Thom Hodgson

Professor Emeritus

Alumni Distinguished Research Professor
James T. Ryan Chair

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.

Discover more about Dr. Hodgson, see Faculty Profile: Thom Hodgson.


Ph.D. 1970

University of Michigan

MBA 1965

Master of Business Administration

University of Michigan

BSE 1961

Bachelor in Science Engineering

University of Michigan

Research Description

Scheduling, logistics, production and inventory control; manufacturing systems; and applied and military operations research.

Honors and Awards

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • Founding Director, NCSU Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute, 2009
  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineering,
  • Fellow, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences,


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., 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., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., & Thoney-Barletta, K. (2015), International Journal of Production Research, 53(16), 4903–4916.
An effective lower bound on L-max in a worker-constrained job shop
Lobo, B. J., Hodgson, T., 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., & Wei, W. B. (2011), International Journal of Production Research, 49(24), 7469–7491.
Technical note: A computationally efficient algorithm for undiscounted Markov decision processes with restricted observations
Davis, L. B., Hodgson, T., King, R. E., & Wei, W. B. (2009), Naval Research Logistics, 56(1), 86–92.
Satisfying due-dates in the presence of sequence dependent family setups with a special comedown structure
Taner, M. R., Hodgson, T., King, R. E., & Schultz, S. R. (2007), Computers & Industrial Engineering, 52(1), 57–70.
Determining sequence and ready times in a remanufacturing system
Stanfield, P. M., King, R. E., & Hodgson, T. (2006), IIE Transactions, 38(7), 597–607.
Production scheduling in a knitted fabric dyeing and finishing process
Laoboonlur, P., Hodgson, T., & Thoney, K. A. (2006), Journal of the Textile Institute, 97(5), 391–399.

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