Thomas F. Brady, Ph.D.

Professor, Operations Management

Thomas Brady Jr


I currently serve as Professor, Operations Management and teach courses in Operations Management, Quality Management and Statistics.

Research Overview

My research focus lies in the system improvement area where I apply tools of computer simulation and heuristic optimization to business and service institutions to improve business performance. I am also active in applying data analytics in the sports field, particularly baseball.

I enjoy playing the guitar and currently own 31 guitars. I am also a big Chicago Cubs fan and have every Topps baseball card of Cubs players that have been issued since 1952.

Select Publications

“Streaking versus Consistency: Which is Better” 30th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, May 2019

Teaching Focus

  • Operations Management
  • Quality Management
  • Statistics

Previous Roles

At PNW, I previously served as Dean of Engineering and Technology. Prior to PNW, I was an Executive Director of a research center at the main campus, a systems engineer at Pritsker Corporation and an operations research engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

Thomas Brady Jr


(219) 785-5456

Office Location:

Westville, Technology Building 180


  • Ph.D. – Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. – Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.S. – Interdisciplinary Engineering, Purdue University

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer Simulation
  • Heuristic Optimization Data
  • Analytics Expert Systems/Artificial Intelligence Six Sigma

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Won six teaching awards at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Recipient of senator Richard Lugar Energy Patriot Award for sustained research contributions