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Northwestern University Dean to Join Faculty of University of Chicago Graduate School of Business


John R. Birge, dean of Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been appointed a professor of operations management at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business effective July 1, 2004. He will resign from Northwestern when he joins the Chicago GSB faculty.

Birge will teach MBA courses in operations management at Chicago GSB beginning in the 2004-05 academic year. Operations management is one of 13 academic areas at the school where students can receive a concentration by completing a prescribed sequence of courses.

"John Birge is an active and renowned scholar of industrial engineering and management sciences," said Edward A. Snyder, dean of Chicago GSB, "and we are delighted that he has decided to bring his talents, energies and leadership experience to the University of Chicago."

Birge's research interests include operational and financial modeling, and mathematical modeling of systems with uncertainty. At Northwestern he taught a course in engineering analysis during the fall of 2003 and will teach a course in stochastic optimization and financial engineering in the spring of 2004.

Birge became dean at Northwestern's engineering school in 1999 after spending 19 years on the faculty at the University of Michigan where he served as chair of financial engineering and chair of industrial and operations engineering.

He has been a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and a visiting associate professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Birge has published more than 60 articles in academic journals and has co-authored two books, "Introduction to Stochastic Programming," with F.V. Louveaux, (Springer-Verlag, 1997), and "Mathematical Programming: State of the Art 1994," with K.G. Murty (University of Michigan, 1994).

He received the 2002 Fellows Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the 2002 Medallion Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Birge received a PhD and M.S. in operations research from Stanford University, and an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University.

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world. It offers full-time and part-time MBA programs, a PhD program, and open enrollment executive education.