portrait of Mark Daskin

Mark S. Daskin

Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor Emeritus


2761 IOE


Professor Daskin received his BS from MIT, certificate of post-graduate study in engineering from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. from MIT. His research focuses on the application of operations research techniques to problems in transportation, supply chain management and facility location modeling, and healthcare.

Professor Daskin has served as the editor-in-chief of both Transportation Science and IIE Transactions, was the president of INFORMS in 2006 and vice-president for publication from 1996-1999. He also served as the chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University from 1995-2001. He is a fellow of both INFORMS and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Daskin has also received the Fred C. Crane Award for Distinguished Service from the Institute of Industrial Engineers as well as the Institute’s Technical Innovation Award.


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1975-1978), Civil Engineering
  • Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England (1974-1975)
  • 1970-1974. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Research Interests


  • Data Analytics


  • Healthcare Operations
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement
  • Manufacturing
  • Service Systems
  • Transportation
  • Urban Sustainability and Resilience

Risk Management

  • Risk Analysis

Industrial Operations

  • Distribution & Logistics
  • Facility Location Modeling
  • Inventory Control
  • Production Scheduling
  • Supply-Chain Management

Operations Research Tools

  • Discrete Optimization
  • Integer Optimization
  • Math Modeling
  • Mathematical Optimization
  • Network Flows
  • Optimization
  • Optimization Under Uncertainty
  • Queuing Theory

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Professional Service



Refereed and Invited Publications (short list)
  • Daskin, M. S. and K. L. Maass, 2015, “The p-Median Problem,” Location Science, G. Laporte et al (eds.), Springer.
  • Turner, J., S. Mehrotra, and M. S. Daskin, 2010, “Perspectives on Healthcare Resource Management Problems,” in A long view of Operations Research and Management Science, M. Sodhi and C. Tang (eds.), Springer.
  • Snyder, L.V. and M. S. Daskin, 2006, “Models for Reliable Supply Chain Network Design,” invited paper, chapter in “Reliability and Vulnerability in Critical Infrastructure: A Quantitative Geographic Perspective”, Alan Murray and Tony H. Grubesic, editors, Advances in Spatial Science Series, Springer.
  • Snyder, L.V., M. P. Scaparra, M. S. Daskin and R. L. Church, 2006, “Planning for Disruptions in Supply Chain Networks,” TutORials in Operations Research, INFORMS, pp. 234-257.
  • Daskin, M. S., L. V. Snyder and R. T. Berger, 2005, “Facility Location in Supply Chain Design,” chapter 2, Logistics Systems: Design and Optimization, (A. Langevin and D. Riopel editors), Kluwer, pp. 39-65.
  • Daskin, M. S. and L. K. Dean, 2004, “Location of Health Care Facilities,” chapter 3 in the Handbook of OR/MS in Health Care:  A Handbook of Methods and Applications, F. Sainfort, M. Brandeau and W. Pierskalla, editors, Kluwer, pp. 43-76.
  • Current, J., Daskin, M. and D. Schilling, 2002, “Discrete Network Location Models,” chapter 3 in Facility Location Theory:  Applications and Methods, Z. Drezner and H. Hamacher eds., Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 81-118.
  • Daskin, M. S. and S. H. Owen, 1999, “Location Models in Transportation,” chapter 10, Handbook of Transportation Science, ed. R. Hall, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA, pp. 311-360.
  • Obi, A., J. Chung, R. Chen, W. Lin, S. Sun, W. Pozehl, A. M. Cohn, M. S. Daskin, F. J. Seagull and R. M. Reddy, 2015, “Achieving Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty hours compliance within advanced surgical training:  a simulation-based feasibility assessment, American Journal of Surgery, 210:5, 947-950.
  • Maass, K. L., B. Liu, M. S. Daskin, M. Duck, Z. Wang, R. Mwenesi, and H. Schapiro, 2015, “Incorporating nurse absenteeism into staffing with demand uncertainty,” Health Care Management Science, published online November 15, 2015, 1-15.
  • Maass, K. L., M. S. Daskin, S. Shen, 2015, “Mitigating hard capacity constraints with inventory in facility location modeling,” IIE Transactions, accepted for publication.Maass, K. L., V. M. H. Lo, A. Weiss, and M. S. Daskin, 2015, “Maximizing Diversity in Engineering Global Leadership Cultural Families,” Interfaces, 45:4, 293-304.
  • Ballard, T. N. S., T. R. Grenda, A. M. Cohn, M. S. Daskin, F. J. Seagull, R. M. Reddy, 2015, “Innovative Scheduling Solutions for Graduate Medical Education,” Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 7:2, 169-170.
  • Chung, J., A. Obi, R. Chen, W. Lin, S. Sun, Z. Chen, A. Gulati, X. Xu, W. Pozehl, F. J. Seagull, M. S. Daskin, R. M. Reddy, 2015, “Estimating Minimum Program Volume Needed to Train Surgeons:  When 4×15 Really Equals 90,” Journal of Surgical Education, 72:1, 61-67.
  • Davis, A. E., S. Mehrotra, J. J. Friedewald, M. S. Daskin, A. I. Skaro, M. M. Abecassis, D. P. Ladner, 2015, “Improving geographic equity in kidney transplantation using alternative kidney sharing and optimization modeling,” Medical Decision Making, accepted for publication.
  • Davis, A., S. Mehrotra, J. Holl, and M. S. Daskin, 2014, “Nurse Staffing Under Demand Uncertainty to Reduce Costs and Enhance Patient Safety,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, 31:1, 1-19.
  • Turner, J., K. Kim, S. Mehrotra, D. A. DaRosa, M. S.  Daskin, and H. E. Rodriguez, 2013, “Using optimization models to demonstrate the need for structural changes in training programs for surgical medical residents,” Health Care Management Sciences, 16, 217-227.
  • Turner, J. P., H. E. Rodriguez, D. A. DaRosa, M. S. Daskin, A. Hayman, and S. Mehrotra, 2013, “Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Uses Operations Research Tools to Improve Surgeon Training,” Interfaces, 43:4, 341-351.
  • Lim, M. K., A. Bassamboo, S. Chopra and M. S. Daskin, 2013, “Facility Location Decisions with Random Disruptions and Imperfect Estimation,” Manufacturing and Service Operations, 15:2, pp. 239-249.