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Professor Andy Tsay 2020 Honoree of Sustained Excellence in Scholarship Award

Dr. Andy Tsay ( Professor, Information Systems & Analytics) was recently named the 2020 Honoree of one of Santa Clara University's most esteemed awards. Dr. Tsay employs tools of analytics and quantitative modeling to study the management of heavily outsourced global supply chains, recently focusing on making these more resilient to disruptions.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2020, — 

Santa Clara University's 2020 Excellence in Sustained Scholarship Award honoree is Dr. Andy Tsay (Professor, Information Systems & Analytics)

Dr. Tsay employs tools of analytics and quantitative modeling to study the management of heavily
outsourced global supply chains, recently focusing on making these more resilient to disruptions. This
topic has always been important to business professionals, but has become a household term in the COVID-19 era as society tries to make sense of empty shelves in grocery stores, the scarcity of PPE, and the formidable challenge of distributing an eventual vaccine to the entire world. His body of work has been cited over 6600 times and the news media (e.g., The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC news) frequently seeks his expert opinions. Dr. Tsay has produced high-quality scholarly work individually (including a 174-page peer-reviewed monograph), led teams (numerous publications as first author), and produced top-tier publications with co-authors from other disciplines, universities, and industry. He sustained this scholarly productivity while serving as the Department Chair for seven

Beyond his research, Dr. Tsay is one of the most engaged and popular faculty in the classroom, for which
he has been recognized with the prestigious Wickham Skinner Award for Teaching Innovation in 2007
from his main professional organization and numerous other teaching awards. His approaches to
research and teaching have many similarities. In both he focuses on real phenomena and decision
problems. His first role is part curator and part navigator, directing attention to the questions that are
both interesting and important. Then, as investigator, he pursues deeper understanding and innovative
solutions, which often requires the creation of new methods and perspectives. His goals in both
research and teaching are to inform and educate, whereby success is measured by whether he can lead
diverse audiences to care about and understand his learnings. Here, as communicator, he relies on his
imagination as a storyteller and knack for making complex concepts accessible.  Dr. Tsay's sustained success in research and teaching showcases innovation and creativity, the hallmarks of Santa Clara University's Business School that make us perfectly at home in Silicon Valley.

About Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1% of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. 

About Leavey School of Business

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers one of the nation’s best graduate business programs ranked No. 11 Executive MBA by U.S News & World Report, No. 25 ranked Evening MBA by U.S News & World Report and No. 25 ranked Online MBA by The Princeton Review. For more information, visit

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