Distinguished Lecture Series

OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture Series

The OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture on Operations Research and Management Science is among the most prestigious series of lectures in the world and have been presented as a plenary at ORSA/TIMS and INFORMS Meetings since 1983.

OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture Series

Among the most prestigious series of lectures in the world on Operations Research and Management Science, the OMEGA RHO Distinguished Lecture was recognized in: “OMEGA RHO: Operations Research and Management Science – Distinguished Lecture Series”, ACHS Areas of Excellence, Association of College Honor Societies, 4990 Northwind Drive, Suite 400, East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5031, www.ACHSNatl.org, 2000. These lectures have been presented as a plenary at ORSA/TIMS and INFORMS Meetings since 1983. 

44. Dimitris Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Universities"
INFORMS Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday, October 17, 2022

43. Laura Albert, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"A Journey Through Public Sector Operations Research"
INFORMS Anaheim, California, Monday, October 25, 2021

42. Sheldon Jacobson, University of Illinois
"Operations Research and Public Policy: Making a Difference"
INFORMS Virtual Annual Meeting, Sunday, November 8, 2020

41. Robert Vanderbei, Princeton University
"The Parametric Self-Dual Simplex"
INFORMS Seattle, Washington, Monday, November 21, 2019

40. Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts
"Networks to Save the World: O.R. in Action"
INFORMS Phoenix, Arizona, Sunday, November 4, 2018

39. Mike Trick, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
"Sports Scheduling Meets Business Analytics"
INFORMS Houston, Texas, Sunday, October 22, 2017

38.  40th Year Anniversary
Panelist: John R. Birge, John D. Little, Ralph Keeney

INFORMS Nashville, Tennessee, Monday, November 14, 2016

37. Margaret L. Brandeau, Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering and Professor of Medicine (by Courtesy) at Stanford University
"Creating Impact with Operations Research in Health"
INFORMS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday, November 1, 2015

36. Jonathan P. Caulkins*,H. Guyford Stever Professorship of Operations Research and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University Operations Research in Service of Drug & Addictions Policy
"Lessons from and for the Discipline of Operations Research"

INFORMS San Francisco, California, Sunday, November 9, 2014

35. Lawrence M. Wein*, Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
"Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector"
INFORMS Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday, October 7, 2013 

34. Edward C. Prescott*, W.P. Carey Chaired Professor of Economics, Arizona State University
"Operations Research and the Revolution in Aggregate Economics"
INFORMS Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, October 16, 2012

33. Barry L. Nelson*, Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
"Why Good Simulations Go Bad"
INFORMS Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday, November 14, 2011

32. John R. Birge*, Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
"ORMS and Risk Management Failures: What are We Doing Wrong?"
INFORMS Austin, Texas, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

31.  Hau L. Lee*, Thoma Professor of Operations, Information & Technology, and  Director, Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
"Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains"
INFORMS San Diego, California, Sunday, November 11, 2009

30.  Karla L. Hoffman**, Professor, Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University
“Auctions: Why are They Proliferating and What Do You Need to Know to Participate?”
INFORMS Washington, District of Columbia, Sunday, October 12, 2008

29. Robert E. Bixby*, Professor, Computational & Applied Mathematics, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University, and ILOG, Inc.
“The Evolution of Optimization in Business”
INFORMS Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, November 7, 2007

28.  Patrick T. Harker*, Dean and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
“The Science & Art of Service Management: From Customer to Co-Producer”
INFORMS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Monday, November 6, 2006

27.  Stuart L. Hart*, Samuel C. Johnson Professor of Sustainable Global Enterprise, S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
"Creating Sustainable Value"
INFORMS San Francisco, California, Sunday, November 13, 2005

26.  Seth Bonder*, Founder and Former CEO, Vector Research, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Improving Operations Research Support for Health Care Delivery Systems - Guidelines from Military Operations Research Experience"
INFORMS Ann Arbor, Michigan

25.  Judith S. Liebman*, Professor Emerita of Operations Research, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Teaching for Learning: Past, Present, and Future"
INFORMS Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, October 19, 2003

24.  James G. Roche*, Secretary, United States Air Force
"Operations Research and the Challenge of Transformation"
INFORMS San Jose, California, Sunday, November 17, 2002

23.  Thomas L. Magnanti*, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Engineering Frontiers & the New Engineering Leader: Opportunities & Challenges for the OR/MS Profession"
INFORMS Miami Beach, Florida, Sunday, November 4, 2001

22.  John D. C. Little**, Professor of Operations Research & Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The World is Coming Our Way: OR/MS Opportunities in e-Commerce"
INFORMS San Antonio, Texas, Tuesday, November 7, 2000

21.  Edward H. Kaplan*, William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Science and Professor of Public Health, Yale University
“Policy Modeling for Better Decisions: The Case of HIV Prevention”
INFORMS Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, May 7, 2000

20.  Arnold I. Barnett*, George Eastman Professor of Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Airline Safety in Numbers”
INFORMS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday, November 7, 1999

19.  Ronald A. Howard*, Professor of Operations Research and Director, Decisions & Ethics Center, Stanford University
“The Ethical OR/MS Professional”
INFORMS Cincinnati, Ohio, Tuesday, May 4, 1999

18.  Richard M. Karp*, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
“Sequencing the Genome: A New Application Domain for the Mathematics of Operations Research”
INFORMS Seattle, Washington, Tuesday, October 27, 1998

17.  Richard C. Larson*, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director, Center for Advanced Educational Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Beyond the Physics of Queueing”
CORS/INFORMS Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Monday, April 27, 1998

16.  William W. Cooper*, Foster Parker Professor of Finance and Management (Emeritus), University of Texas
"Expanding OR/MS to New Dimensions of Use & Research: From ‘Ex Ante Planning’ to ‘Ex Post Evaluation & Control’”
INFORMS Dallas, Texas, Tuesday, October 28, 1997

15.  William P. Pierskalla*, John E. Anderson Professor of Operations & Technology Management and Dean, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles
“OR in Strategic Planning and Operations Management of Health Care Delivery Systems”
INFORMS Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, November 5, 1996

14.  David S. C. Chu*, Director, Washington Research Department, The RAND Corporation
“Resizing the Federal Government: What Can & Should Analysis Contribute”
INFORMS Washington, District of Columbia, Monday, May 6, 1996

13.  Ralph L. Keeney*, Professor of Systems Management, University of Southern California
“Evaluating Life and Death Decisions”
INFORMS New Orleans, Louisiana, Monday, October 30, 1995

12.  Alan B. Pritsker**, Chairman, Pritsker Corporation and Adjunct Professor of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
“New Developments in Manufacturing Simulation”
ORSA/TIMS Detroit, Michigan, Tuesday, October 25, 1994

11.  Marcel F. Neuts*, Professor of Systems & Industrial Engineering and Co-Director, Laboratory for Algorithmic Research, Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona
“From Structure to Algorithm: Matrix-Analytic Methods in Queuing Analysis”
ORSA/TIMS Phoenix, Arizona, Monday, November 1, 1993

10.  George B. Dantzig*, Professor of Operations Research & Computer Science and Co-Director, Systems Optimization Laboratory, Stanford University
“Importance of Recent Developments in Linear Programming & Reminiscences About Its Origin”
ORSA/TIMS San Francisco, California, Monday, November 2, 1992

9.  Arthur M. Geoffrion*, James A. Collins Professor of Management, University of California at Los Angeles
“MS/OR: Forces, Trends, Opportunities to Flourish”
ORSA/TIMS Anaheim, California, Tuesday, November 5, 1991

8.  John A. White*, Assistant Director for Engineering National Science Foundation and Regents’ Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Gwaltney Professor of Manufacturing, Georgia Institute of Technology
“An Existence Theorem for OR/MS”
ORSA/TIMS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, October 31, 1990

7.  Ralph E. Gomory*, President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
“Evolution of Computing”
ORSA/TIMS New York, New York, Tuesday, October 17, 1989

6.  Alfred Blumstein*, Dean and J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems & Operations Research, Carnegie Mellon University
“OR/MS for the Public Sector: The New Frontier Under the Next President”
ORSA/TIMS Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, October 25, 1988

5.  George L. Nemhauser*, Russell Chandler Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Perspectives on Research”
ORSA/TIMS St. Louis, Missouri, Monday, October 26, 1987

4.  Herbert A. Simon*, Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
“Two Heads are Better than One: The Collaboration Between Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research”
ORSA/TIMS Miami, Florida, Monday, October 27, 1986

3.  Richard M. Cyert*, President, Carnegie Mellon University
“The Revolution in Manufacturing”
ORSA/TIMS Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, November 5, 1985

2.  George Kozmetsky*, Professor of Management & Computer Science, J. Marion West Chair for Constructive Capitalism, and Director, Institute of Constructive Capitalism, University of Texas at Austin
“Transformational Management”
ORSA/TIMS Dallas, Texas, Tuesday, November 27, 1984

1.  Russell L. Ackoff*, Silberberg Professor of Systems Sciences, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
“On Resurrecting the Economies of the West”
ORSA/TIMS Orlando, Florida, Tuesday, November 8, 1983

* Inducted as an Honorary Member of OMEGA RHO.
** Previously Inducted as an Honorary Member of OMEGA RHO.