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Yixuan Xiao, Operations & Manufacturing Management, PhD 2014

Published 9/25/2013

On the Olin Experience:
The PhD program has broadened my horizons. With new exposure to Fortune 500 leaders in operations and manufacturing management, I have a renewed perspective on the challenges these organizations face. I have worked on several consulting projects with Washington University’s Boeing Center for Technology, Information & Manufacturing, including a multi-period agriculture planning/production project with Monsanto and pharmaceutical repackaging project/manufacturer rebate project with Express Scripts. As an Olin teaching assistant in the Full-time MBA and Executive MBA programs, I am energized by my fellow students when leading case discussions and helping to run simulations.

On Collaboration with Olin Faculty:
Motivated by my previous consulting project with Express Scripts, I am working with Professors Panos Kouvelis and Nan Yang on drug distribution in the pharmaceutical supply chain. My first project studies the effects of competition on pharmacy benefit managers’ (PBM) profitability in drug distribution and focuses on two revenue generation practices of PBMs—rebates and price spreads. My current research investigates rebate contracts between pharmaceutical manufacturers and PBMs. Professors Panos Kouvelis and Nan Yang’s fresh theories have added interest to my solution approaches.

Work Experience/Awards/Honors:
Excellent Graduate of Peking University, 2008
Honorable Mentions in Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling, 2007
Academic Innovation Awards, Peking University, 2006-2007
Exxon Mobil Scholarship, College of Engineering, Peking University, 2006-2007
Excellent Student in Academy, Moral and Health, Peking University, 2004 - 2006
OOCL Scholarship, Peking University, 2004 - 2006

BS Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2008, Peking University

Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei, China