Shahram Taj
Shahram Taj, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
College of Management
248-204-3082
staj@ltu.edu

Dr. Shahram Taj is Professor and Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He is an accomplished academician, executive consultant, and with an expertise in business model innovation, lean and sustainable operations, strategic management, production systems design, systems optimization/simulation, and supply chain management.

Dr. Shahram Taj was the Cameron Endowed Chair of Management and Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 2008 to 2013. He previously taught at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1987 to 2008 and earned the University of Detroit Mercy President's Award for Faculty Excellence. He also taught in the Global Entrepreneurial MBA Program at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006 and was a visiting professor at Peking University in China teaching in the Beijing International MBA Program in 2004.  Dr. Taj also taught at Baruch College, The City University of New York (the largest business school in the United States) from 1984 to 1987. 

Dr. Taj has developed several world-class graduate programs such as the MS in Product Development in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Ford, Xerox, and the National Science Foundation. He also developed graduate degree programs in Software Engineering, EMBA, and Supply Chain/Transportation Efficiency Systems (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation) at the University of Detroit Mercy. 

Dr. Taj has conducted over 100 projects at Ford, Visteon, New Venture Gear (formerly joint venture of GM and DaimlerChrysler), GM-Holden, Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger in the United States, Germany, Australia, and Japan. The projects have covered productivity improvements, implementing lean manufacturing, and optimizing process design. In 1999, he earned the Franz Edelman Finalist Award for Achievement in Operations Research/Management Science. The award was based on projects that resulted in $15.5 million capital savings and a profit increase of over $2 billion for Ford Motor Company. From 1998 to 2000, Shahram worked directly with the executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations of the New Venture Gear Company in designing a new lean automotive manufacturing plant in Germany to supply powertrain to Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg that resulted in savings of $21 million. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Taj served as an Executive Technical Advisor to executives in the new worldwide Supply Chain and Manufacturing Division at Baker Hughes in Houston.

Shahram also collaborated with the Production System Design Laboratory at MIT conducting research in the design and the implementation of “lean production systems” in the automotive industry in the U.S. and Europe from 1996 to 2000.  Dr. Taj has served as Thesis Advisor/Reader of over 100 graduate students at UDM including a doctoral thesis committee at MIT. He served as the track chair of the “Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Information Management, Supply Chain, and Product Development” for the SAE International in Ireland, Spain, and France.  He has published over 60 refereed articles in journals and proceedings of many international conferences. Recently, he published several articles on the adaptation of lean production in China and Bank Efficiency in Turkey. 

Shahram earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts (1984).  He has a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island (1980) and a BS in Applied Mathematics/Operations Research from the School of Planning and Computer Applications in Tehran (1977).


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

1984     Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
             University of Massachusetts

1980     M.S., Industrial Engineering 
             University of Rhode Island

1977     B.S., Applied Mathematics and Operations Research
             College of Planning and Computer Applications, Tehran

(Extensive coursework in all functions of business: economics, management, marketing, finance, accounting, and business law)

HONORS AND AWARDS

2004     MPD Pride
             Award of Academic Recognition in Master of Science in Product Development
             University of Detroit Mercy

1999     Franz Edelman Finalist Award- INFORMS
             Paper: Productivity on the fast track: simulation-based decision support system drives training, operations and planning at Visteon Sterling Plant - Results $15.5 million capital savings and $2 billion profit increase

1993     Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Award

1992     President's Award for Faculty Excellence
             University of Detroit Mercy

MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

2013-Present     Program Director, Department of Management and Marketing
                           College of Management, Lawrence Technological University

2008-2013          Chair, Department of Management and  Marketing
                           Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas

2006-2008          Director of International Programs
                           College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
                           Directing the EMBA Joint programs with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, overseas international business courses, and expansion of business programs in China.

2004-2007          Acting Director of the Executive MBA program
                           College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
                           My duties included benchmarking Executive MBAs, developing the new EMBA curriculum, scheduling/coordinating classes, and interview of graduate applicants

2002-2008          Academic Director of the Product Development Program
                           University of Detroit Mercy
                           As Academic Director my duties included updating curriculum, reviewing and admission of new graduate students, recruiting adjunct faculty, supervising the thesis work of master’s degree students, and supervising research and teaching assistants

2002-2008          Discipline Coordinator of Decision Sciences
                           College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy

1990-1998          Academic/Research Coordinator, Decision and System Sciences
                           College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
                           As Academic/Research Coordinator my duties included curriculum updates, developing new curricula, recruiting full-time and adjunct faculty, scheduling classes, mentoring junior faculty towards tenure and promotion, promoting research and publications among faculty, and selecting research assistants

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2013-Present     Professor and Program Director
                          Department of Management and Marketing
                          College of Management, Lawrence Technological University

2008-2013         Cameron Endowed Chair of Management and Marketing
                          Professor of Management
                          Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas

1994-2008         Professor of Operations Management and Systems Optimization
                          College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy

2004                  Visiting Professor of Operations Management
                          Beijing International MBA Program, Peking University, China

1987-1994         Associate Professor, Operations Management and Systems Optimization
                          College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy

1984-1987         Assistant Professor, Department of Management
                          Bernard Baruch College, The City University of New York

1982-1983         Research Associate, School of Management, University of Massachusetts
                          Developed a Decision Support System for computing food plans for the USDA. The food plans are used by the USDA, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Food Stamp Program

1981-1983         Instructor, School of Management
                          University of Massachusetts

1980-1982         Research Assistant, School of Management, University of Massachusetts
                          Designed a User Controlled Database Management System for computing iron in meals for the USDA

1978-1980         Research Assistant, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rhode Island
                          Designed and implemented Health Care Information Systems for the University of Rhode Island Health Services (The system processes over 35,000 records annually)

MAJOR CONSULTING CONTRACTS

2009-2010        Baker Hughes
                         Technical Advisor to Supply Chain Executives (VP levels)

2001-2006        Optimal Scheduling Solutions, L.L.C.
                         Vice President of Product Development
                         Consulting and overseeing software development for supply chain

1999-2000        Consortium of Marubeni, Japan High Comm, and PAC
                         Senior Consultant
                         Worked with Japanese, Australian, and American engineers/mangers in Australia and Japan in designing a new automotive high performance engine plant for GM/Holden in Australia

1998-2000        New Venture Gear (Joint Venture of GM and DaimlerChrysler)
                         Executive Consultant in Simulation, Optimization, and Lean Manufacturing
                         Worked directly with the executive vice president of worldwide operations in designing a new lean automotive power-train manufacturing plant in Germany –The lean production system design approach resulted in savings of $21 million.

1997-2000        Ford Motor Company, Sterling Axle Plant
                         Senior Consultant in Simulation & Optimization
                         Implementing lean manufacturing with a combination of new and existing facilities for gear manufacturing, – in cooperation with Dr. David Cochran at the Production Systems Design Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1996-2000        Ford Motor Company, Sterling Axle Plant
                         Senior Consultant in Simulation & Optimization
                         Productivity improvement, optimizing, and design of assembly lines for axles - capital savings of  $15.5 million, profit increase of  $2 billion

1995-1996        Ford Motor Company, Sterling Axle Plant
                         Senior Consultant in Simulation & Optimization
                         Optimized and improved the design of slip-yoke manufacturing line that resulted in cost avoidance of $10.5 million, simulation and productivity improvement of the Driveshaft Business Unit identified about 250 excess daily labor hours due to batch operations, lack of coordination, unlimited WIP, and unavailability of accurate production data with potential annual cost savings of $2 million

1993-1994        Ford Motor Company, Romeo Engine Plant
                         Faculty Intern
                         Developed a simulation-based productivity training that became very successful and used at several other Ford’s plants worldwide

1981-1982        Comcater International Inc
                         Management Information System Consultant
                         Developed commercial grade food/menu planning software

GRANTS RECEIVED

2007     $92,501, PI, Founding: MIOH-UTC (US Dept. of Transportation, Michigan DOT, Ohio DOT)
                   Co-PIs:
                              University of Detroit Mercy: Utpal Dutta
                              University of Toledo: Subba Rao, Mark Vonderembse, and Paul Hong
                   A collaborative Supply Chain/Transportation Efficiency Systems graduate degree program

2004     $3,000, PI, Founding: BiMBA, Peking University, China
             Assessing the State of Lean Manufacturing in China

2000     $15,000, PI, Funding: NSF Grant for PD21
             Transfer the systems optimization curriculum for product development from MIT and develop relevant materials/application to the automotive industry

1999     $38,000, PI, Funding: NSF Grant for PD21
             Transfer the operations management curriculum for product development from MIT and develop relevant materials/application to the automotive industry

1990     Summer Research Grant, University of Detroit Mercy
             Application of Mathematical Programming in Planning of Human Diets

1985     Summer Research Grant, Bernard Baruch College
             Bi-Criterion Quadratic Programming Model of the Diet Problem

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES AND TRAINING

  • AACSB  Continuous Improvement Conference, Atlanta, September 21-23, 2008
  • AACSB International Conferences - “World Class Practices in Management Education” 21-22 May 2007, Beijing
  • Lean for the Twenty-first Century Auto Industry, University of Michigan Japan Technology Management Program / Lean Enterprise Institute, Dearborn, May 1-3, 2000
  • Value Stream Workshop, Ford-Visteon Chassis Division, April 12-14, 2000         
  • Education Consortium for Product Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 12-16, 1999
  • Innovation in Product Development, Engineering/Manufacturing Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 20-21, 1999          
  • Teaching Management Science with Spreadsheet, The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, June 27- 30, 1998
  • Ford Production System / Lean Manufacturing Design Rules, April 29-30, 1998
  • Lean Manufacturing Workshop, by Dr. Cochran from MIT, April 20-21, 1998
  • Taylor II Simulation Training, Sundance, Utah, 1995
    • AACSB Continuous Improvement Symposium. St. Louis, Missouri, Sept., 1994
  • Simulation Methodology Using Witness, HRDC, Ford Motor Company, July 21-23, 1993
  • Teaching Business Ethics,  Arthur Anderson, June 27 -28, 1991
  • Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position, by Dr. W. Edward Deming, Dearborn, Michigan, June 4-7, 1991

COURSES TAUGHT

     Global Strategic Management
     Operations Management and Supply Chain
     Global Supply Chain Management –Morocco Live Case 
     Design and Management of Global Supply Chain
     Management and Control of Operations and Quality
     Lean Management
     Systems Thinking - System Dynamics
     Decision Analysis
     Modeling and Executive Decision Analysis
     Systems Optimization and Simulation
     Simulation
     Operations Research
     Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
     Management Information Systems
     Introduction to Information Systems 

CURRICULA DEVELOPMENT

  • Master of Science in System Engineering and  Management  (2012)
  • Revision of Applied Strategic Management – MBA Capstone (2009)
  • Sustainable Business Development – MBA elective  (2009)
  • System Dynamics – MBA elective  (2009)
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain/Transportation Efficiency Systems – This program has been developed with cooperation with the University of Toledo (2006-2007)
  • Executive MBA – This cohort-based program is designed around nine cross-functional themes, (since 2005)           
  • Master of Science in Product Development - This cohort-based graduate program is based on the system design and management program/product development track at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed in cooperation with Ford, General Motors, IBM, ITT, Polaroid, Xerox with funding from the NSF (since 1999)
  • Master of Science in Software Management/Engineering (since 1991)

RESEARCH

Under Review

  1. Shahram Tan and Elham Mousavidin, “Using Discrete-Event Visual Simulation to Teach Process Modeling in MBA Operations Management Courses”

Completed Manuscript

  1. Reaching the BOP through “DIY” Apparel Kits: A Business Model Designed to Tap into the BOP. With Sarena
  2. Planning Manufacturing Facilities for Total Supply Chain System Optimization. With Jamie Hesterberg 
  3. Sustainable Business Development and Business Model Innovation for the Bottom of the Pyramid: Novatis Group. With Dr. Beena George and Sarena Garcia-DeLeone

In Progress

  1. Sustainability and Business Model Innovation at the Bottom of the Pyramid: A Graduate Business Project. With Beena George
  2. Rack Requirement Planning for  Green Supply Chain
  3. Supply Chain Optimization:  MRP-Based Production Optimization – Multi-product, Multi-Plant, Hierarchy of tiers suppliers
  4. Portfolio optimization modeling for social media advertising.
  5. Simulation modeling for social media advertising.

PUBLISHED JOURNAL (REFEREED) ARTICLE

  1. Shahram Taj, Souheil Badda, Sarena Garcia-DeLeone, and Beena George, “Morocco’s Novatis Group: Diaper Manufacturing in a Developing Country”, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 2012, Vol. 2. No. 8, pp. 1-11.
  1. Shahram Taj, Hassan Shirvani, Bahman Mirshab, and Ahmet Zia, “Bank Efficiency in Turkey during the Recent Global Crisis, Banks and Bank Systems Journal, 2012, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 5-10. 
  1. Shahram Taj, Galia Novakova Nedeltcheva, George Pfeil, and Michael Roumaya, “A Spread-Sheet Model for Efficient Production and Scheduling of a Manufacturing Line/Cell”, International Journal of Production Research, 2012, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 1141-1154.
  1. Shahram Taj, Cyrus Motlagh, Mary Ann Hazen, and Cristian Morosan “Dependencies within Dimensions of Lean Manufacturing: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Plants” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2011, pp. 279-302.
  1. Shahram Taj, Hassan Shirvani and Bahman Mirshab A New Approach to Data Envelopment Analysis with an Application to Bank Efficiency in Turkey, Banks and Bank Systems Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011, pp. 42-47.
  1. Shahram Taj and Cristian Morosan, “The Impact of Lean Operations on the Chinese Manufacturing Performance” Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 22, No. 1. 2011, pp. 223-240.
  1. Cristian Morosan, Natalya Delcoure, Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab “An Exploratory Study of the Factors that Influence MBA Students’ Attitudes toward Their Areas of Concentration” International Journal of Global Business Economics, Vol. 3, No.2, 2010, pp.35-45.
  1. Shahram Taj, “Data Envelopment Analysis for Lean Manufacturing,” AT. Business Management Review, Vol.5, No. 3, 2009, pp.79-86. 

  2. Shahram Taj “Lean Manufacturing Performance in China - Assessment of 65 Manufacturing Plants”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2008, pp. 217-234.

  3. Shahram Taj and Lismar Berro, “Application of Constrained Management and Lean Manufacturing in Developing Best Practices for Productivity Improvement in An Auto-Assembly Plant,”, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 55 No. ¾, 2006, pp. 332-345.

  4. Shahram Taj, “Applying Lean Assessment Tools in Chinese Hi-Tech Industries”, Journal of Management Decision - special issues on Chinese Management Vol. 43, No. 4, 2005, pp. 628-643.

  5. Lilly Lancaster, Joseph Balintfy, and Shahram Taj, “Modeling the Supplementing of Human Diets,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, The International Journal of Public Sector Decision-Making, Vol. 39, Issue 1, March 2005, pp 1-10. (Available on line at Science Direct)

  6. Bahman Mirshab, Shahram Taj, Beth Robinson, and Robin Schulz, “A Systematic Use of AHP as a Decision Making Tool in the Product Development Cycle,” Business Research Yearbook – Global Business Perspectives, International Academy of Business Disciplines, Volume IX, 2002.
  7. George Pfeil, Ron Holcomb, Charles Muir, and Shahram Taj, "Visteon's Sterling Plant Uses Simulation-Based Decision Support in Training, Operations, and Planning," Interfaces, Vol 30, Jan.-Feb. 2000.

  8. Shahram Taj, A. Hormozi, and B. Mirshab, "Academic Teaching and Industry Requirements: A Comparative Analysis," Interfaces. Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 51-57, May-June 1996.

  9. Joseph L. Balintfy, Sarah P. Rook, and Shahram Taj, “The Index of Decent Subsistence,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, The International Journal of Public Sector Decision-Making, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 237-244, 1996.

  10. Bahman Mirshab and Shahram Taj, "An Analysis of Federal Income Tax for the Decade of the 1980's", Journal/Proceedings of Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago, March 1995.

  11. Lilly Lancaster and Shahram Taj, "The Cost of Decent Subsistence in Perspective," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, The International Journal of Public Sector Decision-Making, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 121-131, 1994.

  12. Shahram Taj, "A Mathematical Model for Planning Policies for Food Stamps," Applications Of Management Science, Vol. 7, 1993.

  13. David Osborne and Shahram Taj, "Preventive Maintenance in a Multiple Shift, High Volume, Manufacturing Operation," International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 13, No. 10, 1993.

  14. Amir Hormozi and Shahram Taj, "Manufacturing Issues in the 1990's and Plans for Actions," Lead Article in Repetitive Manufacturing Reprints: Crucial Issues. A. M. Hormozi, Editor, APICS, Falls Church, Virginia, 1992.

  15. Harish Bahl, Shahram Taj, and Wayne Corcoran, "A Linear Programming Model Formulation for Optimal Product-Mix in Material Requirements Planning Environments," International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 29, No. 5, 1991.

  16. Harish Bahl and Shahram Taj, "A Data-Dependent Implementation of Wagner-Whitin Algorithm for Lot Sizing," Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1991.

  17. Hormozi, A.M. and Shahram Taj, "Manufacturing Issues in the 1990's and Plans for Actions," Detroit Business Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1991.

  18. Shahram Taj, "Application of Mathematical Programming in Planning of Human Diets," Methods and Models of Operations Research (ZOR), Vol. 34, No. 5, 1990.

  19. Mitzi Aronoff, Mohammed Dadashzadeh, and Shahram Taj "Decision Support for Regulatory Review Process in Flavor/Fragrance Industry," Journal-Proceedings of Quantitative Management and Information Systems, Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago, March 1989.

  20. Shahram Taj and Cleve E. Willis, "A Stepwise Procedure for Constrained Utility Maximization," Decision Sciences, Vol. 19, 1988.

  21. Joseph L. Balintfy and Shahram Taj, "A Utility Maximization-Based Decision Support System for USDA Family Food Plans," Applications of Management Science, Vol.5, 1987

BOOK REVIEWS

  1. Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions, Irwin, August, 1994
  1. Production/Operations Management, Houghton Mifflin Company, June, 1992
  1. Production/Operations Management: Computer Integrated Systems, Houghton Mifflin Company, April 1990

  2. Quantitative Analysis/Management Science, Richard D. Irwin, Inc. November, 1989
  1. Organizational Information System: A Managerial Approach, Random House Inc., May 1986

REFEREED PROCEEDINGS

  1. Cristian Morosan, Natalya Delcoure, Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab “An Exploratory Study of the Factors that Influence MBA Students’ Attitudes toward Their Areas of Concentration” Proceeding of the Annual Conference of the Global Business Development Institute, Las Vegas, March 22-23, 2010.

  2. Shahram Taj, “Lean Manufacturing in Chinese Garment Industry – Assessment of Five Manufacturing Plants,” POMS Shanghai – The World of Operations Management Conference, Shanghai, China June 19-23, 2006.

  3. Guillermo Jimenez, Shahram Taj, and Jonathan Weaver, “Design for Testability”, Proceedings of the NCIIA 9th Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 17-19, 2005.

  4. Jonathan Weaver, Shahram Taj, and Shahrooz Kamali “Assessment Of A Graduate Program For End-To-End Product Creation," Proceedings of the NCIIA 8th Annual Meeting, San Jose, March 17-20, 2004.

  5. Shahram Taj and Yalda Ghorashyzadeh, “Strategic Issues for Planning Manufacturing Plant/Facilities,” Proceedings of the European Applied Business Research Conference, Venice, Italy, June 10-15, 2003.   

  6. Lilly Lancaster, Joseph Balintfy, and Shahram Taj, “A Comparison of Mathematical Models for the Revised Thrifty Food Plan,”Proceedings of Academy of Business Administration 2002 Global Business Trends Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, December, 2002.

  7. Lester Weitman, David Paddock, and Shahram Taj, “Minimizing Supply Chain Impact in a Synchronous Build Operation: Optimizing Buffer Size and Reducing Critical Lead Times,” Proceedings of the IBEC 2002 – International Body Engineering Conference & Exhibition and Automotive & Transportation Technology Congress, Paris, France, July 9-11, 2002.  

  8. William Ellegood, Shahram Taj, and Steve Hendricks, “Design of Volume Flexible Linked-Cell Production System for Capital Intensive Automotive Component,” Proceedings of the Third World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Cambridge, MA, June 28-30, 2000.

  9. James Duda, Jose Castaneda-Vega, David Cochran, Mike Baur, Ron Anger, and Shahram Taj, “Application of a Lean Cellular Design Decomposition to Automotive Component Manufacturing System Design,” Proceedings of The SAE International Automotive Manufacturing Conference & Exposition, Detroit, May 11-13, 1999.

  10. Shahram Taj, David Cochran, James Duda and Jochen Linck, “Simulation and Production Planning for Manufacturing Cells,” Proceedings of  the Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC, Dec. 13-16, 1998

  11. Shahram Taj, “Determining the Optimum Number of Pallets in a Closed-Loop Production Line,” Proceedings of the National DSI Meeting, Las Vegas, November 1998.

  12. Shahram Taj, “Utility-Maximized Thrifty Food Plans for Food Stamp Program”, Proceedings of the National Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Orlando, November 1996.

  13. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Eating Healthy with Minimum Punishment of the Taste Buds: A Programming Approach," Proceedings of Twenty Fourth Annual Meeting of Western DSI, San Francisco, April, 1995.

  14. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Diet for a Small Planet," Proceedings of Twenty Sixth Annual Conference of Southwest DSI, Houston, March 1995.

  15. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Eating Healthier in the 90s: Do We have to Give Up All of Our Favorites", Proceedings of Academy of Business Administration, Reno, February 1995.

  16. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Amir Hormozi, "The Views of Operations Managers and Academics on POM Courses," Proceedings of the National Meeting of Decision Science Institute, Honolulu, November 1994.

  17. Shahram Taj, "Best-Buy Diet, "Proceedings of the Northeast decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April, 1994.

  18. Shahram Taj, Lilly Lancaster, and Bahman Mirshab, "A Methodological Approach of Estimating Food Utility Function," Proceedings of the Academy of Business Administration, Las Vegas, February,1994.

  19. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Darren Murray, "A Status Report on the Industrial Management and Operations Management Undergraduate Course Offerings in United States," Proceedings of Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago, March 1993.

  20. Shahram Taj, David Osborne, and Amir M. Hormozi, "An Economic Break Even Formula for Preventive Maintenance," Proceedings of the National DSI Meeting, Miami Beach, November 1991.

  21. A.M. Hormozi and Shahram Taj, "Motivation for Automation," Proceedings of the National DSI Meeting, Miami, November 1991.

  22. K.H. Yang, M. Alanis, and Shahram Taj, "Should Business School Teach Expert Systems?" Proceedings of International Academy for Information Management, East Rutherford, December 1991.
                                                                                                                                                  
  23. Dan Shoemaker, Shahram Taj, and Gregory Ulferts, "Implementation of a Software Engineering Curriculum in a Business School," Proceedings of International Academy for Information Management, East Rutherford, December 1991.

  24. Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab, " Developing Optimized Policy for Food Stamp," Proceedings of the National Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Miami Beach, November 1991.

  25. Shahram Taj and Salah Khelfaoui, "A New Procedure for Estimating Quadratic Functions," Proceedings of National DSI Meeting, San Diego, November 1990.

  26. Shahram Taj, "Application of the Utility Maximized Diet Model in Food Planning Policies," Proceedings of the International Conference on Control and Modeling, Tehran, July 1990.

  27. Samuel J. Andrus and Shahram Taj, "An Empirical Investigation of Using Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Relative Strength in Portfolio Selection," Proceedings of Midwest DSI Meeting, Minneapolis, May, 1990.

  28. Harish Bahl, Bahman Mirshab and Shahram Taj, "An Investigation of Interaction Effects of Setting Due-Dates and Order Release Strategies on Performance of a Job Shop," Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of National DSI, New Orleans, Nov. 1989.

  29. Harish Bahl and Shahram Taj, "Resource Allocation Decisions for Service Parts and Products in Material Requirements Planning," Proceedings of the Midwest DSI Meeting, Cincinnati, April 1989.

  30. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Gregory W. Ulferts, "Application of Constrained Derivative Method on Derivation of the Food demand System with Energy Constraint," Proceedings of the Midwest DSI Meeting, Louisville, May 1988.

  31. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Harish Bahl, "A Decision Support System for Consumption-Production for Subsistence Farming," Proceedings of the Western DSI Meeting, Hawaii, March-April 1988.

  32. Shahram Taj, "A New Econometric Model for Estimating the Quadratic Utility Function," Proceedings of the Northeast DSI Meeting, Atlantic City, 1987.

  33. Shahram Taj, "Bi-Criterion Quadratic Programming Model of the Diet Problem," Proceedings of the National DSI Meeting, Honolulu, November 1986.

Thesis:

  • Shahram Taj, “Formulation and Verification of a Quadratic Programming Model of the Diet Problem”, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Massachusetts, 1984. Advisor: Dr. Joseph L. Balintfy
  • Shahram Taj, “Design and Implementation of a New Computer-Based Out-Patient Information System at a University Health Services”, Masters Thesis, University of Rhode Island, 1980.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. Shahram Taj, Hassan Shirvani, Bahman Mirshab, and Ahmet Zia, “Bank Efficiency in Turkey during the Recent Global Crisis, International conference on Banking , governance and regulation arranged by the Ukrainian Academy of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine  on May 24-25, 2012 in Ukraine. (Invited)

  2. Cristian Morosan, Natalya Delcoure, Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab “An Exploratory Study of the Factors that Influence MBA Students’ Attitudes toward Their Areas of Concentration” Annual Conference of the Global Business Development Institute, Las Vegas, March 22-23, 2010.

  3. Shahram Taj, “ A Collaborative Supply Chain/Transportation Efficiency Systems Graduate Degree Program”, 12th International Symposium on Logistics – Sustainable Collaborative Global Supply Chains, Budapest, Hungry 8-10 July, 2007

  4. Shahram Taj “Lean Manufacturing in China - Assessment of 65 Manufacturing Plants”, Invited Speaker, Beijing International MBA program, Peking University, Beijing, May 19, 2007.

  5. Shahram Taj, “Lean Manufacturing in Chinese Garment Industry – Assessment of Five Manufacturing Plants,” POMS Shanghai – The World of Operations Management Conference, Shanghai, China June 19-23, 2006.

  6. Shahram Taj, “Design of a Volume Flexible Linked-Cell Plant for Capital Intensive Automotive Components”, Invited Speaker, Michigan Simulation User Group, 11th Annual Conference, Troy, October 18, 2005.

  7. Guillermo Jimenez, Shahram Taj, and Jonathan Weaver, “Design for Testability”, NCIIA 9th Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 17-19, 2005.

  8. Jonathan Weaver, Shahram Taj, and Shahrooz Kamali “Assessment Of A Graduate Program For End-To-End Product Creation," NCIIA 8th Annual Meeting, San Jose, March 17-20, 2004.

  9. Shahram Taj and Yalda Ghorashyzadeh, “Strategic Issues for Planning Manufacturing Plant/Facilities,” European Applied Business Research Conference, Venice, Italy, June 10-15, 2003.
      
  10. Lilly Lancaster, Joseph Balintfy, and Shahram Taj, “A Comparison of Mathematical Models for the Revised Thrifty Food Plan,” Academy of Business Administration 2002 Global Business Trends Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, December, 2002.

  11. Lester Weitman, David Paddock, and Shahram Taj, “Minimizing Supply Chain Impact in a Synchronous Build Operation: Optimizing Buffer Size and Reducing Critical Lead Times,” IBEC 2002 – International Body Engineering Conference & Exhibition and Automotive & Transportation Technology Congress, Paris, France, July 9-11, 2002.  

  12. William Ellegood, Shahram Taj, and Steve Hendricks, “Design of Volume Flexible Linked-Cell Production System for Capital Intensive Automotive Component,” Third World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Cambridge, MA, June 28-30, 2000.

  13. Shahram Taj, George Pfeil, Dick Sullivan, Jim Hutka, and David Cochran, “Designing a Factory with a Future in Mind,” Seventh Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society, San Antonio, April 1-4, 2000.

  14. James Duda, Jose Castaneda-Vega, David Cochran, Mike Baur, Ron Anger, and Shahram Taj, “Application of a Lean Cellular Design Decomposition to Automotive Component Manufacturing System Design,” SAE International Automotive Manufacturing Conference & Exposition, Detroit, May 11-13, 1999.

  15. Shahram Taj, David Cochran, James Duda and Jochen Linck, “Simulation and Production Planning for Manufacturing Cells,” Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC, Dec. 13-16, 1998.

  16. Shahram Taj, “Determining the Optimum Number of Pallets in a Closed-Loop Production Line,” National DSI Meeting, Las Vegas, November 1998.

  17. David Cochran, James Duda, Jichen Linck and Shahram Taj, “Design of Manufacturing Cells Using a Combination of New and Existing Equipment,” The 9th Annual Meeting of The Production and Operations Management Society, Santa Fe, March 28-31, 1998

  18. Shahram Taj, “Utility-Maximized Thrifty Food Plans for Food Stamp Program”, National Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Orlando, November 1996. 

  19. Cyrus K. Motlagh and Shahram Taj, “Estimation of the Impact of the Baseball Strike on the Fans,” National Meeting of Decision Science Institute, Boston, November 1995.

  20. Shahram Taj and Joseph L. Balintfy, “A New Approach to Food Price Indexing,” Meeting of INFORMS, New Orleans, October 29 - November 1, 1995.

  21. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Eating Healthy with Minimum Punishment of the Taste Buds: A Programming Approach," Twenty Fourth Annual Meeting of Western DSI, San Francisco, April, 1995.

  22. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Health of America Optimized in Good Taste!" Joint National Meeting of TIMS/ORSA, Los Angeles, April 1995.

  23. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Diet for a Small Planet," Twenty Sixth Annual Conference of Southwest DSI, Houston, March 1995.

  24. Cyrus Motlagh and Shahram Taj, "Eating Healthier in the 90s: Do We have to Give Up All of Our Favorites", Academy of Business Administration, Reno, February 1995.

  25. Shahram Taj, "Applications of Computer-Based Interactive-Visual Simulation in Productivity Training," Presentation at Institute for Research in Planning and Development, Tehran, December 20, 1994.

  26. Shahram Taj, "Simulation Use in Productivity Training," General Membership Meeting of the Michigan Simulation User Group, November 30, 1994.

  27. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Amir Hormozi, "The Views of Operations Managers and Academics on POM Courses," National Meeting of Decision Science Institute, Honolulu, November 1994.

  28. Dan Shoemaker, James Miteff, and Shahram Taj, "Improving Information Systems Design and Development in a Relational Environment," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Detroit, October 1994.

  29. Shahram Taj and Vahid Lotfi, "An Extended LP Formulation for MRP Problems," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Detroit, October 1994.

  30. Shahram Taj, "Best-Buy Diet, " Northeast decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April, 1994.

  31. Shahram Taj, Lilly Lancaster, and Bahman Mirshab, "A Methodological Approach of Estimating Food Utility Function," Academy of Business Administration, Las Vegas, February,1994.

  32. Shahram Taj, Lilly M. Lancaster, and Joseph L. Balintfy, "The Effect of Adding Dietary Supplements to the Food Stamp Program," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Phoenix, November 1993.

  33. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Darren Murray, "A Status Report on the Industrial Management and Operations Management Undergraduate Course Offerings in United States," Midwest Business Administration Association, Chicago, March 1993.

  34. Joseph L. Balintfy, Lilly M. Lancaster, and Shahram Taj, "Modeling Advancement in Diet and Menu Planning," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, San Francisco, November 1992.

  35. Lilly M. Lancaster, and Shahram Taj, "Computational Experience with the Cost of Decent Subsistence," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Orlando, April 1992.

  36. K.H. Yang, M. Alanis, and Shahram Taj, "Should Business School Teach Expert Systems?"  International Academy for Information Management, East Rutherford, December 1991.

  37. Dan Shoemaker, Shahram Taj, and Gregory Ulferts, "Implementation of a Software Engineering Curriculum in a Business School," International Academy for Information Management, East Rutherford, December 1991.

  38. Shahram Taj, David Osborne, and Amir M. Hormozi, "An Economic Break Even Formula for Preventive Maintenance," National DSI Meeting, Miami Beach, November 1991.

  39. A.M. Hormozi and Shahram Taj, "Motivation for Automation," National DSI Meeting, Miami, November 1991.

  40. Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab, " Developing Optimized Policy for Food Stamp," National Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Miami Beach, November 1991.

  41. K.H. Yang and Shahram Taj, "Study of Expert Systems Benefits and User Satisfaction, " Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Nashville, May 1991.

  42. Shahram Taj and Salah Khelfaoui, "A New Procedure for Estimating Quadratic Functions," National DSI Meeting, San Diego, November 1990.

  43. Shahram Taj, "Application of the Utility Maximized Diet Model in Food Planning Policies," International Conference on Control and Modeling, Tehran, July 1990.

  44. Shahram Taj, "Planning of Human Diets in the Third World Countries," 12th Triennial Conference on Operations Research, IFOR, Athens, June 1990.

  45. Samuel J. Andrus and Shahram Taj, "An Empirical Investigation of Using Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Relative Strength in Portfolio Selection," Midwest DSI Meeting, Minneapolis, May, 1990.

  46. Harish Bahl, Shahram Taj and Bahman Mirshab, "Simulation of Managerial Decisions on Job Shops," Joint National Meeting of TIMS/ORSA, Las Vegas, May 1990.

  47. Bahram Mirshab, Bahman Mirshab and Shahram Taj, "Self-Learning Expert Systems," Joint National Meeting of TIMS/ORSA, Las Vegas, May 1990.

  48. Harish Bahl, Bahman Mirshab and Shahram Taj, "An Investigation of Interaction Effects of Setting Due-Dates and Order Release Strategies on Performance of a Job Shop," Annual Meeting of National DSI, New Orleans, Nov. 1989.

  49. Shahram Taj, Bahl, H. and W.A. Corcoran, "A LP Model for Product Mix Decision in MRP Environment," Joint National Meeting of CORS/TIMS/ORSA, Vancouver, Canada, May 1989.

  50. Harish Bahl and Shahram Taj, "Resource Allocation Decisions for Service Parts and Products in Material Requirements Planning," Midwest DSI Meeting, Cincinnati, April 1989.

  51. Shahram Taj, "Utility Maximization: Food Planning and Portfolio Problems using the Balance Sheet," Feature Speaker, Southern Michigan Joint Chapter of ORSA/TIMS, November 1988.

  52. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Gregory W. Ulferts, "Application of Constrained Derivative Method on Derivation of the Food demand System with Energy Constraint," Midwest DSI Meeting, Louisville, May 1988

  53. Lilly M. Lancaster and Shahram Taj, "Econometric Evidence for a Quadratic Utility Function behind Food Purchasing Decisions," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Washington D.C., April 1988.

  54. Shahram Taj, Bahman Mirshab, and Harish Bahl, "A Decision Support System for Consumption-Production for Subsistence Farming," Western DSI Meeting, Hawaii, March-April 1988.

  55. Shahram Taj, "A Utility Maximization-Based Decision Support System for USDA Family Food Plans," Feature Speaker, Southern Michigan Joint Chapter of ORSA/TIMS, December 1987.

  56. Shahram Taj, "A New Econometric Model for Estimating the Quadratic Utility Function," Northeast DSI Meeting, Atlantic City, 1987.

  57. Shahram Taj, "Bi-Criterion Quadratic Programming Model of the Diet Problem," National DSI Meeting, Honolulu, November 1986.

  58. Shahram Taj, "Application of Constrained Derivative Method on the Derivation of Demand Systems," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Los Angeles, April 1986.

  59. Shahram Taj, "Methods of Estimating Positive (Negative) Definite (Semi-Definite) Hessian Matrices of Quadratic Programming Problems," 12th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Boston, August 1985.

  60. Shahram Taj, "Stepwise Procedure for Estimating the Coefficients of Quadratic Programming Problem," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Boston, April-May, 1985.

  61. Joseph L. Balintfy and Shahram Taj, "A Utility Maximization Approach to USDA Family Food Plans," Invited Speaker, Tenth Triennial Conference on Operations Research, IFOR, Washington D.C., August 1984.

  62. Joseph L. Balintfy and Shahram Taj, "A Utility Maximizing Approach to USDA Family Food Plans," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, San Francisco, May 1984.

  63. Shahram Taj, "Estimation of Coefficients in a Quadratic Programming Problem," Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Orlando, November 1983.

GRADUATE THESES

Doctoral Students:

  1. James W. Duda, A Decomposition-Based Approach to Linking Strategy, Performance Measurement, and Manufacturing System Design, Ph.D. Thesis in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 2000.  (Member of Thesis Committee)

Master of Science in Product Development Students:

  2. Bradley Gresens, James Kuiken, Ethan Le, and Joseph Prior “Proposal for Standardization of Communication of Safe Extrication Procedures of Automotive Accident Victims to Rescue Workers”,  Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, December 2007 (Thesis Reader)

  3. Sam Abihana, Ion Furtuna, Adithya Rajagopal, “GPS Based Vehicle Speed Control”, Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, Feb. 2007 (Thesis Reader)  

  4. Mark Bestauros, Michael Deegan, John Karl, and Fred Michael, ‘’Intelligent Power Supply systems Engineering”, Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, December 2005 (Thesis Reader)

  5. Darryl Harris, Evaluation of a Consumer Product Development and Optimization of Non-Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tire/Wheel Assembly,  Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, April 2005 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  6. Mike Druchunas, Charles J. McCarthy, Mark Mieloch, and Thang Tran, Upper Body CAD Development Process, Global Product Development System,  Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, April 2005 (Thesis Reader)  

  7. Richard Doroba, Application of Concept Generation Tools and Set-Based Concurrent Engineering for Automotive Fuel Cell Vehicle, Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, April 2005 (Thesis Reader)

  8. Bilal Ahmed and Mark Blake, Use of  a Decision Support Tool in the Selection of a Hydrogen Harvest Method in the State of California,  Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, March 2005 (Thesis Principal Advisor) 

  9. Vikas Bhatt, Inderpal Deol, Sudhakar Varshney, and Sai Vummethala, Pre Delivery Optimization. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, March 2005 (Thesis Principal Advisor)  

  10. Michael Filipovich, Terry Sizemore, and Luyan Wang, Powertrain Mount Design and Development: A Systems Approach. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, March 2005 (Thesis Reader)  

  11. Mathew Brooke, Jesus Cardoso, John Jorgensen, and Erik Ranka, Comparative Analysis of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Architecture. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, February 2005 (Thesis Reader)  

  12. Moe Fawaz, Michael Vinarcik, and Susan Wellman-Smith, A Decision Support System for Concept Selection Using Pugh’s Total Design Approach. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, December 2004 (Thesis Reader) 

  13. Donald Lawrence, Evaluation of Consumer Product Development and Implementation Effort. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, November 2004 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  14. Franco Amendola, Michael Gabel, Ricardo Hernandez, and Gutierrez, Alberto, Cost-Effective Manufacturing for Next Generation Steering Gear. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  15. Bruce Michel, Michael Semke, Duane Stirmemann, and Cory Wurtzbacher, Manufacturing/Product Plan for Low Volume Power Transfer Units for Visteon Corporation. Master in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  16. Jac Fox, Jamal Kanso, Farouk Mohamed, and Joe Provenzano, Improving the Quality and Execution of the Ford Product Development System (FPDS) between the Surface Transfer (ST) and the Confirmation Prototype (CP) Milestones. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  17. Nigel Brroks, Jeffrey Duncan, and Al Paul, The D219/258 Door Module Design Process. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  18.  Steve Aidenbaum, Erik Wippler, and Lismar Berro, Dearborn Assembly Plant Mustang Rear Pan Line Constraint. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003 (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  19. Esad Kaknjo and Medina Kaknjo, Triton SmartFeed Fish Food Dispenser - Prototype Design and Development, Marketing and Financial Analysis. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  20. Paul Deniston, Al Dobryden, and Tyrone Hamilton, Automotive Product Development System Implications of  Powertrain Reuse.  Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  21. Ryan Hazel and Steve McElmeel, Improve Virtual Vehicle Verification Documentation During the Product Development Process. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  22. Mark Brown, Iraj Dasger, and Daniil Rapoport, System Engineering Approach Applied to the Critical Linkages within an  Automotive Liftgate System. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  23. Mark Colleti, BJ Dodds, Scott St. Laurent, and Sean West, Design & Development of a High-Speed Off-Road Recreational Truck Using the Product Development Process. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  24. Bin Du andTom White, Triton SmartFeed Fish Food Dispenser - Logic  Circuit Design and Development E-Business and Patent. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  25. William Woodham, An Alternative Vehicle Architecture. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003. (Thesis Reader)

  26. Jim Gregoire, Guillermo Jimenez, Robert Ognjanovski, and Robert Spinks, Improving the Product Development Process with an Emphasis on Testing and Validation of Automotive Electronics. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  27. Julie Earle, David Herczeg, and James Van Gilder, The Effectiveness of Systems Engineering in Ford Product Development. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Reader)

  28. Bill Mansur and James Reefe, Application of the Ford Product Development System Using System Engineering to Optimize Process to Develop Powertrain Control System Using MAF Sensor. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Reader)

  29. Jennifer Aittama, Joshua Halliburton, Michael Hunt, and Jennifer Margherita, Leveraging Tools and Process into a Best Practice Procedure to Streamline the Automotive Theme Development Process. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Reader)

  30. Catherine Campbell, Brandon Johnson, Robbin McDaniel, and Britt Scott, Optimization of the GAP Strategy Utilizing Design Structure Matrix (DSM) Methods – A System Engineering Approach. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Reader)

  31. Gary Crane, Analysis and Resolution of Headlamp Water Intrusion Issue. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2002. (Thesis Reader)

  32. Ron Anger, Seamus Clark, Scott Leonardi, and Gary Meyers, Design and Analysis of Lean Gear Manufacturing. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2001. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  33. David Paddock and Lester Weitman, A holistic Approach to Production Optimization as Applied to Vehicle Paint Operations. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2001. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  34. Tom Boettcher, Al Figlioli, and John Rinke, Applying Lean Manufacturing Philosophies to Transmission Final Assembly. Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2000. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

  35. Tom Klauke, Steve Rollinger, Mark Savoury, and Phat Tran, POMnext – Prototype Optimization Model and Extended Application Tool to Help Establish Realistic Targets for Vehicle Program Metrics, Based on Program Change.Master Thesis in Product Development, University of Detroit Mercy, 2000. (Thesis Principal Advisor)

MBA Students

  36. Gregory Heald, Using Simulation for the Trim and Chassis Line for a Future Minivan. MBA Independent Study, University of Detroit Mercy. 1993.

  37. David Osborne, An Economic Break-Even Formula for Preventive Maintenance Functions in a Multiple Shift-High Volume, Manufacturing Operation. MBA Independent Study, University of Detroit, 1990.

  38. Samuel J. Andrus, An Empirical Investigation of Using Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Relative Strength in Portfolio Selection. MBA Independent Study, University of Detroit, 1989.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Paper Review

     Journals:

        Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
        International Journal of Simulation Modelling
        International Journal of Production Economics
        International Journal of Operations & Production Management
        Interfaces         
        Decision Sciences
        Editorial Board Member, Detroit Business Journal, 1990-1992

     Professional Meetings:

        Winter Simulation
        DSI National Meetings
        Northeast DSI Meeting

Test Writer

        Item writer for the Regents College Examination in Production/Operations Management

Professional Societies

        INFORMS
        APICS
        The Decision Science Institute
        Charter Member, TIMS College on Production and Operations Management

Track Chairperson

  • Body Assembly and Manufacturing, IBEC 2002 – International Body Engineering Conference & Exhibition and Automotive & Transportation Technology Congress, Paris, France, July 9-11, 2002  
  • Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Information Management, Supply Chain, and Product Development, SAE International / Automotive & Transportation Technology Congress and Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain, October 1-3, 2001. (Also served as the Chair of the Award Committee)
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Modular Manufacturing, Supplier Integration, and Production Planning, ISATA 2000: Automotive & Transportation Technology, Dublin, Ireland, September 25-27, 2000

Proceedings Editor

David Gonsalvez, Yves Mille, and Shahram Taj – Track Co-Chairs, ISATA 2000- Automotive & Transportation Technology, Advanced Manufacturing – Modular Manufacturing, Supplier Integration, and Production Planning, Dublin, Ireland, September 25-27, 2000  

Session Chairperson

National Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Orlando, November, 1996
National Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1993
National Decision Sciences Institute Meeting, Miami Beach, November, 1991
Joint National Meeting of ORSA/TIMS, Boston, April, 1985

Community

  • Participated at several meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, Houston, 2008-2009
  • Participated at several meeting of the Financial Education Institute, Houston, 2008-2009
  • Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center Operating Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • Participated at the Detroit Chapter of The American Production and Inventory Control Society, 1990-1992
  • Selected as a member of a high level United Nations delegation of university professors to visit Iran, the delegation subsequently met with and advised top level government and industry officials including vice-presidents and other cabinet members in regard to economic planning and possible cooperation between institutions of higher education in Iran and the United States, 1991
  • Participated at the Detroit Chapter of American Society for Quality Control, 1988-1990

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Lawrence Technological University

  • Department Chair, Management and Marketing, August 2013-Present
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committee, College of Management, September 2013-Present
  • Member, Assessment Committee, College of Management, August 2013-Present
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, College of Management, August 2013-Present
  • Member, AACSB Advisory Committee, College of Management, August 2013-Present

University of St. Thomas

  • Department Chair, Management and Marketing, August 2008-  December 2012
  • Faculty Development Committee, Cameron School of Business, 2008-2013
  • Cameron School of Business Council, 2008-2013

University of Detroit Mercy

  • College of Business Faculty Development Committee, 2004 - 2008
  • College of Business Graduate Curriculum Committee, 1997- 2008
  • College of Business Assessment and Standard Committee, 2004 - 2007
  • College of Business Administration Dean’s Search Committee, 2006
  • Prioritization Process Steering Committee, 2001-2002
  • Search Committee for Academic Vice President and Provost, 1999-2000
  • Engineering Management Curriculum Committee, College of Engineering, 1991-1999
  • College of Business Faculty Development Council, 1991-1998
  • College of Business Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1988-1990, 1992-1993, 1994-1995
  • Chairman of the College of Business Administration's Selection Committee for the Faculty Award for Excellence, 1990-1991, 1992-1993
  • College of Business Student Grievance Committee, 1992-1993
  • University Faculty Development Committee, 1992-1993
  • Insignis Interview, 1990-1991
  • Co-chaired the curriculum development in the field of MIS and CIS for the consolidated College of Business Administration, 1990-1991
  • College of Business Professional Development Committee, 1990-1991
  • University Selection Committee for the Faculty Award for Excellence, 1990-1991
  • College of Business Planning Committee, 1988-1991
  • Professional Negotiating Committee, 1989-1990
  • Faculty Marshal at the University Commencement, 1991

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sustainable business development, global supply chain design, production system design, productivity improvement, lean operations, optimizing human diets.