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Barrett W. Thomas Management Sciences

Associate Professor
Gary C. Fethke Research Fellow
Ph: 319-335-0938
barrett-thomas@uiowa.edu
W272  John Pappajohn Bus Bldg
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994
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Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

  • PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2002
  • MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
  • BA in Mathematics and Economics, Grinnell College, 1996

Expertise

  • Finite horizon stochastic dynamic programming
  • Heuristic Search
  • Logistics
  • Vehicle routing

Awards

  • Dean's Teaching Award, Tippie College of Business, April 2007

Selected Publications

Working Papers

    Sponsored Research

    • “Collaborative Research:  Solving Large-Scale, High-Fidelity Workforce Planning Models That Recognize the Potential of Human Learning," Award No. 1266064, Barrett W. Thomas, Kenneth G. Brown. National Science Foundation
    • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil, Barrett W. Thomas, Philip C. Jones. John Deere
    • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil, Barrett W. Thomas, Philip C. Jones. John Deere
    • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil, Barrett W. Thomas, Philip C. Jones. John Deere
    • Tippie Speaker Series in Transportation, Ann M. Campbell, Barrett W. Thomas. College of Business
    • Simulation-Based Activities to Teach Enterprise-Wide Effect of Manufacturing Practices, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Philip C. Jones, Barrett W. Thomas. Computer Integrated Manufacturing in Higher Education Alliance
    • Instructional Improvement Award, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Philip C. Jones, Barrett W. Thomas. University of Iowa Council on Teaching

    Other Work

    • Djinni: A C++ Framework for Heuristic Search, Robert J. Hansen, Tristan D. Thiede, Justin C. Goodson, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Barrett W. Thomas, Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research, 2011
    • Dynamic Vehicle Routing, Barrett W. Thomas, Wiley Encylopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 2010 - Publication Details Forthcoming
    • Lean in Healthcare, Philip C. Jones, Barrett W. Thomas, Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems, 2010
    • Challenges and Advances in A Priori Routing, Ann M. Campbell, Barrett W. Thomas, The Vehicle Routing Problem: Latest Advances and New Challenges/ Springer, 2008, 123-142
    • Process Improvement at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics Infusion Suite, Philip C. Jones, Sabi Singh, Barrett W. Thomas, 2007
    • Anticipatory Route Selection Problems, Barrett W. Thomas, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2002

      Current & Prior Positions

      • Associate Professor of Management Sciences, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, July 2009 - Present
      • Faculty Director, Strategic Innovation Academy, MBA Program, Henry B. Tippie School of Management, The University of Iowa, July 2009 - Present
      • Assistant Professor of Management Sciences, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, August 2002 - July 2009

      Review and Editorial Work

      • Referee, IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 2009
      • Referee, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2009
      • Referee, Networks, 2009
      • Referee, Transportation Science, 2009
      • Referee, Operations Research, 2008
      • Referee, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Sy, 2007
      • Referee, Manufacturing and Service Operations Managment, 2006
      • Referee, Operations Research Letters, 2003

      Professional Affiliations

      • Associate Editor, IIE Transactions, Focused Issue on Operations Engineering and Analytics, Transportation Systems Analysis Department, January 2013 - current
      • Editorial Board Member, Surveys in Operations Research and Management Science, January 2013 - current
      • Associate Editor, INFOR: Canadian Journal of Operational Research an, 2004 - current
      • Review Panels, National Science Foundation, December 2008

      Presentations

      • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics, Invited Presentation, University of Iowa Applied Math and Computer Science, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2014
      • Analytics: Bringing Sexy Back . . . to Math, Kelvin Lecture, Department of Mathematics, Coe College , Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, April 2014
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, Invited Presentation., Department of Systems and Engineering Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, August 2013
      • The Daily Technician Routing Problem with Experience-based Service Times, Eighth Triennial Symposium on Transportation Analysis (TRISTAN), San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, June 2013
      • Big Data and OR: Data-Driven Innovation, OPTIMUS 2012, ORTEC Consulting, Atlanta, GA, November 2012
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, Invited Presentation., Department of Management of Technology and Innovation, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 2012
      • Analytics and OR: Data-Driven Innovation, Presentation of 2012 Franz Edelman Award to TNT Express, INFORMS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2012
      • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil, ODYSSEUS 2012 5th International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics, Mykons, Greece, May 2012
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2012
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, January 2012
      • Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil, 19th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, International Federation of Operational Research Societies, Melbourne, Australia, July 2011
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, Department of Industrial Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, March 2011
      • A Rollout Policy Framework for Dynamic Programming Approximations to the Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Demand and Duration Limits, CIRRELT, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, February 2011
      • Scheduled Penalty Variable Neighborhood Search, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Austin, TX, November 2010
      • Process Excellence: A New Specialization for MBA Students, Lean Educator Conference, Lean Advancement Initiative, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, May 2010
      • Subgraph Design for Time-Constrained Delivery, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, San Diego, CA, October 2009
      • An Empirical Analysis of Real-Time Heuristics for the Dynamic Traveling Salesman Problem, Odysseus: Fourth International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics, Cesme, Turkey, May 2009
      • An Empirical Analysis of Real-Time Heuristics for the Dynamic Traveling Salesman Problem, INFORMS Annual Meeting, INFORMS, Washington, D.C., October 2008
      • Teaching Operations Management as Process Improvement, Lean Aerospace Initiative EdNet Workshop, Lean Aerospace Initiative and Boeing Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, July 2007
      • Probabilistic Traveling Salesman Problem with Deadlines, ROUTE 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology, Jekyll Island, Georgia, May 2007
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Requests from Known Customer Locations, Invited Presentation, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, January 2007
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Requests from Known Customer Locations, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Universtiy of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, January 2007
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Requests from Known Customer Locations, Invited Presentation, Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2006
      • Lean Academy: Using Rockwell Collins as a Real-time Case Stud, Sponsored Session. INFORMS, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2006
      • Solution Approaches to the Probabilistic Traveling Salesman Problem with Deadlines, Sponsored Session. INFORMS, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2006
      • Probabilistic Traveling Salesman with Deadlines, Invited Presentation, Dipartimento di Matematica "Ennio De Giorgio," University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy, October 2006
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Requests from Known Customer Locations, Invited Presentation, Dipartimento di Matematica "Ennio De Giorgio," University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy, October 2006
      • How Can a Blacksmith Help FedEx and UPS Save Money?, Invited Presentation. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Grinnell College, February 2006
      • Real-time Heuristics for Anticipating Customer Service Requests from Known Customer Locations, INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2005
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Customer Service Requests from Known Customer Locations, Invited Presentation. 17th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies. Honolulu, HI, July 2005
      • New Directions in Time-Constrained Routing, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa, November 2004
      • Probabilistic Traveling Salesman Problem with Deadlines, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, November 2004
      • New Directions in Time-Constrained Routing, Department of Engineering Management, University of Missouri-Rolla, November 2004
      • Waiting Strategies for Anticipating Service Requests at Known Customer Locations, Sponsored Presentation. INFORMS, Denver, CO, October 2004
      • A Compressed Annealing Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem with Time Windows, Sponsored Presentation. CORS/INFORMS, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 2004
      • Compressed Annealing Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem with Time Windows, United Parcel Service, Timonium, MD, January 2004
      • Compressed Annealing Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem with Time Windows, INFORMS Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2003
      • Dynamic and Stochastic Shortest Path Problem with Anticipation, INFORMS Annual Conference, San Jose, CA, November 2002
      • Anticipatory Route Selection, NSF Workshop on Real-time Logistics Long Beach, CA, May 2002

        Committees and Professional Service

        • INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, 2014-current
        • Fulltime MBA Experience Revision Committee, 2013-current
        • Task Force on Educational Excellence, 2013-current
        • Elected Faculty Council, 2013-current
        • Grinnell College Young Innovators in Social Justice Prize Committee, 2013-current
        • Audit and Assessment Committee, Grinnell College Board of Trustees, 2011-current
        • Grinnell College Board of Trustees, 2005-current
        • INFORMS Sections/Society Committee, 2013-2014
        • Tippie College of Business Elected Faculty Council, 2012-2013
        • Tippie College of Business Strategic Planning Core Committee, 2012-2013
        • Tippie College of Business Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 2012-2013
        • Analytics Certification Taskforce, INFORMS, 2012
        • INFORMS Subdivision Council, 2012
        • INFORMS Sections/Society Committee, 2011-2012
        • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, 2011-2012
        • Dept. of Management Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2011-2012
        • Scientific Committee, ODYSSEUS 2012, 2011-2012
        • Dean's Search Committee, 2011-2012
        • Dissertation Prize Committee, Transportation Science and Logistics Society, 2011
        • Management Sciences Graduate Student Committee, 2003-2011
        • Lean Advancement Initiative Ednet Lean in Healthcare Curriculum Development Team, 2008-2010
        • IEEE Service Operations, Logistics, and Informatics Conference Program Committee, 2009
        • INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Communications Chair, 2008-2009
        • INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Representative to INFORMS Subdivision Council, 2007-2009
        • INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Newsletter Editor, 2007
        • INFORMS, Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Secretary/Treasurer, 2006
        • Lean Aerospace Initiative Lean Academy Quality Module Revision Team, Team Lead, 2006
        • Lean Aerospace Initiative Lean Academy Day 2 Curriculum Revision Committee, 2005
        • Transportation Science and Logistics Section Co-Cluster Chair, INFORMS Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2003-2004
        • MBA Core Committee, 2002-2004

        Additional Training

        • New Technology in the Learning Environment Workshop, 2003