Manbir Sodhi

| Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering



Manbir Sodhi

Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Department of Mechanical, Systems and Industrial Engineering

103 Gilbreth Hall

Kingston, RI 02881


Ph. D. University of Arizona, 1991.

M.S. University of Arizona, 1987.

B.S. Jadavpur University, 1984.


1991 ...         Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, University of Rhode Island.

2007              Summer Faculty Fellowship, NUWC- Rhode Island

2005-06         Visiting Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Lab., La Spezia, Italy.

1987-1988     Sabbatical Fellowship, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI


My research currently focuses on three broad topics (and there is a common theme running through all three...): Driver Safety, based on eye movement detection for focus tracking; Highly automated manufacturing systems, and Increasing sustainability of consumer products by enhancing redesign, recovery, reuse and recycling. 



Highly Automated Manufacturing:

  • Agnetis, A., Deti, P., Pranzo, M. and Sodhi, M.S., 2009, Sequencing Unreliable Jobs on Parallel Machines, Journal of Scheduling,, 12, 1, 45-54.
  • Sodhi, M.S., Quackenbush, M., Noel M., and Lamond B., Tool Condition Monitoring Using Machine Vision and Protocols for Sensor Sampling, Journal of Machine Engineering, Vol. 6, (2): 84 - 97, 2006.
  • Sodhi, M.S., Agnetis A., Askin R., 1994, Tool Addition Strategies in Flexible Manufacturing Systems,  International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, 6, 287--310.


Driver Safety and Driver Eye Movement Detection: (

Sustainable Operations:

  • Sodhi, M. S., Young, J and Knight, W, Modeling Material Separation Processes in Bulk Recycling, International Journal of Production Research, Volume 37, Number 10 , pp. 2239-2252(14), 1999.
  • Han, S. B., Chen, S. K., Ebrahimpour, M. and Sodhi, M.S., A Conceptual QFD Planning Model, The International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 18 (8): 796-812, 2001.



Workshop, Electronics and the environment, IEEE, Chicago 1997.

Presentations at INFORMS, ETRA (Acm), IEEE, IIE, CORS, IIE-Data Fusion Conference, etc.

Academic presentations at Harvard (Schepens Eye Research Institute), U. Connecticut, Naval Post Graduate School, University of Siena, RPI, Louisiana State University, Florida State University, U. Pittsburgh, Laval University.



Deterministic Systems Modeling (Undergraduate)

Stochastic Systems Modeling (Undergraduate)

l-Deterministic Systems Optimization (Graduate)

Systems Simulation (Graduate)

Non-Linear Optimization (Graduate)

Manufacturing Systems Modeling, Analysis and Simulation (Graduate)

Design for Environment


NSF-Lucent Industrial Ecology Fellow

NSF-Design and Analysis of Modern Manufacturing Systems

NSF-Modeling and Analysis of Community Based Recycling

DOT-Driver Eye Movement Measurement and Analysis for Distraction Evaluation

DOT-Transportation for Sustainability

DOT-Low Level Alcohol Impairment Examination Using Eye Movement Records.


University Medal, Jadavpur University

NSF-Lucent Industrial Ecology Fellowship (with W. Knight)

Carloti Faculty Excellence Award, University of Rhode Island.