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Director of Engineering Management and Professor of Operations Research
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Professor
Address
4815 Fourth St.
Building
Manufacturing Engineering Building MEB
Room
2017
Biography

Kenneth R. Chelst received the B.A. degree from Yeshiva College, the M.S. in operations research from New York University and the Ph.D. degree in operations research from M.I.T. He is the director of the Engineering Management Program and former chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Wayne State University. His research interests include structured decision making in engineering management, mathematics education K-12, the application of OR to emergency services and the impact of globalization on the engineering and manufacturing management functions.

In 2011, Dr. Chelst's book - Value-Added Decision Making for Managers was published by CRC, Taylor Francis. Dr. Chelst is co-PI on a $3.3 million NSF grant for Project MINDSET. With this funding, he led the development of a full-year math curriculum and textbook for high school seniors. The curriculum is being taught in dozens of high schools in Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia. His book, Does this Line Ever Move: Everyday Applications of Operations Research (2005) has been translated into Spanish and is used widely in Chile.  Dr. Chelst is also co-PI on the NSF funded Project MEDeATE. This project will help develop a cadre of expert math teachers in middle school who will mentor other teachers. 

In 2011, INFORMS awarded Dr. Kenneth Chelst their highest honor, INFORMS President's Award, for his work in bringing operations research into high schools and for his work in applying operations research concepts to dozens of police, fire and EMS departments across the country.

Dr. Chelst is also a member of the INFORMS Roundtable, which is an organization of the fifty leading analytics professionals from organizations across the US.

Dr. Chelst has received a dozen teaching awards with many of them coming from Ford Motor Company for his teaching of structured decision-making. Dr. Chelst played a lead role in the development of the Engineering Management Masters Program, which has achieved national recognition. This program emphasizes team projects and providing the corporate sponsor with immediate return on educational investment dollars. He also consults with Urban Science Applications Inc., a world-wide leader in the planning of new car dealership networks. Dr. Chelst is a member of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).

Education
  • Ph.D. - 1975, (Operations Research) MIT, Sloan School
  • M.S. - 1972, (Operations Research) MIT, Sloan School
  • Rabbinic Ordination - 1972, R.I.E.T.S. of Yeshiva University
  • B.S. - 1970 (Math & Physics) Yeshiva College, NY
Courses Taught

 IE 7720 Decision and Risk Analysis

IE 7999 - Leadership Projects - Engineering Management

IE7710 Stochastic Processes

IE 4800 and IE 4880 - Undergraduate Capstone Projects

Research Interests

 Decision and risk analysis in the global engineering environment

Operations Research and Analytics in K-12 mathematics education

Operations Research applied to emergency services

Research Projects

2013-2014 NSF Project MEDeATe, co-PI, Mathematics Enhancement for Detroit Area Teachers (MEDeATe)    

2007- 2012 NSF $3.3 Million (Co-PI WSU share $1,279,835) Project MINDSET (Mathematics Instruction for the Decision Sciences, Engineering and Technology)

2003-current – Developed and Launched Operations Management Leadership Program with funding from GM, Chrysler, and Ford.

1996-05   National Security Agency, Developed Modules of Real-World Applications of Mathematics for High Schools (Through INFORMS) $130,000

1993-current Ford Motor : Continuously improved Engineering Management Masters Program (EMMP). Obtained Funding for Technical Support and major projects that is approximately $850,000 per year

Publications

Books

Chelst, K. and  Canbolat, Y. B. (2012) Value Added Decision Making for Managers, CRC division of Taylor & Francis Group.

Chelst, K. (2009) Exodus and Emancipation: Biblical and African-American Slavery, URIM, Jerusalem.

Chelst, K. and Edwards, T. (2008) Spanish edition, Avanzara Esta Fila Alguna Vez?: Aplicaiones de la Investigacion de Operaciones, University of Chile.

Chelst, K. and Edwards, T. (2005) Does this line ever move? Everyday Applications of Operations Research, Key Curriculum Press

 

·        Selected Articles and Book Chapters - Recent

 

Invited

·         Chelst, K. (2013), "Urban Services," Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 3rd edition.

·         Chelst, K. (2013), "Implementation of OR/MS in the Public Sector" Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

·         Chelst, K., (2013), "Emergency Services," in Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 3rd Edition, eds. Saul I. Gass (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2012).

·         Chelst, K. (2013) “The Soft Side of Making Decisions,” IE Industrial Engineer, January 2013, 35-40.

·         Chelst, K. and Edwards, T. G. (2012) “Operations Research aligned with the Common Core Revolution in K-12 Mathematics Education,” OR/MS Today, 39(4).

·         Chelst, K., Edwards, T., Young, R., Keene, K.  Norwood, K. and Pugalee, D., (2010), “When Will I Ever Use This Stuff? Operations Research Transforms the High School Math MINDSET.” OR/MS Today, 37(4), 42-45.

·         Chelst, K., Edwards, T., Young, R., Keene, K.  and Royster, D., (2008)  “Can You Imagine 500,000 Proponents of O.R.?.” OR/MS Today, 35(4).

·         Matarese, L., Chelst, K., Straub, F., and Forezzi R. (2008).Bringing a Higher Level of Productivity to the Fire Service: Tales of Two Cities”, PM Public Management, 90(2), 8-13.

        Matarese, L., Chelst, K., Fisher-Stewart, G., and Pearsall, A. (2007).Public Safety Concept in a Post 9-11 World," PM Public Management,  89(4) 14-17.  

        Canbolat, Y. B. and Chelst, K. (2007), “When is outsourcing worth the risk?,” Technology Century 12(1) 30-33.

 

Refereed

 

Edwards, T. G., Koca, S. A., and Chelst, K. (2012) “Controlling Inventory: Real World Mathematical Modeling,” Mathematics Teacher, accepted

Nepal, B. P., Lassan, G., Drow, B., Chelst, K. (2009), “A Set Covering Model for Optimizing Selection of a Portfolio of Microcontrollers in an Automotive Supplier Company,” European Journal of Operations Research, 193, 272-281.

Canbolat, Y.B. and Chelst, K. (2007) "Combining Decision Tree and MAUT to Select a Country for a Global Manufacturing Facility," Omega, 35, 312-325.

 

    

 

 

 

Professional Affiliations

INFORMS

INFORMS Roundtable

Other Professional Experience

 Extensive consulting for cities facing cutbacks in funding of emergency services - under the auspices of the ICMA

Automobile Dealership Network Optimization for Urban Science, Detroit, MI

Awards and Honors
  • INFORMS President's Award - 2011
  • Edelman Prize Laureate (2000 ) – Dr. Chelst was a leader of the Ford team that was one of six finalists in this global competition for the best application of Operations Research world-wide.
  • Numerous teaching awards.
In the News
  • Kenneth Chelst offered his expertise in a recent InformationWeek article on how educators can narrow the big data skills gap. According to Chelst, one critical problem is that Americans lack the analytics skills to solve everyday problems. "I have two goals: To get more people interested in this stuff as a career, and I'm equally interested in creating educated consumers of advanced analytics," said Chelst.


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  • Kenneth Chelst provided expert commentary in a Wall Street Journal article titled "Fuel Rationing Is Hard to Gauge."


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