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Robert F Dell

Phone: (831) 656-2853


Dr. Robert F. Dell is Professor of Operations Research (OR) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Executive Director of the NPS Data Science and Analytics Group. He joined NPS OR as an Assistant Professor in 1990, served as NPS Acting Provost from March 2020 to March 2021, Dean of the NPS Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences from 2019 to March 2022 (excluding time as Acting Provost), and Chair of the OR Department from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure as Chair the department received the 2013 INFORMS Smith Prize. He served as editor-in-chief of the Military Operations Research Journal from 2015 to 2018. Professor Dell has received millions of dollars of reimbursable research awarded by the uniformed services, department of defense organizations, and intelligence agencies. He has also applied optimization in the private sector in areas including production scheduling, supply chain design, and professional sports analytics. He has deployed twice to combat zones. Professor Dell has been awarded the Barchi, Koopman, Rist, and Wanner prizes for military operations research. He has also received two Brazilian Navy awards (the Order of Naval Merit and the Tamandaré Merit Medal), two Department of the Army Payne Memorial Awards for Excellence in Analysis, and two Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards.
NPS Experience
  • 1990 - current: Professor
Research Interests
Optimization and its applications
Teaching Interests
Optimization and its applications


  • 2020 - Military Operations Research Society Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award , Military Operations Research Society