Thomas O. Boucher

Professor

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Phone:848-445-3657
Fax:732-445-5467
Email:tboucher@soe.rutgers.edu
Office:CORE Building, Room 224

Thomas O. Boucher is the author or coauthor of Analysis and Control of Production Systems (1994 Prentice-Hall), Computer Automation in Manufacturing (1996, Chapman & Hall), Design of Industrial Information Systems (2006 Elsevier), and over 40 research articles in the areas of automation sciences, production planning and control, and engineering economics.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Federal Transit Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and industry.  Professor Boucher is a recipient of the Arthur M. Wellington Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the field of Engineering Economics.  He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Engineering Economist. Professor Boucher holds degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, 1978), Northwestern University (MBA, 1970), and the University of Rhode Island (BS in Electrical Engineering, 1964).  

Education

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Columbia University, 1978
M.B.A., Northwestern University, 1970
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Rhode Island,1964 

Honors

  • 2007 IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for Design of Industrial Information Systems.
  • 2002 Wellington Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a lifetime achievement award presented for outstanding contributions in the field of Engineering Economics.
  • 1998 Eugene L. Grant Award (best paper) in The Engineering Economist.
  • 1993 Eugene L. Grant Award (best paper) in The Engineering Economist.
  • 1986 Eugene L. Grant Award (best paper) in The Engineering Economist.
  • 1983 Eugene L. Grant Award (best paper) in The Engineering Economist.

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (Fellow).
  • Wellington Award Committee (2003 – 2008), Chairman (2003 – 2006, 2008).
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Senior Member).
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior Member).
  • New York Academy of Sciences (Member).
  • Sigma Xi (Member).
  • American Society for Engineering Education:
  • Vice-Chairman, Engineering Economy Division (1985 – 1985).
  • Chairman, Engineering Economy Division (1986 – 1987).

Research Interests

Automation sciences, engineering economics, industrial information systems and production control.  

Selected Publications

Books:

  • Boucher, T. O. and A. Yalcin, Design of Industrial Information Systems, Elsevier Science (Academic Press Imprint), 2006.  Winner of the 2007 IIE/Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award.
  • Boucher, T. O., Computer Automation in Manufacturing, Chapman & Hall, 1996. Currently published by Springer.
  • Elsayed, E. A. and T. O. Boucher, Analysis and Control of Production Systems, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1994.

Selected Articles:

  • Farahvash*, P. and T. O. Boucher, “A Multi-agent Architecture for Control of AGV Systems,” Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 20, no. 6, 2004.
  • Yalcin*, A. and T. O. Boucher, “A Continuous Time Algorithm for Disaggregation of Hierarchical Production Plans,” IIE Transactions, vol. 36, no. 11, 2004.
  • Tai*, T. and T. O. Boucher, “An Architecture for Scheduling and Control in Flexible Manufacturing Systems using Distributed Objects,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, vol. 18, no. 4, 2002.
  • Boucher, T. O. and O. Gogus*, “Reliability, Validity, and Imprecision in Fuzzy Decision Making,“  IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, vol. 32, no. 3, 2002.
  • Yalcin*, A. and T. O. Boucher, “Deadlock Avoidance in Flexible Manufacturing Systems using Finite Automata,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, vol. 16, no. 4, 2000.
  • Boucher, T. O., A. Yalcin* and T. Tai*, “Dynamic Routing and the Performance of Manufacturing Cells,” IIE Transactions, vol. 32, no. 10, 2000.