College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Cameron MacKenzie promoted to Associate Professor

The Iowa Board of Regents approved the tenure and promotion of Cameron MacKenzie to the rank of Associate Professor.

“Dr. MacKenzie is a recognized expert on decision and risk analysis with application in natural disasters, supply chain risk, and engineering design and manufacturing,” said IMSE chair, Dr. Sarah Ryan. “Recently he led a team of faculty in obtaining funding from the Navy to develop a new undergraduate program in Navy Engineering Analytics. Several student teams have placed very high in the international Simio Student Simulation competition based on their work on his course project.  He is an all-around contributor in teaching, research, and service.”

Background and Research Interests

Dr. MacKenzie first joined the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University in fall 2015 as an assistant professor. His graduate courses satisfy requirements for the Industrial Engineering degree as well as the Systems Engineering and Engineering Management degrees.

His research focuses on decision and risk analysis, with a particular emphasis on modeling the economic and business impacts caused by disruptions and building resilience within organizations. He has analyzed the economic impacts caused by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and he has developed a resource allocation model to help an economic region recover from a disaster like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Before coming to Iowa State, he was an assistant professor in the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he previously consulted in the areas of defense and homeland security for former Defense Secretary William Cohen. He received his BS and BA from Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.