Nicholas Renegar, PhD

I am currently the director of business analytics and operations at Yield10 Bioscience. We are an agricultural technology company focusing on using plant genetics and metabolic engineering to address sustainability issues such as plastic pollution, global warming, and renewable fuels. For more about our company, check out here.

Prior to Yield10, I received my Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT's Sloan School of Management, where I was advised by Professor Retsef Levi. During my Ph.D., I was a member of MIT’s Operations Research Center, as well as MIT’s Food Supply Chain Analytics and Sensing (FSAS) Initiative.

Boston, MA
Contact: nrenegar 📧


Yield10 Bioscience

Director, Business Analytics & Operations (Jun '21 —)
Business development, business analytics, and supply chain development. Reporting to CEO Oliver Peoples as we commercialize the company's camelina business.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research & Teaching Assistant (Sep '16 — Jun '21)
Research: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning for the Risk-Based Management of Agricultural Supply Chains
Teaching: MBA and executive MBA courses at MIT's Sloan School of Management, including operations and risk management.


PhD Research Intern (Jun '19 — Aug '19)
Mechanism design and auction theory for Google Search ads.

Milliman, Inc.

Consulting Analyst (Healthcare) (Jul '10 — Oct '15)
Predictive analytics to help healthcare organizations plan for the future. Financial modeling and revenue/funding models.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Operations Research (Sep '16 — Jun '21)
GPA: 5.0/5.0

Cornell University

B.A.(Hons), Mathematics & B.Sc. (Hons), Operations Research (Sep '06 — May '10)
GPA: 3.8/4.0


Testing at the Source: Analytics-Enabled Risk-Based Sampling of Food Supply Chains in China
C. Jin, R. Levi, Q. Liang, N. Renegar*, S. Springs, J. Zhou, and W. Zhou
Management Science, 2021.
[Management Science] [SSRN]

Food Safety Inspection and the Adoption of Traceability in Aquatic Wholesale Markets: A Game Theoretic Model and Empirical Evidence
C. Jin*, R. Levi, Q. Liang*, N. Renegar, and J. Zhou
Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2021.

Supply Chain Network Analytics Guiding Food Regulatory Operational Policy
R. Levi, N. Renegar*, S. Springs, and T. Zaman
Major Revision at Operations Research, 2021.

The Second-Price Knapsack Problem: Near-Optimal Real Time Bidding in Internet Advertisement
J. Amar*, N. Renegar*.
MIT ORC Best Student Paper Award, 2020.

Public Health Risks Arising from Food Supply Chains: Challenges and Opportunities
L. Chen, D. Guttieres, R. Levi, E. Paulson*, G. Perakis, N. Renegar*, S. Springs
Minor Revision at Naval Research Logistics, 2021.

Leveraging Data Science to Assess Market-level Food Safety and Zoonotic Disease Outbreak Risks in China
J. Gao*, R. Levi, N. Renegar*

Machine Learning for the Discovery of Molecular Recognition Based on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Corona-Phases
X. Gong*, N. Renegar*, R. Levi, and M. Strano
Working Paper.

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Most papers use alphabetical ordering - asterix indicates "first" author.