A Brief Biographical Sketch

Arthur Geoffrion is the James A. Collins Professor of Management Emeritus (recalled) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1965, following B.M.E. and M.I.E. degrees from Cornell University.  He has been on the UCLA faculty since that time.

He is the author of about 60 published works, initially on mathematical programming and its applications, including topics in decomposition techniques for special structures, duality, integer programming, Lagrangean relaxation, and multi-criterion optimization. During the 1980s, his interests turned to the foundations of modeling, modeling formalisms and computer-based modeling environments as an approach to improving the quality, productivity, and acceptability of model-based work.  In the mid-1990s, his interests shifted toward the implications of the Internet and digital economy for management and management science.

Prof. Geoffrion's research has been supported by about 45 grants and contracts, including many from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. His work in the area of distribution planning was awarded a NATO System Science Prize.  He is an honorary member of Omega Rho, a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and of INFORMS, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

He was active during the 1970s and 1980s as a consultant to industry and government agencies on applications of optimization to problems of distribution, production, and capital budgeting. In 1978 he co-founded INSIGHT, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in optimization-based applications in supply-chain management and production planning.

Prof. Geoffrion's editorial service includes eight years as Department Editor (Mathematical Programming and Networks) of Management Science, posts at Mathematical Programming and J. Association of Computing Machinery, several editorial advisory boards, and reviewing for about 40 journals.

His professional society service includes the presidency of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) in 1981-82, and of INFORMS in 1997.  In 1982 he founded the Management Science Roundtable, an organization composed of the leaders of OR/MS activity in about 50 companies.  In 1992 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from TIMS, in 2000 the George E. Kimball Medal from INFORMS, in 2002 the Harold Larnder Memorial Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society, and in 2005 an honorary doctorate from RWTH Aachen University (Germany).

Recent Publications

"Lagrangian Relaxation for Integer Programming," Ch. 9 in 50 Years of Integer Programming 1958-2008: From the Early Years to the State-of-the-Art, by M. Jünger, Th. M. Liebling, D. Naddef, G. L. Nemhauser, W. R. Pulleyblank, G. Reinelt, G. Rinaldi, and L. A. Wolsey (Eds.), Springer (2010).

"E-Business and Management Science: Mutual Impacts (Part 1 of 2)," with R. Krishnan, Management Science, Vol. 49, No. 10 (October, 2003), 1275-1286.

"E-Business and Management Science: Mutual Impacts (Part 2 of 2)," with R. Krishnan, Management Science, Vol. 49, No. 11 (November, 2003), 1445-1456.

"Restoring Transparency to Computational Solutions," guest chapter in Decision Modelling and Information Systems: The Information Value Chain, by Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis and Gautam Mitra, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

"Progress in Operations Management," Production and Operations Mangement, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring 2002), 92-100.

"Introduction: Operations Research in the E-Business Era," with R. Krishnan, Interfaces, Vol. 31, No. 2 (March-April, 2001), 1-5.  Guest editors' introduction to a special issue on OR's accomplishments and potential in the digital economy; has a companion Web site at with all papers and some additional materials.

"Prospects for Operations Research in the E-Business Era," with R. Krishnan, Interfaces, Vol. 31, No. 2 (March-April, 2001), 6-36.