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Susan Kathleen Aros

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Defense Management

Phone: (831) 601-1303


Susan Aros joined NPS in 2006, after earning her PhD in Information, Risk, and Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Biola University, and an MEng in Operations Research and BA in Psychology, both from Cornell University. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and has had industry experience with Kraft Food and applied research projects with Dell, the Navy’s FRCSW, the DLA, the JIFCO, and the Army’s TRADOC. Her research crosses multiple topic areas including peace support operation, disaster operations, inter-organizational communication, production planning and scheduling, and RFID use in remanufacturing, Her research also crosses several methodology areas including agent-based simulation, discrete-event simulation, and mixed integer programming.
  • PhD - University of Texas-Austin 2006
    Major: Operations Management
  • ME - Cornell University 1997
    Major: Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
  • BA - Cornell University 1995
    Major: Psychology
NPS Experience
  • 2006 - current: Research Assistant Professor
Other Experience
  • 2005 - 2006 Administrator, UT Supply Chain Management Consortium
  • 2003 - 2005 Instructor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2000 - 2003 Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997 - 2000 Senior Business Analyst, Kraft Foods, Inc.
Research Interests
Peace support operations
Crowd management
Disaster response operations and humanitarian logistics
Production planning and scheduling
Agent-based simulation
Discrete-event simulation
Mixed-integer programming
Teaching Interests
Operations Management
Management Science


  • 2004 - Gamma Beta Phi, National Service Honor Society
  • 1997 - Omega Rho, Operations Research and Management Science International Honor Society
  • 1992 - Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2002 Member, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Scholarly Work

  • Conference Proceedings
  • Aros, S. K., & Gibbons, D. E, (2018). Developing an Agent-based Simulation Model of the Use of Different Communication Technologies in Inter-Organizational Disaster Response Coordination.
  • Aros, S. K., Brailsford, S. C., Buss, A., & Macal, C. M, (2011). Cross-Paradigm Simulation modeling: Challenges and Successes.
  • Aros, S. K., & Morrice, D. J, (2007). A Comparison of Scheduling Approaches for a Make-To-Order Electronics Manufacturer.
  • Davenport, J., Neu, C., Smith, W., & Aros, S. K, (2007). Using Discrete Event Simulation to Examine Marine Training at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School.
  • Aros, S. K., Morrice, D. J., & Bard, J. F, (2005). Scheduling Product Families in a High Volume, Flexible, Assemble-to-Order Factory.
  • Journal Articles
  • Aros, S. K., & Gibbons, D. E, Exploring communication media options in an inter-organizational disaster response coordination network using agent-based simulation. European Journal of Operational Research.
  • Apte, A. U., Aros, S. K., Andre, P., & Ronny, T, Evacuating Mobility-Challenged People in a Short-Notice Disaster. Decision Sciences Journal.
  • Aros, S. K., & Yoho, K. D, (2017). Using simulation to illuminate process improvement opportunities in a U.S. naval aircraft overhaul facility. Production Planning and Control.
  • Apte, A. U., Aros, S. K., Andre, P., & Ronny, T, (2014). Ant Colony Optimization and Parameter Selection for Evacuating the Mobility-Challenged in a Short-Notice Disaster. Journal of Applied Operational Research, 2(6).
  • Aros, S. K., Bard, J. F., & Morrice, D. J, (2013). A GRASP for simultaneously assigning and sequencing product families on flexible assembly lines. Annals of Operations Reseach, 1(203), 295-323.
  • Apte, A. U., & Aros, S. K, (2011). Request and Response Processes for Department of Defense Support during Domestic Disasters. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 1(8).
  • Ferrer, G., Aros, S. K., & Dew, N, (2011). An RFID application in large job shop remanufacturing operations. International Journal of Production Economics, 2(133), 612–621.
  • Aros, S. K., Morrice, D. J., & Bard, J. F, (2008). A production scheduling heuristic for an electronics manufacturer with sequence dependent setup costs. European Journal of Operational Research, 3(187), 1100-1114.
  • Loveland, J. L., Aros, S. K., & Morrice, D. J, (2007). Dell Uses a New Production-Scheduling Algorithm to Accommodate Increased Product Variety. Interfaces, 3(37), 209-219.
  • Research Reports
  • Gibbons, D. E., & Aros, S. K, (2015). Communication Structures and Processes Among Responding Agencies During Disaster Response Operations.
  • Aros, S. K., D, D., E, L., B, S., & L, Y, (2009). Investigating the use of simulation tools for mass casualty disaster response.
  • Oral Presentations
  • Gibbons, D. E.,& Aros, S. K., Intra-organizational Networks Conference, "FEMA's Resource Mobilization Network," University of Kentucky. (April 1, 2016).
  • Aros, S. K.,& Gibbons, D. E., POMS 26th Annual Conference, "Modeling Disaster Response Operations Inter-organizational Communication Structures and Processes," United States. (May 1, 2015).
  • Apte, A. U.,Aros, S. K.,Ferrer, G.,Mitsotakis, A.,& Kassaras, G., The 12th International Decision Sciences Institute & 18th Asia Pacific DSI Conference, "Planning Disaster Relief Logistics for an Island Earthquake," Indonesia. (July 13, 2013).
  • Papers
  • Aros, S. K.,& Gibbons, D. E., Winter Simulation Conference, "Developing an Agent-based Simulation Model of the Use of Different Communication Technologies in Inter-Organizational Disaster Response Coordination," Sweden. (December 1, 2018).
  • Aros, S. K. (Author & Presenter), & Gibbons, D. E. (Author), Production and Operations Management, "Exploring Communication Media Options in an Inter-Organizational Disaster Response Coordination Network using Agent-Based Simulation". (May 5, 2017).