INFORMS Fellows: Class of 2003
Arnold I. Barnett
Arnold Barnett is the George Eastman Professor of Management Science at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He has received the students' Excellence in Teaching Award an unprecedented ten times and has also been recognized by Fortune and Business Week as an outstanding teacher.
Dr. Barnett's primary research interests are operations research, applied statistics, applied mathematical modeling, public policy, health and safety.
Dr. Barnett served as departmental editor for public sector applications of Management Science. As a contributing editor to Interfaces, he wrote dozens of columns on the applications and misapplications of statistical methods. Dr. Barnett was honored by INFORMS with the President's Award in 1996 for outstanding contributions to the betterment of society, and was the recipient of the 2001 INFORMS Expository Writing Award.
David E. Boyce
David E. Boyce is professor of Transportation and Regional Science, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His interests include network equilibrium and traffic assignment, urban planning methodologies, and intelligent transportation systems. In 2000, he received the Founder's Medal from the Regional Science Association for contributions in the area of transportation science.
Dr. Boyce has been successful as a practitioner as well. For many years he has worked closely with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) and the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois.
A member of INFORMS since 1964, Dr. Boyce has been an active meeting participant since 1978. He served as an associate editor of Transportation Science from 1978 to 1994. In 1995 he became the chairperson of the Transportation Science group. Recently he has been nominated for the Robert Herman award. In addition, he has promoted the importance of transportation science at the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences.
Erhan Çinlar in the Norman J. Sollenberger Professor of Engineering and Chairman of the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton. His research has included fundamental contributions in a variety of areas, among them queues and queuing networks, Markov processes and their applications, stochastic flows, and theory of continuous storage.
Dr. Çinlar has published numerous articles in a variety of journals and is the author of three books. One of them, Introduction to Stochastic Processes, is a major teaching text that has been used by several generations of Operations Research students.
Dr. Çinlar's contributions to INFORMS are many, particularly in an editorial capacity. In 1969, he became as associate editor for Management Science. In 1976 he began a lengthy association with Mathematics of Operations Research when he became an associate editor, progressing to area editor for Stochastic systems in 1981. He was the editor-in-chief from 1987 to 1992, and continues to serve as an advisory editor. He has also served on several committees, including the Lanchester Prize committee and the Erlang Prize in Applied Probability committee.
George S. Fishman
George S. Fishman is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Operations Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A pioneer in the area of discrete system simulation, his current research interests include design and analysis of large-scale Monte Carlo and discrete-event simulation experiments, and fluid flow simulation.
In addition to numerous journal articles, Dr. Fishman has published several books. These have included graduate-level textbooks on simulation. One of Dr. Fishman's books, Monte Carlo: Concepts, Algorithms, and Applications, earned the 1997 Lanchester prize for the outstanding publication in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. In addition, he received the 1997 INFORMS College on Simulation award for the Outstanding Publication in Simulation.
Dr. Fishman has served INFORMS in a variety of ways. He served as chairman of the TIMS/College on Simulation from 1972 to 1974. He was the Department Editor for Simulation of Management Science from 1978 to 1987. He was a member of the Lanchester Prize committee in 1978, 1987, and 1991, and of the Distinguished Service Award committee, TIMS College on Simulation. In 1990, Dr. Fishman himself was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Institute of Management Science, College on Simulation.
Donald P. Gaver
Donald Gaver is a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he now holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Operations Research. He is known internationally for his research in applied probability modeling and field queuing theory. Dr. Gaver has published nearly 120 professional papers, beginning in 1954 with the Journal of the Operations Research Society of America.
A member of ORSA (INFORMS) since the 1950's, Dr. Gaver has served in many capacities. He was a member of the ORSA Visiting Lecturer Program from 1970 to 1980, and was Chairman of ORSA/TIMS/INFORMS College on Applied Probability for 1989-1990. He has been very active in the Transportation Science section of ORSA, and was a member of the ORSA Publications Committee and the ORSA Committee on Sections. Dr. Gaver has also served on two NAS/NRC panels and, on a national level, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In 1991, Dr. Gaver received the Koopman Award from ORSA. Other honors include his selection as a Fellow of the American Statistical Society, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Statistical Society.
Benjamin Lev is Chair of the Management Studies Department of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, having previously served as Dean of the School of Management there from 1990 to 1992. His research has contributed in a variety of application areas, including health care delivery, energy and inventory management, as well as math-programming topics. He is the author or co-author of five books, with chapters in five others.
Dr. Lev has been a member of ORSA/TIMS/INFORMS since 1968. During that time, he has been extremely active from arranging and chairing conferences to serving on various committees and editorial boards. He was President of the ORSA/TIMS Philadelphia Chapter 1976-1977, and a TIMS Council member from 1991 to 1994. Since 1985 he has been active on Public Relations Committees and Meetings Committees for TIMS and INFORMS. He was the Vice-President of Meetings for TIMS in the early 90's, and the first INFORMS Vice-President of Meetings.
Dr. Lev was General Chair for the ORSA/TIMS Philadelphia meeting in 1990 ' a very large meeting, with well over 2,000 delegates. He was the General Co-Chair for the INFORMS International meeting in Israel in 1998 and, most recently, was General Chair for the IFORS 16th Triennial Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2001. That conference attracted 1,165 delegates from 64 countries.
In addition to his many Meetings and Public Relations activities, Dr. Lev has been a member of the Speaker Program since 1995. He has served as associate editor for five professional journals, including Associate Editor for Book Reviews for Interfaces
Katta Murty is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, and has been a member of the faculty since 1968. His area of specialization is mathematical programming. He has made seminal contributions to the literature of the linear complementarity problem, as well as linear and nonlinear optimization, combinatorial optimization, and computational complexity. Algorithms that he developed in the 1960's including one for ranking solutions to the assignment problem, continue to be used in many applications. His assignment-ranking method was modified into a branch and bound method for solving the traveling salesman problem.
Dr. Murty has written five widely used textbooks. One of them, Linear Complementarity, Linear and Nonlinear Programming, was the first textbook on the subject.
Dr. Murty has been a dedicated INFORMS member and conference participant. He has received the Koopman prize from the INFORMS Military Application Society.
Uriel G. Rothblum
Uriel Rothblum is a professor on the faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. As Dean from 1992 to 1995, he established new programs such as MBA, Information Management, and Quality Management. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice-President for Academic Affairs, making him the highest-ranking academic officer.
The central theme of Dr. Rothblum's research interest is the study of structural and computational issues that arise in decision-making problems. His focuses include dynamic programming, mathematical programming, combinatorial optimization, game theory, applied probability, and mathematical economics. Dr. Rothblum has published over 120 papers in many journals.
Dr. Rothblum was an associate editor of Operations Research from 1996 to 1999, and has served as an associate editor of Mathematics of Operations Research since 1979!
He received the Operations Research Meritorious Service Award in 1997 and 1999.
Lee W. Schruben
Lee William Schruben is a professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been the department chairman since July of 2001. In addition to his membership in INFORMS, Dr. Schruben is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Society for Computing Simulations, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Schruben's research in the area of simulation has been outstanding. He has twice received the Outstanding Publication Award from the INFORMS College on Simulation and Gaming for his work in the area of output analysis ' for 'A Coverage Function for Internal Response,' which appeared in Management Science in 1980; and also for 'Confidence Interval Estimation Using Standardized Time Series,' which appeared in Operations Research in 1983.
Based on the event-scheduling approach to simulation modeling, Dr. Schruben has developed a simulation language, SIGMA. This language is the subject of his 1991 book SIGMA: A Graphical Simulation System, which was selected in 1992 as one of EDUCOM's 101 All-Time Computing Success Stories.
He is a Past Associate Editor in the area of simulation for Operations Research. He has served in all elected offices of the INFORMS College on Simulation including that of chairman.
Suresh Sethi is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks, and has founded doctoral programs in Operations Management, both at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the University of Toronto. He is an important contributor in the fields of operations management, finance, marketing, industrial engineering, operations research, and optimal control.
Dr. Sethi is a very prolific researcher, with some three hundred published papers. In addition, he has authored and co-authored several books. One of these, co-authored with Gerald Thompson, the textbook Optimal Control Theory; Applications to Management Science and Economics is particularly important.
Dr. Sethi has chaired, co-chaired, or cluster chaired at many TIMS/ORSA/INFORMS meetings. Most recently, he was the Cluster Co-Chair for the Stochastic Models Area for INFORMS Istanbul. He was also a member of the INFORMS 2000 Colloquium in San Antonio. In addition to chairing meetings, Dr. Sethi has also served in an editorial capacity, as associate editor of Operations Research from 1994-1996. He became Senior Editor of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management in 2001.
Dr. Sethi has been honored by his selection in 1994 as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Science and Humanities, and as Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1999. Last year, he was named IEEE Fellow for extraordinary accomplishments in optimal control.
Edward A. Silver
Edward Silver is a professor in the School of Management at the University of Calgary, and has been chosen to hold the Carma Chair in Management there. Knowledgeable and influential in the areas of production and inventory management, he is also known as a world expert in the analysis of perishable and style goods inventory systems.
Dr. Silver has written well over one hundred articles in the production and operations management field. In addition, he co-authored Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling, a standard, widely used reference now in its third edition.
In 1986, Dr. Silver received the Operations Research Division Award of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and was honored by them as a Fellow in 1995. In 1990 he was selected as the recipient of the Award of Merit of the Canadian Operations Research Society, of which he had been president in 1980-81. The International Society for Inventory Research has also chosen him as a Fellow. Most recently, in 2000 Dr. Silver was honored as one of the inaugural Fellows of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Society of INFORMS.
Robert L. Smith
Robert L. Smith is a professor in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He was recently appointed the first Altarum/ERIM Russell D. O'Neal Professor of Engineering. He has produced influential research in a variety of areas, infinite horizon optimization, capacity expansion, foundations of dynamic programming, and the modeling of large-scale distribution and transportation systems. He is also an excellent teacher, as is evidenced by the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Michigan Student Assembly.
Dr. Smith received the College of Engineering Research Excellence Award for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Dr. Smith has served as an associate editor of Management Science in mathematical programming and networks, and he is currently serving as Chair of the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Committee.
Marlin U. Thomas
Marlin Thomas is the former head of the Industrial Engineering Department at Purdue University, where he recently was awarded the James H. Greene Outstanding Graduate Educator Award. His work is in, among other subjects, queuing theory, stochastic processes, and contingency logistics' an area with which he is acquainted through his 30 years of military experience.
As Program Director of Operations Research at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Thomas was effective in furthering the causes of operations research and manufacturing. He brought an operations research perspective to various advisory boards, such as the National Naval Research Policy Board for the Secretary of the Navy, the Defense Research and Engineering Technology Area Review and Assessment Team, the National Science Foundation Division for Design and Manufacturing Committee of Visitors, and the Army Science Board. Dr. Thomas also served as corporate manager of vehicle quality and reliability at Chrysler Motors.
There is a long list of ORSA/TIMS/INFORMS service roles that Dr. Thomas has performed, including National Secretary (1989-1992), Area Editor for Military Applications for Operations Research (1988-1992), and Technical Sections Chair (1986-1989). He was the INFORMS Liaison to IIE from 1998 to 2001, which included his time as IIE President.
Dr. Thomas has been honored as a Fellow in the Institute of Industrial Engineers and in the American Society for Quality.