June 30, 2005

Art Geoffrion Receives Honorary Doctorate from RWTH Aachen University

Honored for Contributions to Operations Research


Art Geoffrion receives honorary doctorateAACHEN, GERMANY – On June 3, Arthur Geoffrion, James A. Collins Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, was awarded an honorary doctorate from RWTH Aachen University - one of the leading technical universities in Europe. The degree is formally called Doktors der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften honoris causa (Doctor of Economic and Social Sciences honoris causa). The award was presented “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution in the area of operations research, particularly for his fundamental contributions to optimization theory and its application in the area of distribution systems.”

The award was conferred by Burkhard Rauhut, Rector of the university, at a public ceremony in Aachen. Prof. Geoffrion was accompanied by his wife, Helen. During the ceremony, Prof. Hans-Jürgen Sebastian, speaking for the faculty, offered a detailed commendation and career recap. Among other points, he noted:

1. Prof. Geoffrion came to UCLA Anderson as an Assistant Professor in 1965. He became Associate Professor in 1968, Full Professor in 1971, and Distinguished Professor in 1993. Since 1998, he has held the James A. Collins Chair in Management. He has taught more than 30 distinct topics to MBA and Ph.D. students, has been principal investigator of about 45 grants and contracts (including many from the National Science Foundation), and has chaired the dissertation committees of about 20 Ph.D. students.

2. Prof. Geoffrion's professional career comprises four streams of effort:

  • Conducting theoretical research on optimization;
  • Pioneering practical applications of new management science techniques to problems of distribution, production, and capital planning;
  • Work on the foundations of modeling and of computer-based modeling environments, and
  • Essays on management science as a profession and on the implications of the Internet and digital economy for management and management science.

These efforts have resulted in approximately 60 publications and numerous lectures and seminars around the world. His papers have been cited more than 4,000 times, with 13 reaching more than 100 citations.

3. Prof. Geoffrion has been active in the affairs of professional societies, and has served as the President of TIMS and of INFORMS, both international societies dedicated to the advancement of management science. He has also been active as a consultant, including co-founding a long-lived firm that offers services in optimal strategic supply chain design, transportation planning and operations.

Prof. Sebastian concluded by reviewing Prof. Geoffrion’s prior awards and recognitions.

In accepting this honor, Prof. Geoffrion spoke about his work in supply chain management, emphasizing the crucial roles played by others in that phase of his career and offering personal observations on this field from a decades-long perspective.

The ceremony was followed by a public reception, after which about 40 invitees were taken to nearby Vaals, Holland for a festive dinner at Kasteel Vaalsbroek, a 15th century castle.

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