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Sarah Root

Assistant Teaching Professor


  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

113B Leonhard Building


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  • BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • Ph D, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007


Journal Articles

  • Mahmood Pariazar, Sarah Root and Mustafa Y. Sir, 2017, "Supply chain design considering correlated failures and inspection in pharmaceutical and food supply chains", COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 111, pp. 123-138
  • Lauren B. Davis, Funda Samanlioglu, Xiuli Qu and Sarah Root, 2013, "Inventory planning and coordination in disaster relief efforts", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 141, (2), pp. 561-573
  • Hector A. Vergara and Sarah Root, 2013, "Mixed fleet dispatching in truckload relay network design optimization", TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART E-LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION REVIEW, 54, pp. 32-49
  • Amy Cohn, Sarah Root, Carisa Kymissis, Justin Esses and Niesha Westmoreland, 2009, "Scheduling Medical Residents at Boston University School of Medicine", INTERFACES, 39, (3), pp. 186-195
  • Sarah Root and Amy Cohn, 2008, "A novel modeling approach for express package carrier planning", NAVAL RESEARCH LOGISTICS, 55, (7), pp. 670-683
  • Amy Cohn, Sarah Root, Alex Wang and Douglas Mohr, 2007, "Integration of the load-matching and routing problem with equipment balancing for small package carriers", TRANSPORTATION SCIENCE, 41, (2), pp. 238-252


  • Russell D. Meller, Jennifer A. Pazour, Lisa M. Thomas, Scott J. Mason, Sarah Root and William W. Churchill, 2010, "Third-party repackaging in hospital pharmacy unit dose acquisition", AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACY, 67, (13), pp. 1108-1114

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Advisor, Undergraduate Advising, January 2016

Service to External Organizations:




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