Purushothaman (Purush) Damodaran

Associate Professor and Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Tel: 815-753-5660

  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, NIU (1997),
  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University (2002).

Research Interests

  • Large-scale optimization (deterministic and stochastic mixed-integer linear programming
  • Network flow optimization
  • Meta-heuristics
  • Scheduling
  • Simulation (discrete-event and continuous)
  • Logistics, electronics manufacturing (lead-free assembly, lean manufacturing, six sigma).

Work Experience

  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Northern Illinois University (2009-present)
  • Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Florida International Unviersity, Miami (2006-2009)
  • Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton (2002-2006)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Omega Rho – Honor Society for Operations Research & Management Science (Inducted in 2007);
  • Alpha Pi Mu – Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Inducted in 1996);
  • Member - Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE);
  • Membber - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS);
  • Who’s Who in America (2005).

Selected Publications:

  • *Pradhan, S., P. Damodaran (2009). Performance characterization of complex manufacturing systems with general distributions and job failures. European Journal of Operational Research, 197, 588-598.
  • *Manjeshwar, P., P. Damodaran, K. Srihari (2009). Minimizing makespan in a flow shop with two batch-processing machines using simulated annealing. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 25, 667-679.
  • Damodaran, P., N.S. Hirani, M.C. Velez-Gallego (2009). Scheduling identical parallel batch processing machines to minimize makespan using Genetic Algorithms. European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 3(2) 187-206.
  • *Pradhan, S., P. Damodaran, K. Srihari (2008). Prediction of performance measures for Markovian type of manufacturing systems with product failures. European Journal of Operational Research, 184, 725-744.
  • *Iyer, S., S. Sajjala, P. Damodaran, K. Srihari (2008). Implementing 0201's on high density lead-free memory modules. IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing, 31(1), 41-50.
  • Damodaran, P., W.E. Wilhelm (2005). Branch-and-Price approach for prescribing profitable feature upgrades. International Journal of Production Research, 43(21), 4539-4558.
  • Damodaran, P., W.E. Wilhelm (2004). Branch-and-Price methods for prescribing profitable upgrades of high-technology products with stochastic demands. Decision Sciences, 35(1), 53-80.

Research Projects

Sponsored research funded by federal agency (National Science Foundation), and industry (IBM, Motorola, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Southern Gear & Machine, Innovative Scheduling, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Sanmina-SCI, Jabil Circuits, SmartModular Technologies, and Maines Paper & Food Services). Research topics include freight train scheduling, capacity planning, job shop scheduling, yard optimization & simulation, crew scheduling, PCB assembly and testing, manufacturing process improvements, design of experiments, etc.