Kathryn Caggiano Ph.D. '98

Organization: School of Operations Research Information Engineering
Position: Professor of Practice and Director of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Studies

Kathryn CaggianoKathryn Caggiano is a Professor of Practice and Director of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Studies in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell University.  Under her leadership, the ORIE MEng program has been selected twice as a Finalist (2018 and 2012) and once as a Semifinalist (2013) for the INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize, the field’s flagship award for outstanding practical preparation of students in OR and analytics.

In the classroom, Dr. Caggiano places a strong emphasis on developing and implementing models that are practical, reusable, and robust. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Michael Tien ‘72 Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Engineering Education Award (2018).  She is also the author of Spreadsheet Modeling, a four-part eCornell Certificate Program that launched in March 2022.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Caggiano was a faculty member in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Outside of academia, she has held positions with Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services (now PwC) and PeopleSoft (now Oracle) in technology and supply chain consulting.  She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research from Cornell University and a B.S. in Mathematics from William & Mary.