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Oklahoma State University

Brief Vita


Sunderesh S. Heragu is a Regents Professor, the Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair, and Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University. Previously he was the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in the Industrial Engineering department at the University of Louisville, where he was also Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI). He was also Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems (now Industrial and Systems Engineering) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has taught at State University of New York, Plattsburgh and held visiting appointments at State University of New York, Buffalo; Technical University of Eindhoven and University of Twente, in the Netherlands; and IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.


He completed his B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, India (affiliated to University of Mysore), MBA at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Research and Teaching

His research interests are in the development of real-time decision support systems for emergency preparedness for the healthcare and public health and emergency service sectors, modeling and analysis of drive-through mass vaccination clinic, supply chain management, design of next generation factory layouts, intelligent agent modeling of automated warehouse systems, application of RFID technology to improve intra-plant and inter-plant logistics, and integration of design and planning activities in advanced logistical systems. He has been PI or co-PI of projects totaling over $10 million including National Science Foundation funded projects worth $4 million, a $3.3 million project funded by the Department of Homeland Security, a $1.72 million project funded by the Defense Logistics Agency, and several others funded by private industry in many of the above areas. His research is focused on the application of deterministic as well as stochastic mathematical optimization models and/or knowledge-based techniques to supply chain management, logistics, facility location, layout, material flow network, order picking in automated warehouses, scheduling, cellular manufacturing and group technology problems. He is author of a book titled Facilities Design (currently in its fourth edition) and has authored or co-authored nearly 250 articles, many of which have appeared in journals, magazines, books, and conference proceedings. He has taught several courses in Operations Research, Service Logistics, Inventory Control, Production and Operations Management, Quality Control and Facilities Design, Planning and Control.


Dr. Heragu has received the Reed-Apple award, a lifetime achievement award from the Material Handling Institute for lifetime accomplishments in the material handling and logistics field. Dr. Heragu has received the David F Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He is also a Fellow of IISE, has won the IISE Award for Technical Innovation in 2008, the 1998 IISE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Award and IISE Transactions Award for Best Paper published in "Feature Applications" for a paper co-authored with his student, the 1998 and 1999 Gold Award of Excellence for leadership in Facilities Planning and Design, and the New York State and United University Professions New Faculty Development Award - a campus-wide award at SUNY-Plattsburgh, His biography appears in several Who's Who compilations.

Professional Service

Dr. Heragu has been invited to give keynote talks at several conferences and serves or has served on the editorial board of Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research, European Journal of Industrial Engineering, Flexible Services and ManufacturingIISE Transactions, International Journal of Automation and LogisticsInternational Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, and International Journal of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Heragu is an ABET Commissioner and an Examiner for Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Systems Engineering programs. He is also the Chair-Elect of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). He has served as Senior Vice-President for Publications and a member of the Board of Trustees for IISE. He was Director of IISE's Facilities Planning and Design Division, is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and a past member of College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE).