Thom Hodgson

Professor Emeritus

Thom Hodgson is a Distinguished University Professor and an Alumni Distinguished Research Professor. He served as Co-Director of the Operations Research Program (2009 2013); Director of Graduate Programs for Engineering-On-Line (2009-2013); Director of the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute (’95-’11); Director of the Division of Design and Manufacturing Systems at the National Science Foundation (’91-’93); Head of the Industrial Engineering Department at NCSU (’83-’90); Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida (’70-’83); Operations Research Analyst at Ford Motor Company (’66-’70); and an Officer in the U.S. Army (’61-’63). He is a Fellow of IIE and INFORMS, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is the author or co-author of over 80 journal articles and book chapters. He served as Associate Editor, Departmental Editor (’81-’84, ’88-’91), and Editor-in-Chief (’84-’88) of the IIE Transactions. He served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board (’94-’00) and has been a member of a number of study committees for the National Research Council. He is a handball player and a former skydiving instructor.

Research Interests

Thom Hodgson’s research interests include scheduling, logistics, production and inventory control; manufacturing systems; and applied and military operations research.



Ph.D.Doctorate of PhilosophyUniversity of Michigan1970
MBAMaster of Business AdministrationUniversity of Michigan1965
BSEBachelor in Science EngineeringUniversity of Michigan1961

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 | Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2002 | Fellow, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • 2001 | C. A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, ISE Department at NC State University
  • 1986 | Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineering


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Improving chemotherapy infusion operations through the simulation of scheduling heuristics: a case study
Slocum, R. F., Jones, H. L., Fletcher, M. T., McConnell, B. M., Hodgson, T. J., Taheri, J., & Wilson, J. R. (2020), Health Systems, 2, 1–16.
Modeling and transportation planning for US noncombatant evacuation operations in South Korea
Kearby, J. A., Winz, R. D., Hodgson, T. J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., & McConnell, B. M. (2020), Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, 4(1), 41–69.
A Military Logistics Network Planning System
Rogers, M. B., McConnell, B. M., Hodgson, T. J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., Parlier, G., & Thoney Barletta, K. (2018), Military Operations Research, 23(4), 5–24.
A comparison of mixed integer programming formulations of the capacitated lot-sizing problem
Karagul, H. F., Warsing, D. P., Hodgson, T. J., Kapadia, M. S., & Uzsoy, R. (2018), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 56(23), 7064–7084.
Allocation heuristics for high-altitude long- endurance UAV image intelligence platforms
Kim, G., Hodgson, T. J., King, R. E., Liu, Y. N., & Kay, M. G. (2017), Military Operations Research, 22(3), 5–19.
On the economic lot scheduling problem: stock-out prevention and system feasibility
Hanson, B. B., Hodgson, T. J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., & Thoney-Barletta, K. A. (2015), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 53(16), 4903–4916.
A practical method for evaluating worker allocations in large-scale dual resource constrained job shops
Lobo, B. J., Wilson, J. R., Thoney, K. A., Hodgson, T. J., & King, R. E. (2014), IIE Transactions, 46(11), 1209–1226.
Allocating job-shop manpower to minimize : Optimality criteria, search heuristics, and probabilistic quality metrics
Lobo, B. J., Hodgson, T. J., King, R. E., Thoney, K. A., & Wilson, J. R. (2013), Computers & Operations Research, 40(10), 2569–2584.
An effective lower bound on Lmax in a worker-constrained job shop
Lobo, B. J., Hodgson, T. J., King, R. E., Thoney, K. A., & Wilson, J. R. (2013), Computers & Operations Research, 40(1), 328–343.
Information sharing in capacity constrained supply chains under lost sales
Davis, L. B., King, R. E., Hodgson, T. J., & Wei, W. (2011), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 49(24), 7469–7491.

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