Faculty & Research

Bill Raffield

Associate Professor : Operations and Supply Chain Management Department

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Bill Raffield grew up in South Carolina and received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Clemson University. He has an M.P.A. in environmental management and received his Ph.D. in industrial management from Clemson University. Raffield has taught classes in operations management for more than 20 years. He was the senior associate dean for the Opus College of Business from the founding of the college in July 2001 until fall 2009.

Raffield served as an officer in the United States Air Force, and worked in industry for Michelin Tire Corporation and the Truckstops of America division of Ryder Systems, Inc. His research interests are in work and process flow and capacity management. He is a member of APICS and the Production and Operations Management Society.


Academic Background

B.S., Physics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
MPA, Environmental management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
Ph.D., Industrial Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Research Interests

  • Work flow design and management
  • Strategic capacity planning
  • Process/work flow simulation and improvement
  • Financial issues in supply chain


  • APICS-The Association for Operations Management
  • Production and Operations Management Society