INFORMS@USF Del and Beth Kimbler Lecture Series 2018 - Dr. Natashia Boland (Georgia Tech)
Del and Beth Kimbler Lecture Series
Dr. Natashia Boland from Arizona Georgia Tech
Natashia Boland is a professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her BSc(Hons) and PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1988 and 1992, respectively.
Dr. Boland is an expert in the field of integer linear programming and discrete optimization, and an exponent of its application to address complex problems in government and industry. Her contributions to the field have spanned theory, algorithms, modeling and applications, in mining, defense, renewable energy, airline planning, freight transport, port logistics and water management. Boland aided in the initial design of integer linear programming decision support tools for open-pit mine production scheduling and explored approaches that better incorporated blending of mineral products and uncertainty in the mine geology. She then went on to tackle supply chain logistics problems in coal export, developing decision support tools for integrated planning of maintenance in the rail/port stockyard system and for both strategic and tactical planning of the movement of material through the system. Dr. Boland has consulted directly with airlines, and worked with airline software companies on monthly crew planning, maintenance planning for aircraft, and integrated crew and aircraft planning close to the day of operations.