Mehdi Amini, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Associate Director, FedEx Center for Supply Chain Mgmt
Dr. Amini is Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Fogelman College of Business
& Economics (FCBE). Also, he serves as Associate Director of FedEx Center for Supply
Chain Management and Director of the Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL)
at the FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis. He served as the
Director of the FCBE Master Programs from 1994 to 1996.
His current research interests include design and implementation of model-assisted
managerial decision making methods and technologies with specific applications in
the area of supply chain management. His publications include articles in Management Science, Journal of Operations and Production Management, INFORMS Journal
on Computing, International Journal of Heuristics, European Journal of Operational
Research, Operational Research Society Journal, International Journal of Operations
and Production Management, Annals of Operations Research, and Journal of Information
and Management. Also, he has published over eighty conference proceedings and research abstracts.
In addition, he has contributed to three published cutting-edge books in the areas
of application of artificial intelligence in model-assisted managerial decision making.
Dr. Amini has received a number of research grants from institutions within the private
and public sectors to support different research projects and a number of university
awards for his teaching, research, and service performance. He has been teaching in
the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. programs. Dr. Amini has been involved
in corporate research, consulting, and executive educational programs in the past
Dr. Amini holds a BA in Business Administration from The University of Tehran. He
received an MBA in Production Operations Management from The University of North Texas,
and an MS and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University.
Director, Institute for Personnel Planning and Policy Analysis
David Cashbaugh (M.S., Operations Research, Navy Postgraduate School 1982) is the
director of the Personnel Plans and Policy Analysis Institute at the Navy Personnel
Research, Studies, and Technology (NPRST) within the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Mr.
Cashbaugh is a retired Naval Officer with extensive experience in military modeling,
simulation and strategic planning.
Mr. Cashbaugh was the Joint Staff chief mobility analyst for development of the Joint
Vision 2010 strategic plan in 1992 and the Joint Staff lead mobility analyst for the
1993 Quadrennial Defense Bottom-Up Review (BUR). He was also lead mobility analyst
for the first Joint Staff study on the impact of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
on a theater level campaign; an effort that resulted in the reprogramming of $1 billion
to WMD effects mitigation. Mr. Cashbaugh was selected to represent the Joint Staff
during the requirements determination process for development of both JSIMS and JWARS,
acquisition programs designed to consolidate modeling and simulation across the Department
Mr. Cashbaugh has been engaged in manpower and personnel modeling since 2000. His
institute has produced the data systems and modeling tools used by officer and enlisted
community managers as well as strength planners for analysis such as accession planning,
advancement/promotion planning, retention planning, selective reenlistment bonus analysis
and sea-shore rotation policy analysis. He is also co-director for the Memphis based
enterprise Simulation and Optimization Laboratory (eSOL), a consortium of leading
modeling experts dedicated to advancing the science of modeling and simulation through
enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL)
365 Innovation Drive, Suite 201
FedEx Institute of Technology
The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee 38152-3115