Research

My research (and teaching) interests are in applied operations research and supply chain design.  Both are big fields, wide with application areas and impacts.  More specifically, my research mantra is:

My primary research area is applying operations research methodologies to logistic challenges in facility logistics, health-care, distribution center design, supply chains, transportation, and the military.

I consider myself a “modeler.”  My typical research approach is to determine an interesting and important problem to study, develop a model that encompasses the primary trade-offs in the process or system, discover a solution approach to solve the model, and conduct experiments that use the developed model and solution approach to provide managerial insights or policy recommendations.

My dissertation under the direction of Russ Meller analyzed the role order-fulfillment plays in pharmaceutical distribution.  My dissertation included a variety of analytic models to help guide decisions as diverse as how to locate medications in a hospital to prevent adverse drug effects to determining which SKUs should be placed in an A-Frame system (which are highly automated picking systems) in a distribution center.  I enjoyed the work because it spanned a wide range of topics that were all connected through the need to provide the right medications to the right patient at the right time, and in the right quantity.

My research efforts have continued in the intersection of applied operations research and logistic challenges.  I have specifically focused on the following application areas.  Please click on the links below to see some of my current research projects within each of the categories.

  1. Distribution Center Design.
  2. Transportation
  3. Healthcare Logistics
  4. Sea-Based Logistics

In addition, a detailed description of my publications and presentations can be found in my Curriculum Vita.

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