Shmuel S. Oren

Earl J. Isaac Endowed Chair in the Science and Analysis of Decision Making, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; Co-Chair, College of Engineering and Haas School of Business Management of Technology Program, University of California, Berkeley


Shmuel S. Oren


Ph.D. and M.S., engineering economic systems, Stanford University; M.Sc., mechanical engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Summary of Experience

Over the past 20 years, Professor Oren's research and consulting activities have focused on the design and economic analysis of pricing strategies in the context of the private and public sector and in regulated industries, with a focus on the electric power industry. He has extensive expertise in operations research, particularly optimization, and in the mathematical modeling and analysis of economic systems. Professor Oren is one of the founders of the EPRI research program on product differentiation and the unbundling of service attributes in electric power service. He recently served as the Berkeley site director of PSerc, a multi-university Power Systems Research Center co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Oren has consulted to many power industry and other companies on issues related to modeling, optimization, market design, and pricing policies. He has also served as a consultant and reviewer of electricity market rules concerning congestion management, ancillary services, and settlements. He was an expert witness appearing before FERC on behalf of Bay Area Rapid Transit and on behalf of PacificCorp. Dr. Oren has published extensively on the subjects of numerical optimization, nonlinear pricing and the application of such pricing in the context of telecommunications and electric power, incentive design, bidding, transmission pricing, electricity market restructuring, and related topics.