Education: M.S. (1997) in Industrial Engineering, Northern Illinois University; Ph.D. (2002) in Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
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, NIU (2009-present); Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Florida International University, 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), and Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); Who’s Who in America (2005).
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, queuing approximations for server assembly, job shop shceduling, yard optimization & simulation, crew scheduling in cruise lines, PCB assembly and testing, manufacturing process improvements, design of experiments, lean and six sigma, etc. Sponsored projects completed worth ~$2 Million.