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GSOIS Dean Peter Purdue

GSOIS Dean Peter Purdue

Dean, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943

Peter Purdue was born in Dublin, Ireland. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of London (1967) and the Master of Science degree (1969) and Ph.D. degree (1972) in Statistics from Purdue University.

He taught statistics, probability, and operations research courses at the University of Kentucky from 1971 to 1984. From 1984 to 1986, he was Program Director for Statistics and Probability at the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. In September 1986, he joined the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School as Professor and Chairman in the Operations Research Department. He served as Dean of the Division of Operational and Applied Sciences from July 1995 to July 1998, as Dean of the Division of Operational and Policy Sciences from July 1998 to July 2001, and as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning/Special Projects at the NPS until March 2003. He has served as Associate Dean of Research and Special Advisor to the Provost. He has extensive experience in all aspects of administering a graduate university within a Federal system. He has written analyses for and briefed at the senior levels of the DOD/DON.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, at the University of Umea in Sweden, and at Oak Ridge National Labs.

His research interests are in Applied Probability and Operations Research, with applications to military systems. He has published extensively in the Applied Probability literature. He has participated in a number of professional activities sponsored by CINCPAC, the Joint Staff (J8), OSD and the UK MOD.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, a member of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences, and a member of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He served as a member of the Board of MORS and is the Founding Editor of the journal "Military Operations Research".

Professional History


London University, B.S. 1967 (Math and Chemistry)
Purdue University, M.S. 1969 (Math-Statistics)
Purdue University, Ph.D. 1972 (Statistics)
Major Professor: M.F. Neuts

Work History

2004—2006Associate Dean of Research; Special Assistant to the Provost
2003—2004Professor of Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
2002—2002Associate Provost for Special Projects and Professor of OR
2001—2002Associate Provost for Strategic Planning
1998—2001Dean of Operational and Policy Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School
1995—1998Dean of Operational and Applied Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School
1986—1995Professor and Chairman, Department of Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
1984—1986Program Director (Probability and Statistics), National Science Foundation. (Dr. Judith Sunley, Supervisor)
1983—1984Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
1976—1983Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
1972—1976Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
1971—1972Instructor, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
1985—1986NSF Liaison to National Security Agency (Statistics)
Sep 1980—1984Consultant to Oak Ridge National Labs
May 1980—Aug 1980Faculty Research Participant, Oak Ridge National Labs
Aug 1979—Dec 1979Visiting Professor, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University

Fields of Research Interest

Military Operations Research; Analytical probability; Queueing Theory; Stochastic Models; Applied Probability Theory; Compartmental Analysis; Combat Models.

Professional Organizations

  1. Reviewer for a number of Professional Journals, NSF, ONR.
  2. Associate Editor (Queuing Theory and Stochastic Processes) for Management Sciences (1974—1992). Associate Editor (Book Reviews) JASA, (1986—1990). Editorial Board Member, Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis (1985—1999). Founding Editor Military Operations Research (1993—1995 ).
  3. Member of Program Committee, 1980 Joint Statistical Meetings, Houston, Texas.
  4. President, ORSA Technical Section/TIMS College on Applied Probability (1983—1984).
    • Elected member of ISI (1986).
    • Fellow, IMS (1986).
    • Executive Secretary, IMS (1986—1989).
    • Board Member, Military OR Society (1991—1995 ).
  5. Member of the Visiting Lecturer Panel (1980—1983) American Statistical Association

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