I am a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and director of the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation at Lehigh University.  My main research interests lie in the area of applied operations research, especially optimization models and algorithms for supply chain management, as well as for energy systems such as Smart Grids. I am a member of the Integrated Networks for Electricity (INE) research cluster, the Power from Oceans, Rivers, and Tides (PORT) Lab and the Computational Optimization Research at Lehigh (COR@L) laboratory.

New Class: ISE/WGSS 296, Algorithms and Social Justice

Professors Suzanne Edwards (WGSS and English) and Larry Snyder (ISE and I-DISC)
Spring 2022

This course explores how algorithms—from Internet search engines to predictive policing software to resume screening systems—reflect and magnify social inequality. Students will read and discuss scholarship on the history of science and technology, feminist/critical race theory, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). The course also has a computing component, with hands-on experiments and projects. Course topics include race, gender, sexuality, and class in the context of criminal justice and policing, search engines and social media, ranking and rating, and optimization. More info…

Recent Presentations

I gave a talk on ML bias and fairness at the @LehighOptML seminar in September 2021, aimed at OR/optimization people who know ML but not much about ML ethics. The slides are here, or see this Twitter thread.

I gave a talk on multi-echelon inventory optimization under the threat of disruptions in November 2020 at the Carnegie Mellon EWO seminar. Click for slides or video.


My textbook, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Theory, co-authored with Max Shen, was published by Wiley in August, 2011. The second edition was published in July, 2019.

Or Volume II, published in 2019!

Futurum Article

From platinum to smartphone: How maths models can be used to streamline supply chains

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Larry Snyder
Professor, Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director, Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation
Lehigh University
200 West Packer Ave., Mohler Lab
Bethlehem, PA  18015

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