Milind Dawande

Ashbel Smith Professor
Professor - Management
Dawande's Homepage
Tags: Supply Chain Operations Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate School of Industrial Administration - 1997
M.S. - Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
Carnegie-Mellon University - 1995
M.S. - Mathematics
University of Louisiana, LA - 1993
B.Tech - Computer Science
Birla Institute of Technology and Science - 1991

Research Areas

Research Interests

Theory: Discrete Optimization, Linear and Integer Programming; Polyhedral Theory; Combinatorial Optimization; Logic-based Optimization Methods. Applications: Robotics; Discrete Optimization Models in Manufacturing and Operations; Network Design; Mathematical Programming Models in E-commerce.


Optimal Software Reuse in Incremental Software Development: A Transfer Pricing Approach (with Y. Ceran, D. Liu, and V. Mookerjee) Management Science (to appear). forthcoming - Publication
Short-Range Order Processing at Blockbuster (with C. Chung, D. Rajamani, C. Sriskandarajah), Interfaces (to appear). Finalist, INFORMS 2010 Wagner Prize for Excellence in OR Practice forthcoming - Publication
Scheduling a Two-State Flowshop under a Makespan Constraint. With S. Gavirneni and R. Rachamadugu. Mathematical and Computer Modeling. Forthcoming. forthcoming - Publication
Efficient Distribution of Water Between Head-Reach and Tail-End Farms in Developing Countries (with M. Mehrotra, S. Gavirneni, and V. Mookerjee) Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (to appear). forthcoming - Publication
Forecast and Rolling Horizons under Demand Substitution and Production Changeovers: Analysis and Insights (with A. Bardhan, Y. Mu, S. Gavirneni, and S. Sethi) IIE Transactions Vol. 45, 323-340, 2013. 2013 - Publication
Structural Search and Optimization in Social Networks (with Y. Zhu, V. Mookerjee, and C. Sriskandarajah) INFORMS Journal on Computing Vol. 24, No. 4, 611-623, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Balancing Perfectly Periodic Service Schedules: An Application from Recycling and Waste Management (with O. Kazan, C. Sriskandarajah, and K. Stecke) Naval Research Logistics Vol. 59, No. 2, 160-171, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Pricing and Logistics Decisions for a Service Provider in the Cash Supply Chain (with M. Mehrotra, V. Mookerjee, and C. Sriskandarajah) Production and Operations Management Vol. 21, No. 5, 954-974, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Value of Local Cash Reuse: Inventory Models for Medium-Size Depository Institutions under the New Federal Reserve Policy (with Yunxia Zhu and Chelliah Sriskandarajah) Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Vol. 13, No. 4, 508-524, 2011. 2011 - Publication
Productivity Improvement from Using Machine Buffers in Dual-Gripper Cluster Tools (with N. Geismar and C. Sriskandarajah), IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Vol. 8, No. 1, 29-41, 2011. 2011 - Publication


Joint Appointment
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Associate Professor (with tenure)
University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2000–2003]
Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY [1999–2000]
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY [1997–1999]

Additional Information

Fellowships and Awards

1998, First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. 1993-1996, William Larimer Mellon Fellowship, Carnegie MellonUniversity. 1987-1991, Merit Scholarship, Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

IBM Research

As part of my work at IBM Research, we worked with a large steel company in the Asia-Pacific on optimized solutions to several key components of their steel making process. The project included: (1) Inventory Application (2) Steel Slab Design and (3) Cast Design.

My work has been in:

(a) understanding the key process operation issues

(b) modeling these large scale optimization problems 

(c) designing efficient algorithms to solve them to optimality as well as designing heuristics which guarantee a solution within a specified factor from the optimal solution.

Our work on inventory matching algorithms has found applications in electronic commerce.

Professional Activities
  • Editorial Review Board, Production and Operations Management.
  • Editorial Board, Open Applied Mathematics Journal (New Journal).
  • Referee: Discrete Applied Mathematics, European Journal of Operations Research, IIE Transactions, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Information Processing Letters, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations  Research, Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, Productionand Operations Management.
  • Member: Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

News Articles

Researchers Explore How Retail Drone Delivery May Change Logistics Networks
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas say drone technology has the potential to be a genuine game changer in the retail industry, with its promise to enable retailers to offer unheard-of delivery lead times and near-perfect delivery-time customization adaptability.

In a new study, recently published online in Production and Operations Management, three faculty members from the Naveen Jindal School of Management explored how drone delivery could change retail logistics networks. The paper focuses on the use of customer-facing delivery centers, also known as last-mile warehouses.

Dr. Milind Dawande, professor of operations management and one of the paper’s co-authors, said last-mile retail delivery via drones is being viewed as a truly disruptive technology. Retailers worldwide are pursuing approaches to enable faster delivery, and drones arguably represent the most encouraging technological innovation toward this goal, he said.


Gokcen Arkali (Management, co-chair) Dengpan Liu (Management, committee member) Shashidhar Gandham (Computer Science, co-chair) Neil Geismar (Management, co-chair) Sanjeewa Naranpanawe (Management, co-chair) Subodha Kumar (Management, committee member)