Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL)
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Mehdi Amini, Ph.D.
, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Co-Director, eSOL
Associate Director, FedEx Center for Supply Chain Mgmt

Phone: 901-678-2479

Dr. Amini is Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics (FCBE). Also, he serves as Associate Director of FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management and Director of the Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL) at the FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis. He served as the Director of the FCBE Master Programs from 1994 to 1996.

His current research interests include design and implementation of model-assisted managerial decision making methods and technologies with specific applications in the area of supply chain management. His publications include articles in Management Science, Journal of Operations and Production Management, INFORMS Journal on Computing, International Journal of Heuristics, European Journal of Operational Research, Operational Research Society Journal, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Annals of Operations Research, and Journal of Information and Management. Also, he has published over eighty conference proceedings and research abstracts. In addition, he has contributed to three published cutting-edge books in the areas of application of artificial intelligence in model-assisted managerial decision making. Dr. Amini has received a number of research grants from institutions within the private and public sectors to support different research projects and a number of university awards for his teaching, research, and service performance. He has been teaching in the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. programs. Dr. Amini has been involved in corporate research, consulting, and executive educational programs in the past twenty years.

Dr. Amini holds a BA in Business Administration from The University of Tehran. He received an MBA in Production Operations Management from The University of North Texas, and an MS and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University.

David Cashbaugh
Director, Institute for Personnel Planning and Policy Analysis
Co-Director, eSOL

Phone: 901-874-2285
DSN: 882-2285

David Cashbaugh (M.S., Operations Research, Navy Postgraduate School 1982) is the director of the Personnel Plans and Policy Analysis Institute at the Navy Personnel Research, Studies, and Technology (NPRST) within the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Mr. Cashbaugh is a retired Naval Officer with extensive experience in military modeling, simulation and strategic planning.

Mr. Cashbaugh was the Joint Staff chief mobility analyst for development of the Joint Vision 2010 strategic plan in 1992 and the Joint Staff lead mobility analyst for the 1993 Quadrennial Defense Bottom-Up Review (BUR). He was also lead mobility analyst for the first Joint Staff study on the impact of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on a theater level campaign; an effort that resulted in the reprogramming of $1 billion to WMD effects mitigation. Mr. Cashbaugh was selected to represent the Joint Staff during the requirements determination process for development of both JSIMS and JWARS, acquisition programs designed to consolidate modeling and simulation across the Department of Defense.

Mr. Cashbaugh has been engaged in manpower and personnel modeling since 2000. His institute has produced the data systems and modeling tools used by officer and enlisted community managers as well as strength planners for analysis such as accession planning, advancement/promotion planning, retention planning, selective reenlistment bonus analysis and sea-shore rotation policy analysis. He is also co-director for the Memphis based enterprise Simulation and Optimization Laboratory (eSOL), a consortium of leading modeling experts dedicated to advancing the science of modeling and simulation through research.

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enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL)
365 Innovation Drive, Suite 201
FedEx Institute of Technology
The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee 38152-3115

Office:  901-678-3691
Fax: 901-678-5129
E-mail: ledwrds1@memphis.edu

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