Can Zhang

Can Zhang

Assistant Professor

Academic Area: Operations Management

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Can Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Operations Management area at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research studies socially responsible operations with a focus on resource limited settings. Specifically, his recent work studies healthcare delivery to underserved populations, scarce resource allocation in nonprofit and public sectors, and agricultural supply chains in emerging economies. In his research, he works closely with industry collaborators to motivate research questions from real-world challenges and use real data to calibrate his model. He also aims to deliver implementable solutions to make a practical impact. His work has won multiple awards, including first prize for the MSOM Responsible Research Award, MSOM Practice-Based Research Competition, MSOM Student Paper Competition, and INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition, honorable mention for the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, and finalist for the Franz Edelman Award and George Nicholson Student Paper Competition.

At Fuqua, Prof. Zhang teaches Operations Management for the Daytime MBA program. Prior to joining Fuqua, he received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University.