Douglas D Gemmill

  • Associate Professor Emeritus
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University, 1986
  • BS, Mathematics, Iowa State University, 1972

Interest Areas

Dr. Gemmill's research and teaching interests include the Systems Engineering process that is used to design complex systems. He also has an interest in applied operations research and the modeling, design, and performance analysis of manufacturing systems utilizing discrete event system simulation. In particular he is interested in the performance of various metaheuristics as applied to optimization of stochastic systems. His interests include developing unique applications of metaheuristics as well as evaluating and improving their performance. Dr. Gemmill directs the Systems Engineering interdisciplinary masters program at Iowa State.

Selected Publications

  • "Continuous Improvement Efforts for Objective Evaluation and Outcome Assessment of an Industrial Engineering Program" Best Assessment Processes Symposium VIII, Rose-Hulman, February 27-28, 2006.
  • "Decision-based Design via Life-Cycle Modeling and Simulation," 2001 Joint Symposium sponsored by Lockheed Martin, 4-6 June 2001, in Orlando, Florida (proceedings paper and presentation).
  • "Electronics Manufacturers Support for Product Recycling" Proceedings of IERC, May 2001, Fort Worth, Texas. Douglas Gemmill, Abir Qamhiyah, and Sarah Ryan.
  • "Improved Methods of Assembly Sequence Determination for Automatic Assembly Systems"European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 131/3, 16 Jun 2001. Hyoung-Ro Lee and Douglas D. Gemmill.