Jennifer Pazour


Jen Pazour is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. Her research and teaching focus on the development and use of mathematical models to guide decision making for logistics and supply chain challenges. Modern supply chain systems need to fulfill a wide variety of requests quickly with little warning in small units to many dispersed locations at low costs. These characteristics are fundamentally different than yesterday’s demand that aggregated at given locations. In the face of this disconnect, our research thinks differently about how supply chain resources are acquired, managed, and allocated to fulfill customer requests. In doing so, our contributions span a diverse array of applications, including resource sharing platforms, peer-to-peer transportation systems, on-demand warehousing platforms, and crowdsourced order fulfillment systems, as well as facility logistics and transportation systems. Methodologically, we are modelers, whose core intellectual strength is in the development of mathematical and computational representations of sociotechnical systems and processes. Our research approach is to (1) create optimization models encompassing the primary system and decision trade-offs, (2) discover solution approaches and algorithms to efficiently solve the optimization models, (3) use the developed models and approaches to better understand the implications of the sociotechnical system’s design and operation, and then (4) through theoretical results, computational experiments, and statistical analysis provide managerial insights and policy recommendations. Our team has created a wide range of operations research tools, including integer linear programs, bi-level optimization formulations, queuing models, and analytical models.

Jen is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award, a National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program Early-Career Fellowship, and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. She was awarded the Rensselaer Alumni Teaching Award, the IISE Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award, and the IISE Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award. She is an Associate Editor of Transportation Science, IISE Transactions, Military Operations Research, and OMEGA. She has served professional societies, for example, as a session organizer at the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, as the chair of the INFORMS professional recognition committee, chair of the INFORMS undergraduate operations research prize, the communications chair of the IISE Logistics and Supply Chain division and is on the IISE Transaction Social Media Team. She proudly holds three degrees in Industrial Engineering (a B.S. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas). More information can be found at her research and teaching blog:

Education & Training

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Arkansas, 2011
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Arkansas, 2009
B.Eng., Industrial Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2006; Minor Mathematics


Sample Research Projects: 

  • National Science Foundation, Mobilizing Nonprofit Resources and Talents with a Community Tool for Purpose-Driven Work (with A Trapp, S Stanlick, and Y Telliel of WPI), 10/22 - 9/26
  • Office of Naval Research, A Top-Down Framework to Autogenerate Mixed Integer Linear Programs for Supply Chain System Design (with S Mishra and J Mitchell), 6/22-12/24.
  • Raymond University Research Program, Omni-Channel Facilities Supported by Modular and Moveable Robotic Platforms (with K Furmans, KIT), 9/22-9/23
  • National Science Foundation, CAREER: Distribution Resource Elasticity: A New Hierarchical Approach for On-Demand Distribution Platforms, 8/18-7/23
  • Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program, Evaluation of New Distribution Technologies via Novel Data-Driven Models, 1/18-12/20
  • National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program Early-Career Fellowship, Logistics and Resource Sharing Applications to Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, and Response, 9/16-8/18
  • Major Defense Contractor, Logistics and Inventory Modeling for Repairable Systems, 8/16–8/17.
  • National Science Foundation, Improving Resource Utilization through Peer-to-Peer Resource Sharing Systems, 9/15- 8/17.
  • Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Proposal: The Design of Responsive Sea-Based Logistics Delivery Systems. 5/13-12/17.
Primary Research Focus
Develop and use mathematical models to guide decision making for logistics and supply chain challenges.
Other Focus Areas

supply chains, logistics, operations research, service systems, distribution, platform systems, peer-to-peer resource sharing systems, last mile delivery, ride sharing, transportation, material handling, on-demand systems, facility logistics, warehousing, collaborative logistics, nonprofit operations, volunteer management


Current Courses

ISYE 4300 Complex Systems Models for ISE

ISYE 4210 Design and Analysis of Supply Chains (Youtube channel

ISYE 6600 Design of Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains

ISYE 4250 Facilities Design and Industrial Logistics

ISYE 1100 Intro to ISE

Advising & Mentoring

Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering Video:


Awards & Honors
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) International Excellence Fellowship (2022)
  • Outstanding Early Career Alumni College of Engineering, University of Arkansas (2021)
  • Meritorious Service Award from Transportation Science editorial board (2021)
  • National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Session co-Chair (2021)
  • Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award (2019)
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2018)
  • Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholar (2018)
  • National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Attendee (2018)
  • IISE Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award (2018)
  • IISE Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award (2017)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) Outstanding Recent Graduate (2017)
  • IISE Transactions Best Applications Paper Honorable Mention (2016)
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Gulf Research Program Early-Career Fellow (2016)
  • Warehousing Education and Research Council Featured Thought Leaders (2016, 2018)
  • Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Award (2013)
  • Most Outstanding Faculty Member from UCF IIE Student Chapter (2013)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Project, National Science Foundation (2010)


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Jennifer Pazour has 50 indexed publications in the subjects of Engineering, Business, Management and Accounting, and Decision Sciences.

Iman Dayarian, Jennifer Pazour
Production and Operations Management
, 31
, 2022
, pp.4075-4094
Uzma Mushtaque, Jennifer A. Pazour
Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management
, 21
, 2022
, pp.106-126
Rosemonde Ausseil, Jennifer A. Pazour, Marlin W. Ulmer
Transportation Science
, 56
, 2022
, pp.1304-1326
Milan Preet Kaur, Safron Smith, Jennifer A. Pazour, Ana Duque Schumacher
Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
, 84
, 2022
Kaan Unnu, Jennifer Pazour
IISE Transactions
, 54
, 2022
, pp.988-1003
Fabiana Tornese, Maria Grazia Gnoni, Brian K. Thorn, Andres L. Carrano, Jennifer A. Pazour
Sustainability (Switzerland)
, 13
, 2021
Hannah Horner, Jennifer Pazour, John E. Mitchell
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
, 153
, 2021
Vishal Bansal, Debjit Roy, Jennifer A. Pazour
International Transactions in Operational Research
, 28
, 2021
, pp.1787-1820
Mruthul Thomas, Jennifer Pazour
IISE Annual Conference and Expo 2021
, 2021
, pp.139-144
Ana Gabriela Duque Schumacher, Sérgio Pequito, Jennifer Pazour
Journal of Cleaner Production
, 268
, 2020

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