Empower - The Campaign for Northeastern University


MIE Seminar Presentation: Logistics System Design in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

~~ The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Presents

Dr. Jennifer Pazour

Topic: Logistics System Design in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Time: 11:45am to 12:45pm (Refreshments from 11:15am to 11:45am)

Location: 406 Egan Center


Abstract: Logistics is concerned with the efficient flow and storage of goods from point of origin to point of consumption, and one sector where logistics plays an important role is healthcare. The pharmaceutical supply chain is the means through which prescription medications are manufactured, transported, stored, and delivered to patients. Pharmaceutical distributors, which handle 85% of all prescription drug sales in the United States, provide the link between manufacturers, which produce medications, and pharmacies, which administer medications to patients. Because hospital pharmacies store a supply of medications and then are tasked with delivering medications in unit-dose packages to the hospital floor for the nurse to administer, we consider pharmacies as distribution centers. In both a traditional distribution center and a hospital pharmacy, order-fulfillment, the process of retrieving products from storage in response to a specific customer request, is one of the most critical and expensive tasks in the distribution process because of its simultaneous impact on the cost, quality, and accuracy of the process. This presentation will focus on our research to develop analytical models to analyze alternative order-fulfillment technologies that are prevalent in pharmaceutical logistics.


Bio: Jennifer A. Pazour is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. Jen holds three degrees in Industrial Engineering (a B.S. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2006), as well as a M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2011) from the University of Arkansas). Her research interests involve developing mathematical models to aid in the understanding and dynamics of logistics system design challenges. Application areas include distribution center design, material handling systems, healthcare logistics, military logistics, and transportation. She teaches courses in operations research, supply chain management, and industrial engineering applications in the service sector. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including IIE Transactions, Interfaces, and Health Care Management Science. She is a recipient of the Young Investigator Program from the Office of Naval Research (2013), a Research Start Up grant from the Material Handling Institute (2013), and a Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Project from the National Science Foundation (2010). More information and specific research project details can be found at her research and teaching blog: http://jenpazour.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:45am to 12:45pm

Egan Research Center, 406
120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA, Boston

Event Type



COE, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity