Date of Award

Winter 2009

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Resit Unal

Committee Director

Ghaith Rabadi

Committee Member

Ariel Pinto

Committee Member

Drew Landman


Nearly all real life systems have multiple quality characteristics where individual modeling and optimization approaches can not provide a balanced compromising solution. Since performance, cost, schedule, and consistency remain the basics of any design process, design configurations are expected to meet several conflicting requirements at the same time. Correlation between responses and model parameter uncertainty demands extra scrutiny and prevents practitioners from studying responses in isolation. Like any other multi-objective problem, multi-response optimization problem requires trade-offs and compromises, which in turn makes the available algorithms difficult to generalize for all design problems. Although multiple modeling and optimization approaches have been highly utilized in different industries, and several software applications are available, there is no perfect solution to date and this is likely to remain so in the future. Therefore, problem specific structure, diversity, and the complexity of the available approaches require careful consideration by the quality engineers in their applications.