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Dr. William G. Ferrell

Dr. William G. Ferrell Fluor International Supply Chain Professor & Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Fellow of IISE

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

Phone: (864) 656-2724
Fax: (864) 656-0795

Department Research Thrust Pages:


BA, Physics
Wake Forest University, 1977

MS, Nuclear Science and Engineering
Virginia Tech, 1979

PhD, Operations Research
North Carolina State University, 1989

Research Areas

Supply chain logistics systems design and analysis, warehouse operations modeling

Selected Publications

Forger, G., Edwards, C., Ferrell, W., Hopper, S., Magliola, D., Schneider, D. (2017). Material Handling and Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0, Charlotte, NC: Material Handling Institute.

Devapriya, P., W. Ferrell, and N. Geismar (2017). Optimal fleet size of an integrated production and distribution scheduling problem for a perishable product. European Journal of Operational Research, 259 (3), 906–916.

Wickramage, N and W Ferrell (2016). Intermodal hubs in the physical internet, Proceedings of the 14th International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC 2016, Karlsruhe, Germany), Charlotte, NC: Material Handling Institute.

Samanlioglu, F. and W. Ferrell. (2012). An interactive memetic algorithm for production and manufacturing problems modeled as multi-objective traveling salesman problem. International Journal of Production Research, 50 (20), 5671-5682.

Erol, I. and W. Ferrell, Jr. (2009). Integrated approach to total quality management and just in time based purchasing: theory and a case analysis on a Turkish company, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 56 (4) 1192-1204.

Courses Taught

IE 4560/6560 Supply Chain Design
IE 8040 Systems Manufacturing Planning and Design
IE 8500 Introduction to Capital Projects Supply Chain
IE 8540 Fundamentals of Supply Chain and Logistics

Professional Affiliations

College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Current or Past Leadership Positions

  • CICMHE - Vice President/President Elect
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers – Director of Professional Registration

Current or Past Department/Area Editor:

  • IIE Transactions
  • Computer and Industrial Engineering

Current or Past Editorial Board:

  • Computers and Operations Research
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • International Journal of Operations Research
  • International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research