Lihui Bai


Dr. Lihui Bai received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in 2004. Dr. Bai holds her BS and MS degrees in Computational Mathematics from China. Prior to joining the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at University of Louisville, Dr. Bai taught operations management, statistics and management science at the School of Business in Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.  

Dr. Bai currently holds the position of Professor and Director of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) at the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Louisville.  She is also the co-director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI).

Dr. Bai's research interests include operations research and applied optimization and simulation modeling.  She has applied analytics and modeling methodologies to a variety of areas including traffic assignment, congestion pricing, transportation and logistics and supply chain management, electric vehicles charging infrastructure design, demand response in smart grid and healthcare logistics. Her research has appeared in top-tier international journals including Operations Research, Networks, Operations Research Letters, IISE Transactions, Energy Systems, among others. Dr. Bai's research has been funded by National Science Foundation's (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) programs, Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) through Kentucky DOT, U.S. Economic Development Agency and numerous industry sponsors such as GE Appliance, Humana Foundation and Tennessee Valley Authority.   

Since joining the University of Louisville, Dr. Bai has taught courses in Probability and Statistics for Engineers, Operations Research Methods, Models and Analysis of Logistical Systems, Supply Chain Engineering, and Stochastic Operations Research Methods. She has been voted multiple times as "Faculty Favorites" by students, and is the recipient of the 2021 Provost's Award for an Exemplary Director of Graduate Studies at UofL. 


  • B.S. in Computational Mathematics, Inner Mongolia University, 1994
  • M.S. in Computational Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999
  • Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engr, University of Florida, 2004


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