Professor Rajaram's current research interests include improving operations in the health care industry, non-profit sector and in process manufacturing sectors including food processing, pharmaceuticals and petrochemical industry. He has focused on developing analytical models of complicated systems with a strong emphasis on practical implementation. His research has been published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Marketing Science and the European Journal of Operational Research.
Professor Rajaram has developed a new operational technique called "Robust Process Control" to increase the productivity of large-scale industrial processes. By focusing on the design and control of these processes in operational environments, this technique has resulted in four-fold increases in productivity in several types of industrial processes. These methods have been implemented at several process companies worldwide. He has also developed techniques to better balance supply with demand for products with short life cycles and highly unpredictable demand. This work has been applied at several large fashion retailers in Europe and North America and has resulted in substantial improvements to profitability at these sites.
At the UCLA Anderson School, Professor Rajaram teaches the MBA core course on operations and technology management, various Executive Education courses and doctoral level courses on operations management and models for operations design, planning and control.
Best Application Paper, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2010
Niedorf "Decade" Teaching Award, UCLA Anderson School, 2005
Eric and “E” Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award, UCLA Anderson School, 2003
Citibank Teaching Award, UCLA Anderson School, 2000
George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award, 1999
Franz Edelman Laureate, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), 1998
K. Rajaram, R. Jaikumar, F. Behlau, C. Heynen, F. van Esch, R. Kaiser, A. Kuttner, I. Van Dewege. (1999). Robust Process Control At Cerestar's Refineries. Interfaces. Special Issue: Edelman Award Papers. 29(1): 30-48
M.L. Fisher, K. Rajaram. (2000). Accurate Retail Testing Of Fashion Merchandise: Methodology And Application. Marketing Science. 19(3): 266-278
K. Rajaram, U.S. Karmarkar. (2002). Product Cycling With Uncertain Yields: Analysis And Application To The Process Industry. Operations Research. 50(4): 680-691
K. Rajaram, R. Ahmadi. (2003). Flow Management To Optimize Retail Profits At Theme Parks. Operations Research. 51(2): 175-184
K. Rajaram, C.J. Corbett. (2003). Achieving Environmental and Productivity Improvements Through Model Based Process Redesign. Operations Research. 50(5): 751-763
F. Caro, K.Rajaram and J. Wollenweber. (2011). Process Location and Product Distribution with Uncertain Yields. Operations Research. 60(5): 1050-1063. September-October 2012.