Seminar to cover modeling of manufacturing cells

Published: Oct 15, 2007 11:51:17 AM
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Ronald Askin

Ronald Askin

Ronald Askin, professor and chair of industrial engineering at Arizona State University, will discuss manufacturing cell formation integrating worker and team considerations as part of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's Graduate Seminar Series. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in Dunstan 202. The university community is invited to attend.

In recent years, the approach to scientific management has been based on an emphasis on human considerations and entity interactions when modeling systems. This lecture will examine several issues related to the formation and operation of autonomous teams for manufacturing cells where workers must cooperate to complete tasks. Askin will start with a mathematical approach and will then develop rules for operators in serial production lines.

Askin received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a master's degree in operations research and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Askin is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He has authored or co-authored over 80 professional publications, primarily on the application of operations research and statistical methods to the design and analysis of production systems. His current research concentrates on developing integrated models for operational planning including facilities design, production planning, scheduling, material flow and quality assurance. Other research interests include project management, team formation and human decision making. Askin has consulted with a variety of manufacturing and service industry companies in the areas of scheduling, facilities planning, inventory control, quality improvement and performance evaluation.