Wiley journal honours Operations Research professor


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 06 June 2013
  • Copyright: Production and Operations Management Society

The Production and Operations Management Society has announced that they have honoured Professor David Simchi-Levi of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a specially dedicated article published in the Wiley journal Production and Operations Management.

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The journal honours two to three researchers every year and the article describes Simchi-Levi’s contributions to both the theoretical and practical aspects of supply-chain management as demonstrated by the quality and reach of his published research; the application of this research in corporate practice; his seven years as editor-in-chief of Operations Research; and the popularity of his second book as a graduate business education text, "Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies" (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2007) by Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi-Levi, which is now in its third edition.

Professor Simchi-Levi is also the former Editor of Naval Research Logistics and his last paper for the journal is available here. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and while serving as an officer in the Israeli Air-Force was introduced to the field of Operations Research. ‘That experience motivated David to pursue a PhD in Operations Research at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, shaped his academic work emphasizing both the theoretical and practical aspects of Operations Research techniques, and led to his interest in the impact that these methods have on business.’ (Production and Operations Management, 22: 1, pp. xi-xii).

In 1986, Professor Simchi-Levi joined the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department at Columbia University, and then later taught at Northwestern University from 1993 to 2000 before moving to MIT where he continues to teach. ‘At MIT, he is the engineering faculty co-director of the Leaders for Global Operations program; co-director of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation; head of the new Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics’ leader of the MIT-Technion Postdoctoral Program; a member of the Operations Research Center and former co-director of the System Design and Management partnership.

In 2009, he was awarded the Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world’s largest professional society for the field of operations research, management science and business analytics. INFORMS awarded the prize to Simchi-Levi for a series of three papers that made fundamental contributions to the field.’ ’ (Production and Operations Management, 22: 1, pp. xi-xii).

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