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Thomas Sloan

Thomas Sloan
Thomas SloanAssociate Professor
  • CollegeManning School of Business
  • DepartmentOperations Informat Systems
  • Phone(978) 934-2857
  • OfficePulichino Tong Business Center - 450
  • Profile URLs

Research Interests

Operations Management, Sustainable Operations, Equipment Maintenance, Production Scheduling


  • Ph D: Management Science, (1998), University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
  • MS: Operations Research, (1994), University of California - Berkeley, CA
  • BBA: Operations Management, (1989), University of Texas - Austin, Texas

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award (2013) - UMass Lowell Operations and Information Systems Department
  • UMass Lowell Student Government Assaciation (2009) - Exceeding Excellence Teaching Award


  • Sloan, T. () "“A Multi-criteria Decision Approach to Balance Economic, Environmental, and Safety Factors in Cleaning Solvent Choices.”,"
  • Sloan, T., Lewis, D.A. (2014) "Lecture Capture Technology and Student Performance in an Operations Management Course," Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 12:4 pp. 339-355
  • Kazaz, B., Sloan, T. (2013) "Production, Manufacturing and Logistics: The impact of process deterioration on production and maintenance policies," European Journal of Operational Research 227: pp. 88-100
  • Kazaz, B., Sloan, T. (2013) "The impact of process deterioration on production and maintenance policies," European Journal of Operational Research 227:1 pp. 88-100
  • Lewis, D.A., Sloan, T. (2012) "Using Video Capture Technology to Enhance Student Performance," Business Education Innovation Journal 4:2 pp. 73
  • Yakovleva, N., Sarkis, J., Sloan, T. (2012) "Sustainable benchmarking of supply chains: The case of the food industry," International Journal of Production Research 50:5 pp. 1297-1317
  • Sloan, T. (2011) "Green renewal: Incorporating environmental factors in equipment replacement decisions under technological change," Journal of Cleaner Production 19:2-3 pp. 173-186
  • Sloan, T., Lewis, D.A. (2011) "Vertical Integration: Results From a Cross-Course Student Collaboration," Journal of Education for Business 86:6 pp. 339-345
  • Sloan, T. (2010) "First, do no harm A framework for evaluating new versus reprocessed medical devices," Journal of the Operational Research Society 61:2 pp. 191-201
  • Yakovleva, N., Sarkis, J., Sloan, T. (2010) "Sustainability indicators for the food supply chain," Environmental Assessment and Management in the Food Industry: Life Cycle Assessment and Related Approaches pp. 297-329
  • Sloan, T. (2010) "Measuring the Sustainability of Global Supply Chains: Current Practices and Future Directions," Journal of Global Business Management 6:1 pp. 12
  • Kazaz, B., Sloan, T. (2008) "Production policies under deteriorating process conditions," IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers) 40:3 pp. 187-205
  • Sloan, T. (2008) "Simultaneous determination of production and maintenance schedules using in-line equipment condition and yield information," Naval Research Logistics 55:2 pp. 116-129
  • Sloan, T., Lewis, D.A. (2008) "Pay to Play: a Report on the use of a Web-Based, Pay-For-use Operations Management Simulation," Proceedings for the Northeast Region Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) pp. 161-166
  • Sloan, T., Garbus, R.O., Angle, T.L., Blanchard, K., Cusworth, R.L., Desai, K., Gottliebson, M., House, D.A., Jackson, J.K., Langteau, R.R., Martin, C., Miller, S.G., Nickel, R., Sloan, L.G., Smith, E.C., Starke, R.E. (2008) "Simultaneous Determination of Production and Maintenance Schedules Using In-Line Equipment Condition and Yield Information," Pumping Station Design 55:2 pp. 116; 11.1-11.41
  • Sloan, T. (2007) "Safety-cost trade-offs in medical device reuse: A Markov decision process model," Health care management science 10:1 pp. 81-93
  • Sloan, T. (2004) "A periodic review production and maintenance model with random demand, deteriorating equipment, and binomial yield," Journal of the Operational Research Society 55:6 pp. 647-656
  • Sloan, T. (2003) "Shop-floor scheduling of semiconductor wafer fabs: Exploring the influence of technology, market, and performance objectives," IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing 16:2 pp. 281-289
  • Sloan, T., Shanthikumar, J.G. (2002) "Using in-line equipment condition and yield information for maintenance scheduling and dispatching in semiconductor wafer fabs," IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers) 34:2 pp. 191-209
  • Sloan, T., Shanthikumar, J.G. (2000) "Combined production and maintenance scheduling for a multiple-product, single-machine production system," Production and Operations Management 9:4 pp. 379-399
  • Nickerson, J.A., Sloan, T. (1999) "Data reduction techniques and hypothesis testing for analysis of benchmarking data," International Journal of Production Research 37:8 pp. 1717-1741

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • UML Echo360 Lecture Program (2011), -
    Sloan, T. (Principal)
  • UMass Lowell Echo360 Lighthouse Project Grant (2011), Grant -
    Shea, T. (Principal)