Timothy L. Urban

Timothy Urban

J. Bradley Oxley Endowed Chair in BusinessHelmerich Hall 118-I
918-631-2230
urbantl@utulsa.eduUrban Web page

Timothy L. Urban is the J. Bradley Oxley Endowed Chair in Business at The University of Tulsa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in operations management, management science, and business statistics. His primary research interests are in the areas of inventory modeling and facility design; he has been ranked as the eighth most productive researcher of operations management (according to a survey published in the Journal of Operations Management). In addition to serving on the faculty at TU, he has served as department chair and interim director of graduate business studies. Prior to coming to the university, Tim spent ten years in industry with General Dynamics, Johnson & Johnson, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Inventory Research and as North American Regional Editor for the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management. He is a member of INFORMS, MSOM, POMS, IIE, and ISIR, and is a registered professional engineer.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Administration (Ph.D.), University of Texas–Arlington, 1987
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of Texas–Arlington, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (B.S.I.E.), Kansas State University, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics (B.S.), Kansas State University, 1977

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Operations management
  • Management science

Areas of Research Focus

Inventory modeling and facility design

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 1983–1987, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Operations Analyst / Project Leader
  • 1981–1983, Surgikos, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company), Senior Industrial Engineer
  • 1978–1981, General Dynamics Corporation, Industrial Engineer

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
  • Production and Operations Management Society
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society
  • International Society for Inventory Research

Courses Taught at TU

  • Statistics II (QM 2023)
  • Operations Management (QM 3023)
  • Research Tools in Finance (FIN 7213)
  • Operations Research (QM 7003)
  • Statistical Analysis (QM 7023)

Awards & Recognition

  • Mayo Excellence in Research Award, Collins College of Business, The University of Tulsa, 2008-2009
  • Scotch and Smokes Professor of the Year Award, Mortar Board Honor Society, The University of Tulsa, 2006
  • University Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Tulsa, May 2004
  • Mayo Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Business Administration, The University of Tulsa, 2003–2004
  • Mayo Excellence in Research Award, College of Business Administration, The University of Tulsa, 2002–2003
  • Outstanding Professor and Best Class, iMBA Program, College of Business Administration, The University of Tulsa, August 2002
  • Mayo Excellence in Research Award, College of Business Administration, The University of Tulsa, 1998–1999
  • Appointed to the endowed Collins Professorship in Business, The University of Tulsa, 1998
  • Ranked as the 8th most productive researcher of production and operations management in U.S. business schools (referenec: Young et al., "POM Research Productivity in U.S. Business Schools," Journal of Operations Management, 14(1), March 1996, 41-53)
  • Dean’s Teaching Innovation Award, College of Business Administration, The University of Tulsa, December 1994

Publications

  • Establishing Delivery Guarantee Policies
    Urban, Timothy L., European Journal of Operational Research, 196(3), August 2009, 957-967
  • Vehicle Routing with Soft Time Windows and Erlang Travel Times
    Russell, Robert A. and Timothy L. Urban, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 59(9), September 2008, 1220-1228
  • Line Balancing in a Just-In-Time Production Environment: Balancing Multiple U-Lines
    Chiang, Wen-Chyuan; Panagiotis Kouvelis; and Timothy L. Urban, IIE Transactions, 39(4), April 2007, 347–359
  • An Optimal Piecewise-Linear Program for the U-Line Balancing Problem with Stochastic Task Times
    Urban, Timothy L. and Wen-Chyuan Chiang, European Journal of Operational Research, 168(3), February 2006, 771–782
  • Inventory Models with Inventory-Level-Dependent Demand: A Comprehensive Review and Unifying Theory
    Urban, Timothy L., European Journal of Operational Research, 162(3), May 2005, 792–804
  • Scheduling Sports Competitions On Multiple Venues
    Urban, Timothy L. and Robert A. Russell, European Journal of Operational Research, 148(2), July 2003, 302–311
  • Incorporating Workflow Interference in Facility Layout Design: The Quartic Assignment Problem
    Chiang, Wen-Chyuan; Panagiotis Kouvelis; and Timothy L. Urban, Management Science, 48(4), April 2002, 584–590
  • Supply Contracts with Periodic, Stationary Commitment
    Urban, Timothy L., Production and Operations Management, 9(4), Winter 2000, 400–413
  • Reorder Level Determination with Serially-Correlated Demand
    Urban, Timothy L., Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51(6), June 2000, 762–768
  • Optimal Balancing of U-Shaped Assembly Lines
    Urban, Timothy L., Management Science, 44(5), May 1998, 738–741