Niranjan Kulkarni, PhD Published in ISERC

Niranjan Kulkarni, PhD Published in ISERC

Jun 22, 2012

Kansas City, MO

CRB is pleased to announce that Niranjan Kulkarni, PhD, has published two articles in the Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC).

Article 1 – Dempster-Shafer Theory Approach to FMEA

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) technique is a group based activity to prioritize risk. Often times there are issues with aggregating team member’s responses or ratings. Furthermore, ranking the possible failure modes in face of uncertainty or incomplete information presents its own challenges. This paper will propose a method that utilizes Dempster-Shafer Theory (DST) to overcome these issues. It will be shown that DST will allow unbiased aggregation of team member’s ratings using rules of combination of evidence. Also this method will aid the difficulty in precisely rating a factor in the presence of incomplete information. Click here to read the entire article.

Article 2 – Multi-echelon Network Optimization of Pharmaceutical Cold Chains

Maintaining product temperature at every point in the supply chain is very critical to ensure quality and stability of certain pharmaceutical raw material and products. Continuous temperature monitoring and recording is essential from quality, reporting and auditing standpoint. Information lost or transmission of inaccurate information can translate to significant monitory losses to parties involved in the supply chain, and in some cases may result in penalties to the manufacturer. Consequently, managing cold chain costs is more challenging than managing traditional supply chain costs. In this paper, overall cost associated with different cold chain multi-echelon networks will be studied under stochastic demand and probabilistic information loss/accuracy conditions. Cold_Chain_-_ISERC_Final.pdf

Niranjan graduated with a PhD in Industrial Engineering and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His experience ranges from life sciences, automotive, electronic packaging, and finance industries. He is part of the CRB team offering operational improvement consulting services using Lean and Six Sigma, process simulation, supply chain management, and industrial engineering techniques for clients throughout the life sciences industry.