Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam is an expert in Big Data, AI & Business Analytics and is a Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University. He is the author of over 150 technical publications (journal articles, conference proceedings, and research reports).

His research interests include business analytics, big data, supply chain management, sustainability, healthcare, and smart engineering systems. He is currently the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, the International Journal of Quality, Statistics, and Reliability, and the North American Editor for the Journal of Remanufacturing. His past research is funded by the U.S. NSF, DoT, DoD, DoE, and VA. He carried out collaborative research with such multi-national companies as Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Intel, Goodyear, and consulted for such companies as Chrysler, Sirius Satellite Radio, Energy Conversion Devices, Dominos, CapGemini, Faurecia, Whirlpool, Steelcase, MRF Tyres, Magna International, DataFactZ, and Tecton.

He graduated over 30 doctoral students with many occupying academic positions and is awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by Wayne State University. He is a Founding Director for the Big Data, AI & Business Analytics Group at Wayne State University. He is also the founding Director of the Global Executive PhD Track at Wayne State, the first such engineering PhD program in the U.S. He leads the Business Analytics Spoke for the NSF's Midwest Big Data Hub. He is also the Founding Director for the novel Data Science & Business Analytics MS Degree at Wayne State. His students have won a number of best paper awards from national and international conferences, journals, and professional societies, including the 2013 INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society's Best Dissertation Prize (awarded to Farshid Azadian), the 2014 INFORMS ENRE Best Student Paper Award (awarded to Mahyar Nejad), the 2014 POMS College of Sustainable Operations Best Student Paper Runner-Up Award (awarded to Mahyar Nejad), the IISE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award (awarded to Mahyar Nejad), and the 2017 INFORMS Service Science Best Student Paper Award (awarded to Seung-Yup Lee).