Muer Yang

Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management

yangmuer@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4159

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 451E
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.S., P.R. China, Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management
M.S., P.R. China, Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management
Ph.D., Operations Management, University of Cincinnati

See publications in UST Research Online

Muer Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management. He received his Ph.D. in operations management from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, the University of Cincinnati; and an M.S. in management science and a B.S. in management information systems from Tsinghua University.

His research interests include applications of simulation optimization techniques, health care management and public policy operations. His research publications have appeared in IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, OMEGA, JORS, Critical Care Medicine and other journals.

Yang's 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.

He received the Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award in 2015, which recognizes outstanding faculty achievement in research in UST, and second place in the INFORMS SPPSN best paper competition in 2011. His research in voting operations has received media coverage.

Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
OPMT 310 - 01 Operations Management M - W - - - - 0915 - 1055 TMH 460
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 42987 4 Credit Hours
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the management of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations management. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, supply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a greater appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations management can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 recommended
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
OPMT 310 - 02 Operations Management M - W - - - - 1115 - 1255 TMH 460
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 42988 4 Credit Hours
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the management of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations management. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, supply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a greater appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations management can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 recommended
Schedule Details
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J-Term 2018 Courses
J-Term 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2018 Courses
Spring 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
OPMT 310 - 01 Operations Management M - W - - - - 1115 - 1255 SCH 407
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 21943 4 Credit Hours
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the management of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations management. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, supply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a greater appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations management can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 recommended
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
OPMT 600 - 425 Stat. Methods for Dec. Making See Details * *
Description of course Stat. Methods for Dec. Making : CRN: 21963 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the role of statistics in the gathering of data, the creation of information and its use in decision-making. Students will learn methods for summarizing data, both numerically and graphically, and for drawing conclusions from sample data. Statistical analyses will be carried out using the computer and statistical software. The focus of the course is on how statistical methods can be placed on the design of statistical studies, collection of data, and the interpretation of results (rather than the details of computation). Prerequisite: None
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 3011300-170015 Mar '18
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SCH 3011300-170016 Mar '18
SCH 3011300-170017 Mar '18
OPMT 600 - 804 Stat. Methods for Dec. Making See Details * *
Description of course Stat. Methods for Dec. Making : CRN: 21964 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the role of statistics in the gathering of data, the creation of information and its use in decision-making. Students will learn methods for summarizing data, both numerically and graphically, and for drawing conclusions from sample data. Statistical analyses will be carried out using the computer and statistical software. The focus of the course is on how statistical methods can be placed on the design of statistical studies, collection of data, and the interpretation of results (rather than the details of computation). Prerequisite: None
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 3021300-170015 Mar '18
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SCH 3021300-170016 Mar '18
SCH 3021300-170017 Mar '18
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2011 - present)
  • Instructor, University of Cincinnati - College of Business, Cincinnati (2008 - 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati - College of Business, Cincinnati (2006 - 2009)
  • Consultant, Bexcel Management Consultants, Beijing (2006 - 2006)
  • Research Consultant, TNS Marketing Consultancy Co Ltd., Beijing (2005 - 2005)

Professional Memberships
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management
  • Production and Operations Management Society

Professional Service
  • DSI - Decision Sciences Institute, Reviewer
  • INFOR - Information Systems and Operational Research, Reviewer
  • International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Reviewer
  • JORS, Reviewer
  • Journal of Manufacturing System, Reviewer
  • MSOM, Reviewer
  • POMS - Productions and Operations Management Society, Reviewer

Publications
  • Kumar, S., & Yang, M. (forthcoming). Analyzing patient choices for routine procedures in U.S. versus overseas before and after affordable care act. Health Systems, (5)(1), pp. 21-28
  • Kumar, S., Yang, M., & Bekx, P. (forthcoming). Why many diabetic patients do not take the A1C test as recommended?. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering,
  • Kumar, S., Yang, M., & Strike, D. (2015). Assessing effect of global inventory planning with enterprise-wide information for a large manufacturer. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, (34), pp. 34-42
  • Wang, X., Yang, M., & Fry, M. J. (2015). Efficiency and equity tradeoffs in voting machine allocation problems. Journal of Operational Research Society, pp. 1-7
  • Yang, M., Fry, M. J., & Surlock, C. (2015). The ICU will see you now: Efficient-equitable admission control policies for a surgical ICU with batch arrivals. IIE Transactions, (47)(6), pp. 586-599
  • Yang, M., Wang, X., & Xu, N. (2015). A robust voting machine allocation model to reduce extreme waiting. Omega - The International Journal of Management Science, (57)(B), pp. 230-237
  • Yang, M., Fry, M. J., Kelton, W. D., & Allen, T. T. (2014). Improving voting systems through service operations management. Production and Operations Management, (23)(7), pp. 1083-1097
  • Yang, M., Allen, T. T., Fry, M. J., & Kelton, W. D. (2013). The call for equity: Simulation-optimization models to minimize the range of waiting times. IIE Transactions, (45)(7), pp. 781-795
  • Yang, M., Fry, M. J., Raikhelkar, J., Chin, C., Anyanwu, A., Brand, J., & Scurlock, C. (2013). A model to create an efficient and equitable admission policy for patients arriving to the cardiothoracic intensive care unit. Critical Care Medicine, (41)(2), pp. 414-422
  • Yang, M., & Sun, J. (2008). A VAR control scheme for multivariate autocorrelated observations. Application of Statistics and Management, (27)(2), pp. 298-303
  • Yang, M. (2005). Tips for Excel 2003/XP. (written case with instructional material)
  • Yang, M. (2005). Advanced cases for Excel 2003/XP. (written case with instructional material)

Books and Chapters
  • Fry, M. J., & Yang, M. (2013). Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. In James J. Cochran (Ed.), Using OR to overcome challenges in implementing new voting technologies (pp. 1-8).
  • Jing, S., Wang, S., & Yang, M. (2013). Process capability analyses. Tsinghua University Press

Research Interests
  • Health Care
  • Public Policy
  • Operations
  • Simulation

Presentations
  • "A scenario robust optimization model to stockpile strategic relief supplies for natural disasters" POMS - Production and Operations Management Society, Seattle, Washington, May 01, 2017
  • "Incentive scheme for diabetes patients to take A1c test quarterly" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Nashville, Tennessee, November 01, 2016
  • "A robust model to preposition relief supplies" POMS - Production and Operations Management Society, Orlando, Florida, May 01, 2016
  • "Multiple resource type straddling a standard with applications in election resource allocation" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 01, 2015
  • "Feasible allocation thru iterative relaxations with election system" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, San Francisco, California, November 01, 2014
  • "Convergent algorithms for satisfying standards with election system" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, San Francisco, California, November 01, 2014
  • "Managing tele-ICUs: A service factory for the critically ill" POMS - Production and Operations Management Society, Atlanta, Georgia, May 01, 2014
  • "Modeling business value of global planning at 3M Company" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "The ICU will see you now: Efficient-equitable admission policies" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2013
  • "Modeling business value of global planning at 3M Company" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2013
  • "Operations improvement for tele-ICUs" POMS - Production and Organization Management Society, Denver, Colorado, May 01, 2013
  • "Operations improvement for tele-ICUs" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Robust voting machine allocations" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona, October 01, 2012
  • "Building flexibility in U.S. healthcare delivery through medical tourism" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona, October 01, 2012
  • "The ICU will see you now: Efficient-equitable admission control policies for a surgical ICU with batch arrival" POMS - Production and Managements Society, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Efficient-equitable allocation policies for the voting systems" POMS - Production and Managements Society, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Who is the next patient in ICU?" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Charlotte, NC, November 01, 2011
  • "Using OR to improve voting operations" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, Charlotte, NC, November 01, 2011
  • "Simulation-optimization methods for resource allocation to achieve equity" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Austin, TX, November 01, 2010
  • "Voting machine allocation to achieve equity" POMS - Production and Operations Management Society, Vancouver, Canada, May 01, 2010
  • "Are all voting queues created equal?" Winter Simulation Conference, Austin, TX, December 01, 2009
  • "Allocating DRE voting machines to achieve efficiency and equity" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, San Diego, CA, October 01, 2009
  • "Allocation policies for DRE voting machines to maximize voter equity" CORS / INFORMS - Canadian Ops Research Society and Institute for Ops Research and the Management Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 01, 2009
  • "A vector autoregressive scheme for multivariate autocorrelated processes" INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Puerto Rico, July 01, 2007