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Professor Emeritus Sant Ram Arora

Sant Arora

Ph.D., 1962, Operations Research, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., 1954, B.S., 1951, Mathematics, Panjab University

Phone: (612) 625-3023
Email: arora001@umn.edu

 

 

 

Research

Major research areas include optimization concepts applied to the design and operational management of production systems. Problems of resource allocation, capacity sizing and layout of production facilities, specification of quality dimensions, logistics support, and material flow are some of the important elements that have been considered within the scope of optimization.

More recently, areas of research interest have included CAD/CAM, computer-aided decision support systems (D.S.S.), and artificial intelligence. Work is being done to integrate problem-solving techniques and tools with data and knowledge bases on an on-going basis, where various knowledge bases are invoked automatically following a logical reasoning process. Decomposition techniques are being extended to multi-lateral, multi-objective decision problems, particularly as applied to design. An elaborate computer-aided decision support system is under development for assisting common carrier trucking companies' middle management in their day-to-day management problems. Scheduling is an area which holds great promise of benefit from a computer-assisted system.

Selected Publications

"Challenges to Exploit the Internet for Engineering Education." TBEEC Ninth Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, Nov. 1997 (with F. Kulacki).

"Simultaneous Allocation of Reliability and Redundancy using Simplex Search." In Proceedings Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 1996 (with Dave Jacobson).

"A Model for Risk Classification of Banks." The International Journal of Research and Progress in Management, vol. 16, pp. 145-165, March-April 1995 (with Sameer Kumar).

"A Non-exponential Approach to Availability Modeling." In Proceedings Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, January 1995 (with Dave Jacobson).

"Improved Manpower Utilization in Live-run Shift of Newspaper Printing Operations." IIE Transactions, May 1994 (with Sameer Kumar).

"Development of Internal Audit and Cycle Counting Procedures for Reducing Inventroy Miscounts." International Journal of Operation Research Management, vol. 12, pp. 61-70, 1992 (with Sameer Kumar).

 

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