Faculty Directory

Kenneth R. Baker

Nathaniel Leverone Professor of Management



DegreePhD, Cornell University, 1969; AB, Harvard College, 1965

AREAS OF EXPERTISEManagement science, spreadsheet-based modeling, operations management

Current Research Topics

  • Scheduling theory
  • Problem solving
  • Spreadsheet-based modeling and optimization

Selected Publications

  • Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets, John Wiley & Sons, (Third Edition, 2016)
  • With D. Trietsch, “Trading Off Due Date Tightness and Job Tardiness in a Basic Scheduling Model,” Journal of Scheduling 18 (2015) 305-309
  • “Spreadsheet-based Computations for the Flowshop Problem with Synchronous Transfers,” International Journal of Planning and Scheduling 2 (2014), 77-86
  • “Minimizing Earliness and Tardiness Costs in Stochastic Scheduling,” European Journal of Operational Research, 2014
  • With S. Powell, Management Science: The Art of Modeling with Spreadsheets, fourth edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2014
  • “Setting Optimal Due Dates in a Basic Safe Scheduling Model,” Computers & Operations Research 41, 2014
  • "Computational Results for the Flowshop Tardiness Problem," Computers & Industrial Engineering, 64, 2013
  • With D. Trietsch, "PERT 21: Fitting PERT/CPM for Use in the 21st Century," International Journal of Project Management, 30, 2012
  • With D. Trietsch, L. Mazmanyan, and L. Gevorgyan, "Modeling Activity Times by the Parkinson Distribution with a Lognormal Core: Theory and Validation," European Journal of Operational Research, 216, 2012
  • With D. Altheimer, "Heuristic Procedures for the Stochastic Flow Shop Problem," European Journal of Operational Research, 216, 2012
  • With D. Trietsch, "Three Heuristic Procedures for the Stochastic, Two-Machine Flow Shop Problem," Journal of Scheduling, 14, 2011
  • With B. Keller, "Solving the Single-Machine Tardiness Problem Using Integer Programming," Computers & Industrial Engineering, 59, 2010
  • With D. Trietsch, Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling, John Wiley & Sons, 2009

Working Papers

  • With B. Courtad, M. Magazine and G. Polak, “Batching and Sequencing of Two-Task Jobs on a Single Processor”
  • “Social Network Analysis in a Problem-Solving Course”


  • MSOM Society Fellow (2001)
  • INFORMS Fellow (2004)

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1979–present
    • Associate Dean, 1998–2000,
    • Associate Dean of Faculty, 1990–93
  • Thayer School of Engineering,1979–present
    • Adjunct Professor, 1979–present,
    • Co-Director, Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program, 2001–11
  • Visiting Professor, University of Arizona, 2001–02
  • Visiting Professor, Vermont Law School, 1996–97
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1994
  • Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, 1993
  • Visiting Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, 1979–80
  • Visiting Professor, University of Waterloo, 1976
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration, Duke University, 1973–79
  • Visiting Professor, North Carolina State University, 1972–73 and 1976
  • Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Michigan, 1969–72

Editorial positions

  • Founding Senior Editor, International Journal of Planning and Scheduling, 2010–present
  • Senior Editor, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 1996–2002
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Scheduling, 1997–2004
  • Associate Editor,  Management Science, 1976–82
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, 1987–92
  • Editorial Board, IIE Transactions, 1970–76

Research & Teaching

Professor Baker's research deals with mathematical modeling and operations management, and he is widely known for his work on sequencing and scheduling. The author or co-author of three modeling textbooks, he recently taught the elective course Applications of Optimization.