January 30, 2006

Willam Pierskalla, right, received the 2005 INFORMS President's AwardLOS ANGELES - William "Bill" Pierskalla, distinguished professor emeritus and dean emeritus at UCLA Anderson School of Management, was the recipient of the 2005 President’s Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The INFORMS President's Award recognizes important contributions to the welfare of society by members of the O.R. profession at the local, national or global level. INFORMS President Richard C. Larson presented the award at the INFORMS national meeting in San Francisco.

Larson cited Pierskalla as, "one of the top leaders in the world for his many contributions to the design and operation of the nation's health care delivery system. Through his numerous publications and lectures, he has made health care managers, policy makers and the public aware of the many causes of health care delivery cost, access and quality problems, and provided rationalized solutions to them. He has developed detailed process knowledge for operation of health care enterprises and information for health care policy level decision-making. He has contributed his health care knowledge in many national academy study committees.

"He has been a leader in the education of operations researchers as the chair of a health systems department, director of a health economics institute, and dean of the business school in a major university," the citation continued. "He has provided extensive service to the O.R. profession, including serving as the editor in chief of the profession's premier journal, as president of the ORSA and as the president of IFORS."

In accepting the award, Pierskalla described health care as a "rewarding field to work in," an area filled with "outstanding, dedicated" individuals.

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UCLA Anderson School of Management is ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 34,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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