Systems Design and Decisions Lab (SDD)

We are interested in the design of flexible engineering systems through mathematical modeling, optimization, decision analytic and data mining methods. Our application areas include industrial and healthcare real world applications. 

Group Members 
  • Faculty 
Vijitashwa Pandey, PhD              

I am currently an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Oakland University. I received my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Systems Engineering working with Prof. Deborah Thurston. I have collaborated extensively with the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) working on design optimization of ground vehicles as well as of a smart electric microgrid. I perform research in design optimization, particularly focusing on decision based approaches to product design and finding and/or developing optimization algorithms that can help with optimal design. Applications include automotive industry in addition to more general engineering design research. Recently, I have been interested in healthcare implications of my work particularly antibiotic stewardship


  • Ph.D. in  Systems Engineering, 2008
    • Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ,  Urbana, Illinois.
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2004
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2001
    • Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India.
Honors and Awards
  • Best Paper Award for “Varying Lifecycle Lengths within a Portfolio for Product Takeback”, Design for Manufacture and Life Cycle Conference, ASME IDETC 2009, San Diego, CA.
  • Nomination for Best Paper Award for “Copulas for Demand Estimation for Portfolio Reuse Design Decisions”, Design Theory and Methodology Conference, ASME IDETC 2008, New York City, NY.
  • Best Paper Award for “Variability and Component Criticality in Component Reuse and Remanufacturing Systems”, Design for Manufacture and Life Cycle Conference, ASME IDETC 2007, Las Vegas, NV

  • Graduate Research Associates 
    • Current
      • Sara Naranjo Corona
      • Sam Kassoumeh
      • Kevin Weinert (undergrad)
      • Aleksander Danielewski (undergrad)
      • Omar El-kaderi
    • Past
      • Rajasree Murali
      • Vidya Patil
      • Karmel S. Shehadeh