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Bruce Faaland
Office: 201
Mackenzie Hall
Phone: 206-616-7583

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

Very different manufacturing strategies can be successful. However, the common denominators to improved performance typically include reduced flow time, quicker response time to customer orders and inquiries, lower inventory carrying costs, drastic reductions in nonvalue-added time, and smoother process and information flows.

Bruce Faaland

Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Methods


PhD Stanford University (1971)
MS Stanford University (1968)
BS Stanford University (1966)

Academic Expertise

manufacturing management

Current Research

Scheduling repetitive construction projects, Economic lot size problems

Positions Held

At the University of Washington from 1971-2014
MIT Operations Research Center, 1977-1978


AVTECH, programming model to generate schedules for workers, machines, and product flow
Boeing, programming and simulation to analyze final assembly operations
Keg Restaurants, simulation to analyze changes to design and layout of restaurants

Honors and Awards

Burlington Northern/Burlington Resources Professor of Manufacturing Management, 1992-1998
Finalist in the Instructional Innovation Award Competition of the Decision Sciences Institute, 1996
Arthur Andersen Professor of Management Science, 1987-1991
GTE Professor of Quantitative Methods, 1986-1987
Burlington Northern Foundation Teaching Achievement Award, 1983
MBA Professor of the Year, 1982-1983