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Sunderesh S. Heragu
Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering
Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics
Director, Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI)

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292

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Sunderesh S. Heragu is Professor and the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in the Industrial Engineering department at the University of Louisville. He is also Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI). Previously he was Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems 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 current 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 is Principal Investigator for a $3.3 million contract managed by the National Institute of Hometown Security for the Department of Homeland Security, $1.72 million project funded by the Defense Logistics Agency, $0.26 million project on automated storage and retrieval systems funded by National Science Foundation and private industry in many of the above areas. He has been PI or co-PI of projects totaling over $10 million of which he has led over $3 million worth of NSF funded projects and $3 million worth of non NSF supported projects as the lead investigator. His previous research has 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 third edition) and has authored or co-authored over two hundred articles many of which have appeared in journals, magazines, books and conference proceedings. For a list of recent publications, click here. 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 David F Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). For a video clip of his acceptance speech, click here. He is also a Fellow of IIE, has won the IIE Award for Technical Innovation in 2008, the 1998 IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Award and IIE 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, In addition, Masters and Doctoral theses done under his direction have received the Delmar W. Karger Award for Outstanding Masters and Doctoral thesis. His biography appears in several Who's Who compilations.


Professional Service

Dr. Heragu has been invited to talk at several conferences and serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management (as Area Editor), Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research, European Journal of Industrial Engineering, and International Journal of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Heragu is Senior Vice-President for Publications and a member of the Board of Trustees for IIE, an ABET examiner for Systems and Industrial Engineering programs, was Facilities Layout and Material Handling department editor for IIE Transactions, Director of IIE's Facilities Planning and Design Division, is a senior member of Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and past member of College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE).

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