Robin Clark

Senior Analyst

Mr. Clark has over 16 years’ experience as a modeler and analyst.  He has been involved in discrete event and discrete rate modeling as well as optimization through mathematical programming.  He has been the primary ExtendSim instructor in the US since 2004.  His classes include introductory simulation classes as well as advanced classes in designing simulation databases and authoring custom simulation components.

He has worked on numerous projects in various industries.  He has developed models in healthcare for designing new emergency departments, surgical suites, and inpatient facilities.  He has developed large supply chain models which not only focused on using simulation to study the effects of variation but also incorporated mathematical programming to optimize sourcing as well as dynamic programming to determine safety stock.  He has developed military supply chain models to determine right sizing of supply ships and supply strategy.  He has developed models in manufacturing for determining the right capacity as well as generating manufacturing schedules using optimization and testing manufacturing schedules using simulation.  He has developed models in the automotive industry to determine capacity for a balanced line.  He has developed models in the consumer goods industry to help design production lines.

He has worked as an operations analyst developing shrink wrapped optimization software.  The software integrated a form based database interface with an optimization solver.  He was responsible for the process which read the data from the database, formulated the mathematical model, passed the formulation to solver, and returned the solution back to the database.  This software tool was used primarily for minimizing costs in blending ingredients for the food industry.

Robin has given presentations at numerous conferences over the past decade. His most recent presentations include “Using Simulation to Design an Emergency Department, Architecturally, Operationally & Clinically” at the 2015 IIE SHS Conference, “Why Data Matters” at the 2014 Informs Business Analytics Conference, and “System Simulation as Decision Data in Healthcare IT” at the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference.


M.S.     Management Science, University of Tennessee, 2000
B.S.      Physics, Tennessee Tech University, 1996

Selected Publications and Presentations

Brust, C., and Clark, R., System Simulation as Decision Data in Heathcare IT, Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. A. Tolk, S. D. Diallo, I. O. Ryzhov, L. Yilmaz, S. Buckley, and J. A. Miller, Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Clark, R., and Della Donna, V., Answering the Question, “Operations or Architecture?”  “Why Data Matters”, 2014 Informs Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research.

Clark, R., and Krahl, D.,  Roadmap To Success: Your First Simulation Model, Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. S. Jain, R.R. Creasey, J. Himmelspach, K.P. White, and M. Fu, 1470 – 1480, Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Parsons, D., Clark, R., and Payette, K.,  Impact of Production Run Length on Supply Chain Performance, In the Proceedings of the 2004 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. R .G. Ingalls, M. D. Rossetti, J. S. Smith, and B. A. Peters, 1153 – 1157, Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Siprelle, A., Parsons, D., and Clark, R., Benefits of Using a Supply Chain Simulation Tool to Study Inventory Allocation, In the Proceedings of the 2003 Winter Simulation Conference, ed. S. Chick, P. J. Sánchez, D. Ferrin, and D. J. Morrice, 238-245, Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.