Azim Houshyar

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Azim Houshyar
Professor and Industrial Engineering Graduate Advisor
(269) 276-3363
E-219 Floyd Hall, Mail Stop 5336
Mailing address: 
Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, 1978
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, 1976
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Shiraz University, 1971
Research interests: 
  • Reliability and maintainability of machinery and equipment.
  • Simulation of manufacturing process.
  • Facilities layout and material handling.
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Modelling and Simulation (1999-2010).
  • Has reviewed numerous manuscripts submitted for publication in journals.
  • Had worked as the Editor of the International Journal of Engineering Research and General Science (IERGS)

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu)
  • Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi)
  • Eta Epsilon Mu (Engineering Management Honor Society)

Courses taught

Has regularly taught the following undergraduate and graduate courses:

  • IEE 3110 (Introduction to Operations Research)
  • IEE 3300 (Simulation Modeling & Analysis)
  • IEE 4010 (Entrepreneurial Engineering III: Facilities Planning & Logistics)
  • IEE 4190 (IE Senior Design)
  • IEE 5010 (Survey of Industrial Engineering Topics)
  • IEE 6040 (Facilities Planning and Design)
  • IEE 6080 (Reliability Engineering)
  • IEE 6110 (Deterministic Methods in Operations Research)
  • IEE 6300 (Advanced Simulation Modeling & Analysis)

Significant publications

  • R. Kamalapur, D. Lyth and A. Houshyar, “Benefits of CPFR and VMI Collaboration Strategies: a Simulation Study,” Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Volume 6 Number 2 pp 59 – 73, Dec 2013.

  • Erik, Kostandyan, A. Houshyar, and L. Lamberson, “Time To failure For as K-Parallel R-Out-of-N System,” International Journal of Modeling & Simulation, Vol 30, Issue 4, 2010.

  • D. Kamalapurka, S. Kumar and A. Houshyar, “Selecting A Computerized Maintenance Management System,” AMMJ, Vol 20, No 2, pp 60-67, April 2007.

  • A. Houshyar, B. White, and B. Aller; “A Simulation Study: Workforce Management Strategy,” International Journal of Modelling and Simulation, Accepted for publication Sept 2007.

  • D. Meade; S. Kumar, and A. Houshyar, “Financial Analysis of a Theoretical Lean manufacturing Implementation Using Hybrid Simulation Modeling,” Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol 25, No 2, 2006.