Mary E. Kurz, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University. She is a member of INFORMS and a Senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Dr. Kurz received her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2001, focusing on scheduling flexible flowlines.
Dr. Kurz is interested in improving the efficiency of large assembly systems through better integration of various functions, such as sequencing, line balancing, and material handling. She develops mathematical models, heuristics and metaheuristics to evaluate the potential for system improvements.