Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Topics and Rerefence Textbooks

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Topics and Rerefence Textbooks

The students enrolled in the IE PhD program must obtain a passing grade in 4 subject areas in order to successfully complete the written part of the qualifying exam. Three of these exams must belong to the set of topics below. The forth exam may either be in Engineering Mathematics or in an area in one of the FENS PhD programs (including IE).

Deterministic Models in Operations Research

Topics

  • Mathematical programming modeling
  • Elementary Convex Analysis
  • Linear Programming, Certificates, Duality, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Dantzig Wolfe Decomposition and Column Generation
  • Shortest Path Problems and Algorithms
  • Maximum Flow Problems and Algorithms
  • Minimum Cost Flow Problems and Algorithms
  • Minimum Spanning Tree and Algorithms

 

Reference Books

  1. Linear Programming and Network Flows. Mokhtar S. Bazaraa, John J. Jarvis, Hanif D. Sherali.
  2. Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms. Wayne L. Winston.
  3. Introduction to Operations Research. Frederick S. Hillier and Gerald J. Lieberman.
  4. Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms and Applications. Ravindra K. Ahuja, Thomas L. Magnanti, James B. Orlin.
  5. IE 501 lecture notes available in Pdf format.

 

Stochastic Models in Operations Research

Topics

  • (Conditional) Probabilities and (Conditonal) Expectations
  • Markov Chains
  • Poisson Processes
  • Continuous Time Markov Chains
  • Renewal Processes
  • Queueing Models (those that can be handled as Markov processes)

 

Reference Books

  1. Introduction to Probability Models. Sheldon M. Ross. (Chapters 1–8)
  2. An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling. Howard M.Taylor, Samuel Karlin. (all chapters except Chapter 8)

 

Production and Service Operations Planning and Control

Topics

  • Deterministic and Stochastic Inventory Models
  • Lot Sizing Algorithms
  • Assembly Line Balancing
  • Transfer Lines
  • Scheduling
  • Flexible Manufacturing Systems

 

Reference Books

  1. Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems. R. G. Askin, C. R. Standridge. (Chapters 2-5)
  2. Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems. T. E. Vollmann, W. L. Berry, D. C. Whybark.
  3. Production and Operations Analysis. S. Nahmias.
  4. Planning and Scheduling in Manufacturing and Services. M.L. Pinedo.
  5. Scheduling : theory, algorithms, and systems. M.L. Pinedo.

 

Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Design

Topics

  • Facility Location Problems
  • Short-Haul Transportation (Vehicle Routing) Problems
  • Long-Haul Transportation Problems
  • Inventory Management and Risk Pooling
  • Supply Chain Contracts
  • The Value of Information
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Distribution Strategies

 

Reference Books

  1. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies. Simchi-Levi, D. Kaminsky, P., Simchi-Levi, E., 2007. (Chapters 2-7)
  2. Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation. Chopra, S., Meindl, P., 2013.
  3. Modeling the supply chain. Shapiro J.F.
  4. Facilities Design. Heragu S. (Chapters 11-12)
  5. Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control. G. Ghiani, G. Laporte, R. Musmanno. (Chapters 3, 6, 7)

 

Manufacturing Processes

Topics

  • Fundamentals and Parameters of Manufacturing Processes
  • Manufacturing Equipment and Tools
  • Machining
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Biomanufacturing

 

Reference Books

  1. Manufacturing Processes and Equipment. Jiri Tlusty.
  2. Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. Serope Kalpakjian.

 

Decision Theory

Topics

  • Modeling Decisions
  • Subjective Probability and Inference
  • Decision Making Heuristics and Biases
  • Measurement Theory
  • Expected Utility Theory
  • Multi Criteria Decision Making

 

Reference Books

  1. Making Hard Decisions with DecisionTools. Cengage Learning. Clemen, R., & Reilly, T. (2013)
  2. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. Bazerman, M., & Moore, D. A. (2012)
  3. Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. Science, 185(4157), 1124-1131. Tversky, A., & Kahneman, D. (1974).
  4. Measurement Theory. Roberts, F. S. (1985).
  5. Models, Methods, Concepts and Applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, Volume 34. Thomas L. Saaty, L. G. Vargas.

 

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Topics

  • Computational Geometry for Curves and Surfaces
  • Solid Modelling
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer-Aided Process Planning
  • Computer-Aided Machining
  • Automation

 

Reference Books

  1. Computer-Aided Manufacturing.  Chang, T-C. Wysk, R.A. Wang, H-P,
  2. Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.  Groover, M.P.
  3. Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE.  Lee, K.