Elizabeth Jewkes

Elizabeth Jewkes

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Biography summary

Beth Jewkes is a Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Her general research interests fall into the broad area of operations research models of manufacturing and healthcare systems. More specifically, her research deals with topics such as "real world" academic course scheduling, applications of queueing theory and optimization to ambulance location/relocation issues and ambulance offload delays.

In addition to her research, Dr. Jewkes is the co-author of the book “Engineering Economics: Financial Decision Making for Engineers”, (Pearson Education Canada) now in its 6th edition. Dr. Jewkes has served in various administrative positions at the University of Waterloo, including Associate Dean Computing (1996-2000), Chair of the Department of Management Sciences (2001-2010), and Associate Provost, Resources (2013-2017).

Research interests

  • Queueng Theory
  • Inventory Control
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Simulation
  • Matrix Analytic Methods
  • Feedback Queues
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Production Planning
  • Stochastic models of manufacturing and service systems
  • Performance Analysis of Queueing Systems
  • Data Analytics Research


  • 1988, Doctorate, PhD (Management Sciences), University of Waterloo
  • 1982, Master's, MBA(Operations Management), University of Calgary
  • 1980, Bachelor's, BASc (Honours Mathematics), St. Francis Xavier University

Selected/recent publications

  • Almehdawe, E., E.M. Jewkes and Q-M He, Optimization in a Two-Stage Multi Server Service System with Customer Priorities, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 70(2), 2019, 326 - 337
  • Jayaswal, S and Jewkes, EM, Price and lead time differentiation, capacity strategy and market competition, International Journal of Production Research, 54(9), 2016, 2791 - 2806
  • Wheatley, David and Gzara, Fatma and Jewkes, Elizabeth, Logic-based Benders decomposition for an inventory-location problem with service constraints, Omega, 55, 2015, 10 - 23
  • Almehdawe, E., Q-M. He and E.M. Jewkes, Analysis and Optimization of an ambulance offload delay and allocation problem, Omega, 65, 2016, 148 - 158
  • Zschocke, Mark S and Mantin, Benny and Jewkes, Elizabeth M, The effect of competition on R&D portfolio investments, Production and Operations Management, 23(8), 2014, 1439 - 1449
  • Zschocke, Mark Steven and Mantin, Benny and Jewkes, Elizabeth, Competitive market selection with timing and capacity decisions, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 60(1), 2013, 88 - 98
  • Mustafee, Navonil and Katsaliaki, Korina and Gunasekaran, Angappa and Williams, Michael D and La, Jennifer and Jewkes, Elizabeth M, Defining an optimal ED fast track strategy using simulation, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 26(1/2), 2013, 109 - 118

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