Kyle Hunt

About Me

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Science and Systems within the School of Management at the Univeristy at Buffalo. Beginning in September 2023, I will be moving to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in my current department. I have a Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a focus in operations research. My primary research focuses in the areas of homeland security, defense, and humanitarian management. My contact information, office hours, and CV can be found on the next tab - don't hesitate to reach out!

Kyle J. Hunt, Ph.D.
Name : Kyle J. Hunt
Office Hours : T/R 1:00pm-2:00pm
Email : firstnamelastname@buffalo.edu
Phone : 716-645-3271
Address : 333 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, NY 14260
CV : Click here


Within my research, I am most interested in the implementation of operations research, game theory, machine learning, and decision analysis methodologies to address real-world problems. My active projects focus on modeling information disclosure strategies related to defensive investments, adopting new technologies to enhance counterterrorism measures, and controlling the spread of misinformation on social media. I am passionate about projects that require multidisciplinary approaches to address real-world problems. I currently collaborate with social scientists to tackle problems within the homeland security/defense domains.


During the Spring 2023 semester, I am teaching 2 sections of MGS 616 (Predictive Analytics) and 2 sections of MGS 614 (Systems Analysis & Design).

My teaching interests lie in the fields of analytics, operations research, information systems, and decision analysis. While I enjoy teaching the theoretical underpinnings of these fields, I am also passionate about teaching in a practice-oriented manner in which students understand the value of the skills they learn across the business and engineering domains.


  1. Hunt, K. and J. Zhuang, “A Review of Attacker-defender Games: Current State and Paths Forward,” European Journal of Operational Research, forthcoming.

  2. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “On the Adoption of New Technology to Enhance Counterterrorism Measures: An Attacker-defender Game with Risk Preferences,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 218: 108151, 2022

  3. Hunt, K., A. Narayanan, and J. Zhuang, “Blockchain in Humanitarian Operations Management: A Review of Research and Practice,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 80: 101175, 2022.

  4. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “Monitoring Misinformation on Twitter during Crisis Events: A Machine Learning Approach,” Risk Analysis, 42(8), 1728-1748, 2022.

  5. Chen, X., Y. Dong, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Counterterrorism Resource Allocation during a Pandemic: The Effects of Dynamic Target Valuations when Facing a Strategic Terrorist,” Risk Analysis, https://doi.org/10.1111/risa.13992, 2022.

  6. Ding, X., X. Zhang, R. Fan, Q. Xu, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Active Rumor Recognition Behavior of Social Media Users in Emergencies,” Journal of Management Science and Engineering, 7(1): 36-47, 2022.

  7. Xia, L., B. Chen, K. Hunt, J. Zhuang, C. Song, “Food Safety Awareness and Opinions: A Social Network Analysis Approach,” Foods, 11(18): 2909, 2022.

  8. Song, C., S. Zhou, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Comprehensive Evolution Analysis of Public Perceptions Related to Pediatric Care: A Sina Weibo Case Study (2013-2020),” Sage Open, 12(1): 21582440221087260, 2022.

  9. Wan, Q., X. Xuanhua, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Stay Home or Not? Modeling Individuals' Decisions during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Decision Analysis, 19(4): 319-336, 2022.

  10. Hunt, K. and J. Zhuang, “Blockchain for Disaster Management,” in Big Data and Blockchain for Service Operations Management, Springer, 253-269, 2022.

  11. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “Technology Adoption for Airport Security: Modeling Public Disclosure and Secrecy in an Attacker-defender Game,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 207: 107355, 2021.

  12. Dong, Y., X. Chen, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “Defensive Resource Allocation: The Roles of Forecast Information and Risk Control,” Risk Analysis, 41(8): 1304-1322, 2021.

  13. Agarwal, P., K. Hunt, J. Zhuang, B. Sarkar, A. Sarkar, and R. Sharma, "An Exploratory Analysis for Performance Assessment of State Police Forces in India: An Eclectic Approach," Operational Research, 21(2): 1125-1151, 2021.

  14. Hunt, K., B. Wang, and J. Zhuang, “Misinformation Debunking and Cross-Platform Information Sharing through Twitter during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: A Case Study on Shelters and ID Checks,” Natural Hazards, 103(1): 861-883, 2020.

  15. Agarwal, P., K. Hunt, S. Srinivasan, and J. Zhuang, “Fire Safety Code Inspection and Compliance: A Game-theoretic Model between Fire Inspection Agencies and Building Owners,” Decision Analysis, 17(3): 208-226, 2020.

  16. Song, C., C. Guo, K. Hunt, and J. Zhuang, “An Analysis of Public Opinions Regarding Take-Away Food Safety: A 2015-2018 Case Study on Sina Weibo,” Foods, 9(4): 511, 2020.

  17. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, R. Al Aziz, and J. Zhuang, " Fighting Fake News during Disasters," OR/MS Today, 47(1): 34-39, 2020. [download preprint]

  18. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, "Tracking Storms of Misinformation Spread Amid Disasters," ISE Magazine, 51(9): 28-32, 2019. [download preprint]
  19. - Selected as the cover story for the September 2019 issue.

  20. Hunt, K., P. Agarwal, and J. Zhuang, “A Multi-algorithm Approach for Classifying Misinformed Twitter Data during Crisis Events,” 2019 IISE Conference Proceedings, pages 1-6, 2020.

Awards and Honors

The followinig are selected honors and awards that I have received throughout my academic journey. An exhaustive list can be located in my CV.

  • Graduate Research Fellowship

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Seth Bonder Scholarship

    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); Military and Security Society

  • Harold O. Wolf Achievement Award

    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University at Buffalo

  • SUNY GREAT Award

    The State University of New York

  • Dean's Excellence Scholarship

    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University at Buffalo

  • Student Merit Award

    Society for Risk Analysis (SRA); Decision Analysis and Risk Specialty Group


  • 2020-January 2023

    University at Buffalo

    Ph.D. Industrial Engineering (Operations Research)

  • 2020-2021

    Univeristy at Buffalo

    M.S. Industrial Engineering (Operations Research)

  • 2016-2019

    Univeristy at Buffalo

    B.S. Industrial Engineering

  • 2015-2016

    Onondaga Community College

    Engineering Science