Natalie M. Scala


Dr. Scala has over ten years of experience in the energy utilities, defense, and academic sectors. Her research interests are primarily in decision analysis and analytics, with applications to cyber security, military, spare parts management, energy utilities, project scheduling, sports, and analytics education. 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 analytics, 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 and Systems Engineers (IISE), and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and is currently serving as board/council members to the Military Applications Society (INFORMS), SpORts (INFORMS) and Society for Engineering Management Systems (IISE).


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

Farahani, J., N. M. Scala, P. L. Goethals, and A. Tagert, “Best Practices in Cybersecurity: Processes and Metrics,” Baltimore Business Review: A Maryland Journal, pp. 28-32, 2016.

Scala, N. M., and P. Goethals, “A Review of and Agenda for Cybersecurity Policy Models,” 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, May 2016.

Scala, N. M., and J. Pazour, “A Value Model for Asset Tracking Technology to Support Naval Sea-base Resupply,” Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 120-130, 2016.

AlMaian, R. Y., K. L. Needy, K. D. Walsh, T. C. L. Alves, and N. M. Scala, “Analyzing Supplier Quality Management Practices in the Construction Industry,” Quality Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 175-183, 2016.

Scala, N. M., J. Rajgopal, L. G. Vargas, and K. L. Needy, “Group Decision Making with Dispersion in the Analytic Hierarchy Process,” Group Decision and Negotiation, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 355-372, 2016.

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.