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Michael Sherwin

Assistant Professor
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Mike Sherwin is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Assistant Graduate Program Director. He teaches courses in the areas of supply chain management (IE1080), facility design (IE1055/2025), warehouse operations (IE1203/2203), and design of experiments (IE1072). He is also responsible for the Industrial Engineering Senior Design Capstone course (IE1090) and serves as the Faculty Advisor to the student chapter of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). His research interests include engineering education, process modeling, organizational performance, reliability optimization of complex systems, and supply chain risk management.

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2020, Mike spent nearly 20 years working in the biotechnology, aerospace, defense, energy, plastics, adhesives, electronics, tooling, and high purity metal powder industries. He held positions in site leadership, manufacturing operations, operational excellence, supply chain, project management, quality management, incident investigation, regulatory affairs, and process engineering at increasing levels of responsibility in Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. Mike also consults for businesses in the areas of supply chain, quality, and operations management.

Mike is a published author, guest speaker, Licensed Professional Engineer, American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) qualified lead auditor, and a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a member of ASQ, the Association of Engineering Education (ASEE), IISE, and previously served on Penn State University's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society's Advisory Board. He is a certified training partner in ASQ's Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt programs and serves on the IISE Logistics and Supply Chain Division Board of Directors.


(2020) New IE Educator Outstanding Paper, American Society of Engineering Education.

(2020) Honorable Mention Best Paper, IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Scheduling and Logistics.

(2020) Outstanding Regional Faculty Advisor Award – Northeast Region, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

J. Ron Walsh Outstanding Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Award.

Kennametal Product Development Technical Excellence Award.

Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering Travel Award.

Kennametal Excellence in Leadership Award.

PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2018

MBA, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

MS, Industrial Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2001

BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1999

Zhou, R., Bhuiyan, T.H., Medal, H.R., Sherwin, M.D., & Yang, D. (2022). A stochastic programming model with endogenous uncertainty for selecting supplier development programs to proactively mitigate supplier risk. OMEGA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, 107, 102542.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.omega.2021.102542.

Sherwin, M., & Bidanda, B. (2021). Effects of Pedagogical Changes to an Engineering Capstone Design Course During COVID-19. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access.ASEE.

Sherwin, M.D., Medal, H.R., MacKenzie, C.A., & Brown, K.J. (2020). Identifying and mitigating supply chain risks using fault tree optimization. IISE TRANSACTIONS, 52(2), 236-254.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/24725854.2019.1630865.

Sherwin, M.D. (2018). An Optimized Resource Allocation Approach to Identify and Mitigate Supply Chain Risks Using Fault Tree Analysis.

Sherwin, M.D., Medal, H., & Lapp, S.A. (2016). Proactive cost-effective identification and mitigation of supply delay risks in a low volume high value supply chain using fault-tree analysis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 175, 153-163.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.02.001.

Sherwin, M.D. (2001). An empirical approach to dimensional tolerance capability for sintered ferrous powder metal components formed by die compaction.

Sherwin, M.D., Medal, H., MacKenzie, C., & Brown, K. Identifying and mitigating supply chain risks using fault tree optimization. IISE Transactions, 52(2020-Issue 2), 236-254.

Hurtado, C., Rahimian, A., & Sherwin, M. (2022). A Random Generative Model of the Product Supply Chain Co-design Space. In IISE Annual Conference Proceedings.IISE.

Sherwin, M., Clark, R., & Linares Mendoza, A. (2022). Success Factors in a Project-Based Industrial Engineering Senior Design Capstone Course. In American Society of Engineering Education.Minneapolis, MN.

Research interests

Engineering Education
Manufacturing Operations and...
Organizational Performance
Reliability Optimization of Complex...
Supply Chain Risk Management