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July 5, 2011

Peter Kolesar Receives a 2011 MSOM Distinguished Fellow Award

Peter Kolesar, Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer for Decision, Risk, and Operations, has been named a 2011 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) Distinguished Fellow.


Peter Kolesar, Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer for Decision, Risk, and Operations, has been named a 2011 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) Distinguished Fellow.

Kolesar formally received the award during the INFORMS MSOM Conference in Ann Arbor, MI, June 26-28, where he also delivered a keynote address. MSOM bestows distinguished fellow awards annually for achievement in research and scholarship in operations management.

Kolesar studies quality management and statistical quality control as well as applications of operations research and statistics in the management of production and service systems. He was awarded the 1975 Lanchester Prize – the highest award in operations research – for work on the deployment of police and fire departments and for contributions to the design of the New York City Fire Department’s computerized control system. His algorithm for relocating fire engines in severe emergencies was used in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Kolesar’s most recent research laid the foundation for the water-release rules for New York City’s Delaware River dams, which provide half of the city’s drinking water. He twice served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, is an associate editor for Interfaces and the Quality Management Journal, and is a consultant to numerous firms and government agencies.

This is not the first time the School’s Decision, Risk, and Operations Division has been recognized by MSOM. Garrett J. van Ryzin, the Paul. M. Montrone Professor of Private Enterprise and chair of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division and Awi Federgruen, the Charles E. Exley Professor of Management, received the honor in 2007 and 2004, respectively.

MSOM promotes the enhancement and dissemination of industrial knowledge and efficiency in manufacturing and service enterprise operations. The organization’s members include researchers, educators, consultants, practitioners, and students with backgrounds in the applied sciences.