William Pierskalla

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus



Dr. Pierskalla is the former dean of UCLA Anderson from 1993 to 1997. His current research interests include the management aspects of health care delivery, operations research, operations management and issues of global competition. He serves in an editorial capacity on Production and Operations Management, International Transactions in Operational Research, Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Health Services Management Research, and the Health Care Management Sciences Journal.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.

 He is a former president of the Operations Research Society of America, (ORSA) and is past editor of Operations Research. He is a former President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).  Dr. Pierskalla was vice president for publications for INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).  He previously was the Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director of the Huntsman Center for Global Competition and Leadership and the Chairman of the Health Care Systems Department at the Wharton School and the executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has given numerous lectures and seminars at universities and organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and the Middle and Far East, and has over fifty referred articles in mathematical programming, transportation, inventory and production control, maintainability and health care delivery.

He also has provided consulting and advising services for corporate and non-profit organizations including MDAX Corp., Sun HealthCare Group, the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Mayo Clinic. As a consultant to the American Red Cross, he has analyzed blood supply management, including delivery, testing and inventory.


Ph.D. 1965, Stanford University
M.A. 1962, University of Pittsburgh
MBA 1958, Harvard University
A.B. 1956, Harvard University


Health Care, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Operations, Transportation, Inventory Control


  • President of ORSA (Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), 1982-83
  • George E. Kimball Medal (ORSA), 1989
  • President of International Federation of Operational Research Societies, 1989-91
  • Harold Larnder Memorial Prize (Canadian Operational Research Society), 1993
  • Omega Rho International Honor Society, Honorary Membership, 1996
  • INFORMS Health Applications Section created "William Pierskalla $500 Best Paper Prize," 1999
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States