Faculty & Research

Muer Yang

Assistant Professor : Operations and Supply Chain Management Department

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Muer Yang earned his Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Cincinnati.

Yang’s research applies novel aspects in simulation and optimization models to the areas of high impact, such as public policies and health care management. In particular, he has examined methods to improve voting operations in terms of equity and efficiency; and he applies simulation models to improve patient flow and staffing levels in hospitals.

His teaching philosophy centers on the translation of knowledge into practical skills that bridge the classroom and the real business environments. He teaches classes at the undergraduate and MBA levels, including operations management and business statistics.


Academic Background

B.S., management information systems, Tsinghua University
M.S. management science, Tsinghua University
Ph.D., operations management, University of Cincinnati

Research Specialties 

  • Service operations
  • Resource allocation
  • Equity–efficiency in operations 
  • Simulation modeling and analysis
  • Simulation-optimization techniques

Current Research

  • To charge or not to charge? How the standby fee affects airlines’ revenue
  • Resource allocation to improve equity in service operations 
  •  Efficient and equitable admission-control policies for a hospital ICU with batch arrivals 
  • A robust optimization model to improve voting machine allocation
  • Operations improvement for tele-ICUs
  • Business value of global planning at multinational corporations
  • Strategic sourcing of medical services and its impact on healthcare delivery costs in the United States

Major Works

  • Yang, Muer, M.J. Fry, and C. Surlock, "The ICU Will See You Now: Efficient--Equitable Admission Control Policies for a Surgical ICU with Batch Arrivals," IIE Transactions, 2014, Accepted.
  • Fry, M. J. and Yang, Muer, "Using or to Overcome Challenges in Implementing New Voting Technologies. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. 1–8, DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms1080.
  • Yang, Muer, M. J. Fry, W. D. Kelton, and T. T. Allen, "Improving Voting Systems through Service-Operations Management," Production and Operations Management, 2014, 23: 1083–1097.
  • Yang, Muer, Theodore T. Allen, Michael J. Fry, and W. David Kelton, "The Call for Equity: Simulation-Optimization Models to Minimize the Range of Waiting Times," IIE Transactions 45:7 (2013): 781-795.
  • Yang, Muer, Michael Fry, Jayashree Raikhelkar, Cynthia Chin, Anelechi Anyanwu, Jordan Brand and Corey Scurlock, "A Model to Create an Efficient and Equitable Admission Policy for Patients Arriving to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit," Critical Care Medicine 41:2 (February, 2013): 414–422.
  • Yang, Muer, M. Fry and D. Kelton, "Are All Voting Queues Created Equal?" Proceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference, 2009.
  • Yang, Muer and J. Sun, "A VAR Control Scheme for multivariate autocorrelated observations," Applied of Statistics and Management 27:2 (2008): 298-303.


  • Sun Jing, S. Wang, and Muer Yang, Process Capability Analyses, Tsinghua University Press, 2014, forthcoming.

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • 2nd place in the 2011 inaugural INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Services and Needs Best Paper Competition
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Award, College of Business, University of Cincinnati, 2011
  • Finalist of the Distinguished Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, University of Cincinnati, 2010
  • Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2010 and 2007 

Current Community Relationships

  • Member, INFORMS 
  • Member, Production and Operations Management Society
  • Member, Decision Sciences Institute