James Bean

Senior Advisor to the President,  Office of the President
Professor,  D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Professor,  Mechanical & Industrial Engineering



  • PhD, Stanford University, 1980

Honors & Awards

  • George E. Kimball Medal, Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Fellow

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • S. Xu, J. Bean, Scheduling Parallel-Machine Batch Operations to Maximize On-Time Delivery Performance, Journal of Scheduling, 2015, 1-18
  • S. Xu, J. Bean, A Genetic Algorithm for Scheduling Parallel Non-identical Batch Processing Machines, Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Scheduling, 2007, 143–150
  • Z.-Z. Lin, J. Bean, C. White III, A Hybrid Genetic/Optimization Algorithm for Finite Horizon Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 16, 2004, 27-38
  • J. Ohlmann, J. Bean, S. Henderson, Convergence in Probability of Compressed Annealing, Mathematics of Operations Research, 29, 2004, 837-860
  • C. Kim, G. Keoleian, D. Grande, J. Bean, Life Cycle Optimization of Automobile Replacement: Model and Application, Environmental Science & Technology, 37, 2003,  5407-5413
  • Z.-Z. Lin, J. Bean, C. White III, Chapter 15: A Genetic Algorithm Heuristic for Finite Horizon Partially Observed Markov Decision Problems, Evolutionary Optimization, Eds. R. Sarkar, X. Yao and M. Mohammadian, Kluwer Academic, Boston, 2002, 371-398
  • R. Hughes, J. Bean, D. Chaffin, A Method for Classifying Co-contraction of Lumbar Muscle Activity, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 17, 2001, 253-258
  • B. Norman, J. Bean, Scheduling Operations on Parallel Machine Tools, IIE Transactions, 32, 2000, 449-459
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May 15, 2018

First International Conference on Biomaterials and Chemical Biology

Professors Ming Su and Art Coury of the Department of Chemical Engineering hosted at Northeastern University the first International Conference on Biomaterials and Chemical Biology. Collaborative research in these disciplines has the potential to advance the field of biomaterials in a unique way and lead to new discoveries for better medicines and treatments. The conference […]


Mar 14, 2018

Northeastern to Host LSAMP’s Bridge to the Doctorate Program under $1M NSF Grant

Provost and MIE Professor James Bean (PI) and co-PI Professors Barbara Guthrie (Bouvé), Carla Mattos (COS), Hameed Metghalchi (MIE), and Benjamin Hescott (CCIS), along with collaborators Richard Harris, COE Assistant Dean and Director of the Northeastern University Program in Multicultural Engineering, and Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Vice Provost of the PhD Network and CEE Professor, were awarded a $1M NSF grant for the “Strategic Advancement of Rising Scholars (STARS) Nominated by the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NE-LSAMP).”


Oct 30, 2017

MIE Students and Faculty Shine at INFORMS 2017

Congratulations to the several MIE faculty and students that were recognized at the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting.

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