February 28, 2007

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus William Pierskalla Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Cited for leadership in the development and application of operations research tools to make health care more effective


Bill Pierskalla

LOS ANGELES -- William "Bill" Pierskalla, distinguished professor emeritus and dean emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. According to the organization’s announcement, “Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to ‘engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,’ and to the ‘pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.’"

“It’s a terrific rush and a great thrill,” said Pierskalla of the honor. “I was very surprised. It’s one of the highest honors you can get in my field and this was totally unexpected.” He added that he looks forward to working with other members of the academy on reports and research of some of the major issues of today, particularly in his specialty, healthcare.

Pierskalla was one of 64 new members elected, along with nine foreign associates. He is one of only 2,217 members. Among his many professional honors Dean Pierskalla also received the 2005 INFORMS President’s Award for outstanding contributions to health care delivery last January.

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