INFORMS NEWS: In Memoriam - Matthew Rosenshine (1932-2015)

Matthew Rosenshine

On June 11, 2015, we, INFORMS, and the OR/MS community lost a good friend and colleague, Dr. Matthew Rosenshine.

Matt was professor emeritus of Industrial Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in operations research, queueing theory and stochastic processes. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty in 1968, he worked at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, N.Y. Matt received his Ph.D. degree in operations research engineering from SUNY Buffalo in 1966, his M.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1956, his M.A. in mathematics education in 1953 and his A.B. in liberal arts (with a science emphasis) in 1952 from Columbia University.

Matt has numerous publications in the areas of air traffic systems modeling, control of queues and applications of stochastic processes to robotics. In addition to his many research accomplishments, he was a dedicated teacher. His honorary memberships include Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Pi Mu, Omega Rho and Pi Mu Epsilon.

As many “senior” INFORMS folks will remember, Matt Rosenshine was a member of the INFORMS Public Awareness Committee (PAC), which devoted its efforts to operations research education of high school/community college math and science teachers. Those activities included the development of modules dwelling on everyday applications of operations research, concentrating on linear programming, queueing theory, probability, statistics and simulation. Matt’s contributions were instrumental in the success of these programs.

Also very important was his participation in the PACs Teachers Workshops – a major all-day series of presentations – held during INFORMS Annual Meetings. Most noteworthy was the Seattle meeting, which drew 108 local school attendees. Matt’s offerings in probability and statistics in that program were truly exceptional and helped to make it a memorable experience for the attendees.

Matt was personally involved in PAC’s creation of a series of videos, most notably, “Operations Research +You = An Exciting Career.” More than 2,000 copies were distributed nationwide, including to the entire Fairfax County (Virginia) Public School System, making it a huge educational community outreach endeavor.

We shall miss you, Matt, for your dedication to our profession, your always good humor and your deep, personal friendship.

– Frank Trippi and Don Gross