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.



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

Recent news

Rohit Suresh, one of my master’s student, was named a finalist for the Society for Risk Analysis Engineering Infrastructure Specialty Group student merit award. He produced a video talking about his research as part of this contest. Congratulations Rohit!

A video of me talking about the Red Bead experiment for my IE 561 Total Quality Management course

Dr. Chao Hu in Mechanical Engineering and I recently had our paper on design for resilience accepted in Reliability Engineering & System Safety.

Michelle Stallard (Voelker), who graduated in 2016 with a M.S. in Industrial Engineering, has published a paper in the Journal of Manufacturing Systems with Dr. Frank Peters and me. The paper uses Bayesian Belief Networks to estimate error in the visual inspection process.

Two master’s students, Varun Kotta and Brandon Landowski, made their final presentation for their master’s degrees. You can see their bio on my students page. Congratulations on their accomplishments and good luck in the future!

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.

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:

Cameron MacKenzie with Dean Sarah PajalaIn September 2017, 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).




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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