Professor of Quantitative Methods
PhD, Stanford University, 1971Specialties
MS, Stanford University, 1968
BS, Stanford University, 1966
Manufacturing management, scheduling, inventory control. Operations research applications in database organization and forestry. Design of integer programming algorithms. Mathematical foundations of convex optimization problems. Theory and applications of partitions of numbers. Portfolio selection models.Positions Held
University of Washington since 1971Current Research
MIT Operations Research Center (1977-78)
Scheduling repetitive construction projects (airplanes, houses, trucks), economic lot size problems.Honors and Awards
- Burlington Northern/Burlington Resources Professor of Manufacturing Management (1992-98)
- Finalist in the Instructional Innovation Award Competition of the Decision Sciences Institute (1996)
- Arthur Andersen Professor of Management Science (1987-91)
- GTE Professor of Quantitative Methods (1986-87)
- Burlington Northern Foundation Teaching Achievement Award (1983)
- MBA Professor of the Year (1982-83)
Selected Consulting Experience
- "Scheduling Recurrent Construction," with Tom Schmitt, Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 51, No. 8, December 2004, pp. 1102-1128.
- “Economic Lot Scheduling with Lost Sales and Setup Times,” with T. Arreola-Risa and Tom Schmitt, IIE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics, Vol. 36, No. 4, November 2003.
- “Scheduling Method and System,” with T. Schmitt, U.S. Patent 5,524,077, 19 claims, 12 drawing sheets, 1996.
- "Cost-based Scheduling of Workers and Equipment in a Fabrication and Assembly Shop,” with T. Schmitt Operations Research, Vol. 41, No. 2, 1993, pp. 253-268.
- "Assembly Line Balancing with Resource Dependent Task Times," with T. Klastorin, T. Schmitt, and A. Shtub, Decision Sciences, Vol. 23, 1992, pp. 343-364.
- “A New Algorithm for Computing the Maximal Closure of a Graph," with K. Kim and T. Schmitt, Management Science, Vol. 36, No. 3, 1990, pp. 315-331.
- "An Improved Network Based Algorithm for the Assembly Line Balancing Problem," with F. Easton, T. Klastorin, and T. Schmitt, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 27, No. 11, 1989, pp. 1901-1915.
- "Spatially Constrained Timber Harvest Scheduling," with A. O'Hara and B. Bare, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Vol. 19, 1989, pp. 715-724.
- "Scheduling Tasks Under Due Dates in a Fabrication/Assembly Process," with T. Schmitt, Operations Research, Vol. 35, No. 3, 1987.
- "Log Bucking and Lumber Manufacturing Using Dynamic Programming," with D. Briggs, Management Science, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1984 pp. 245-257.
- AVTECH, programming model to generate schedules for workers, machines, and product flow.
- Boeing, programming and simulation to analyze final assembly operations.
- Keg Restaurants, simulation to analyze changes to design and layout of restaurants.
Foster School of Business, Paccar Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3226
"Very different manufacturing strategies can be successful. However, the common denominators to improved performance typically include reduced flow time, quicker response time to customer orders and inquiries, lower inventory carrying costs, drastic reductions in nonvalue-added time, and smoother process and information flows."