Frederick S Hillier,
Stanford University Gerald J Lieberman,
ISBN: 0073017795 Copyright year: 2005
About the Authors
Frederick S. Hillier was born and raied in Aberdeen, Washington, where he was an award winner in statewide high school contests in essay writing, mathematics, debate, and music. As an undergraduate at Stanford University he ranked first in his engineering class of over 300 students. He also won the McKinsey prize for technical writing, won the Outstanding Sophomore Debater award, played in the Stanford Woodwind Quintet, and won the Hamilton Award for combining excellence in engineering with notable achievments in the humanities and social sciences. Upon his graduation with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, he was awarded three national fellowships (National Science Foundation, Tau Beta Pi, and Danforth) for graduate study at Stanford with specialization in operations research. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, he joined the faculty of Stanford University, and also received visiting appointments at Cornell University, Carnegie-Mellon University,the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Cambridge (England). After 35 years on the Stanford faculty, he took early retirement from his faculty responsibilities in 1996 in order to focus full time on textbook writing, and so now is Professor Emeritus of Operations Research at Stanford.
Dr. Hillier's research has extended into a variety of areas, including integer programming, queqeing theory and its application, statistical quality control, and the application of operations research to the design of production systems and to capital budgeting. He has published widely, and his seminal papers have been selected for republication in books of selected readings at least ten times. He was the first-prize winner of a research contest on "Capital Budgeting of Interrelated Projects" sponsored by The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research. He and Dr. Lieberman also received the honorable mention award for the 1995 Lanchester Prize (best English-language publication of any kind in the field of operations research), which was awarded by the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for the 6th edition of this book.
Dr. Hillier has held many leadership positions with the professional societies in his field. For example, he has served as Treasurer of the Operations Research Soiety of America (ORSA), Vice President for Meetings of TIMS, Co-General Chairman of the 1989 TIMS International Meeting in Osaka, Japan, Chair of the TIMS Publications Committee, Chair of the ORSA Search Committee for Editor of Operations Research, Chair of the ORSA Resources Planning Committee, Chair of the ORSA/TIMS Combined Meetings Committee, and Chair of the John von Neumann Theory Prize Selection Committee for INFORMS. He currently is serving as the Series Editor for the International Series in Operations Research and Management Science being published by Springer Science + Business Media (formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers).
In addition to Introduction to Operations Research and the two companion volumes, Introduction to Mathematical Programming (2nd ed., 1995) and Introduction to Stochastic Models in Operations Research (1990), his books are The Evaluation of Risky Interrelated Investments (North-Holland, 1969), Queueing Tables and Graphs (Elsevier North-Holland, 1981, co-authored by O. S. Yu, with D. M. Avis, L.D. Fossett, F. D. Lo, and M. I. Reiman), and Introduction to Management Science: A Modeling and Case Studies Approach with Spreadsheets (2nd ed., McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2003, co-authored by M.S. Hillier).
The late Gerald J. Lieberman sadly passed away in 1999. He had been Professor Emeritus of Operations Research and Statistics at Stanford University, where he was the founding chair of the Department of Operations Research. He was both an engineer (having received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union) and an operations research statistician (with an A. M. from Columbia University in mathematical statistics, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in statistics).
Dr. Lieberman was one of Stanford's most eminent leaders in recent decades. After chairing the Department of Operations Research, he served as Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, member of the University Advisory Board, and Chair of the Centennial Celebration Committee. He also served as Provost or Acting Provost under three different Stanford presidents.
Throughout these years of university leadership, he also remained active professionally. His research was in the stochastic areas of operations research, often at the interface of applied probability and statistics. He published extensively in the areas of reliability and quality control, and in the modeling of complex systems, including their optimal design, when resources are limited.
Highly respected as a senior statesman of the field of operations research, Dr. Lieberman served in numerous leadership roles, including as the elected President of The Institute of Management Sciences. His professional honors included being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, receiving the Shewhart Medal of the American Society for Quality Control, receiving the Cuthbertson Award for exceptional service to Stanford University, and serving as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition, the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) awarded him and Dr. Hillier the honorable mention award for the 1995 Lanchester Prize for the 6th edition of this book. In 1996, INFORMS also awarded him the prestigious Kimball Medal for his exceptional contributions to the field of operations research and management science.
In addition to Introduction to Operations Research and the two companion volumes, Introduction to Mathematical Programming and Introduction to Stochastic Models in Operations Research, his books are Handbook of Industrial Statistics (Prentice-Hall, 1955, co-authored by A. H. Bowker), Tables of the Non-Central t-Distribution (Stanford University Press, 1957, co-authored by G. J. Resnikoff), Tables of the Hypergeometric Probability Distribution (Stanford University Press, 1961, co-authored by D. Owen), Engineering Statistics, Second Edition (Prentice-Hall, 1972, co-authored by A. H. Bowker), and Introduction to Management Science: A Modeling and Case Studies Approach with Spreadsheets (Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2000, co-authored by F. S. Hillier and M.S. Hillier).