Personal Page for Robert E. D. Woolsey

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I came to CSM in 1969 with the intention of building an internationally famous program in applied operations research and management science. This plan is now a reality, based on the Guild System of education discussed below. I am a former Air Force Intelligence Officer and have worked for Control Data Corporation and in the weapons program at Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia Corporation.

My aim is not merely to train, which is the absorption of skills, but to educate--to promote the acquisition of new hungers for the future. All I ask of my students when they return is "Are you having fun?" I have had more fun than anyone I know, and I want to continue to turn out a generation of students who will have as good a time doing good work as I have.

In the Guild System of teaching which I practice, students share an office with me and my job is to go out and find real applications of OR/MS for their thesis projects. In this system, students come to realize that the political side of a problem requires the same level of logic and professionalism as the technical side.

Applications have ranged through fuel scheduling for Frontier Airlines, siting police stations for the city of Denver, optimizing pipeline design for Bechtel, preparing a $600 million gas pipeline study for General Electric, studying a $1.6 billion takeover for Illinois Central, and evaluating a spare parts inventory model for the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

I presently hold teaching appointments at six universities in four countries, as follows:

I was awarded the highest U.S. civilian decoration, the distinguished civilian service medal, for 20 years of pro bono work for the Department of Defense. The Operations Research/Management Science Program at CSM, which I head is one of the five programs in the United States designated by the Army for educating its officers in this field.

I am a past president of The Institute of Management Sciences, the largest international society in this field. The Canadian Operational Research Society awarded me the Harold Larnder Prize for distinguished achievement in operations research. I am a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute.

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