Factory Physics, Inc.

Wallace Hopp

Professor Hopp joined the Ross School in 2007 after 23 years on the faculty of Northwestern University. His research focuses on the design, control and management of production, supply chain and work systems. He has published widely in the academic literature in these areas and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Management Science. Hopp is co-author of the textFactory Physics, which was named the IIE Book of the Year, and author of a new book Supply Chain Science. He has won a number of teaching and research awards, including being named a Fellow of INFORMS, IIE, SME, MSOM and POMS. He is also an active industry consultant, whose clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Bell & Howell, Black & Decker, Case, Dell, Ford, Eli Lilly, Emerson Electric, General Motors, John Deere, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Owens Corning, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, Zenith, and others.
1978 B.S. Physics, Michigan State University.
1979 M.S. Technology and Human Affairs, Washington University.
1982 M.S. Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan.
1984 Ph.D. Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan.
1978 - 1979       Research Assistant, Department of Technology and Human Affairs, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
1979 - 1981       Research Engineer, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, WA.
1981 - 1984       Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Summer 1984    Instructor, School of Business Administration, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.
1984 - 1990       Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
1990 - 1994       Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
1993 - 1994       Associate Professor (courtesy), Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
1993 - 1996       Pentair − D. Eugene and Bonnie L. Nugent Teaching Professor of Business Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
1994 - 1995       Visiting Research Engineer, Corporate Manufacturing Research Center, Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL.
1994 - 2007       Professor (courtesy), Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
1996 - 2007       Breed University Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
2007 - present     Herrick Professor of Manufacturing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Areas of Research Interest

  • Capacity Management
    • Replacement and Maintenance Models
    • Technological Obsolescence
    • Strategic Capacity Decisions
  • Innovation and Product Development
    • Design for Supply Chain Efficiency
    • Product Variety Planning
    • Project Portfolio Management
  • Production and Supply Chain Systems
    • Assembly Systems
    • Pull Production
    • Supply Chain Risk and Robustness
  • Revenue Management
    • Dynamic Pricing
    • Inventory/Pricing Coordination
  • Stochastic Optimization
    • Markov Decision Processes
    • Infinite Horizon Optimization
  • Workforce Management
    • Workforce Agility Strategies
    • White Collar Work Systems
    • Social Network Models
    • Crisis Management