- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2021
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Robert Tomastik is the Technical Fellow of Operations Research at Pratt & Whitney. Through his role, he provides technical leadership in developing and applying operations research and analytics methods in supply chain management functions including demand forecasting, sales and operations planning, inventory management, and manufacturing scheduling.
He made outstanding technical contributions to enable Pratt & Whitney to consistently achieve benchmarked world-class performance in spare parts on-time delivery and inventory. He also helped elevate the performance of manufacturing at the company by developing and deploying the following: optimization-based sales and operations planning, a pull replenishment system, performance metrics, and strategic inventory buffering. He previously worked at United Technologies Research Center (now Raytheon Technologies Research Center), where he created and led an operations research group that successfully developed and deployed results in supply chain management decision support technologies that has significantly benefited the company. UTRC’s accomplishments include deploying factory scheduling software at five factories, using discrete-event simulation to re-design the layout of two factories, re-designing a company transportation network, and working various collaborations with government and academia that led to research publications and patents. He started his career at General Electric in the Edison Engineering Program developing control systems for various military products. Tomastik has published seven journal papers, 11 conference papers, and two book chapters, and he has eight patents and two trade secrets.
He earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in electrical & systems engineering from UConn and a MEng degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.