Cameron MacKenzie

MacKenzie medCameron MacKenzie joined the IMSE Department at Iowa State University (ISU) in fall 2015 as an assistant professor. His graduate courses in Decision Analysis, Engineering Risk Analysis, and Total Quality Management satisfy requirements for the Industrial Engineering degree as well as the Systems Engineering and Engineering Management degrees. He frequently teaches Engineering Economic Analysis for undergraduate students. He received the Miller Faculty Award to develop online testing modules for the Engineering Economic Analysis.

Cameron’s research focuses on decision and risk analysis, with three main thrusts: (i) homeland security and emergency management, (ii) engineering design and manufacturing, and (iii) supply chain risk management. He worked with Professor Eva Regnier on designing a web-based simulation tool to help the U.S. Marines Reserve Forces practice making decisions in advance of a hurricane. He has analyzed the economic impacts caused by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and he has developed a resource allocation model to help an economic region recover from a disaster like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Before coming to Iowa State, he was an assistant professor in the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he previously consulted in the areas of defense and homeland security for former Defense Secretary William Cohen. He received his BS and BA from Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (2001), an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (2003), an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (2009), and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (2012). Cameron is also a research associate at Ames Lab as part of Mark Bryden’s Simulation, Modeling, & Decision Science program.

Recent news

Vrishtee Ranewho was my teaching assistant in Fall 2017 and greatly assisted me in developing online quizzes for my IE 305 course, received the Graduate College’s Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations and much deserved!

Several of my graduate students presented at the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

  • Ramin Giahi, Optimizing Design for Resilience for Risk-Averse Firms Using Expected Utility and Value-at-Risk
  • Ramin Giahi, Design Optimization under Long-Range Uncertainty
  • Xue Lei, Supply Chain Risk Analysis Using Dynamic Fault Tree
  • Xue Lei, Common Cause and Special Cause Variation Analysis Using Simulation with Naturalist Decision Model
  • Anuj Mittal, Modeling Uncertainty in Rooftop PV Investment Return (see conference paper here)
  • Eric Weflen, Application of Bayesian Belief Network for Agile Kanban Backlog Estimation (conference paper here)
  • Vrishtee Rane, Online Testing as a Gauge for Student Performance in a Large Engineering Class

Thank you to all of them for their research and doing an excellent job with the presentations! I was also elected as the communications director for the Engineering Economy Division of IISE.

IMSE hosted a research day on April 19 for its undergraduate and graduate students to present posters on their research to the Industrial Advisory Board, faculty, students, and other guests. Several students with whom I am working presented their work:

Sarat Sivaprasad and Lei Yao each graduated in December with a M.S. degree. You can read more about each student’s thesis here. Congratulations to both of them!

Sarat’s paper on comparing the Hurwicz decision rule with subjective expected utility decision making was accepted for publication in Decision Analysis.

I spoke at IMSE’s grad seminar in October, focusing on supply chain risks and allocating resources for emergency preparedness.

Two book chapters writtCameron MacKenzie with Dean Sarah Pajalaen by masters’ students have just been published in a book Supply Chain Risk Management: Advanced Tools, Models, and Developments, edited by Yacob Khojasteh: Arun Vinayak on modeling the market response to a supply chain disruption and Amit Sonar on using the Wagner-Whitin model to evaluate supply chain preparedness measures.

In September, I was named a Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow in Engineering. It was quite an honor to receive this award from Dean Sarah Rajala along with several other wonderful assistant professors in engineering (pictured left).


In July, I discussed my research on supply chain risk with General Mills and talk with them about some of their challenges in supply chain. Thank you for the opportunity!

Several master’s students graduated in the spring and summer of 2017. Minxiang Zhang, Xue Lei, Aditya Pathak, Alex Stewart, and Arun Vinayak all did excellent work on their theses. See a little bit about them on my student page and read a summary of their theses with links to their theses on my thesis supervision page. Congratulations on their success and my best wishes in their future careers!

Amro Al-Kazimi with an associate dean

My work with Eva Regnier at the Naval Postgraduate School on designing a hurricane simulation decision tool was named a finalist for the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM) Practice-Based Competition this past summer. Congratulations to Turgay Ayer of Georgia Tech for winning the competition and helping the Red Cross collect blood more efficiently!

Amro Al-Kazimi, who was an excellent undergrad research assistant for me, was named the 2017 IMSE Outstanding Graduating Senior (pictured right). Congratulations Amro!


My work on designing a hurricane decision simulator training tool for the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve was profiled in an ISU Engineering video.



  • Risk analysis
  • Engineering design and manufacturing
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Disruption planning and response



Cameron MacKenzie

Assistant Professor

Thanksgiving break office hours

7:30am - 4pm: Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23
Closed: Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

December break office hours

7:30am - 4pm: Monday, December 19 - Friday, January 6
Closed: Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26


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