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Prashant Tarun , Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Steven L. Craig School of Business
Missouri Western State University


E-mail : ptarun@missouriwestern.edu

Address :

    Popplewell Hall, Room # 309P,
    Missouri Western State University,
    4525 Downs Drive, Saint Joseph, MO 64507

Phone: 816-271-5938 Fax: 816-271-4508

Fall 2014 Office Hours:

    MONDAY: 10:30-11:30 a.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    WEDNESDAY: 10:30-11:30 a.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    OR By Appointment


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Tarun received his Doctoral and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He holds Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya (BVM), Engineering College, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, India. He worked for over 4 years in Thermal Power Project Proposals, Business Development, Construction, Planning, and Management with Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), India. His teaching interests include quantitative techniques, statistics, operations research (management science), and production & operations management. His research interests include applied operations research, optimization, multicriteria/multiobjective optimization, applied statistics, stochastics, productivity and efficiency measurement, military & naval logistics, supply chain, data mining and design of experiments. He is a member of Alpha Pi Mu, Alpha Kappa Psi (faculty member), Tau Beta Pi, IIE, and INFORMS.


Courses Teaching in Fall 2014

  1. GBA210-02 Business Statistics-I, Monday/Wednesday, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Wilson Hall 130
  2. MGT416-01 Production and Operations Management (POM), Monday/Wednesday, 5:00-6:20 p.m., Popplewell Hall 207
  3. GBA210-01 Business Statistics-I, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m., Popplewell Hall 304
  4. MGT416-02 Production and Operations Management (POM), Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Popplewell Hall 206

Publications

  1. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, and H. W. Corley. "Divergence Behavior of the Successive Geometric Mean (SGM) Method of Pairwise Comparison Matrix Generation for a Multiple Stage, Multiple Objective Optimization Problem," Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (JMCDA), 21(3), pages 197-208, Published online in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1002/mcda.1506, 2014.
  2. Fan, Huiyuan, Prashant K. Tarun, and Victoria C. P. Chen. "Adaptive Value Function Approximation for Continuous-State Stochastic Dynamic Programming," Computers & Operations Research (COR), 40(4), pages 1076-1084, Published online by Elsevier in ScienceDirect database, DOI: 10.1016/j.cor.2012.11.016, 2013.
  3. Gondring, William H., Prashant K. Tarun, and Elly Trepman. "Touch Pressure and Sensory Density after Tarsal Tunnel Release in Diabetic Neuropathy," Foot and Ankle Surgery, 18(4), pages 241-246, Published online by Elsevier in ScienceDirect database, DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2012.02.001, 2012.
  4. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, H. W. Corley, and F. Jiang. "Optimizing Selection of Technologies in a Multiple Stage, Multiple Objective Wastewater Treatment System," Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (JMCDA), 18(1), pages 115-142, Published online in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1002/mcda.475, 2011.
  5. Fan, Huiyuan, Prashant K. Tarun, Dachuan T. Shih, Seoung B. Kim, Victoria C. P. Chen, Jay M. Rosenberger, and Dan Bergman. "Data Mining Modeling on the Environmental Impact of Airport Deicing Activities," Expert Systems with Applications (ESWA), 38(12), pages 14899-14906,2011.
  6. William A. Wines, Prashant K. Tarun, Larry L. Lawson, and Dale Krueger."Poor Student Evaluation Scores Do Not Satisfy Legal Requirements for Good Cause: an Empirical Analysis," Ethics & Critical Thinking Journal (ECT), Vol. 2011, No. 2, pages 99-156, 2011.
  7. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, H. W. Corley, and F. Jiang. "Incorporating Decision Makers’ Inputs in a Dynamic Multistage Multiobjective Model," In Proceedings of the 2008 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2008.
  8. Tarun, Prashant K. "A Dynamic Multiple Stage, Multiple Stage Optimization Model with an Application to a Wastewater Treatment System," Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 2008. (https://dspace.uta.edu/bitstream/10106/916/1/umi-uta-2000.pdf)
  9. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, and H. W. Corley. "A Dynamic Multiple Stage, Multiple Objective Optimization Model," In Proceedings of the 2007 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Nashville, TN, 2007.
  10. Chung, K. F., H. W. Corley, and P. K. Tarun. "A Dynamic Programming Approach to the Design of Composite Aircraft Wings," COSMOS Technical Report 07-03, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2007. (http://www.uta.edu/cosmos/TechReports/COSMOS-07-03.pdf)
  11. Fan, H., P. K. Tarun, and V. C. P. Chen. "A Fully Sequential, Self-Organized Approach for Approximate Dynamic Programming." (working)
  12. Chen, V. C. P., P. K. Tarun, H. Fan, S. B. Kim, J. M. Rosenberger, and D. Bergman. "Data-Driven Optimization for Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Airport Deicing Activities," European Journal of Operational Research. (working)
  13. Wines, W. A., P. K. Tarun, L. L. Lawson, and D. Krueger. "A Perspective on Student Evaluations, Teaching Techniques, and Critical Thinking." (working)
  14. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, and H. W. Corley. "Convergence of Geometric Mean-Based Methods for Computing Pairwise Comparison Matrices," European Journal of Operational Research. (working)
  15. Tarun, P. K., V. C. P. Chen, and H. W. Corley. "Consistency of Geometric Mean-Based Pairwise Comparison Matrices." (working)
  16. Corley, H. W. and P. K. Tarun. "Ordinal Duality for Pareto Optimization," Management Science. (working)

Conference Presentations, as Lead or Co-author

  1. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2012, "Adaptive Value Function Approximation for Continuous-State Stochastic Dynamic Programming," Phoenix, AZ, USA. (October 2012)
  2. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2010, "Divergence of Pairwise Comparison Matrices Computed using the Successive Geometric Mean (SGM) Method," Austin, TX, USA. (November 2010)
  3. Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2010 Annual Conference, "To Dream the Impossible Dream: Can Anonymous Student Evaluations of Teaching Be Made Valid?," Seattle, WA, USA. (April 2010)
  4. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2009, "Tree-MARS Future Value Function Approximation in Stochastic Dynamic Programming," San Diego, CA, USA. (October 2009)
  5. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2008, "Application of Three-phase Methodology on the Multistage Multiobjective Wastewater Treatment System," Washington D.C., D.C., USA. (October 2008)
  6. Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) 2008, "Incorporating Decision Makers’ Inputs in a Dynamic Multistage Multiobjective Model," Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Vancouver, BC, Canada. (May 2008)
  7. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2007, "Incorporating Decision Makers’ Inputs in a Dynamic Multistage Multiobjective Model," Seattle, WA, USA. (November 2007)
  8. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2007, "Data-driven Optimization for Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Airport Deicing Activities," Seattle, WA, USA. (November 2007)
  9. Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) 2007, "A Dynamic Multiple Stage, Multiple Objective Optimization Model," Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Nashville, TN, USA. (May 2007)

Professional Activities

    Journal Referee : Journal of Environmental Management, OMEGA-The International Journal of Management Science

    Conference Referee : Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC)

    Session Chair : Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

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