Department of Operations Research

Chair

William M. Carlyle, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 211

(831) 656-2106, DSN 756-2106

FAX (831) 656-2595

mcarlyle@nps.edu

Associate Chair, Research

Johannes O. Royset, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 212

(831) 656-2578, DSN 756-2578

FAX (831) 656-2595

joroyset@nps.edu

Associate Chair, Operations

Kevin J. Maher

Glasgow Hall, Room 227

(831) 656-2691, DSN 756-2691

FAX (831) 656-2595

KJMaher@nps.edu

Associate Chair, Instruction

Javier Salmeron, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 214

(831) 656-2779, DSN 756-2779

FAX (831) 656-2595

jsalmero@nps.edu

Associate Chairman, Distributed Programs

Steven E. Pilnick, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 291

(831) 656-2283, DSN 756-2283

FAX (831) 656-2595

spilnick@nps.edu

* The year of joining the Naval Postgraduate School faculty is indicated in parentheses. 

David L. Alderson, Professor (2006); Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003.

Andrew Anglemyer, Assistant Professor (2016); Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010.

Jeffrey Appleget, Senior Lecturer (2009); Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 1999.

Michael Atkinson, Associate Professor (2009); Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009.

Robert Bassett, Assistant Professor (2018); Ph.D., University of California Davis, 2018.

Samuel E. Buttrey, Associate Professor (1996); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1996.

W. Matthew Carlyle, Professor (2002); Ph.D., Stanford University, 1997.

Louis Chen, Assistant Professor (2019); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019.

David Scott Cohick, CDR, USN, Military Assistant Professor (2020); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2018.

Quinn Kennedy Cortez, Senior Lecturer (2007); Ph.D., Stanford, 2002.

Emily Craparo, Associate Professor (2010); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008.

Robert F. Dell, Professor (1990); Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990.

Daniel Eisenberg, Research Assistant Professor (2018); Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2018.

Paul Ewing, Research Associate Professor (2010); Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 2002.

Thomas E. Halwachs, Senior Lecturer (1988); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1976.

Thomas A. Hamrick, Lecturer (2006); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1997.

Jefferson Huang, Assistant Professor (2018); Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Stony Book University, 2016.

Michelle Isenhour, LTC, USA, Military Assistant Professor (2017); Ph.D., George Mason University, 2016.

Patricia A. Jacobs, Distinguished Professor (1978); Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1973.

Jeffrey E. Kline, Professor of Practice (2005); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1991.

Michael Kolb, Col., U.S. Army, Military Associate Dean (2020); Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2012.

Robert A. Koyak, Associate Professor (1998); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1985.

Moshe Kress, Distinguished Professor (2003); Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1981.

Kyle Y. Lin, Professor (2004); University of California at Berkeley, 2000.

Thomas W. Lucas, Professor (1998); Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1991.

Kevin J. Maher, Lecturer (1997); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1993.

Panagiotis Matsangas, Lecturer (2019); Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2013.

Mary McDonald, Research Associate (2008); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1997.

Gregory K. Mislick, Senior Lecturer (2005); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1988.

Karen Richey Mislick, Senior Lecturer (2019); Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, 2016.

Daniel A. Nussbaum, Visiting Professor (2004); Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1971.

Michael O'Neil, Lecturer (2019); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2014.

Douglas E. Otte, Senior Lecturer (2007); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1989.

Steven E. Pilnick, Senior Lecturer (1999); Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 1989.

Mark Raffetto, LCOL, USMC, Military Assistant Professor (2015); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2004.

Karen Richey, Senior Lecturer (2019); Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, 2016.

Johannes O. Royset, Professor (2003); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2002.

Anton Rowe, Research Associate (1999); M.S., Stanford University, 1997.

Javier Salmeron, Professor (2000); Ph.D., Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1998.

Paul J. Sanchez, Research Associate Professor (1999); Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986.

Susan M. Sanchez, Professor (2000); Ph.D., Cornell University, 1986.

Ross Schuchard, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Military Assistant Professor (2019); Ph.D., George Mason University, 2019.

Lawrence G. Shattuck, Senior Lecturer (2005); Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1995.

Nita Lewis Shattuck, Professor (2000); Ph.D., University of Texas, 1982.

Dashi Singham, Research Assistant Professor (2010); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2010.

Roberto Szechtman, Associate Professor (2003); Ph.D., Stanford University, 2001.

Stephen Upton, Research Associate (2007); Applied Scientist, George Washington University, 2005.

Lyn R. Whitaker, Associate Professor (1988); Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1985. 

Ruriko (Rudy) Yoshida, Associate Professor (2016); Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2004.

Emeritus Professors

Gordon H. Bradley, Professor Emeritus (1973); Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1967.

Gerald G. Brown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (1973); Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1974.

James N. Eagle, Professor Emeritus (1982); Ph.D., Stanford University, 1975.

Peter Purdue, Professor Emeritus (1986); Ph.D., Purdue University, 1972.

Robert R. Read, Professor Emeritus (1971); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1958.

David A. Schrady, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (1965); Ph.D., Case Institute of Technology, 1965.

Michael G. Sovereign, Professor Emeritus (1970); Ph.D., Purdue University, 1965.

Alan R. Washburn, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (1970); Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1965.

R. Kevin Wood, Distinguished Professor Emeritus(1982); Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1982.

Brief Overview

Operations Research (OR) originated during World War II as a response to tactical problems relating to the effective and efficient operation of weapon systems, and to operational problems relating to the deployment and employment of military forces. Since then, OR has evolved into a full-scale, scientific discipline that is practiced widely by analysts in industry, government, and the military.

OR is the science of helping people and organizations make better decisions. More formally, it is the development and application of mathematical models, statistical analyses, simulations, analytical reasoning, and common sense to the understanding and improvement of real-world operations. Improvement can be measured by the minimization of cost, maximization of efficiency, or optimization of other relevant measures of effectiveness.

The military uses OR at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. OR improves decision making and facilitates insights into the phenomena of combat. OR applications cover the gamut of military activities including: national policy analysis, resource allocation, force composition and modernization, logistics, human resources (recruiting, retention, promotion, training, and personnel assignment), battle planning, flight operations scheduling, intelligence, command and control, weapon selection (weapon system effectiveness, cost, compatibility, and operability), engagement tactics (fire control, maneuver, target selection, and battle damage assessment), maintenance and replenishment, and search and rescue.

The Naval Postgraduate School's Operations Research Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In 2001, it celebrated the 50th anniversary of its curriculum, which was the first educational program in OR in the United States. It is one of the oldest, largest, and highest-ranking OR departments in the country. It is without peer in terms of the extent to which graduate education is integrated with a commitment to solving real military problems. Our students and faculty use the latest mathematical modeling ideas and computing technology to penetrate deeply into the analysis of important real-world problems. Analysis is a key word; NPS operations researchers frequently influence decisions and serve as agents for change.

For further information, see the OR Department Website: www.nps.edu/Academics/GSOIS.

Degree

Master of Science in Operations Research

Master of Science in Applied Science (Operations Research)

Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research

Master of Science in Human Systems Integration

Master of Operational Analysis (Warfare)

Master of Systems Analysis

Master of Cost Estimation and Analysis

Master of Human Systems Integration

Certificates

Cost Estimation and Analysis Certificate

Human Systems Integration Certificate

Systems Analysis Certificate

Data Science (joint with Department of Computer Science)

Operations Research Course Descriptions

OA Courses

OS Courses