Professor Peter Jackson
Head of Pillar, Engineering Systems and Design
Peter Jackson served as the Director of the Cornell University Systems Engineering Program. He led the introduction of its online M. Eng. degree program in systems engineering which was subsequently ranked in the top eight such programs by US News and World Report. He has published over thirty articles, primarily in production planning and scheduling, and multi-echelon inventory management. He is the author of an introductory text on systems engineering, Getting Design Right: A Systems Approach. He advised 50 M. Eng. projects over 36 years of service at Cornell. He is a celebrated instructor of industrial engineering and the creator of dozens of experiential learning games and tools. He has consulted extensively with industrial firms, developing systems for production-inventory optimization (Quaker Oats), transportation scheduling (Clopay), readiness-based sparing optimization (Servigistics-PTC), business simulation (General Motors), and vendor-managed inventory optimization (Agco) among others. He was named a “most valuable colleague” by General Motors in 2012.