Dr. Thomas A Lacksonen

Department Chair, Engineering & Technology
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Operations and Management Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 308 Fryklund Hall
Phone: 715-232-1144
Email: lacksonent@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

Dr. Thomas Lacksonen is Professor and Interim Department Chair of Engineering and Technology Department at University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was previously a Fulbright Teaching Fellow to Turkey, where he taught Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His industrial work experience was at Whirlpool Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company. He has three degrees in industrial engineering, from University of Toledo, University of South Florida, and Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include global and cultural issues in manufacturing systems design, computer simulation games in education, and facilities design.

Teaching Interests: Lean Manufacturing, Facilities Planning, Engineering Economy, Simulation, Project Management

Research Interests: Facilities design, global engineering, effect of culture on lean manufacturing, humanitarian logistics

Education

    • Ph D Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
      The Pennsylvania State University
      State College, PA, 1991
    • MS Industrial Engineering
      University of South Florida
      Tampa, FL, 1983
    • BS Industrial Engineering
      University of Toledo
      Toledo, OH, 1981

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • Engineering & Technology, Engineering & Technology
        Department Chair
        May 2017 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Operations and Management, College of Management
        Professor
        August 2005 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, M. S. Sustainable Management
        Program Director
        August 2015 - May 2016
      • Middle East Technical University, Industrial Engineering
        Visiting Professor
        2011 - 2012
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, M. S. Technology Management
        Program Director
        2002 - 2010
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Operations and Management, College of Management
        Associate Professor
        1999 - 2005
      • Middle East Technical University, Industrial Engineering
        Visiting Professor
        2003 - 2004
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Operations and Management, College of Management
        Assistant Professor
        1997 - 1999
      • Ohio University, Industrial Engineering
        Assistant Professor
        1991 - 1997
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, M. S. Industrial Engineering, Ohio University
        Program Director
        1991 - 1997

    Industry

      • Eastman Kodak Co.
        Senior Industrial Engineer
        1984 - 1988
      • Whirlpool Corporation
        Industrial Engineer
        1981 - 1982

Intellectual Contributions

    Book, Chapter

    • Lacksonen, T. (Published). Problem generators for Engineering economy. .

    Journal Article

    • Shrestha, A., Asthana, R., Lacksonen, T., & Singh, M. (2009). Synthesis and Characterization of Air-sintered Al2-O3 Bronze Composites. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 18(8), 1041-1045.
    • Güler, C., Chousein, A., Sitti, K., Solmaz, E., Başak, O., Meral, S., & Lacksonen, T. (2004). Gida Sektorunde Bir Firma icin Tedarik Zinciri Agi Tasarimi ve Arac Rotalama (Design of a Supply Chain Network and Vehicle Routing for a Company in the Food Sector). Endustri Muhendisligi (Industrial Engineering), 40(4), 19-31.
    • Lacksonen, T. (2004). Optimal Scope of Work for International Integrated Systems. Progress in Material Handling Research, 189-208, Charlotte, NC: Material Handling Institute.
    • Lacksonen, T. (2002). Global Material Handling Systems Design. Progress in Material Handling Research, 249-265, Charlotte, NC: Material Handling Institute.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Anussornnitisarn, P. (2001). Empirical Comparison of Search Algorithms for Discrete Event Simulation. Computers and Industrial Engr., 40(1-2), 133-148.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Hung, C. Y. (1998). Project Scheduling Algorithms for Re-layout Projects. , 30(1), 91-99.
    • Lacksonen, T. (1997). Preprocessing for Static and Dynamic Facility Layout Problems. , 35(4), 1095-1106.
    • Klein, P., & Lacksonen, T. (1996). Writing Across the Curriculum: Memos. Journal of Industrial Technology, 12(4), 49-51.
    • Lacksonen, T. (1994). Static and Dynamic Layout Problems with Varying Areas. , 45(1), 59-69.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Enscore, E. (1993). Quadratic Assignment Algorithms for the Dynamic Layout Problem. , 31(3), 503-517.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Harmonosky, C. (1991). Evaluation of Different Simulation Approaches for Modeling a Custom Build Assembly Line. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 20(3), 335-342.

    Book

    • (2003). Issues in Material Handling Design. IN Lacksonen, T., & et al. (Eds.), Material Handling Ind. .
    • (1997). Facility Planning. IN Lacksonen, T., & et al. (Eds.), Industrial Engineering Terminology, ANSI Z-94 standards handbook , 1(3rd), 500, Atlanta, GA: Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Presentations

    Poster

    • Lacksonen, T., & Miller, J. (April, 2016). Product and Facility Design for Hydroelectric Generators in Malawi. Research Day,
    • Finder, B., & Lacksonen, T. (April, 2013). Risk Control Management Principles in the United States and Turkey. Research Day , Menomonie, WI.

    Paper

    • Lacksonen, T. (October, 2014). Innovation Management Course in a Polytechnic Environment. ASEE Regional Conference, Iowa City, IA, United States.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Finder, B. (May, 2012). Risk Control Management Principles in the United States and Turkey. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
    • Finder, B., & Lacksonen, T. (March, 2012). Risk Control Management Principles in the United States and Turkey. Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bursa, Turkey.
    • Lacksonen, T. (January, 2012). Cultural Issues in Implementing Lean Production in Turkey. Turk Traktor, Ankara, Turkey.
    • Lacksonen, T. (December, 2011). Cultural Issues in Implementing Lean Production in Turkey. Izmir Ekonomi Universitesi, Izmir, Turkey.
    • Lacksonen, T. (October, 2011). Cultural Issues in Implementing Lean Production. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
    • Lacksonen, T., Rathinam, B., Pakdil, F., & Gulel, D. (2010). Cultural Issues in Implementing Lean Production. Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico.
    • Lacksonen, T. (2009). Teaching Undergraduate Material Handling. College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CIC-MHE) New Teacher’s Institute, Fayetteville, AR, United States.
    • Lacksonen, T., & Dengiz, B. (2008). A Global Facilities Design Project. Frontiers in Education, Saratoga Springs, NY, United States.
    • Lacksonen, T. (2006). A Global Manufacturing Systems Design Network. American Society of Engineering Education North Central Regional Conference, Houghton, MI, United States.

    Oral Presentation

    • Lacksonen, T. (June, 2013). Teaching Facilities Design – Engineering vs. Technology Programs. Material Handling Teacher’s Institute, Rochester, NY.

Applied Research

    Uncategorized

    • Fawley-Bryant (Sarasota, FL)
      (2014 - 2014)
    • Joy Design Air Filters (Kolkata, India)
      (2014 - 2014)
    • Microclinics, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
      (2009)
    • STTI (Stout)
      (2008)
    • Kifas Ortopedik (Ankara, Turkey)
      (2007 - 2008)
    • CIBER, UW-System (MAdison, WI)
      (2002)
    • Nestles’ (Eau Claire, WI)
      (2002)
    • Engineering Economy, UW-Stout (Stout)
      (2000)
    • Cimtechnologies (Ames, IA)
      (1997)

    • An Automated Aviation Class Scheduling Program.Students: R Gore, R Fleming, and D Lightner (1996)
    • NASA (Hampton, VA)
      (1994)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Schneider named professor, UW-Stout (2015)
    • Sabbatical, UW-Stout (2011)
    • Sabbatical, UW-Stout (2003)

    Fellowship

    • Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey, United States State Department (2011)

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CIC-MHE)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)