Stephen Roberts

Professor Emeritus

Stephen Roberts has been a Professor of Industrial Engineering since 1990. From 1990 to 1999 he served as Head of the Industrial Engineering Department at NC State. Previously, he spent four years as a Professor at the University of Florida, and 18 years as a joint Professor at Purdue and Indiana University School of Medicine. He has two years experience with TRW, Inc. and was director of Health Systems Research Group, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care. He received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at Purdue and is an Associate Editor of Management Science and Simulation. He has developed INSIGHT and SLN simulation language. He was also a board member for the Winter Simulation Conference from 1988-1996 and served on the Editorial Advisory Committee for TOMACS. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Society for Computer Simulation, and The Institute for Management Sciences.

Research Interests

Roberts’s research interests include simulation modeling methodology and simulation software engineering.


Ph.D.Doctor of PhilosophyPurdue University1968
MSIEMaster of Science in Industrial EngineeringPurdue University1966
BSIEBachelor of Science in Industrial EngineeeringPurdue University1965

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 | C. A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, ISE Department at NC State University
  • 2009 | C. A. Anderson Outstanding Faculty Award, ISE Department at NC State University
  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers


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The history of simulation modeling
Roberts, S. D., & Pegden, D. (2017), 2017 winter simulation conference (wsc), 308–323.
Computing the number of acute-care beds within NC Certificate of Need
Kesercioglu, M. G., Roberts, S. D., & Uzsoy, R. (2016), HEALTH SYSTEMS, 5(2), 98–108.
Sensitivity analysis for a whole hospital system dynamics model
Smith, R. L., & Roberts, S. D. (2016), 2016 10th european conference on antennas and propagation (eucap), 1305–1316.
Simulation modeling with SIMIO: A Workbook V4 (4th ed.)
Joines, J. A., & Roberts, S. D. (2015). , . Sewickley, PA: SIMIO LLC.
Identifying optimal mitigation strategies for responding to a mild influenza epidemic
Using Common Random Numbers in Health Care Cost-Effectiveness Simulation Modeling
Murphy, D. R., Klein, R. W., Smolen, L. J., Klein, T. M., & Roberts, S. D. (2013), HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 48(4), 1508–1525.
Simulation modeling with SIMIO: a workbook
Joines, J. A., & Roberts, S. D. (2012). , . Sewickley, PA: SIMIO LLC.
Payment contracts in a preventive health care system: A perspective from Operations Management
Yaesoubi, R., & Roberts, S. D. (2011), JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 30(6), 1188–1196.
Tutorial on the simulation of healthcare systems
Roberts, S. D. (2011), Proceedings of the 2011 winter simulation conference (wsc), 1403–1414.
A game-theoretic framework for estimating a health purchaser's willingness-to-pay for health and for expansion
Yaesoubi, R., & Roberts, S. D. (2010), HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, 13(4), 358–377.

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Stephen Roberts