Fac/Staff profile

Edward Williams
Lecturer, Decision Sciences
131B FCS (Fairlane Center South)
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126


Edward Williams, Lecturer of Decision Sciences and Information Technology Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business.  Edward joined the UM-D in 1980. Over the years, Edward has taught both undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently he teaches DS, ITM, IMSE and CIS courses on campus. For the College, Edward teaches the following courses.

  • DS 300: Quantitative Modeling and Analysis I
  • DS 520: Applied Statistical Modeling
  • DS 570: Management Science
  • DS 632: System Simulation
  • ITM 120: Introduction to Information Systems
  • ITM 210: Business Application Programming
  • ITM 301: Business Application Programming
  • ITM 302: Object-Oriented Programming
  • ITM 310: Management Information Systems
  • ITM 311: Management Information Systems Laboratory
  • ITM 321: Database Systems I
  • ITM 331: Information Systems Design
  • ITM 322: Database Systems II
  • ITM 382: Advanced Computer Applications
  • ITM 431: Advanced Computer Applications
  • ITM 525: Computer and Information Systems
  • ITM 527: Advanced Programming
  • ITM 575: Information Management

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Selected Publications

Refereed Archival Journal Articles

  1. Skoogh, Anders, Björn Johansson, and Edward J. Williams. 2012. Constructive Alignment in Simulation Education. Proceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. C. Laroque, J. Himmelspach, R. Pasupathy, O. Rose, and A. M. Uhrmacher.
  2. Williams, Edward J., and Onur M. Ülgen. 2012. Pitfalls in Managing a Simulation Project. Proceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. C. Laroque, J. Himmelspach, R. Pasupathy, O. Rose, and A. M. Uhrmacher.
  3. Mellal, Mohamed Arezki, Smail Adjerid, Edward J. Williams, and Djamel Benazzouz. 2012. Optimal Replacement Policy for Obsolete Components Using Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm-Based-Approach: Dependability context. Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research, (71,11) 715-721 (November).
  4. Ma, Xiangwan, Alex Beeker, Mike McCloskey, David Moldawer, and Edward Williams. 2012. Increasing Efficiency of Large University Dining Hall Usage. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applied Modeling and Simulation, eds. Agostino G. Bruzzone, Francesco Longo, Erdal Cayirci, and Wayne Buck, 14-17.
  5. Harrington, Brian, Srinivas Rajanna, Edward Williams, Onur M. Ülgen, and Vaibhav Rothe. 2012. Development and Use of a Generic AS/RS Sizing Simulation Model. Proceedings of the 26th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, eds. Klaus G. Troitzsch, Michael Mhring, and Ulf Lotzmann, 549-555.
  6. Zou, Bai, Xiaofan Hu, Ju Xiong, Mingdi You, and Edward J. Williams. 2013. Simulation Improves University Campuses Bus Service.  Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, eds. Webjörn Rekdalsbakken, Robin T. Bye, and Houxiang Zhang, 615-621.
  7. Mellal, M. A., S. Adjerid, D. Benazzouz, S. Berrazouane, and E. J. Williams. 2013. Obsolescence Optimization of Electronic and Mechatronic Components by Considering Dependability and Energy Consumption. Journal of Central South University of Technology, (20,5) 1221-1225.
  8. Mellal, Mohamed Arezki, Smail Adjerid, Djamel Benazzouz, Sofiane Berrazouane, and Edward J. Williams. Optimal Policy for the Replacement of Industrial Systems Subject to Technological Obsolescence - Using Genetic Algorithm. Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, (10,1) 197-208, 2013 (February).
  9. Mellal, Mohamed Arezki, Smail Adjerid, and Edward J. Williams. 2013. Optimal Selection of Obsolete Tools in Manufacturing Systems Using Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm. In Chemical Engineering Transactions (33), 355-360.
  10. Ratti, Sagar, Ravi Lote, Edward J. Williams, and Onur M. Ülgen. 2013. Simulation Aids Long-Term Capacity at a Sunglasses Manufacturing Plant. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applied Modeling and Simulation, eds. Agostino G. Bruzzone, Claudia Frydman, , Sergio Junco, Erdal Cayirci, and Cecilia Zanni-Merk, 83-87.
  11. Mellal, Mohamed Arezki, and Edward J. Williams. 2014. Parameter Optimization of Advanced Machining Processes Using Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm and Hoopoe Heuristic. In Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (25,3), June.
  12. Rahman, Hamza A. and Edward J. Williams. 2014. Simulation Improves Call Center Design at Travel Agency Offices. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applied Modelling and Simulation, eds. Agostino Bruzzone and Francisco Longo.
  13. Williams, Edward J. 2014. Simulation Attacks Manufacturing Challenges. In Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. Andreas Tolk, Levent Yilmaz, Saikou Diallo, and Ilya O. Ryzhov.
  14. Raid Al-Aomar, Edward J. Williams, and Onur M. Ülgen.  2015. Process Simulation Using WITNESS. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated.
  15. Gruber, Jared W., Renée Smiddy, Jeffrey M. Watson, and Edward J. Williams. (2015). Simulation Helps Local Grocery Store Compete Effectively Against Large Chains. In Fifth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (ISBN 978-0-9855497-2-5, pages 2421-2424).  [this paper won a best-in-track award, and the other 3 authors are University of Michigan - Dearborn students (now alumni)]
  16. M. A. Mellal and E. J. Williams. 2015. Cuckoo optimization algorithm with penalty function for combined heat and power economic dispatch problem. Energy ( 93,1711-1718).  DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2015.10.006.
  17. Williams, Edward J. 2015. A Primer for Simulation in Manufacturing. In Industrial Engineer 47(12):30-35.
  18. Swapnil, Landge and Edward J. Williams.  2015.  Simulation Aids Long-Term Capacity Planning at a Plant Manufacturing Safes.  In Proceedings of the SIMUL 2015 Conference, eds. Philipp Helle and Mario Freire.

  19. M. A. Mellal and E. J. Williams.  2015.  Cuckoo optimization algorithm with penalty function for combined heat and power economic dispatch problem. Energy (93:1711-1718).  DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2015.10.006.

  20. Williams, Edward J.  2015.  A Primer for Simulation in Manufacturing.  In Industrial Engineer 47(12):30-35.

  21. Mellal, Mohamed Arezki and Edward J. Williams.  2016.  Total production time minimisation of a multi-pass milling process via cuckoo optimization algorithm.  The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 83.
  22. Sivaramakrishnan, Sapthagirishwaran Thennal, Shanmugasundaram Chandrasekaran, Jennifer Dhanapal, Paul Ajaydivyan Jeya Sekar, and Edward J. Williams.  2016.  Simulation Improves Operations at a Specialized Takeout Restaurant.  In Proceedings of the 30th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, eds. Thorsten Claus, Frank Herrmann, Michael Manitz, and Oliver Rose, 59-65.

Additionally, Mr. Williams is also a co-author of the recent book Process Simulation Using WITNESS, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2015.  The other two co-authors are Professors Onur M. Ülgen and Raid Al-Aomar.

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Awards and Recognition

Recipient of research awards and grants

  1. University of Michigan-Dearborn Women's Basketball Faculty Appreciation Award (presented "for outstanding support of academics and athletics")
  2. The International Workshop on Harbour, Maritime & Industrial Logistics Modelling and Simulation Best Paper Award, Genova, Italy, September 1999.


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