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John Raffensperger
Visiting Professor
Office: 3-147 Carol Simon Hall


Born and raised in Chicago, Raffensperger obtained a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, later attending the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business for an M.B.A. and Ph.D., studying U.S. Army training readiness. He was a RAND Summer Associate in 1990. From 1998 to 2012, he was a senior lecturer in management science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he focused on auction theory, environmental economics, and markets for water resources. From 2013-2021, he was a Senior Operations Researcher at RAND, where he worked on problems of national security and emergency preparedness, including disaster recovery and military readiness and logistics. His research interests include logistics, process improvement, risk analysis, scheduling, water allocation, and climate change.

Teaching Interests

Operations research, business analytics, and operations management.

Research Interests

Smart markets, mechanism design, markets related to common resources, water markets, and carbon emissions markets.

Professional History

Visiting Professor
University of Rochester, Simon Business School
October 2021 -


University of Chicago - 1997
Ph D
Management Science
University of Chicago - 1991
Northwestern University - 1981
Industrial Engineering
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