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Dr. Sunderesh Heragu

Regents Professor and Head

Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair



Areas of Interest

  • Real-time Decision Support for Emergency Preparedness

  • Design and Analysis of Warehouses and Material Handling Systems

  • Stochastic and Deterministic Models for Logistics and Distribution

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
M.B.A., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, India

Professional Experience

Dr. Sunderesh Heragu serves as Regents Professor and Head of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University where he is also the Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair. He previously worked at the University of Louisville as Professor and the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in the Industrial Engineering department and was the Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI). He has also taught as Professor at both the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and held visiting appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Technical University of Eindhoven and the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Research & Teaching

Dr. Heragu's 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 clinics, 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.

Honors & Awards

Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2022

Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award, Institute of industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2022

Reed-Apple Award, Materials Handling Institute (MHI), 2020

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award, IISE, 2010

Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award, IISE, 2008

Fellow, IISE, 2004

Best Paper Award, IISE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Award and IISE Transactions Award for Best Paper published in “Feature Applications”, 1998

Professional Service

CIEADH (Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads) Chair, 2021-2022

ABET, Engineering Accreditation Board Member and Team Chair, 2017-2023

ABET, Program Evaluator, 1997-present

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Council of  Fellows, Chair-elect, 2022

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers,  Member, Board of Trustees, and Senior Vice-President – Publications, 2011-2013 

INFORMS, Member, Advocacy Governance Committee, 2023-26.

Greater Louisville, Inc., Board Member, Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network, 2008–2013


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