Kathryn E. Stecke

Kathryn Stecke
Professor, Operations Management
(972) 883-4781
PhD, Purdue University, 1981
MS, Purdue University, 1977
MS, Purdue University, 1974
BS, Boston State College, 1972
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6340 Flexible Manufacturing Strategies
Current / Recent Research
Seru production systems
Advance selling
Flexible manufacturing
Supply chain issues
Disruptions in supply chains
Quality competitiveness indices
Awards and Recognition
Selected as POMS Fellow (2017).
Awarded the Purdue University Outstanding Industrial Engineer Award (April 27, 2017).
Elected Member of the Board of Directors of POMS (May 2014 – May 2016).
Awarded the Boston State College “Education for Service” Award (December 3, 2015).
Selected as a 2014 Purdue University Distinguished Woman Scholar.
Awarded the INFORMS WORMS Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (2013).
Selected as INFORMS Fellow (2009).
Awarded the INFORMS Kimball Medal “for distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of OR/MS” (2008).
Awarded the INFORMS MSOM 2007 Distinguished Service Award (2007).
Elected Member of the Board of Directors of POMS (April 2006 - April 2008).
Appointed Member of the President’s Advisory Board of the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University (March 2004).
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (2004).
Elected Vice President, Sections and Societies of INFORMS (January 2003-December 2004).
Elected Member of the Board of INFORMS (January 1999-December 2001).

Ashbel Smith Professor

Dr. Kathryn E. Stecke teaches in the School of Management at University of Texas at Dallas as the Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management. Previously she taught for 21 years at The University of Michigan Business School. She received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She has authored numerous papers on various aspects of FMS planning and scheduling and a variety of other topics in numerous journals including The FMS Magazine, Material Flow, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Annals of Operations Research, Performance Evaluation, International Transactions on Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research and several proceedings and book contributions. She is a POMS Fellow and an INFORMS Fellow. She is/was the founding Editor-in-Chief of both the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management Education Review.

She is on the Editorial Board, Area Editor, or Associate Editor of many journals. She was on the POMS Board of Directors (April 2006 – April 2008 and April 2014 to April 2016). She served on the Board of Directors of INFORMS as Vice President from January 2003 to December 2004 and also served on the Board of Directors of INFORMS from January 1999 to December 2001. She has served as General Chair, Program Chair, and Plenary Chair of POMS, INFORMS, and DSI conferences. She has received alumni awards from both graduate and undergraduate schools.

In February 2004, INFORMS compiled a list of 475 papers that have 50 or more citations from all papers published in the journal Management Science in the last 50 years. All of her Management Science papers are on this list. Then INFORMS selected 50 of these as those papers that “represented the most significant research published in Management Science in the last ½ century”. One of her papers is on that select list.

In 2018, Kathy received “Best Paper Awards” for 2 papers published in 2017, in the journals OMEGA and Journal of Operations Management.

Published Works
List of Published Works