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Operations Research Department Faculty

The OR Department has a distinguished faculty that includes three members of the National Academy of Engineering and many fellows of professional societies. We are the only program to have had more than one faculty member selected for the “Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice” by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)—Rick Rosenthal won this award in 2000, Jeff Kline won the 2011 award, and Tom Lucas won it in 2015.

The NPS OR Department is one of the largest OR departments in the United States. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees in operations research or a related discipline (e.g., mathematics, statistics, computer science). Most of those without Ph.D. degrees are current or former military officers who have deep military operations and applied operations research experience.

OR Faculty and students
INFORMS President Anne Robinson (front left) presents the 2013 UPS George D. Smith Prize "for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics” to the OR Department.


The OR Department is hiring!

The Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School invites applications for full-time faculty positions in the following areas:

Lecturer in Human Systems Integration

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Statistics, Cost Estimation, and Test and Evaluation

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David L. Alderson

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003

Research Interests

Modeling and analysis of critical infrastructures, with particular emphasis on how to invest limited resources to ensure efficient and resilient performance in the face of accidents, failures, natural disasters, or deliberate attacks. Emphasis on tradeoffs between efficiency, complexity, and fragility in a wide variety of public and private cyber-physical systems.

Jonathan K. Alt

LTC, U.S. Army, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2012

Research Interests

Computational Methods, Statistics and Data Analysis, Decision Analysis, Wargaming, Simulation

Andrew Anglemyer

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

Epidemiology, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Violence, Study Design, Clinical Research, Applied Statistics and Data Analysis

Jeffrey Appleget

COL, US Army (Ret.), Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 1997

Research Interests

Integer Programming, Wargaming, Combat Modeling, Human, Social, Culture and Behavior modeling, Irregular Warfare and Counterinsurgency

Michael Atkinson

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009

Research Interests

Computational Methods, Stochastic Processes, Military and Homeland Security Operations Research

Gordon H. Bradley

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1967

Research Interests

Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Network and Graph Markup Language (NaGML), Extensible Markup Language (XML) for Network Optimization

Gerald G. Brown

Distinguished Professor
PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1974
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Research Interests

Optimization and its Applications, Large-Scale Mathematical Programming

COL Robert Burks

Military Faculty
Ph.D., Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006
at Google Scholar

Samuel E. Buttrey

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Research Interests

Classification, General Applied Statistics, Computer-Intensive Methods in Statistics

W. Matthew Carlyle

Academic Associate, Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1997

Research Interests

Optimization and its Applications, Infrastructure Vulnerability, Large-Scale Mathematical Programming

Emily Craparo

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

Research Interests

Developing tools and technologies that allow autonomous and semi-autonomous systems to most effectively obtain, analyze, synthesize and utilize information.

Robert F. Dell

Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990

Research Interests

Optimization and its Applications

James N. Eagle

Emeritus Professor
CAPT US Naval Reserve (Ret.)
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1975

P. Lee Ewing

LTC, U.S. Army, Ret., Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 2002

Research Interests

Stationing of Army Forces, Optimization Applications with Decision Analysis

Donald P. Gaver

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1956
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Research Interests

Stochastic Modeling, Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Statistics and Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Test & Evaluation Methodology

Thomas E. Halwachs

Senior Lecturer of Operations Research, Director of Financial Systems
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1976

Research Interests

Wargaming, Simulation, Optimization

Thomas A. Hamrick

LCDR U.S. Navy, Retired, Lecturer
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997

Research Interests

Probability and Statistics, Statistical Modeling, Game Theory, Military Operations Research

LTC Sam Huddleston

Military Instructor
PhD, University of Virginia, 2013

Research Interests

Crime Analysis, Geographic Data Mining, Data Science, and Analytics

Wayne P. Hughes

Professor of Practice in Operations Research
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1964
CAPT, US Navy (Ret.)

Research Interests

Tactical and Campaign Analysis, Joint Littoral Warfare, Theory of Combat, Naval History

Jeffrey Hyink

CAPT US Navy, Military Faculty, Program Officer
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2007

Patricia A. Jacobs

Chair, Department of Operations Research and Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1973

Research Interests

Stochastic Modeling, Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Statistics and Data Analysis

Quinn Kennedy

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Stanford, 2002

Research Interests

Individual difference factors that affect decision making and performance, such as expertise, cognitive ability and mental workload, attention allocation patterns, and risk perception. The interplay between expertise and age in aviation decision making and flight performance among middle-aged and older pilots.

Jeffrey E. Kline

Professor of Practice in Operations Research
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1991
CAPT, US Navy (Ret.)

Research Interests

Applied research in military operational and tactical environments, Joint Campaign Analysis

Robert A. Koyak

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1985

Research Interests

Applied Statistics, Census Issues, Measurement Error Models, Tracking and Estimation for Air and Missile Defense, Test and Evaluation of Theater Air and Missile Defense Systems, Nonparametric Statistics

Moshe Kress

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1981

Research Interests

Military Operations Research, Combat Modeling, Military Logistics Systems, Bio-Defense Modeling, Decision Analysis

Kyle Lin

Associate Chair for Instruction, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2000

Research Interests

Stochastic Modeling, Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Queueing Theory, Game Theory

Thomas W. Lucas

Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1991

Research Interests

Robust Statistical Methodology, Defense and Security Modeling, High-dimensional Design of Experiments

Kevin Maher

CDR U.S. Navy, Retired, Lecturer
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1993

Research Interests

Probability and Statistics, Inventory

Mary McDonald

Research Associate
M.S. Applied Mathematics (Operations Analysis Track), NPS 1997

Research Interests

Design of Experiments, Modeling & Simulation, Complex Adaptive Systems, Evolutionary Algorithms and Coevolution, High-Dimensional Data Analysis

Connor McLemore

LCDR, US Navy, Military Assistant Professor
M.S. Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 2010 and M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, 2011

Research Interests

Air warfare, command and control, real-time asset-mission assignment

Gregory K. Mislick

LtCol, USMC (Ret), Senior Lecturer
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1988

Research Interests

Cost Estimation, Data Analysis, Regression Analysis, Learning Curves, Optimization, Probability and Statistics, Marine Corps and Aviation Issues

LCDR Vince Naccarato

Military Assistant Professor
Systems Engineering Analysis Program Officer
Master of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis, NPS, 2014

Research interests

Aviation Technology, Systems Design & Architecture, Unmanned Vehicles, Autonomous Systems, Distributed Lethality

Daniel A. Nussbaum

Visiting Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1971

Research Interests

Cost/benefit analyses, Life cycle cost estimating and modeling, PPBES and budget preparation and justification, Decision analysis, Risk assessment, Performance measurement, Earned value management, Activity based costing, and Total cost of ownership analyses

Douglas Otte

CAPT U.S. Navy, Retired, Senior Lecturer
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1989

Research Interests

Operational and Strategic Campaign Analysis, Probability and Statistics

Steven E. Pilnick

Associate Chair for Distributed Programs, Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 1989
CAPT, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Research Interests

Military OR Modeling, Search and Detection, Applied Probability Modeling, Optimization Modeling

Peter Purdue

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1972

Research Interests

Applied Probability

Mark A. Raffetto

LtCol, USMC, Military Faculty
M.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 2004
at LinkedIn

Research Interests

Testing and Evaluation, Data Mining/Data Science, Decision Analysis, Design of Experiments.

Robert R. Read

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1957

Research Interests

Estimation, Applied Statistics, Categorical Data Analysis

Anton Rowe

Research Associate
MS, Stanford University, 1997

Johannes Royset

Associate Chair of Research, Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2002

Research Interests

Linear and Nonlinear Optimization, Stochastic Programming, Nonsmooth Optimization, Network and System Interdiction

Javier Salmerón

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 1998

Research Interests

Publications. Optimization, Probability, Electric power system optimization

Paul J. Sanchez

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986

Research Interests

Simulation output analysis and meta modeling, Statistical experiment design, Loosely coupled software architectures, Object-oriented modeling, Simulation data structures, Graph-based modeling of complex systems

Susan M. Sanchez

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986

Research Interests

Applied and data-intensive statistics, Design and analysis of simulation experiments, Quality and robust design, Active learning

David A. Schrady

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Case Institute of Technology, 1965

Research Interests

Logistics Modeling, Military Readiness, Command & Control

Lawrence G. Shattuck

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1995
COL, US Army (Ret.)

Research Interests

Teaching Human Factors Engineering, Experience Engineering Psychology Design and Applications, Experimental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Error, Anthropometrics and Biomechanics, General Psychology

Nita L. Shattuck (née Miller)

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas, 1982

Research Interests

Publications. Human Factors and Human Systems Integration, Human Performance and Information Processing, Fatigue and Circadian Rhythms, Human Decision Making, Team Performance

Dashi Singham

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

Simulation, Applied Probability, Statistics

Kip (Christian) Smith

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1996

Research Interests

Empirical studies of command and control

Roberto Szechtman

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2001

Research Interests

Applied Probability, Stochastic Modeling, Simulation, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Peter Ward

CDR, Assistant Military Professor
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2008

Research Interests

Bioinformatics, Joint Operational Logistics Modeling & Optimization, Operational Energy

Alan R. Washburn

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1965
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Publications (See Google Scholar for citation counts)

Research Interests

Applied Probability, Search and Detection, Optimization, Combat Models, Game Theory, Undersea Warfare

Lyn R. Whitaker

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1985

Research Interests

Reliability, Survival Analysis, Categorical Data Analysis, Isotonic Regression

R. Kevin Wood

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1982

Research Interests

Optimization, Network Flows, Stochastic Programming, Network and System Interdiction

Ruriko (Rudy) Yoshida

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2004
at Research Gate

Research Interests

Geometric statistics, statistical analysis with networks and graphs, graphical models, and phylogenetics/phylogenomics