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Ph.D. Degree Dissertation

Note: All Ph.D. degree supervisions took place when I was working at Binghamton University and Florida International University.

  • Rojas, Miguel – Algorithms for scheduling batch processing machines in a job shop (Summer 2010).
  • Hulett, Maria – Queuing approximations for complex manufacturing systems (Spring 2010).
  • Mestry, Siddharth (Co-advised with Chin-Sheng Chen) – Models and algorithms for order selection and scheduling in a make-to-order enterprise, Co-Advisor (Spring 2010).
  • Velez-Gallego, Mario C. – Algorithms for scheduling parallel batch processing machines with non-identical job ready times (Spring 2006).
  • Bruno, Felix – An experimental study of voiding in mixed alloy assemblies (Spring 2006).
  • Pradhan, Salil – Capacity planning and allocation for a complex manufacturing system with job failures (Summer 2005).
  • Manjeshwar, Praveen Kumar – Scheduling batch processing machines in a flow shop (Summer 2005).


M.S. Degree Thesis Advisor

  • Noe, Christopher William - A lagrangian approach for warehouse location, allocation and sizing problem (expected Spring 2015).
  • Suhaimi, Nurul Mubinah - Minimizing makespan for non-identical batch processing machines in parallel using a lagrangian approach (Fall 2014).
  • **Amouie, Mahbod - Minimizing total weighted tardiness for non-identical batch scheduling machines (expected Summer 2014).
  • Call, Aaron – Improving order picking through slotting, layout analysis, and order routing (Summer 2012).
  • Sharma, Harsh – Scheduling unrelated parallel machines with setups (Summer 2011).
  • *Diyadawagamage, Don A. – PSO for non-identical parallel batch processing machines (Fall 2010).
  • Rao, Anantha G. – Particle swarm optimization to minimize makespan of a permutation flow shop with batch processing machines (Spring 2010).
  • Kulkarni, Niranjan - An investigation on bottleneck location, capacity, and buffer size on flow and flexible flow lines (Summer 2006).
  • Sajjala, Sandeep S. – Optimizing stencil and pad design for 0201 components in a lead free assembly (Summer 2006).
  • Hirani, Neal S. – Scheduling parallel batch processing machines to minimize makespan using genetic algorithms (Summer 2006).
  • George, Gikku J. – A simulation model to analyze post reflow processes at an electronics manufacturing facility (Summer 2006).
  • Antony, Albin – Fault tree analysis for automotive pressure sensor assembly lines (Summer 2006).
  • Manjunath, Deepak - A repeatable and reliable rework process for lead-free fine pitch BGAs (Summer 2005).
  • Pallipat, Paul - Heuristics to improve the operations of a dual head pick-and-place machine (Summer 2005).
  • Thiagarajan, Ashok - Improving the performance of a single head multi-nozzle pick-and-place machine (Summer 2005).
  • **Koli, Sumit - Optimizing slotting process in a warehouse (Summer 2004).
  • Ramachandran, Pradeep - Branch-and-Price for cell placement problem in VLSI physical design (Summer 2004).
  • **Deshpande, Anirudha - Real time monitoring system for a manufacturing system (Summer 2003).

* Awarded the University Fellowship

** Won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award


M.S. Degree Project Advisor

  • Manzoor, Fawwad - (expected Fall 2014).
  • Young, Jake Aaeon - (expected Fall 2014).
  • Holst, Matthew Joseph - (expected Spring 2014).
  • Sriram, Ragu Varan - Capacity analysis of a mixed model production line at Enjoy Life Foods Inc. (Spring 2014).
  • Taillon, Joseph - Improving cascade layer-picking operations at Del Monte Foods (Spring 2013).
  • Harrak, Lamiae El – Analysis of power pump assembly lines at SPX Hydraulics Technologies (Fall 2012).
  • Strohm, Kenneth – Utilizing six sigma DMAIC methodology in customer based warehouse storage assignment (Fall 2012). 
  • Zinouri, Nazanin – A column generation approach for minimizing total weighted tardiness on a batch processing machine (Summer 2012).
  • Raj, Shajan Cyril – Lean six sigma approach for educational service environment (Fall 2011).
  • Rayon, Adolfo – Continuous improvement of a job-shop quotation process, implementation of cellular manufacturing, bottleneck analysis, and scheduling (Summer 2011).
  • Ramenini, Bhanu Kishore – Mixed model assembly line balancing at Caterpillar Inc. (Summer 2011).
  • Giddu, Srikanth – Lagrangian relaxation for multi product variable capacity facility location sizing problem (Summer 2011).
  • Muskeyvalley, Rochelle – A GRASP approach for minimizing total weighted tardiness on a single batch-processing machine with non-identical job sizes and non-zero ready times (Summer 2011).
  • Weichman, Nick – A column generation approach for scheduling a batch processing machine with makespan objective (Summer 2011).
  • Babo, Brian (Co-advised with Richard Marcellus) – A simulation approach to WIP reduction in large wheel loader post assembly process (Spring 2011).
  • Frega, Patrick – An integrated lot sizing model for a multi-item, multi-period, multi-customer production system (Spring 2011).
  • Sathiyayani S., Shasti - Scheduling 988 Large Wheel Loader (LWL) mixed model assembly line at Caterpillar (CAT) Aurora (Spring 2011).
  • **Kanaganayagam, Kanesamalar – Applying Lean manufacturing tools to reduce waste at 988 Large Wheel Loader (LWL) assembly line Caterpillar (CAT) Aurora (Spring 2011).
  • Shah, Priyam – Process improvements for mixed model assembly line for NEEF and EEF subassembly lines at Caterpillar Inc. (Spring 2011).

 ** Won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award


M.S. Degree Paper Advisor

  • Dagoglu, Mert - Review of Taguchi Methods (Spring 2014).
  • Gudi, Sudhanth - Improving the operations of an OR in a healthcare system (Spring 2014).
  • Patil, Nimish - Design for Six Sigma (Spring 2014).
  • Tadur, Neeraj - Quick response manufacturing (Spring 2014).
  • Yalam, Nishanth Sai Krishna - Single machine batch processing problem formulation using Bender's decomposition and constraint programming (Spring 2014).
  • Catari, Mythri - A review of time and motion studies (Fall 2013).
  • Reddy, Yeshwanth - (Fall 2013).
  • Mudiganti, Mrudula - (Summer 2013).
  • Rangavajjula, Prathyusha - (Summer 2013)
  • Hassan, Masood Ul - (Summer 13).
  • Goyal, Swati - (Summer 2013).
  • Easto, Jonathan - Review of clustering algorithms (Spring 2013).
  • Anupindi, Lohit - Design for Six Sigma (Spring 2013).
  • Vardhan, Bangaru Vishnu – Minimizing the makespan of non-identical parallel batch processing machine using column generation (Spring 2012).
  • Kuftaro, Hakim – Lot sizing problems: a review of algorithms, mathematical models, and comparison of solution approaches (Spring 2011).
  • Junaidi, Fasahat Ali – Mathematical models for games and puzzles (Summer 2010).
  • Guttikonda, Mallika Chowdry – GRASP for scheduling capacitated batch processing machines (Summer 2010).
  • Akgun, Nurhan – Decision problems in warehousing and distribution centers (Spring 2010).


Contact Info

Purush Damodaran
Engineering Building 230
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115