Martha Pilcher

Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
Adjunct Lecturer in Health Sciences

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985
  • MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1978
  • BA, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1976

  • Operations Management
  • Quality Control and Management
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Mathematical Programming Models

Positions Held
  • At the University of Washington since 1987
  • Adjunct lecturer at the University of Colorado (1992-Present)
  • Adjunct lecturer in UW Dept. of Health Services (1989-Present)
  • Technical staff for AT&T Bell Laboratories (1985-1987)
  • Visiting assistant professor at Purdue University (1984-1985)
  • Instructor at Emory University (1980-1984)

Current Research
  • Polyhedral theory and cutting planes
  • Symmetric traveling salesman problem
  • Statistics and methodology for comparing heuristics
  • Test problem gener-ation
  • Vehicle routing
  • Logistics
  • Health-care applications of OM/QM tools and techniques

Honors and Awards
  • Undergraduate Professor of the Quarter for Spring for Operations Management (2006)

Academic Service
  • Helped to develop inter-disciplinary certificate program in Global Transportation and Logistics

Selected Publications
  • "Polynomial Constructability and Traveling Salesman Problems of Intermediate Complexity," with R. Radin and C. Rovey, in Complexity in Numerical Optimization edited by P. Pardalos, World Scientific (1993).
  • "Partial Polyhedral Description and Generation of Discrete Optimization Problems with Known Optima," with R. L. Rardin, Naval Research Logistics (1992).
  • "Fleet Size Planning When Outside Carrier Services are Available," with J. Klincewicz and H. Luss, Transportation Science (August 1990).

Selected Consulting Experience
  • Seattle Children's Hospital: Implementation of reengineering effort
  • Washington State Department of Transportation: Co-Principle Investigator on project
  • UW Health Services: Lead role in developing three-course sequence that combines biostatistics, epidemiological methods, and their application in health service delivery settings

Contact Information

Office:414 Paccar Hall

Mailing Address

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226