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Paolo Catasti

Associate Professor
Term Faculty

Area: Supply Chain Management and Analytics

  • Snead Hall
  • 301 W. Main Street
  • Box 844000
  • Richmond, VA, 23284-4000
  • Office: B4158


  • Business Analytics
  • Forecasting
  • Statistical Analysis


  • Statistics, quantitative and analytic methods to undergraduate and graduate business students.

After obtaining a BS in physics from the University of Genoa, Italy, Paolo moved to the US 30 years ago to complete a PhD in biophysics in collaboration between UC Davis Medical School and the University of Genoa. Upon graduation, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in theoretical biophysics from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he specialized on the 3D structure determination of small proteins and DNA fragments using NMR spectroscopy.

Paolo was later promoted to staff scientist with competences in structural biology where he worked on antidotes against bacteriological weapons. Over his scientific career, Paolo has published over 20 publications on peer reviewed journals and appeared as a speaker at several international conferences.

In 2000, Paolo enrolled in an MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, he worked in Dallas, TX, as a Summer Associate for the Boston Consulting Group. Upon completion of his MBA in 2002, Paolo secured a senior business analyst position with Altria in Richmond, VA, where he worked on pricing, forecasting and competitive brand strategy. In 2006, Paolo was promoted by Altria to technology manager where he worked on the product development of new smokeless products.

In 2009, to pursue his interests in education, Paolo accepted a full-time faculty position at the VCU School of Business to teach statistics and other quantitative methods to both undergraduate and graduate business students; he has been recently promoted to the rank of associate professor. In a consulting capacity, Paolo has developed mathematical and statistical models in supply chain management and forecasting, and has collaborated as a subject matter expert for online publishing companies in the authoring of business statistics and analytics pedagogical materials.

Throughout his professional career, Paolo has worked, studied and lived in three different continents and can speak several languages. He is a former soccer player and a golf enthusiast.