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Gursel Suer

Industrial and Systems Engineering
STKR 274
Phone: 740.593.1542

Gursel A. Suer joined the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Ohio University after working 12 years at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. He is on the editorial board of various journals. Currently he serves as the manufacturing area editor of the Computers and the Industrial Engineering Journal. He has co-chaired two Computers and Industrial Engineering Conferences (1997-Puerto Rico, 2005-Istanbul). He also initiated Group Technology/Cellular Manufacturing Conferences held in 2000-Puerto Rico, 2003-Ohio, 2006-Netherlands, 2009-Japan. Most of his research has been motivated by his projects and observations in industrial settings. He has edited seven conference proceedings and three special issues with different journals. He has published more than 110 papers in journals, edited books, conference proceedings and made more than 100 technical presentataions. He also advised more than 40 graduate students.

Research Interests: applied scheduling, manufacturing and particularly cellular system design and control, layered cellular design, resource sharing, operator assignment strategies, synchronization, production planning, hierarchical planning and control, inventory control, capacitated inventory control, multiple assembly design; applied operations research, stochastic modelling; genetic algorithms (non-random mating, crossover and selection strategies); hybrid solution approaches; global supply chain design (single-stage, multi-stage, single-market, multi-market), customer zoning, fleet scheduling and vehicle routing; developing, modeling and simulating competitive strategies for businesses, pricing, analyzing interactions among various levels of the systems; human profiles in decision making; integrated solutions.

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University, 1989. M.S., Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1985. B.S., Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1982.


1) Stochastic cellular manufacturing system design subject to maximum acceptable risk level, with Gokhan Egilmez and Jing Huang, Computers and Industrial Engineering (in print),

2) Genetic algorithm for rotary machine scheduling with dependent processing times, with Jing Huang and Sharavan B. Urs, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (in print),

3) Minimizing total tardiness subject to manpower restriction in labor-intensive manufacturing cells, with Jing Huang, Emre Mese and Kuldip Kamat, Mathematical and Computer Modelling (accepted),

4) Stochastic multi-stage manufacturing supply chain design considering layered mini-cellular system concept, with Jing Huang, in Manufacturing Systems, Edited by Faieza Abdul Aziz, Intech 2012,

5) stochastic capacitated cellular manufacturing system design with hybrid similarity coefficient, with Gokhan Egilmez and Orhan Ozguner, in Manufacturing Systems, Edited by Faieza Abdul Aziz, Intech, 2012.


1) ISE White Teaching Award, Ohio University, 2009

2) Baxter Distinguished Professor in Manufacturing, UPR-Mayaguez, Co-holder, (1999-2000)

3) Distinguished Professor of the Industrial Engineering Department, UPR-Mayaguez, (1996-1997)

4) Baxter Distinguished Professor in Manufacturing, UPR-Mayaguez, Co-holder, (1994-1995)

5) Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Something you may not know about me: Play and compose classical guitar music; play and youth coach soccer