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Metaheuristics Topics

We apply metaheuristics to NP-hard optimization problems when we have large data sets. Often, these occur in multi-objective settings. Metaheuristics from my research include genetic algorithms, tabu search, and particle swarm optimization. These metaheuristics have been applied to a wide variety of research topics.

Assembly Topics

We apply techniques to solve assembly and transfer line balancing and sequencing. Problem specifications include parallel workstations, mixed model assembly lines, two-sided assembly lines, zoning constraints, and ergonomic constraints.

Scheduling Topics

We solve machine scheduling problems using different methods. Problem objectives include minimizing makespan, the number of tardy jobs, and total weighted tardiness as well as multi-objective scheduling. Problem specifications include parallel machines, batch-processing and sequence dependent setups.

Dr. Mary E. Kurz Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Mary E. Kurz with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University, Class of 2021. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Class of ’39 Award for Faculty Excellence, Spring 2020

Clemson University faculty have recognized associate professor of industrial engineering Mary E. Kurz as one of the very best among them by awarding her the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence. The award, endowed by the Class of 1939 to commemorate its 50th anniversary in 1989, is presented annually to one distinguished faculty member whose outstanding contributions for a five-year period have been judged by her/his peers to represent the highest achievement of service to the student body, university and community, state or nation.

Prof. Kurz Receives Clemson University Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Excellence in Service

For more than 17 seventeen years, Clemson has honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Service Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes individuals who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community, which he defines as a “a community inclusive of all people, regardless of race, gender, class, ethnicity; a community that recognizes people as individuals first, each with a unique set of life experiences that shapes their particular perspective; a community where varied perspectives are brought together in a collective effort to achieve goals for the common good.”