Phil Kaminsky is the Earl J. Isaac Professor in the Science and Analysis of Decision Making in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He is currently (as of March 2020) on industrial leave at Amazon, as a Principal Research Scientist. Prior to his leave, he served as Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, and before that, faculty director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, director of the Initiative for Research in Biopharmaceutical Operations, and department chair of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Professor Kaminsky's research focuses primarily on the analysis and development of robust and efficient tools and techniques for design, operation, and risk management in logistics systems and supply chains. This encompasses operational issues including the modeling and analysis of production and control systems, as well as more tactical and strategic concerns, including the integration of production, distribution, and pricing strategies, and more broadly the analysis of issues that arise in integrated supply chain management.
Much of his current work is centered on two main themes: strategic, tactical, and operational issues that arise in the operation of biopharmaceutical firms; and collaborative, sustainable logistics. Other current projects focus on the development of novel flexible algorithms for supply chain optimization, container terminal operations, efficient operation of operating rooms, and quantitative modeling of behavior change for personalized healthcare. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, BioMarin, Bayer, Genentech, Navis, Project Production Institute, Material Handling Institute, Toyota, and FICO.