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Kellie R. Schneider

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: Kellie Schneider
Phone: (937) 229-2636
KL 321


Dr. Kellie Schneider is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining UD faculty, she was an instructor in the Freshman Engineering Program at the University of Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Schneider’s research interests include engineering education, community-based operations research, and quality and reliability.

Selected Publications

  • Schneider, K., & Nurre, S. G. (2019). A multi-criteria vehicle routing approach to improve the site visit schedule for a local food bank, Omega, 84, 127-140.
  • Zhu, Z., Xiang, Y.,  Li, M.,  Zhu, W., & Schneider, K. (2017). Preventive maintenance subject to equipment availability. IEEE Transactions on Reliability.
  • Furterer, S., Schneider, K., Key, M., & Zhang Y. (2017). A Lean Six Sigma approach for improving utilization of walk-in tutors. Quality Approaches in Higher Education, 8(2), 24-34.
  • Reilly, P., Pazour, J., & Schneider K. (2017). Propagation of unit location uncertainty in dense storage environments. International Journal of Production Research, 55(18), 5435-5499.
  • Schneider, K., & Cassady, C. R. (2015). Evaluation and comparison of fleet-level selective maintenance models. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 134, 178-187.

Courses Taught

  • SET 150 – Engineering Analysis I
  • IET 318 – Statistical Process Control
  • ENM 500 – Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • ENM 503 – Engineering Analysis
  • ENM 560 – Quality Assurance
  • ENM 565 – Reliability Engineering
  • ENM 590 – Engineering Management Capstone Project


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, cum laude, University of Arkansas

Professional Activities

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), member
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), member

Research Interests

My research and scholarship interests are in the general area of applied operations research (OR) with applications in a variety of areas including quality and reliability, engineering education, and community-based operations research. Community-based OR utilizes analytical methods to solve problems faced by underrepresented or underserved groups in the public sector. Most of my work in this area focuses on food insecurity.

Local Community Partner

The Foodbank, Inc. 56 Armor Pl., Dayton, OH 45459

Recent Projects

Fighting Hunger in Dayton through Operations Research

In this project, we use a vehicle routing approach to reduce the distance and time required to collect food from retail donors. A vehicle routing problem was formulated and solved using an open-source solver. As a result, collection now requires two fewer routes and over 200 fewer miles per week. This 27 percent reduction in mileage results in a cost savings of 1,300 meals per week.

A Multi-Criteria Vehicle Routing Approach to Improve the Audit Schedule for Food Banks

In this work, we develop a multi-criteria capacitated vehicle routing with a multiple time-windows model to improve the efficiency of the auditing schedule. Our results indicate that the total number of miles required to complete the agency audits can be reduced by 20-30 percent.

Improving Access to Fresh Produce through Sustainable Urban Agriculture: A Systems Engineering Approach to Garden Design and Management

The Foodbank created an urban garden to provide clients with more fresh produce. For this project, the research team developed an easy-to-use survey tool to collect data on client’s produce preferences and cooking habits to inform produce production planning and the development of garden-related educational materials.