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Mark Hillier
Office: 465
Phone: 206-685-1912

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

Effective inventory management involves resolving the conflicting goals of reducing inventory levels while still maintaining high levels of service. Utilizing component commonality has helped meet these goals.

Mark Hillier

Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods


PhD Stanford University (1994)
MS Stanford University (1991)
BS Swarthmore College (1989)

Academic Expertise

manufacturing management
operations management
operations research

Current Research

Modeling of issues related to component commonality, delayed product differentiation, and centralization, Optimizing warehouse policies for stowing and picking, Improving the efficiency of unpaced production lines through workload balancing (or unbalancing) and buffer space allocation

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1993

Selected Publications

  1. Introduction to Management Science: A Modeling and Case Studies Approach with Spreadsheets
    Book:Hillier, F.S., & Hillier, M.S., (2013). Mcgraw-Hill
  2. Designing Unpaced Production Lines to Optimize Throughput and Work-in-Process Inventory
    Journal Article:Hillier, M.S., (2013). IIE Transaction, Vol. 45(5), pp. 516-527.
  3. Simultaneous optimization of work and buffer space in unpaced production lines with random processing times
    Journal Article:Hillier, F.S., & Hillier, M.S., (2006). IIE Transactions, Vol. 38(1), pp. 53-65.
  4. Using Commonality as Backup Safety Stock
    Journal Article:Hillier, M.S., (2002). European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 136(2), pp. 353–365.
  5. Component Commonality in Multiple-Period, Assemble-to-Order Systems
    Journal Article:Hillier, M.S., (2000). IIE Transactions, Vol. 32(8), pp. 755-766.
  6. Optimal Component Assignment and Board Grouping in Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing
    Journal Article:Brandeau, M.L., & Hillier, M.S., (1998). Operations Research, Vol. 46(5), pp. 675-689.

Working Papers

“Optimizing Inventory Location and Routing at a Retail Fulfillment Center,” Hillier, M. and T. Klastorin.

Honors and Awards

Evert McCabe Endowed Fellowship, 2013-2016, 2010-2013, 2007-2010, & 2004-2007
Paccar Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007, & 2013
Eight-time winner of Daytime MBA Core Professor of the Quarter, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2007, Spring 2006, & Spring 2005
MBA Elective Professor of the Year, 2006-2007
Two-time winner of MBA Elective Professor of the Quarter, Winter 2001 & Winter 2007
Evening MBA Core Professor of the Quarter, Winter 2005
Dean’s Citizenship Award for "Exemplary Citizenship in the UW Business School", 2004
Neal and Jan Dempsey Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2002-2003 & 2003-2004
Best Paper Award for 2000-2001, IIE Transactions (Scheduling and Logistics)

Current Professional Affiliations

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
Institute of Industrial Engineers