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Dr. Kevin M. Taaffe

Dr. Kevin M. Taaffe Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Professor
Interim Department Chair

Department of Industrial Engineering
269 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

Taaffe, K., B. Pearce, and G. Ritchie, 2018. “Using Kernel Density Estimation to Model Surgical Procedure Duration,” International Transactions of Operational Research, accepted.

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, accepted.

Taaffe, K., B. Lee, Y. Ferrand, L. Fredendall, D. San, C. Salgado, D. Shvorin, A. Khoshkenar, and S. Reeves, 2018. “The influence of traffic, area location, and other factors on operating room microbial load,” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 39(4):391-397.

Zinouri, N., K. Taaffe, and D. Neyens, 2017. “Modeling and Forecasting Daily Surgical Case Volume Using Time Series Analysis,” Health Systems,

Lassiter, K., A. Khademi, and K. Taaffe, 2015. “A Robust Optimization Approach to Volunteer Management in Humanitarian Crises,” International Journal of Production Economics, 163, DOI:10.1016/j.ijpe.2015.02.018.

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

Taaffe, K., L. Fredendall, N. Huynh, and J. Franklin, 2015. “Computer Simulation Shows the Effect of Communication on Day of Surgery Patient Flow,” AORN Journal, 102 (July 2015) 60.e1–60.e14.

Courses Taught

IE 3860 Production Planning and Control
IE 4570/6570 Transportation and Logistics Engineering
IE 4820/6820 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