INFORMS News: People

Robert F. Bordley

Robert F. Bordley

Robert F. Bordley, a longtime member of INFORMS, was named professor of practice (or clinical professor) at the University of Michigan where he is director of the master’s degree in systems engineering. A Fellow of both INFORMS and the American Statistical Association, Dr. Bordley has been integrating decision analysis, Bayesian statistics and marketing science into the systems engineering curriculum.

As a certified analytics professional, expert systems engineering professional, project management professional and professional statistician, Bordley is also integrating certification training into the curriculum.

Bordley was formerly a program director at the National Science Foundation and a technical fellow at General Motors, where he worked in research, portfolio management, strategic planning, marketing and quality engineering.

Bordley will also continue to support Booz-Allen Hamilton as an advisor, where he has worked for seven years.

Richard Larson

Richard Larson

MIT professor Richard Larson, a longtime member, past president and Fellow of INFORMS, is profiled in the September/October 2017 issue of Popular Science for his seminal paper and research on queueing that spans several decades. Widely known in the O.R. community as “Dr. Queue,” Larson recalls in the article “the line that broke him” – an extended and seemingly unfair wait at a popular department store – that inspired his 1987 paper, “The Psychology of Queueing and Social Justice,” in which he famously “highlighted the importance of fairness and feedback to a person’s waiting experience.”

As the article notes, “It wasn’t the 30-minute wait that bothered (Larson). It was how people who arrived after him had beat him to the exit – and that he had not expected a delay.”

The rest, as they say, is queueing theory history, thanks to Professor Larson’s well-documented research in this area.

James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran

James J. Cochran, professor of applied statistics at the University of Alabama and a longtime member of INFORMS, accepted an appointment as associate dean of research for the Department of Information Systems, Statistics and Management Science within the university’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Cochran previously served as interim chair of his academic department before transitioning to his new position, where he will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing programs to increase the college’s sponsored and published research productivity.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity and the challenges it will provide,” Cochran said.

An active member of INFORMS, Cochran received the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice, served for five years as editor in chief of INFORMS Transactions on Education, and helped organize the INFORMS Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium series and annual Case Competition. He is also co-founder of Statistics Without Borders.