Research in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering

Dramatic, measurable advancements continue to propel UTA toward its goal of becoming one of the nation’s premier research institutions.

The University is designated an R-1 Carnegie “highest research activity” institution, putting it in an elite group. The College of Engineering accounts for nearly half of the university’s research expenditures each year.

Research Areas in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering

Data Analytics and Operations Research

  • Victoria Chen, Ph.D. Approximate Dynamic Programming, Stochastic Programming, Adaptive Treatment Strategies, Airline Optimization, Energy System Optimization, Environmental Decision-making, Sustainability Assessment. 
  • Bill Corley, Ph.D. Optimization Theory, Game Theory, Large-scale Linear Programming, Multi-Objective Optimization, Decision Analysis. 
  • Erick C. Jones, Jr., Ph.D. Discrete and Stochastic Optimization, Machine Learning, Discrete Event Simulation, Agent Based Modeling
  • Chen Kan, Ph.D. High-dimensional data analytics, Machine Learning, Statistical Modeling, Signal / Image Processing.
  • Aera LeBoulluec, Ph.D. Data mining, Identify and Analyze Patterns, Decision Analysis (Decision Tree) 
  • Jay Rosenberger, Ph.D. Integer Programming, Stochastic Programming, Large-scale Linear Programming, Applied Simulation, Queuing Models. 
  • Shouyi Wang, Ph.D. Personalized Medicine, Health Care Decision-making, Reinforcement Learning.
  • Yuan Zhou, Ph.D. Agent Based Simulation, Discrete Event Simulation, Data Analytics.

Engineering Education

  • Bonnie Boardman, Ph.D. Undergraduate Program Director, Student Engagement, First Year Entrepreneurial Mindset Development, Learning Analytics.  
  • Jamie Rogers, Ph.D., P.E.;  ABET Assessment, Sustainability, Senior Design Experience. 

Engineering Statistics

  • Victoria Chen, Ph.D. Experimental Design, Statistical Modeling, Design and Analysis of Computer Experiments, Data Mining, Statistical Process Control . 
  • Bill Corley, Ph.D. Distribution Theory, Evidentiary Statistics. 
  • Aera LeBoulluec, Ph.D. Statistical Modeling, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Statistical Process Control 
  • Jay Rosenberger, Ph.D. Optimization of Statistical Models, Design and Analysis of Computer Experiments. 
  • Shouyi Wang, Ph.D. Data Mining, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition. 

Human Factors

  • Shuchisnigdha Deb, Ph.D.
  • Mahmudur Rahman, Ph.D.


  • Erick C. Jones, Jr., Ph.D. Energy and Resilience, Supply Chain Optimization, Healthcare Systems.
  • Caroline Krejci, Ph.D. Regional Food Supply Chains, Crowd-Shipping, Sustainability, Agent-Based Modeling.
  • Jamie Rogers, Ph.D., P.E. Healthcare Systems, Transportation and Distribution Systems.
  • Jay Rosenberger, Ph.D. Airline Operations, Airspace Modeling, Airport Planning, Vehicle Routing, Nurse Staffing, Maintenance Scheduling, Energy Systems.


  • Brian Huff, Ph.D. Autonomous Systems, Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems. 
  • Erick C. Jones, Jr. Ph.D Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Smart Sensors.
  • Chen Kan, Ph.D. Additive Manufacturing, Statistical Quality Control.
  • Jamie Rogers, Ph.D. Facilities Planning and Layout Design. 
  • Yiran (Emma) Yang, Ph.D. Advanced Manufacturing. 

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

  • Paul Componation, Ph.D. Development and Optimization of Complex Systems, Decision Analysis in Distributed Engineering Design Teams, Parametric Cost modeling.
  • Susan Ferreira, Ph.D. Systems Thinking, Requirements Engineering, Complex Systems and Systems of Systems (SoS) Modeling and Analysis, Systems Engineering Strategy, Risk Management, Sustainability, Ontologies, Investigation of New Areas of Systems Engineering Application. 
  • Mohammad Jahanbakht, Ph.D. Technology Management and Innovation Policy.
  • Yuan Zhou, Ph.D. Complex Systems Modeling, Healthcare Systems Engineering.


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