Professor Semyon M. Meerkov received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Kharkov, Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1962 and Ph.D. in Systems Science from the Institute of Control Sciences, Moscow, Russia, in 1966. He was with the Institute of Control Sciences until 1977. From 1979 to 1984 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Since 1984 he has been a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He has held visiting positions at UCLA (1978-1979), Stanford University (1991), Technion, Israel (1997-1998 and 2008), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2008), and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (2011). He was the Editor-in-Chief of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Department Editor for Manufacturing Systems of IIE Transactions and Associate Editor of several other journals. His current research interests are in Systems and Control with applications to production systems and in Mathematical Theory of Rational Behavior with applications resilient monitoring and control.

Until 1984, Professor Meerkov’s research was centered in the area of Systems and Control. Influenced by the successes of systems and control in aerospace, power, chemical and other industries, in 1985 he initiated an activity on systems approach to manufacturing and, specifically, to production systems. After visiting dozens of plants and are carrying out a few initial projects, he came to the conclusion that existing theories were hardly applicable to problems of practical importance on the factory floor – bottleneck identification and elimination, ensuring leanness of in-process and finished goods buffers, determining the number of pallets in closed lines that maximize the system throughput, etc. In addition, he realized that no fundamental laws that govern production systems have been investigated in sufficient details. This led to a series of projects intended to overcome these shortcomings. Every problem addressed in these projects had its origin on the factory floor. Practically every solution derived has been implemented on the factory floor. Jointly with his doctoral students, he developed a theory that is currently referred to as Production Systems Engineering (PSE).

At present, Professor Meerkov and his colleagues are making efforts in spreading the PSE knowledge to academic and industrial audiences. To accomplish this they have written textbooks and created toolboxes directed to university faculty and students and to practicing engineers and managers. This websites is a part of these efforts.

Contact information:

Professor S. M. Meerkov
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

Phone: 734-763-6349
FAX: 734-763-8041
Email: smm@umich.edu


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Professor Jingshan Li received the B.S. degree from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, the M.S. degree from Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering – Systems from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 1989, 1992, and 2000, respectively.

He was a Staff Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Systems Research Laboratory, General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI from 2000 to 2006, and an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Manufacturing, University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington, KY from 2006 to 2010. He is now an Associate Professor in Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison, WI. He received the 2010 NSF Career Award, 2006 IEEE Early Industry/Government Career Award (Robotics and Automation Society), the Best Paper Awards from IIE Transactions and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He is a Department Editor of IIE Transactions, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and was an Associate Editor of Mathematical Problems in Engineering. His primary research interests are in modeling, analysis, design, and improvement of manufacturing systems.

During his careers at GM, UK, and UW, he has been working on developing methods for production systems engineering, and implementing the results on the factory floor. His collaborations include GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Kroger, Kraft Foods, Link-Belt, and many other companies.

Contact information:

Professor Jingshan Li
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608-890-3780
Email: jingshan@engr.wisc.edu
Homepage: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/ie/faculty/li_jingshan.html


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Professor Liang Zhang received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Center for Intelligent Networked Systems (CFINS), Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Since Fall 2013, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.

Since his PhD program at UM, he has been actively participating in the development of the textbooks, courses, and toolboxes of Production Systems Engineering. His current research interests are real-time analysis, control, and energy-efficient operations in manufacturing and service industries. His industrial collaborations include General Motors, MillerCoors, Johnson Controls, FedEx, Ruud Lighiting, and many other companies.

Contact information:

Professor Liang Zhang
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06029
Phone: 860-486-4622
Email: liang@engr.uconn.edu


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