Zhe Zhang

Assistant Professor of Business Analytics and Technology

Rady School of Management

University of California San Diego (UCSD)


Current Research

I am an assistant professor at University of California San Diego's (UCSD) Rady School of Management. I am within the Innovation, Technology, and Operations (ITO) group. 

I completed my Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University at the Heinz College School of Information Systems and Management in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. My research agenda is on the spillover, broader, societal impacts of information technology. 

This is represented by two areas of work: one on fairness and implications of data-driven and algorithmic decision making, and one on the societal and spillover effects of digital transformation.

Spillover and Broader Effects of Digital Transformation

Fairness and Managerial Implications of Data-Driven Decision-Making and Machine Learning

Background / Contact

Ph.D. Information Systems and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College

Jointly advised by Professors Daniel Neill, Beibei Li, and Vibhanshu Abhishek

B.S. Mathematical and Computational Sciences (MCS), Stanford University

B.A. Economics, Stanford University



In my undergraduate, I studied economics and policy, particularly around climate policy and energy markets. After my undergraduate, I spent some time continuing economics research on coal markets and the behavioral impact of pricing structure in electricity, and also spent time as a researcher at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) nonprofits. I came to Carnegie Mellon to pursue my PhD using multiple disciplines including computer science and economics.

During my PhD, I have spent time as a part-time Data Creative staff at DataKind in NYC, NY, providing data science project brainstorming for potential partner organizations. I also was a 2016 Fellow at the Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship (DSSG) in Chicago, IL. There I worked on an interpretable prediction project for education support services.