Jim Burns, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation
Bio: Jim joined the faculty at Purdue Polytechnic in 2015 after completing a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University, and has more than 10 years industry experience in the manufacturing sector in a variety of roles including process engineering, operations management, and technical sales. His area of expertise centers on applying OR/MS and Simulation techniques to Supply Chain & Operations Management problems, and has also conducted research in the areas of Human Factors and Work Design for evaluating time and motion efficiencies of operations. Jim also holds an undergraduate IE degree and a Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Bob White has a Ph.D. in Engineering Valuation from Iowa State University (1980). He is currently a professor of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering & Engineering Management at Western Michigan University. His interests include entrepreneurial engineering, engineering economy, capital budgeting, and operations control. Dr. White is actively involved as a consultant to industry having been involved with numerous companies. Dr. White has over 20 journal publications and more than 50 articles in conference proceedings. Some of Dr. White’s journal publications include The Engineering Economist, Computers and Industrial Engineering, The International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, and The International Journal of Production Research. His professional affiliations include or have included IIE, ASEE, and SME.
Azim Houshyar has a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida (1978). He is currently a Professor of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering & Engineering Management at Western Michigan University. His interests include simulation methodology, reliability engineering, application of operations research to manufacturing processes, and production control.
Since 1987, Dr. Houshyar has been actively involved with consultation to local, national, and international manufacturing corporations. A few examples are: Whirlpool Corp., Humphrey Products, Eaton Corp., Checker Motors Inc., Steelcase, Ford Vehicle Operations, Ford Powertrains, Ford Stamping, Ford Electronics, Ford Framing, Ford Assembly, Verson, Automatic Feed, Pratt & Whitney, Prince Corporation, Herman Millers, and ABB Olofstrom. He has assisted corporations in the United States, Germany, Check Republic, Iran, Portugal, Canada, and Mexico.
From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Houshyar spent all of his spring and summer terms at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) assisting them with the scheduling of the EBR-II nuclear reactor shutdown. Dr. Houshyar developed several mathematical and simulation models that helped plan for the reactor shutdown accordingly.
Dr. Houshyar has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Modelling and Simulation for over 20 years, and is very active in publication of scholarly articles. He has over 30 journal publications and 100 articles in conference proceedings. Some of Dr. Houshyar’s journal publications are in Computer and Industrial Engineering, Computers in Industry, The International Journal of Modelling and Simulation, Applied Ergonomics, The International Journal of Production Research, Industrial Management, Simulation, and The Institute of Industrial Engineering Transactions, to name a few. His professional affiliations include ORSA, TIMS, APICS, SME, and IIE.
Dr. Houshyar can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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