkul, Cooper, William, and Diwakar Gupta. 2011. A Note on Air-Cargo Capacity Contracts. Production and Operations Management 20, 152-162.

W. Y. Wang and Diwakar Gupta. 2011. Adaptive Appointment Systems with Patient Preferences. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 13, 373-389.

Diwakar Gupta and W. Y. Wang. 2011. Patient Appointments in Ambulatory Care, in Handbook of Healthcare System Scheduling: Delivering Care When and Where It is Needed, Randolph W. Hall, ed. NY: Springer, Chap. 4.

Diwakar Gupta, H. W. Chen, L. A. Miller, and F. Surya. 2010. Improving the Efficiency of Demand-Responsive Paratransit Services. Transportation Research Part A 44, 201-217.

Diwakar Gupta, H. Gurnani, and H. W. Chen. 2010. When Do Retailers Benefit From Special Ordering? International Journal of Inventory Research 1, 150-173.

Diwakar Gupta and L. Wang. 2009. A Stochastic Inventory Model with Trade Credit. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management 11, 4-18.

W. Y. Wang, Diwakar Gupta, and S. P. Potthoff. 2009. On Evaluating the Impact of Flexibility Enhancing Strategies on the Performance of Nurse Schedules. Health Policy 93, 188-200.

Diwakar Gupta and B. Denton. 2008. Appointment Scheduling in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities. IIE Transactions 40, 800-819.

Diwakar Gupta. 2008. Flexible Carrier–Forwarder Contracts for Air Cargo Business. Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management 7, 341-356.

Diwakar Gupta and L. Wang. 2008. Revenue Management for a Primary Care Clinic in the Presence of Patient Choice. Operations Research 56, 576-592.

Diwakar Gupta and L. Wang. 2007. Capacity Management for Contract Manufacturing. Operations Research 55, 367-377.

Diwakar Gupta, M. Natarajan, A. Gafni, L. Wang, D. Shilton, D. Holder, and S. Yusuf. 2007. Capacity Planning for Cardiac Catheterization: A Case Study. Health Policy 82, 1-11.

K. Amaruchkul, William Cooper, and Diwakar Gupta. 2007. Single-Leg Air-Cargo Revenue Management. Transportation Science 41, 457-469.

Diwakar Gupta. 2007. Surgical Suites’ Operations Management. Production and Operations Management 16, 689-700.