Thomas Schmitt

Associate Professor Emeritus of Operations Management
Director of Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies Program

  • DBA, Indiana University, 1981
  • MBA, University of Cincinnati, 1974
  • BBA, University of Cincinnati, 1973

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing scheduling
  • Service operations
  • Project Management
  • Business Process Reengineering

Positions Held
  • At the University of Washington since 1980
  • G.A. Gray Division of Warner and Swasey:  Production and Inventory Control Manager (1974-75)

Current Research
  • Inventory management in a manufacturing firm
  • Scheduling repetitive projects

Honors and Awards
  • Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Award finalist for The Bummer Game: An Interactive Exercise in Reengineering (1996)
  • Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award (1988)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award from Indiana University (1977)

Academic Service
  • Chairman of Faculty Advisory Board for the Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics (GTTL) Program (1997-present)

Selected Publications
  • "Scheduling Recurrent Construction," with Bruce Faaland, Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 51, No. 8, pp. 1102-1128 (Dec. 2004).
  • "Economic Lot Scheduling with Lost Sales and Setup Times," with T. Arreola-Risa and Bruce Faaland, IEE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics (Nov. 2003).
  • Your Lean Team, Use It, or Lost It,” with Karen Brown and Richard Schonberger, Target, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2003).
  • "Improved Scheduling Method and System," U.S. Patent No. 5,524,077 (1996).
  • "Cost-Based Scheduling of Workers and Equipment in a Fabrication and Assembly Shop," with B. Faaland, Operations Research, Vol. 41, No. 2 (1993).
  • "A New Algorithm for Computing the Maximal Closure of a Graph," Management Science (1990).
  • "Scheduling Tasks with Due Dates in a Fabrication/Assembly Process," Operations Research (1987).

Selected Consulting Experience
  • Puget Sound Blood Center: Improving the supply chain for blood delivery using animated simulation
  • Keg Restaurant Company: Layout and staffing for new restaurants using simulation analysis

Contact Information

Office:Mackenzie Hall, Room 201

Mailing Address

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

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