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Dr. Michael Sherwin is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Prior to joining Duquesne University, he served as an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Assistant Graduate Program Director at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught and developed courses in the areas of supply chain management, operations, quality, Lean/Six Sigma, and was responsible for the Industrial Engineering Senior Design Capstone Program.

Prior to academia, Dr. Sherwin spent more than 15 years working in the nuclear power, defense, metals, and aerospace industries.

He is a member of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Logistics and Supply Chain Division Board of Directors. Dr. Sherwin is also an ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt, a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a Certified Training Partner for the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

His research interests are in the areas of applied decision analytics, reliability optimization, and risk mitigation within critical supply chains. He is also interested in teaching methodologies with specific interest in Industry 4.0 applications.


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University
  • M.B.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Penn State University
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University 

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Journal Articles 

Zhou, R., Bhuiyan, T. H., Medal, H. R., Sherwin, M., & Yang, D. (2022). A Stochastic Programming Model with Endogenous Uncertainty for Selecting Supplier Development Programs to Proactively Mitigate Supplier Risk. Omega, 107.

Sherwin, M., Medal, H. R., MacKenzie, C. A., & Brown, K. J. (2020). Identifying and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Using Fault Tree Optimization. Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions, 52(2), 236-254.