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.


NPS Professor Susan Sanchez Named a Titan of Simulation

This video highlights the recent naming of Dr. Susan Sanchez as a Titan of Simulation at the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference, focused on Dr. Sanchez’s efforts with the SEED Center.


Founder of NPS' Center for Infrastructure Defense Honored With Hamming Interdisciplinary Award

This video features Dr. David Alderson’s receipt of the Hamming Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement, highlighting Dr. Alderson’s research in Critical Infrastructure Protection.


The OR Department is hiring!

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

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Operations Research


Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Gerald Brown and Professor Nita Shattuck, both presented Distinguished Civilian Service awards. Dr. Brown's citation reads in part: "Dr. Brown’s optimization research has had unsurpassed impact in the solution of defense-related problems." Dr. Shattuck's citation reads in part: "She is a nationally recognized and highly respected expert in the fields of sleep, fatigue, and crew endurance."

Professor Susan Sanchez was elected a 2017 Fellow of INFORMS.

Distinguished Professor Gerald G. Brown, 2016 INFORMS President's Award Winner.

The purpose of the INFORMS President’s award is to recognize, and thereby encourage, important contributions to the welfare of society by members of our profession at the local, national, or global level. The award is given at the National meeting.

Professor Brown also won the INFORMS Steinhardt Prize. This prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to Military Operations Research and is awarded for life work rather than for any particular contribution.

Prof. Gerald Brown wins Steinhardt Prize

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David L. Alderson

Professor, Academic Associate
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.

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

Robert Bassett

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of California Davis, 2018

Research Interests

Optimization and Statistics

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 Emeritus, Volunteer
PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1974
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Research Interests

Optimization and its Applications, Large-Scale Mathematical Programming

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

OR Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1997

Research Interests

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

LCDR Brennan D. Cox

Assistant Professor
PhD, Auburn University, 2010

Research Interests

Personnel systems; aviator selection and training; human performance measurement; surveys; human-systems integration.

Emily Craparo

Associate 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

Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Operations and Information
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990

Research Interests

Optimization and its Applications

James N. Eagle

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

Daniel Eisenberg

Research Assistant Professor
PhD, Arizona State University, 2018

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

CDR Matt Geiser, SC, USN

Lecturer and Program Officer
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012

Teaching Interests

Energy Logistics in Warfare Operations (OA4613)
Studies in Operational Logistics (OA3611)
Combat Systems Simulation (OS3380)

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

Eric S. Hodson

Faculty Volunteer
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1975

Teaching and Research Interests

Position, Navigation & Timing, Sensor Data Fusion, Remote Sensing, Space Battle Management, Resource Allocation, Computational Graph Theory, Search Theory, Network Flows, Value of Information, Test & Evaluation/Reliability Methodology, Categorical Data Analysis, Systems Requirements Management

Jefferson Huang

Assistant Professor
PhD in Applied Mathematics (Stony Brook University, 2016)

Research Interests

Applied Probability, Optimization Under Uncertainty

Wayne P. Hughes

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

Research Interests

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

LTC Michelle Isenhour

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., George Mason University, 2016

Research Interests

Pedestrian Evacuation and Dynamics, Evacuation Modeling and Simulation, Statistics and Data Analysis

Patricia A. Jacobs

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

Distinguished Professor
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

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

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

CAPT Brian Morgan

Senior Lecturer and OR Program Officer
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1999

Research Interests

Campaign Analysis

Matthew D. Norton

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2017

Research Interests

Machine Learning, Risk Management, Optimization Under Uncertainty

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

Michael P. O’Neil

Commander, USCG (Ret)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2014
Certificate in Systems Engineering – NPS – 2013

Research interests

Human Systems Integration Metrics / Human Readiness Levels, Tactical Usability & Warfighter-Centered Design, Automation Design, Crew Endurance

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, Volunteer
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

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2002

Research Interests

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

Javier Salmerón

Professor, Associate Chair for Instruction
Ph.D., Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 1998

Research Interests

Optimization and its applications in network interdiction, electric power systems, military applications and humanitarian assistance; Decomposition methods; Stochastic optimization.

Paul J. Sanchez

Research Associate Professor
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, Volunteer
Ph.D., Case Institute of Technology, 1965

Research Interests

Logistics Modeling, Military Readiness, Command & Control

Ross Schuchard

(MAJ(P)), Assistant Professor
Ph.D., George Mason University, 2019

Research Interests

Complex adaptive systems, agent based modeling, cyber analytics

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)

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 Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 2010

Research Interests

Simulation, Applied Probability, Statistics

Roberto Szechtman

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2001

Research Interests

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

Stephen C. Upton

Faculty Associate - Research
MS OR/Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1987

Research Interests

Design of Experiments, Evolutionary Algorithms, Modeling and Simulation, Programming Languages, Software Architectures

Alan R. Washburn

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Volunteer
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