Ramayya Krishnan

Ramayya Krishnan

Ramayya Krishnan, dean of the H. John Heinz III College and professor of management science and information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, is the 2015 recipient of Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives (NCDA) Nayudamma Award. The award was presented at a special ceremony on Dec. 21 at Krishnan’s undergraduate alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras), where he also delivered the 21st Professor Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Lecture.

The Nayudamma Award honors individuals for their significant contributions around the world in areas of sustainable development. An INFORMS Fellow, Krishnan was recognized for his research and leadership in making data-driven decisions in key societal domains, including transportation, smart cities and living analytics.

“As a scholar, Krishnan’s work on data-driven decision-making in cyber physical environments is well known for its multi-disciplinary contributions to the fields of operations research and information systems. This work and that of his colleagues at the intersection of information technology, public policy and management is having a significant impact on organizations in both the public and private sectors via the multiple research centers he has helped establish at the University,” said CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian. “As dean of Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, his work with our faculty exemplifies the university’s commitment to advancing knowledge and improving the human condition.”

Added Dr. Anumakonda Jagadeesh, director of the Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives: “A scientist of international repute, Dr. Krishnan’s contributions to the fields of big data, smart cities, living analytics and information technology are matchless. The volume, variety and velocity of data coming into organizations continue to reach unprecedented levels. This phenomenal growth means that one must not only understand big data in order to decipher the information that truly counts, but must also understand the possibilities of big data analytics.”

The award’s namesake (Nayudamma) was an internationally renowned organic chemist, practical technologist and academic leader, as well as the former president of the International Council for Science’s Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries. He is perhaps best known, however, for dedicating his life to demonstrating how science and technology can and should be used for human benefit.