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Dr, Mandyam SrinivasanDr. Mandyam Srinivasan

Pilot Corporation Chair of Excellence, Professor

Dr. Mandyam Srinivasan joined the faculty in 1992. His current research interests are in performance modeling and evaluation of manufacturing systems. His teaching interests include performance evaluation, lean production systems design and operation, and supply chain management.

Dr. Mandyam M. Srinivasan holds the Pilot Corporation Chair of Excellence in Business. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. His professional experience includes five years of employment in the automobile manufacturing industry. He received the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences in 2006. He has won numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching.

Dr. Srinivasan teaches in the Executive MBA program, the Aerospace & Defense MBA program, the Professional MBA program, and in numerous programs run by the Center for Executive Education. His research and teaching efforts have been supported by grants and contracts from various organizations including the U.S. Air Force, the National Science Foundation, Northern Telecom, General Motors, Allied Signal-Honeywell and IBM. He served as the Focus Issue Editor for IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing and as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems. 

Dr. Srinivasan has adopted a breakthrough approach to supply chain management in his book, Streamlined: 14 Principles for Building and Managing the Lean Supply Chain, published by Thomson in 2004, and the subsequent book, Supply Chain Management for Competitive Advantage: Concepts and Cases, published by Tata McGraw-Hill in 2008. 

In his spare time he enjoys playing "music" on his guitar.

Selected Journal Publications:

  • “Optimal inventory levels for high-variety, low-volume, manufacturing systems.”  Co-author: S. Viswanathan.  To appear in IIE Transactions.
  •  “What is the value of real-time shipment tracking information?”  IIE Transactions, v 41, pp. 1019-1034, December 2009.  Co-authors: M. Liu and N. Vepkhvadze.
  •  “Performance bounds for flexible systems requiring setups.”  Management Science, v 53, pp. 991-1004, June 2007.  Co-author: M. P. Singh.
  •  “Warner Robins Air Logistics Center streamlines aircraft repair and overhaul.”  Interfaces, pp. 7-21, January-February 2007. Co-authors: W. D. Best, S. Chandrasekaran.
  •  “A framework for capacity planning and machine configuration in flexible assembly systems.”  International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, v 18, pp. 239-268.  December 2006.  Co-authors: F. Lee and C. A. Yano.
  • "An efficient exact procedure for analyzing the state dependent polling model." IIE Transactions, v 38, pp. 153-158. February 2006. Co-author: M. P. Singh.
  • "Are you using the right supply chains design?" To appear in Supply Chain Management Review, Summer 2005. Co-author: J. M. Reeve.
  • "Applying theory of constraints principles and lean thinking at the Marine Corps Maintenance Center." Defense Acquisition Review Journal, pp. 134-145, August-November 2004, Co-authors: D. Jones and A. Miller.
  • "Woodward Aircraft Engine Systems sets work-in-process levels for high-variety, low-volume products." Interfaces, v 33, pp. 61-69, July-August 2003. Co-authors: S. Ebbing, A. Swearingen.
  • "Exact analysis of the state dependent polling model." Queueing Systems - Theory and Applications, v 41, pp. 371-399, 2002. Co-author: M. P. Singh.
  • "The relationship between preventive maintenance and manufacturing system performance." European Journal of Operational Research, v 132, pp. 146-162, 2001. Co-authors: D. Gupta, Y. Gunalay.
  • "Setups in polling models: does it make sense to set up if no work is waiting?" Journal of Applied Probability, v 36, pp. 585-592, 1999. Co-authors: R. B. Cooper and S-C. Niu. 
  • "Some reflections on the renewal theory paradox in queueing theory." Journal of Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Analysis, v 11, no. 3, pp. 355-368, 1999. Co-authors: R. B. Cooper and S-C. Niu. 
  • "Just how much does product variety cost?" Management Science, v 44, no. 7, pp. 1017-1020, 1998. Co-author: D. Gupta. 
  • "When does forced idle time improve performance in polling models?" Management Science, v 44, no 8, pp. 1079-1086, 1998. Co-authors: R. B. Cooper and S-C. Niu.
  • "Production-Inventory systems with preventive maintenance." IIE Transactions, v 28, no. 11, pp. 879-890, 1996. Co-author: H. S. Lee.
  • "Polling systems with state-dependent setup times." Queueing Systems, v 22, pp. 403-423, 1996. Co-author: D. Gupta.
  • "A decomposition theorem for polling models: the switchover times are effectively additive." Operations Research, v 44, no. 4, pp. 629-633, 1996. Co-authors: R. B. Cooper and S-C. Niu.
  • "The variance paradox and its implications for Japanese production theory." Interfaces, v 26, no. 4, pp. 69-77, 1996. Co-author: D. Gupta.
  • "When should a roving server be patient?" Management Science, v 42, no. 3, pp. 437-451, March 1996. Co-author: D. Gupta.
  • "The individual station technique for the analysis of polling systems." Naval Research Logistics, v 43, no. 1, pp. 79-101, 1996. Co-authors: H. Levy, A. G. Konheim.
  • "Relating polling models with non-zero and zero switchover times." Queueing Systems - Theory and Applications, v 19, no 1-2, pp. 149-168, 1995. Co-authors: R. B. Cooper and S-C. Niu.
  • "Descendant Set: An efficient approach for analysis of polling systems." IEEE Transactions on Communications, v 42, no. 2/3/4, pp. 1245-1253, 1994. Co-authors: H. Levy and A. G. Konheim.
  • "Optimal replacement policies for systems with multiple standby components." IEEE Transactions on Reliability, v 43, no. 3, pp. 414-422, 1994. Co-author: H. S. Lee.