Tommaso Bondi, Omar El Housni, and Omid Rafieian bring innovative research with tangible applications to Cornell Tech

New York, NY (August 25, 2020) – Cornell Tech announced today that three new professors have joined the campus’ renowned faculty roster. Experience and expertise spanning operations research and information engineering, behavioral and experimental economics, and personalization and privacy, these professors will continue to build on Cornell Tech’s model that fuses academic excellence with real-world applications and continue to grow Cornell Tech’s impactful research portfolio. 

“Cornell Tech is thrilled to welcome these three new faculty members this fall. The 2020-2021 academic year will be a unique one for higher education as universities move towards a mix of virtual and in-person learning. It’s important to keep bringing on new faculty who will engage, challenge and inspire our students to do groundbreaking work,” said Greg Morrisett, Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech. “Cornell Tech’s diverse and impressive roster of faculty pride themselves on being at the forefront of creating practical and innovative solutions to issues plaguing society, and Tommaso Bondi, Omar El Housni, and Omid Rafieian will make a perfect addition to that.” 

The new professors include:

  • Tommaso Bondi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor joins the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and Cornell Tech. Tommaso’s research is focused on the economics of digitization, quantitative marketing, and behavioral and experimental economics. His most recent research seeks to understand – through theory, large datasets, and experiments – how the internet is changing how we discover and consume new products, as well as the potential biases in beliefs and perceptions that can arise in the process. Tommaso earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Milan in 2011, a master’s in economics and social sciences from Bocconi University in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Economics from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2020, under the supervision of Luís Cabral.
  • Omar El Housni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor is a visiting faculty member in the Operations Research and Information Engineering program. His research revolves around dynamic optimization and decision-making under uncertainty where he aims to develop models and design algorithms to address a wide-range of operational problems. His current research focuses on the design of robust and efficient algorithms for sequential dynamic optimization problems with applications in revenue management, facility location and matching platforms. Omar holds a PhD in operations research from Columbia University and an MS and BS in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris).
  • Omid Rafieian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor is joining Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and Cornell Tech. Omid’s research interests include digital marketing, mobile advertising, personalization, and privacy. Omid earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Sharif University of Technology in 2015, and his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 2020.

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