Faculty Director

David B. Brown is a Professor in Decision Sciences and the Faculty Director for the Center for Energy, Development, and Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. As EDGE Faculty Director, Professor Brown helps facilitate Fuqua faculty involvement in research and teaching on energy and the environment. He also works to build connections between Fuqua and other members of the Duke community interested in energy and the environment.

Professor Brown’s research focuses on designing and analyzing algorithms for decision problems involving uncertainty and complex tradeoffs. This work is methodological in nature and cuts across various application areas. As a co-PI on the GRACE project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Professor Brown is actively working with researchers at Duke and several other institutions on improving the efficiency and reliability of electricity grid operations in the face of uncertainty in renewable energy sources.

His recent research also includes developing and analyzing solution techniques for problems such as network revenue management, dynamic pricing in shared vehicle systems, stochastic scheduling problems, and sequential search problems. Professor Brown’s research has appeared in publications such as Management Science and Operations Research, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has recognized his research with several awards. At Fuqua, he has taught Decision Models, Data Analytics and Applications, Probability and Statistics, and Convex Optimization, and he has won teaching awards in multiple programs.

Professor Brown received a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has been on the faculty at Fuqua since receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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