Natalie M. Scala

Analyst

Dr. Scala has over eight years of experience in the energy utilities, defense, and academic sectors and her research interests include spare parts management, decision modeling, energy utilities, and military applications. Dr. Scala’s dissertation examined spare parts inventory management under the conditions of sole-vendored parts with low volume and intermittent demand and utilized a decision analysis approach to determine part criticality and associated inventory stocking policies. She has presented at numerous conferences and taught courses on operations management, project management, and probability and statistics. Dr. Scala is an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and is currently serving as the Executive Advisor of the Maryland Chapter of INFORMS.


Education

PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
B.S., Mathematics (minor in Communications), John Carroll University, 2005


Selected Publications and Presentations

Scala, N. M., J. Rajgopal, and K. L. Needy, "Managing Spare Parts Inventories: A Data Driven Methodology," IEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp.28-37, 2014.

Scala, N. M., J. Rajgopal, and K. L. Needy, "A Base Stock Inventory Management System for Intermittent Spare Parts," Military Operations Research, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 63-77, 2013. 

Scala, N. M., J. Rajgopal, and K. L. Needy. An Inventory Criticality Classification Method for Nuclear Spare Parts: A Case Study. In Javier Faulin Fajardo, Angel A. Juan, Scott E. Grasman, and Michael J. Fry (Editors) Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach, 2012.

Scala, N. M., D. Buede, C. Ciminera, A. Bridges, and R. Kutzner. Multi-objective Decision Analysis for Workforce Planning: A Case Study. 2012 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, May 2012.

Scala, N. M., J. Rajgopal, and K. L. Needy. Influence Diagram Modeling of Nuclear Spare Parts Process. 2010 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, June 2010.

Scala, N. M., S. Henteleff, and C. Rigatti. Examining Real Time Pricing in Electricity Usage. 2010 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, June 2010. (Selected as the “Best Paper in Engineering Economy”.)

Scala, N. M., K.L. Needy, and J. Rajgopal. Decision Making and Tradeoff Analysis in Utilities’ Spare Parts Inventory Management. 30th ASEM National Conference, October 2009.