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Kevin Taaffe

Dr. Kevin Taaffe, the Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, has 25 years of industry and academic experience. In addition to being a prominent researcher, Dr. Taaffe maintains a student and service focus. Dr. Taaffe is a past recipient of Professor of the Year in industrial engineering at Clemson, and he also serves as the advisor to Clemson’s student chapter of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). In addition to being a prominent researcher, Dr. Taaffe maintains a student and service focus. Dr. Taaffe is a past recipient of Professor of the Year in industrial engineering at Clemson, and he also serves as the advisor to Clemson’s student chapter of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Since arriving to Clemson in 2004, his teaching and research interests include the application of simulation and optimization in healthcare logistics problems. After receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Dr. Taaffe worked in the transportation logistics industry for eight years, before returning to academia to obtain his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Taaffe’s healthcare research involves the improvement of patient flow, as well as the communication and coordination of staff tasks, on the day of surgery. The operating room, and functions that support it, must be correctly planned and staffed for patient care to be delivered consistently and with high quality. Thus, another key element is appropriately planning for the day of surgery days or weeks in advance. One common theme to his healthcare research is the introduction and use of mobile technology and computer simulation in the decision making for various staff roles either within the operating room or in the services that support the operating room. Dr. Taaffe has been supported by NSF, AHRQ, and most major hospitals across the state of South Carolina. Clemson has hosted the annual Mid-Atlantic regional conference twice during his advisory role (2009, 2015). IIE also awarded Dr. Taaffe the Outstanding IIE Advisor Award for his active participation with the IIE student chapters, and he currently serves in a leadership role within IIE as a Region Vice President.

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Kevin Taaffe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering