Matthew Petering

Matthew Petering

  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

While Dr. Petering’s academic career has kept him in the Midwest (Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, UW-Milwaukee), his research has affected the commerce of the entire globe. His work on seaport container transshipment terminals, high-speed train scheduling, and material handling has streamlined transportation and warehousing systems around the world. His research on logistics and supply chain management has combined the ever-changing world of business with the hard science of engineering.


  • PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
  • BA, Mathematics, Washington University in Saint Louis, 1999

Research Interests

  • Operations research
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Math programming
  • Logistics
  • Transportation
  • Ocean and rail container shipping
  • Material handling systems
  • Supply chain management
  • Manufacturing


  • "An Algorithmic Approach to Redistricting in Michigan." A presentation to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (2021-07-22).In this presentation (beginning at 1:12:00 in the YouTube video), Dr. Petering shows fair maps of Michigan's state house, state senate, and congressional districts made by his FastMap computer algorithm (from 3:03:00 to 3:29:00) and explains how the FastMap algorithm handles all seven redistricting criteria mentioned in the Michigan Constitution (from 1:19:30 to 2:29:00).
  • "Fair Maps or Gerrymandered Maps?" A virtual town hall event on redistricting and gerrymandering hosted by Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson (2021-04-26).In this YouTube video, Dr. Petering discusses the trade-offs involved in redistricting decisions and shows Wisconsin fair maps created by his computer algorithm (from 09:08 to 51:40). He also demonstrates the "Distrix-Mini" strategy game (from 1:20:00 to 1:29:45).

Board Games Published

Books Published

Journal Publications

  • "Learning with supervised data for anomaly detection in smart manufacturing," M. He, M.E.H. Petering, P. LaCasse, W. Otieno, and F. Maturana, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing,
  • "A Mathematical Modeling Approach to University Course Planning," M. Khamechian and M.E.H. Petering, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 168 (2022), article number 107855.
  • "Responsive production planning and replenishment consolidation scheduling for a two-echelon supply chain," S. Alavi, M.E.H. Petering, and A. Ross, accepted by International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2022.10045297.
  • “Real-time location-positioning technologies for managing cart operations at a distribution facility,” C.-H. Cheng, Y.-H. Kuo, H. Lam, and M.E.H. Petering, Applied Sciences, 11 (2021), article number 4049.
  • "The multi-spreader crane scheduling problem: partitions and supersequences,” C.T. Cheng, M.E.H. Petering, and Y. Wu, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 289 (2021), 207–218.
  • “Inventory control with flexible demand: cyclic case with multiple batch supply and demand processes,” M.E.H. Petering, X. Chen, and W.-H. Hsieh, International Journal of Production Economics, 212 (2019), 60-77.
  • “The two-echelon open location routing problem: mathematical model and hybrid heuristic,” K. Pichka, A.H. Bajgiran, M.E.H. Petering, J. Jang, and X. Yue, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 121 (2018), 97-112.
  • “A survey of dial-a-ride problems: literature review and recent developments,” S.C. Ho, W.Y. Szeto, Y.-H. Kuo, J.M.Y. Leung, M.E.H. Petering, and T.W.H. Tou, Transportation Research B, 111 (2018), 395-421.
  • “Discrete event simulation analysis of a reservation-based, one-way car sharing system,” L. Li and M.E.H. Petering, Journal of Simulation, 12 (2018) 1-22.
  • “Sequencing dual-spreader crane operations: mathematical formulation and heuristic algorithm,” S. Lashkari, Y. Wu, and M.E.H. Petering, European Journal of Operational Research, 262 (2017) 521-534.
  • "Real-time container storage location assignment at a seaport container transshipment terminal: dispersion levels, yard templates, and sensitivity analyses," M.E.H. Petering, Y. Wu, W. Li, M. Goh, R. de Souza, and K.G. Murty, Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, 29 (2017) 369-402.
  • "Strategic evacuation planning with pedestrian guidance and bus routing: a mixed integer programming model and heuristic solution," M. Heydar, J. Yu, Y. Liu, and M.E.H. Petering, Journal of Advanced Transportation, 50 (2016) 1314-1335.
  • "Mixed integer programming for railway capacity analysis and cyclic, combined train timetabling and platforming," M.E.H. Petering, M. Heydar, and D. Bergmann, Transportation Science, 50 (2016) 892-909.
  • "Scheduling multiple yard cranes with crane interference and safety distance requirement," Y. Wu, W. Li, M.E.H. Petering, M. Goh, and R. de Souza, Transportation Science, 49 (2015), 990-1005.
  • "Simulation analysis of hospital intensive care unit reimbursement policies from the triple bottom line perspective," M.E.H. Petering, O.T. Aydas, K. Kuzu, and A. Ross, Journal of Simulation, 9 (2015), 86-98.
  • "Real-time container storage location assignment at an RTG-based seaport container transshipment terminal: problem description, control system, simulation model, and penalty scheme experimentation," M.E.H. Petering, Flexible Services and Manufacturing, 27 (2015), 351-381.
  • "Mixed integer programming for minimizing the period of a cyclic railway timetable for a single track with two train types,"  M. Heydar, M.E.H. Petering, and D. Bergmann, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 66 (2013), 171-185.
  • "A new mixed integer program and extended look-ahead heuristic algorithm for the block relocation problem," M.E.H. Petering and M.I.J. Hussein, European Journal of Operational Research, 231 (2013), 120-130.
  • "A continuous time model for multiple yard crane scheduling with last minute job arrivals," W. Li, M. Goh, Y. Wu, M.E.H. Petering, R. de Souza, and Y.C. Wu, International Journal of Production Economics, 136 (2012) 332-343.
  • "Decision support for yard capacity, fleet composition, truck substitutability, and scalability issues at seaport container terminals via discrete event simulation," M.E.H. Petering, Transportation Research E, 47 (2011) 85-103.
  • "Development and simulation analysis of real-time, dual-load yard truck control systems for seaport container transshipment terminals," M.E.H. Petering, OR Spectrum, 32 (2010) 633-661.
  • "Effect of block width and storage yard layout on marine container terminal performance," M.E.H. Petering, Transportation Research E, 45 (2009) 591-610.
  • "Development and simulation analysis of real-time yard crane control systems for seaport container transshipment terminals," M.E.H. Petering, Y. Wu, W. Li, M. Goh, and R. de Souza, OR Spectrum, 31 (2009) 801-835.
  • "Discrete time model and algorithms for container yard crane scheduling," W. Li, Y. Wu, M.E.H. Petering, M. Goh, and R. de Souza, European Journal of Operational Research, 198 (2009) 165-172.
  • "Effect of block length and yard crane deployment systems on overall performance at a seaport container transshipment terminal," M.E.H. Petering and K.G. Murty, Computers and Operations Research, 36 (2009) 1711-1725.
  • "Performance analysis of a multiple vehicle tandem system with inter-vehicle buffers and blocking," M.E.H. Petering, J. Seo, and C. Lee, Computers in Industry, 58 (2007) 3-11.