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

A task worth undertaking is one that adds value to the customer.

Thomas Schmitt

Professor Emeritus of Operations Management


DBA Indiana University (1981)
MBA University of Cincinnati (1974)
BBA University of Cincinnati (1973)

Academic Expertise

project management
supply chain management

Current Research

Inventory management in a manufacturing firm, Scheduling repetitive projects

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1980
G.A. Gray Division of Warner and Swasey: Production and Inventory Control Manager, 1974-1975

Selected Publications

  1. Scheduling Recurrent Construction
    Journal Article:Faaland, B., & Schmitt, T., (2004). Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 51(8), pp. 1102-1128.
  2. Your Lean Team, Use It, or Lose It
    Journal Article:Brown, K., Schmitt, T., & Schonberger, R., (2003). Target, Vol. 19(1),
  3. Economic Lot Scheduling with Lost Sales and Setup Times
    Journal Article:Arreola-Risa, T., Faaland, B., & Schmitt, T., (2003). IEE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics, Vol. 36(7), pp. 629-640.


Puget Sound Blood Center: Improving the supply chain for blood delivery using animated simulation
Keg Restaurant Company: Layout and staffing for new restaurants using simulation analysis

Honors and Awards

Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Award finalist for The Bummer Game: An Interactive Exercise in Reengineering, 1996
Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, 1988
Distinguished Teaching Award from Indiana University, 1977

Academic Service

Chairman of Faculty Advisory Board for the Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics (GTTL) Program, 1997-present