Wallace (Wally) Hopp

Associate Dean for Learning Design; Herrick Professor of Business; Professor of Technology and Operations; Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering

PhD, University Of Michigan
MS, University Of Michigan
MS, Washington University In St. Louis
BS, Michigan State University

Professor Wallace J. Hopp holds a B.S. in Physics from Michigan State, an M.S. in Public Policy from Washington University and MS/PhD degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He worked at the Department of Energy sponsored Pacific Northwest Laboratories before spending 23 years on the faculty of Northwestern University, with a joint appointment in Engineering and Management.  He joined the faculty of the Ross School in the summer of 2007 as the Herrick Professor of Manufacturing. Professor Hopp serves on the Ross School’s Leadership team as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.

Professor Hopp’s research has focused primarily on the design, control and management of manufacturing systems.  He has won a number of teaching awards, including best teacher awards at both the engineering and business schools at Northwestern and the SME Education Award, and research awards, including the Nicholson Prize (for best student paper in Operations Research), the Scaife Award (with Mark Spearman, for the paper with the “greatest potential for assisting an advance of manufacturing practice), the IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year Award (for the book Factory Physics: Foundations of Manufacturing Management), the Sargent Process Award from SME, and the IIE Technical Innovation Award.  He has also been named a Fellow of INFORM, IIE, POMS, and M&SOM.  He has published widely in the academic literature, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Management Science from 2003-2008 and President of POMS from 2009-2010.

In addition to his research, Professor Hopp has been an active industry consultant, whose clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bell & Howell, Black & Decker, Case, Dell, Ford, Eli Lilly, Emerson Electric, General Motors, John Deere, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Owens Corning, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, Zenith, and others.  His most recent research and consulting have branched beyond his traditional manufacturing expertise to include new product innovation and healthcare management.

Executive Education Classes Taught

Healthcare Operations and Lean Concepts, Leadership in Plant Operations, The Michigan Ross Executive Program

Corporate Experience / Consulting

Abbott Laboratories, Baxter International Inc., Bell & Howell Company, Black and Decker, Case Corporation, Dell, Inc., Eli Lilly & Company, Emerson Electric Co., Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, John Deere, Motorola, Inc., Owens Corning, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Whirlpool Corporation, Zenith Electronics Corp.


Factory Physics: Foundations of Manufacturing Management:

Wallace (Wally) Hopp
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Room Location: Dean's Suite (R2420)
Personal Site: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/wallacehopp/
Working Papers
Technology & Operations Web Site