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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Kurz

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Kurz

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering
271 Freeman Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-4652
Fax: (864) 656-0795

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BS, Systems Engineering
The University of Arizona, 1995

MS, Systems Engineering
The University of Arizona, 1997

PhD, Systems and Industrial Engineering
The University of Arizona, 2001

Research Areas

Developing heuristics and meta-heuristics to find solutions for scheduling problems as well as investigating the impact of meta-heuristics design on performance.

Selected Publications

Lozano, L., Smith, J.C. and Kurz, M.E., "Solving the Traveling Salesman Problem with Interdiction and Fortification," accepted by Operations Research Letters Feb 2017.

Phelan, K., Wilson, C., Pearce, B., Summers, J., Kurz, M., 2016, “Configuration and Options Management Processes and Tools:  An Automotive OEM Case Study”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, accepted Nov 15 2016, JMTM-09-2015-0079

Phelan, K., Pearce, B., Summers, J., Kurz, M., 2016, "Supporting Vehicle Option Change Management through a Graph Based Visualization Tool", Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, Vol 17, No 1 DOI: 10.1115/1.4034472, available online Nov 7, 2016, to appear in March 2017.

Bryan Pearce, Mary E. Kurz, Keith Phelan, Joshua Summers, Jorg Schulte, Wolfgang Dieminger, Kilian Funk, Configuration Management Through Satisfiability, Procedia CIRP, Volume 44, 2016, Pages 204-209, ISSN 2212-8271, (

Yoder, S. Elizabeth, Kurz, Mary E., Winter 2015, “Linear Programming Models Across the Curriculum”, Journal of Education for Business, Vol. 90, No. 1, 18-23.

Conference proceedings

Pearce, B. Kurz, M. Antani, K., Mears, L. (2014), "Finding Maximum Subsets of Relational Objects using SAT Decomposition," Proceedings of Institution of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 31-June 4, 2014, Paper No. 1987. Accepted.

Zu, L., Li, W., Kurz, M.E. (2014), “Integrated Production and distribution problem with pickup and delivery and multiple trips”, Proceedings of Institution of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 31-June 4, 2014, Paper No. 1618. Accepted.

Phelan, K., Wilson, C., Summers, J., Kurz, M., (2014), "A Case Study of Configuration Management Methods in a Major Automotive OEM", International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Buffalo, NY, DETC2014-34186.

Antani, K., Pearce, B., Mears, L., Renu, R., Kurz, E., Schulte, J. (2014), "System Learning for Manufacturing Process Planning," Proceedings of 2014 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC2014), Paper No. MSEC2014-3906, Detroit, MI, USA, June 9-13, 2014. Accepted. (Third Place in Best Paper for the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division)

Courses Taught

IE 2800 Introduction to Operations Research I (Deterministic OR)
IE 3600 Industrial Applications of Probability and Statistics
IE 3840 Engineering Economic Analysis
IE 4400 Decision Support System
IE 8650 Facilities Planning and Design
IE 8510 Data Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation
IE 8520 Modeling and Decision Making
IE 8810 Metaheuristics

Professional Affiliations

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Institute of Industrial Engineers