Purushothaman (Purush) Damodaran, Ph.D.

Title: Department Chair and Professor
Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Office Location: EB 230A
Office Phone: 815-753-5660
Email: pdamodaran@niu.edu


  • 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)

Selected Projects

  • Lean Out Insert Assembly, funded by Dunlee, a division of Philips Healthcare
  • Analyzing the Paint Lines, funded by Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Process Improvements for CAT Aurora K-Series Wheel Loader Assembly Lines, funded by Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Implementing a Pull System for Post Paint Operations, funded by Justrite Manufacturing Co.
  • CNC Efficiency Project, funded by CST Storage
  • Quality Management System, funded by Tek-Pak, Inc.
  • Lean Implementation for Cabinet Assembly, funded by Quality Fabricators Inc.
  • Gage R&R Study, funded by Caterpillar Inc.
  • Development of a Quality System, funded by Medikmark Inc.
  • Improving Material Handling for Image Industries, funded by Image Industries Inc.
  • Improving Material Flow, funded by WestRock
  • Implementing 5S and Lean Manufacturing, funded by Elgin Industries
  • Optimizing Freight Process, funded by Chalmers St. Consulting

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)
  • Member - 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

Work Experience

  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Northern Illinois University (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)
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