The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Kimberly Ellis, an associate professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, for her studies of manufacturing and service systems and ways to solve production and design problems.
Ellis's research program focuses on operational planning problems that arise in manufacturing and service systems. This research has resulted in new mathematical models and specialized solutions for large-scale planning problems in the areas of production planning, material logistics, process planning, and supply-chain management. In addition, this research has provided insights on improved operational strategies for manufacturing and service systems. Areas of application include electronic assembly systems, semiconductor-manufacturing facilities, and freight transportation systems.
Ellis has won multiple awards for her work. In 2016, she received the College of Engineering’s faculty fellow award. In 2015, she co-authored a paper entitled “Bulk Tank Allocation to Improve Distribution Planning for the Industrial Gas Industry” that won IIE Transactions’ “Best Application Paper in Scheduling and Logistics” award.
Ellis is the director of two research centers: the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) and the Dover Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Integration. CELDi, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, provides integrated solutions to logistics problems through research related to modeling, analysis and intelligent-systems technologies.
The Dover Laboratory supports research in the study and analysis of manufacturing systems. Areas of research include both operational issues (production planning, material handling, and distribution) and design issues (facility layout and supply chain system design). The lab emphasizes the integration of operational and design issues through the application of operations research techniques.
Ellis received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.