Moshe M Barash Memorial Lecture - Dr. John Buzacott

Event Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Krannert Auditorium - Room 140

Dr. John Buzacott

The Evolution of OR: From Operational Research to OM and Policy Analysis


This talk is a personal perspective on how OR has evolved over the speaker’s 50 year career. I talk both about OR’s achievements and about its unmet promises. Particular emphasis will be given to the evolution of both the research process and the way in which OR is practiced. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on how OR might develop in the future. 

Short Bio:

John Buzacott was born in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney with degrees in Physics and in Electrical Engineering. He then worked and studied in the UK, obtaining an M.Sc. in Operational Research and a PhD in Engineering Production from the University of Birmingham. He moved to Canada in 1967 and taught at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and York University. He has been President of the Canadian Operational Research Society, President of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and Chair, ORSA Special Interest Group on Manufacturing and Operations Management (the predecessor society of the INFORMS MSOM society). He is a Fellow of INFORMS, a Fellow of POMS, and a Fellow of MSOM. He is the co-author of four books and the author of over 100 publications in scientific journals. In 2001 he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.