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Scott E. Grasman, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Scott E. Grasman is Professor and Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining RIT, he spent 10 years in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a sabbatical in Statistics and Operations Research at the Public University of Navarre in Spain. He recently returned from a two month appointment as Visiting Research Scholar at IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He received his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to academia, he has relevant industrial experience and industrial collaborations on research and curriculum activities. He has facilitated student exchange agreements and arranged for faculty scholarly visits with European and North African universities.

His primary research interests relate to the application of quantitative models, focusing on the design and development of supply chain and logistics networks. He has been the principal investigator on numerous funded research projects. With significant expertise in the areas of operations research, management science, and supply chain and logistics systems, he has developed mathematical models that aid managerial decision making by generating theoretical and applied solutions to important problems. Using traditional mathematical programming techniques, as well as agent-based modeling and simulation, his research teams have provided solutions for random yield production systems, manufacturing processes (e.g., headcount allocation, cross-training, and scheduling), and enterprise integration (e.g., integrated inventory/transportation systems and collaborative SMEs, and information sharing through connective technologies). Recent and on-going studies have focused on alternative fuels programs, public-private-partnerships in transportation, alternative energy infrastructure modeling/simulation, and sustainability in supply chain and facility logistics. His research also addresses engineering education, e.g., sustainability in engineering curriculum, curriculum development for vehicle electrification, and alternative energy graduate programs. His work has resulted in authorship or co-authorship of over 100 technical papers, including multiple best conference paper awards, as well as reviewer/editorial roles for various technical journals and books.

Dr. Grasman and his wife, Kellie, have three sons - Henry, Davis and Grant. The family enjoys traveling, sports, and playing with their dog, Maggie.

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  • Ph.D., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan

Awards and Honors

  • Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Award 2008, 2010
  • Missouri S&T Outstanding Teaching Commendations Award 2006, 2009
  • Missouri S&T Outstanding Teaching Award of Excellence 2007
  • Bernie Sarchet Service Award 2009
  • American Military Engineers Award 2009
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Teacher of the Year 2006-2007

Professional Societies

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Prior Appointments

  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
    Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

    Associate Chair for Graduate Studies 2008 – 2011
    Professor (effective September 2011)
    Associate Professor 2007 – 2011
    Assistant Professor 2001-2007
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
    Visiting Scholar June 2011-July 2011
  • Olin Business School
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Adjunct Professor, Operations & Manufacturing Management 2005 – 2011
  • Departamento de Estadística e Investigación Operativa
    Universidad Pública de Navarra

    Visiting Professor September 2007-August 2008
  • Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
    University of Michigan

    Adjunct Assistant Professor 2000-2001
    Graduate Research Assistant/Graduate Student Instructor 1994-2000

Research Projects

Journal Papers

Refereed Conference Papers


Invited Talks and Workshops