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Name: Yang Sun, Ph.D.

Title: Dr. Yang Sun, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, College of Business Administration

Email: suny[at] (please replace [at] with @)

Office Phone: (916) 278-6OO1

Mailing Address:

CSUS-CBA, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

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Honors & Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2013-2014

VPAA Grant, California State University, Sacramento, 2013

Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, California State University, Sacramento, 2010-2011

Dean’s Research Award, College of Business Administration, 2011

Faculty Promotion Development Awards, California State University, Sacramento

UEI President’s Awards, California State University, Sacramento

Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society

Omega Rho International Honor Society, the Honor Society of INFORMS

Selected Publications

"Response Surface Optimization of Surgery Start Times in a Single Operating Room Using Designed Simulation Experiments", with Xueping Li, International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, Vol 14., 2013

"A Multi-level Inventory Control Model for File System Prefetching via Simulation", with Cong Guo and Xueping Li, Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (IESRC), Orlando, FL, May 2012

"Policies for allocating product lots to customer orders in semiconductor manufacturing supply chains”, with John Fowler and Dan Shunk, Production Planning and Control, Vol. 22, 2011.

"Effects of country-of-origin on buying behavior: A study of the attitudes of United States consumers to Chinese-brand Automobiles”, with Ken Chinen, International Journal of Management, Vol. 28, 2011.

"Minimizing weighted completion time variance on identical parallel machines”, with Xueping Li and John Fowler, Proceedings of the 2011 MISTA Conference, Tempe, AZ, Aug 2011

"Inventory sharing under decentralized preventive transshipments”, with Ying Rong and Larry Snyder, Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 57, 2010.

"Semiconductor lot allocation using robust optimization”, with Adam Ng and John Fowler, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 205, 2010.

"Strategic factor-driven supply chain design for semiconductors”, with Dan Shunk, John Fowler, and Esma Gel, California Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 8, 2010.

"On the minimization of job completion time variance on identical parallel machines”, with Xueping Li, and Yuerong Chen, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol. 58, 2010.

"Makespan minimization on identical parallel machines with precedence constraints”, with Jiao Wang, Xueping Li, and Rapinder Sawhney, Proceedings of the 2008  Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), Vancouver, May 2008

"Decision paradigms in the semiconductor supply chain: a survey and analysis”, with Andrew Feller, Dan Shunk, John Fowler, Tom Callarman, and Brett Duarte, Proceedings of the 3rd Annual IEEE Conference on Automation and Systems Engineering (IEEE-CASE), Scottsdale, Sept 2007

"Job scheduling to minimize the weighted waiting time variance”, with Li, X., Ye, N. and Liu, T., Computers and Industrial Engineering, 52(1), 2007

"Minimizing class-based completion time variance on a single machine”, with Li, X., Chen, Y., and Sawhney, R., International Journal of Operations Research, 4(1), 2007

Book Chapter "Inventory Allocation and Cycle Time Estimation in Manufacturing and Supply Systems", with Liming Liu, Chapter 17 of Formal Methods in Manufacturing

Courses that I teach

  • EMBA 223: Quantitative Methods in Decision Making (EMBA Core)
  • EMBA 296: Six Sigma for Business Excellence (EMBA Elective)
  • EMBA 210: EMBA Bootcamp
  • IMBA 243: Global Supply Chain Management (IMBA Elective)
  • MBA 280: Value Chain Integration (MBA Core)
  • MBA 209: Production and Operations Analysis (MBA Foundation)
  • MBA 206: Managerial Statistical Analysis (MBA Foundation)
  • OPM 101: Operations Management (BSBA Core)
  • DS 101: Data Analysis for Managers (BSBA Core)
  • BHON 109: Operations Management (Business Honors Core)
  • BHON 130: Value Chain & Supply Chain Management (Business Honors Integrative Core)

Professional Services

President, CSU-POM, 2013-2014

Co-Chair, the 2nd International Conference of Supply Chain & Technology Innovation (ICOSTI), Daejeon, Korea, May 27-30, 2014

General Chair, the 26th Annual CSU-POM Conference (CSUPOM 2014), Sacramento, Feb 28 - March 1, 2014

Liaison, the 1st International Conference on Supply Chain & Organizational Management, Sacramento, Feb 14, 2014

Research Interests

Business Applications: Supply Chain Management; Production and Service Operations Management; Lean and Six Sigma; Healthcare Delivery; Enterprise Integration; Technology and Knowledge Management; Regional Economy.

Operations Research/Management Sciences Methodologies: Combinatorial Optimization; Simulation Modeling and Analysis; Markovian Decision Processes; Game Theory; Systems Dynamics; Statistical Learning and Data Mining.

Educational Backgrounds

  • PhD, Arizona State University, 2007
  • MS, Arizona State University, 2004
  • BE, Tsinghua University, 1999
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

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