David S. Kim
424 Rogers Hall
Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Systems Engineering


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990
  • M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1989
  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1984
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1982

Research Interests

Research interests of Dr. Kim are in the area of applied operations research and include production system design and optimization, performance evaluation of production systems, sequencing and scheduling, measurement system capability analysis, and experimental design.


Dr. David Kim is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University, where he has been since September 2000.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Kim worked as a plant floor industrial engineering for IBM after earning his undergraduate degree. After completing his graduate studies Dr. Kim worked for General Motors as a research scientist for eight years, and as a manager of an operations research department for two years. He was a member of the General Motors team that won the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Franz Edelman award for achievement in operations research and the management sciences in 2005. Dr. Kim continues to work with various companies on applied research projects.

Dr. Kim has received funding from national laboratories, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and a number of private companies.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, D.S., and R.L. Smith. (1995), "An Exact Aggregation/Disaggregation Algorithm for Large Scale Markov Chains,"  Naval Research Logistics, Vol. 42, pp. 1115-1128.
  • Kim, D.S. and J.M. Alden. (1997), "Estimating the Time to Produce a Fixed Lot Size on a Workstation with Deterministic Processing Times and Random Failures and Repairs, " International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 35, No. 12, pp.3405-3414.
  • Kim D.S., F. Lin and D.M. Kulkarni (2002), " An Upper Bound for the Carrier Number in a Closed Serial Production System Operating under Production Blocking," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , Vol. 47, No. 7, pp. 1134-1138.
  • Hsu, C.C. and D.S. Kim (2005), “A New Heuristic for the Multi-Mode Resource Investment Problem”, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 56, No. 4.
  • Alden, J.M., Burns, L.D.,  Costy, T.,  Hutton, R.D., Jackson, C.A., Kim, D.S.,  Kohls, K.A., Owen, J.H., Turnquist, M.A., Vander Veen, D.J., (2006), “Increasing Production Throughput at General Motors”, Interfaces, Vol. 36, No. 1, January-February 2006.
  • Vergara, H.A., Kim, D.S., (2009), “A new method for the placement of buffers in serial production lines”. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 47, Issue 16, pp. 4437-4456.
  • Staley, D.R., and Kim, D.S., (2012), “General Results for the Allocation of Buffers in Closed Serial Production Lines”, Int. J. Production Economics 137 284–291.
  • Park, S., Kim, D.S., (2014). “Container fleet-sizing for part transportation and storage in a two-level supply chain”, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 66, pp. 1442-1453.