Pratik Parikh

Chairperson & Professor

Dr. Pratik J. Parikh, a fellow of IISE, is the Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Louisville. Prior to joining UofL in August 2020, he was a faculty at Wright State University in Dayton, OH (2009-2020) and a member of the Science Team at Manhattan Associates in Atlanta, GA (2006-2009). He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech (2006). Dr. Parikh’s research in data analytics and optimization with applications in supply chain, retail, and healthcare has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Affairs, state of OH, and industry. He has served on various boards at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). For his contributions towards research, teaching, and service, he has been honored with the IISE-LSC Division Teaching Award, IISE Global Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, INFORMS Volunteer Service Award, and several awards at Wright State University and in the Dayton-area, including the Dayton Forty Under 40 Award. Dr. Parikh’s students have received multiple Best Track Paper awards and national scholarships for their outstanding research accomplishments.

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Current research:
Trauma network design, visibility-based layout design, remanufacturing systems, interruptions in healthcare

Current PhD students:
 Lin Lin and Parvez Mahmud
PhD graduates (10): Uttam Karki, Carsten Ziegler, Sagar Hirpara, Hakan Gecili, Lijian Xiao, Brad Guthrie, Nicholas Ballester, Corinne Mowrey, Robert Myers, Bhanuteja Sainathuni

Professional service: 

  • Chair-Elect (3-yr term), Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH)
  • Chair/Co-Chair/Member, Visibility Taskforce, CIEADH (2022-current)
  • Chair, IISE Innovation Cup (2021-24)
  • Member, IISE Doctoral Colloquium Committee (2022 and 2023)
  • Technical Vice President (appointed) in IISE Technical Operations Board (2021-2023)
  • Associate Editor, IISE Transactions (2021-2024)

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  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. University of Baroda, 2001
  • M.S. in Systems Science, SUNY at Binghamton, 2002
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006


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