Hodgson to speak on randomization in problem solving

Published: Sep 14, 2006 12:12:29 PM
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Thom Hodgson, James T. Ryan professor and director of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute at North Carolina State University (NCSU), will be delivering a seminar on September 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Dunstan 202. The university community is invited to attend.

The lecture, "The Monkey with a Typewriter," will cover how engineers can use analysis, and the concept of randomization to solve the many combinatoric problems facing today's decision makers ranging from the scheduling of classes at a large university to the scheduling of maintenance operations during a wide spread power outage. A number of industrial problems and their real solutions will be reviewed.

Hodgson has served as head of the Industrial Engineering Department at NCSU; director of the division of Design and Manufacturing Systems at the National Science Foundation; professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida; operations research analyst at Ford Motor Company; and an officer in the US Army. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is the author or co-author of more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. He also served as a member of the US Army Science board.