• Ph.D., Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Engineering Science, Trinity University, San Antonio

Research Interests

  • Computational methods for mechanical, industrial and financial engineering (discrete-event simulations of bulk import/export terminals, discrete element modeling of bulk flow)
  • Economic assessment of engineering projects
  • Recreational Mathematics


  • Engineering Economy
  • Python Programming for Engineering
  • Industrial Statistics and Design of Experiments
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Engineering and Society
  • Optimization


Parker Shectman, Ph.D, joined St. Mary’s in January 2022 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering. Shectman’s Ph.D. and M.S. degrees were conferred in 1999 and 1995, by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with a specialization in Operations Research and a minor in Computational Science in Engineering. Shectman received a B.S. in 1992 from the Department of Engineering Science at Trinity University in San Antonio, concentrating in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics.

Shectman previously lectured at UIUC and UTSA and has consulted in the areas of Bulk Materials Handling, Mineral and Agricultural Processing, Industrial Simulation, and Risk Assessment in the Ports & Terminals, Mining, and Agribusiness sectors, as well as in Quantitative Finance.

Shectman’s interests and activities lie at the intersection of industrial, mechanical and financial engineering, and have led to participation on project teams at 48 industrial facilities in 24 different countries, most recently in Brazil (2013).

Over the last three decades, Shectman has both taught and applied the techniques of statistics, design of experiments, mathematical programming, facility location and layout, planning and scheduling, queuing processes, discrete-event (Monte Carlo) simulation and animation, inventory control, reliability and forensic engineering, and discrete-element modeling (DEM) and animation.

An enthusiast for music and mathematics, Parker performs with the St. Mary’s SET Players under the direction of Rafael Moras, Ph.D., and contributes to the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.


“Agribulk Ports Expand in South America,” LinkedIn, February 2021,

“The Export Capacity Crisis — UPDATE 2020,” LinkedIn, August 2021,

“The Export Capacity Crisis” Business in Vancouver, Mining Edition, May 2011.

“New Port Proposed For Embattled Skeena Mill Site” Business in Vancouver, August 2012 (quoted).

“Closed-Form Solution of Mathematical Programming Problems via Lie Groups,” 8th International Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra, June, 2002 (with P. Vafeades)

“Legal Issues in Derivatives Trading,” Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, April, 2001 (with D. diBartolomeo),

“Multiple Benchmarks & Multiple Sources of Risk,” Northfield Research Conference, March, 2001.

“The Dual Benchmark Problem,” Northfield Annual Research Conference, December, 2000 (with A. Shah)

“Legal Issues in Derivatives Trading,” Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, October, 2000 (with D. diBartolomeo).

“Portfolio Selection via Global Nonconvex Quadratic Programming,” INFORMS Annual Meeting, November, 1999.

“Planning of Chemical Process Networks via Global Concave Minimization,” 1996 (with M–L Liu and N.V. Sahinidis).

“A Finite Algorithm for Global Minimization of Separable Concave Programs,” Journal of Global Optimization, 12:1, 1998, (with N.V. Sahinidis).

Wind tunnel research credited in “Wind-noise reduction for improved bicycle safety,” Human Power 10:1, 1992, by Herb Treat.

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