Brandon McConnell

Director of MEM and Assistant Research Professor

Brandon McConnell is an Assistant Research Professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. After serving as an infantry officer in the US Army, McConnell now leads the Military Operations Research Group consisting of Operations Research and ISE students interested in military and national security challenges. He also mentors and advises active-duty and veteran students from OR and ISE. He suffers from a chronic surfing addiction.

Research Interests

McConnell’s research interests broadly include military operations research, expeditionary logistics with risk, as well as inventory control, production applications, healthcare systems, and national security. A central theme to his research is making these decisions under conditions of uncertainty or while managing a set of risks. His most current work focuses on using nonstationary queuing theory, scheduling, and forecasting to conduct capacity planning and performance analysis for expeditionary logistics networks with risk.


Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Operations ResearchNC State University2018
MORMaster of Operations ResearchNC State University2015
BSORBachelor of Science in Operations ResearchUnited States Military Academy at West Point2006

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 | Richard H. Barchi Prize for Best Paper, Military Operations Research Society
  • 2018 | Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, NC State University
  • 2018 | ISE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, NC State ISE Department
  • 2018 | Edward A. Shook Mentor Award, NC State ISE Department
  • 2017 | Recognition for Excellence in Mentorship, NC State University
  • 2015 | Salah Elmaghraby Award, NC State University


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Automatic Feature Based Inspection and Qualification for Additively Manufactured Parts with Critical Tolerances
Kelly, C. J., Wysk, R. A., Harrysson, O. A., King, R. E., & McConnell, B. M. (2024), International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 38(3), 236–264.
Implementing trades of the National Football League Draft on blockchain smart contracts
Fukuzawa, M. B., McConnell, B. M., Kay, M. G., Thoney-Barletta, K. A., & Warsing, D. P. (2024, January 12), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MARKETING & SPONSORSHIP, Vol. 1.
Two-stage stochastic programming model of US Army aviation allocation of utility helicopters to task forces
Nelson, R. J., Werner, J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., McConnell, B. M., & Thoney-Barletta, K. (2023, November 18), JOURNAL OF DEFENSE MODELING AND SIMULATION-APPLICATIONS METHODOLOGY TECHNOLOGY-JDMS, Vol. 11.
US Army Aviation air movement operations assignment, utilization and routing
Nelson, R., King, R., McConnell, B. M., & Thoney-Barletta, K. (2023), Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, 7(1), 2–28.
A Data-Centric Approach to Analyze Military Operations Leveraging National Training Center Data
Lawrence, B., Mittal, V., Evangelista, P., & McConnell, B. M. (2022), Journal of DoD Research and Engineering, 5(4), 1–9.
Army Aviation Air Movement Automation for the Mission Planner
Nelson, R. E., T., & McConnell, B. M. (2022, March), Aviation Digest. Retrieved from
Checklists in Healthcare: Operational Improvement of Standards using Safety Engineering-Project CHOISSE-A framework for evaluating the effects of checklists on surgical team culture
Perera, G. N., Hey, L. A., Chen, K. B., Morello, M. J., McConnell, B. M., & Ivy, J. S. (2022), APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 103.
A Military Logistics Network Planning System
Rogers, M. B., McConnell, B. M., Hodgson, T. J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., Parlier, G., & Thoney-Barletta, K. (2021, November 12). , .
Assessing uncertainty and risk in an expeditionary military logistics network
McConnell, B. M., Hodgson, T. J., Kay, M. G., King, R. E., Liu, Y., Parlier, G., … Wilson, J. R. (2021, November 15). , .
Improving Chemotherapy Infusion Operations through the Simulation of Scheduling Heuristics: a case study
Slocum, R. F., Jones, H. L., Fletcher, M. T., Hodgson, T. J., Taheri, J., Wilson, J. R., & McConnell, B. M. (2021, November 11). , .

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