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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

David Ben-Arieh

2016 Durland Hall


Dr. Ben-Arieh concentrates primarily on applications of decision theory and operations research in the area of healthcare delivery systems and product development.  He teaches courses in the area of production and inventory control and healthcare systems, and conducts research in these areas.  His interests include DEA modeling, risk-mitigation techniques and information system modeling.  His industrial experience includes working for AT&T Bell Laboratories, and consulting for the aerospace industry and healthcare organizations.  Dr. Ben-Arieh joined the faculty in 1990.


Ph.D., Purdue University, 1985

M.S., Ben-Gurion University, Israel, 1982

B.S., Ben-Gurion University, Israel, 1980

Honors and Awards (Partial List)

Patent: Ben-Arieh, D., et al. 1989, Product Realization Method, United States Patent 4,807,108.

Boeing Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1998.

ASEE-NASA Summer Fellowship, Kennedy Space Center, summer 2001 and 2002.

NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Software Award, October 2007. 

Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by APICS, 2001.

Patient Flow analysis and improvement, KC VA Medical Center, $120,000 (Jan. 2010 to Dec. 2011) (with Dr. J. WU co-PI).

Measuring and Analyzing Efficiency of Safety Net Clinics, $13,500, Center for Engagement and Community Development, Jan. 2009 for one year.

Mission Complexity Analysis/Cost Benefit Analysis, NASA grant 06-003, $70,001, Oct. 2006 – Sept. 2006.

MARS: Mission Analysis and Resource Simulation, $119,842, Sept. 2005 – August 2006, NASA, Launch Services Program, Kennedy Space Center.


IMSE 806 Engineering Project Management

IMSE 811 Advanced Productivity Inventory Control

IMSE 605 Advanced Industrial Management

IMSE 663 Production Planning and Inventory Control

Research Interests

Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory to multi-criteria group decision making

Analysis of innovation as a process

Risk analysis

Developing quantitative metrics to unstructured processes

Project management employing high technology, high risk and uncertainty


Society of Health Systems (SHS)

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Selected Publications

Ben-Arieh, D., Easton T., and Evans B., 2009, Minimum cost consensus with quadratic cost function, IEEE Trans. On Systems Man and Cybernetics; Part A., vol. 39, no. 1, 210-217.

George Demiris, Neil Charness, Elizabeth Krupinski, David Ben-Arieh, Karla Washington, John Wu, Bonne Farberow, 2010, The Role of Human Factors in Telehealth, Telemedicine and e-Health, May 2010, 16(4): 446-453.

Wu, J., Ben-Arieh, D., and Shi Z., 2011, An Autonomous Multi-Agent Simulation Model for Acute Inflammatory Response, International Journal of Artificial Life Research 2 (2), 105-121, April-June.

Ben-Arieh, D., and Gullipalli D-K, 2012, Data Envelopment Analysis of Clinics with Sparse Data: Fuzzy Clustering Approach, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 63, no. 1, pp. 13-21.

Nageshwaraniyer S.S., Khilwani N., Tiwari, M.K., Shankar R., and Ben-Arieh D., 2013, Solving the design of distributed layout problem using forecast windows: a hybrid algorithm approach, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 29, 128-138.

Zhen Z. Shi, Chih-Hang Wu, David Ben-Arieh, Agent-Based Model: A Surging Tool to Simulate Infectious Diseases in the Immune System, Open Journal of Modelling and Simulation, ISSN Print:2327-4018, ISSN Online:2327-4026, Vol.2 No.1, January 2014.

Ben-Arieh D. and Gullipalli, D. K., 2013, Data Envelopment Analysis of Clinics with Sparse data: Fuzzy Clustering Approach, In Fuzzy Methodologies and their Applications, Ping-Teng Chang (Ed.), Sung Gang Asset Management Corp (publisher), Taipei City, Taiwan, pp. 263-283.

Ben-Arieh, and Zhifeng C., 2013, Fuzzy Group Decision Making, in Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Second Edition, Badiru A. B. (Ed.), CRC Press, Chapter 24.