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Dr. Kevin M. Taaffe

Dr. Kevin M. Taaffe Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Professor
Department Chair
Fellow of IISE

Department of Industrial Engineering
100B Freeman Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-0291
Fax: (864) 656-0795

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BS, Industrial Engineering, with honors
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988

MS, Industrial Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990

PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Florida, 2004

Research Areas

Production and inventory management, transportation and logistics analysis, healthcare systems engineering, application of optimization and simulation modeling tools

Selected Publications

Girishan Prabhu, V., K. Taaffe, R. Pirrallo, and D. Shvorin, 2020. “Stress and Burnout among Attending and Resident Physicians in the ED: A Comparative Study,” IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, (July 2020)

Taaffe, K., A. Joseph, A. Khoshkenar, H. Machry, D. Allison and S. Reeves, 2020. “Proactive Design of a Safe and Efficient Operating Room: a Simulation-Based Modeling Approach,” Journal of Patient Safety, (March 2020)

Mousavi, E., A. Khademi, and K. Taaffe, 2020. “Optimal Sensor Placement in a Hospital Operating Room,” IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, (June 2020)

Venkataraman, S., L. Fredendall,  K. Taaffe, N. Huynh, and G. Ritchie, 2018. “An Empirical Examination of Surgical Experience, Block Scheduling, and Costs in Perioperative Services,”  Journal of Operations Management, 61(July 2018):68-81.

Joseph, A., A. Khoshkenar, K. Taaffe, Ken Catchpole, H. Machry, and S. Bayramzadeh, 2019. “Minor flow disruptions, traffic related factors, and their effect on major flow disruptions in the operating room,” BMJ Quality and Safety, 28(4):276-283.

Zinouri, N., K. Taaffe, and D. Neyens, 2018. “Modeling and Forecasting Daily Surgical Case Volume Using Time Series Analysis,” Health Systems, 7(2):111-119,

Hosseini, N. and  K. Taaffe, 2015. “Allocating Operating Room Block Time using Historical Caseload Variability,”  Health Care Management Science, 18:419-430.

Courses Taught

IE 3860 Production Planning and Control
IE 4570/6570 Transportation and Logistics Engineering
IE 4820/6820 Systems Modeling
IE 4910/6910: Healthcare Systems Modeling
IE 8030 Engineering Optimization and Applications
IE 8550 Supply Chain and Logistics Modeling II
IE 8870 Modeling Logistics and Behavior using Simulation

Professional Affiliations

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