John W. Mamer

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“My role as a professor in the classroom is to teach students to learn. The idea that we can endow students with all the knowledge they need to know is specious. Given the rate of informational change, only the lifelong learners survive.”
 

Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management, Faculty Chairman

(310) 825-2562 Cornell Hall, D-518

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Optimization
  • Applied Probability
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Game Theory
  • Logistics

About

 

Biography

Professor John Mamer has been a member of the UCLA Anderson faculty since 1981. In addition to his prolific research and the numerous courses he has taught in Anderson’s full-time, Fully Employed and Executive MBA programs, Mamer has served the school in a variety of administrative capacities, including a term as interim dean from 1997 to 1999. Currently, he serves as chairman of the faculty. “The role of an administrator is — above all else — to foster faculty creativity in all areas: teaching, research and community service.”

Mamer admits to a fascination with practical applications of mathematical modeling, an interest that has led to specializing in applying math and computer science to problems in management. He has also contributed to the development of large-scale models and software for production and distribution management for major U.S. corporations. “I’ve always been interested in uncertainty, in studying decision-making behaviors,” he says. “This has driven my interest in game theory and applied economics.”

 

Education

Ph.D. Business Administration, 1982, UC Berkeley

M.S. Business Administration, 1978, UC Berkeley

B.S. Mathematics, 1975, UC Davis

B.A. Economics, 1975, UC Davis

 

Publications

John W. Mamer, and Stephen A. Smith. (December 2001). Inventory Policies for Sequences of Multi-Item Demands with No Backorders Permitted. Supply Chain Structures: Coordination, Information, and Optimization, J.S. Song, D. Yao (eds.).

John W. Mamer, and Richard D. McBride. (May 2000). A Decomposition Based Pricing Procedure for Large Scale Linear Programs: An Application to the Linear Multicommodity Flow Problem. Management Science, 46(5): 693-709. [ Link ]

Reza H. Ahmadi, and John W. Mamer. (September 1999). Routing Heuristics for Automated Pick and Place Machines. European Journal of Operational Research, 117(3): 533-552. [ Link ]

Richard D. McBride and John W. Mamer. (Spring 2004). Implementing an LU Factorization for the Embedded Network Simplex Algorithm. INFORMS Journal on Computing, 16(3): 109-119.   Steven A. Lippman and John W. Mamer. (2009). Sale of A Deteriorating Asset via Sequential Search. The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 9(1): Article 21. [ Link ]

Lippman, S., Kornish, L. and Mamer, J. (2011). Search and the Introduction of Improved Technologies. Naval Research Logistics, (58), 6, pp. 578-594.

Lippman, S. and J. Mamer. (2012). Exploding Offers. Decision Analysis, (9), 1, pp. 6-21.

Lippman, S., Kornish, L. and Mamer, J. (2011). Search and the Introduction of Improved Technologies. Naval Research Logistics, (58), 6, pp. 578-594.

Lippman, S. and J. Mamer. (2012). Exploding Offers. Decision Analysis, (9), 1, pp. 6-21.

Bikhchandani, S. and J. Mamer. (2013). Decreasing Marginal Value of Information Under Symmetric Loss. Decision Analysis, (10), 3, pp. 245-256.

 

Working Paper

Solving the Undirected Multicommodity Flow Problem Using a Shortest Path Based Pricing Algorithm. J.W. Mamer, R.D. McBride. 2002. [Abstract]  [Document Request]