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Gary D. Eppen is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Operations Management, Emeritus, and former deputy dean for part-time programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Eppen joined Chicago Booth in 1964 as an assistant professor of industrial administration.

Eppen served as associate dean for six years, director of the International Business Exchange Program for fourteen years, associate dean for PhD studies for seven years, director of the Executive MBA Program for five years, and deputy dean for part-time programs for three years.

Eppen has published across a wide field of subjects: accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations and optimization theory. His paper "Effects of Centralization on Expected Costs in a Multi-Location Newsboy Problem," Management Science 1979 was selected as one of the 50 most influential papers in the first 50 years of Management Science. He is also coauthor of the now-classic texts: Quantitative Concepts for Management: Decision Making without Algorithms; and Introductory Management Science.

He currently serves as an independent director of Hub Group, Inc., and on the advisory board of the Power Cat Group, LLC. He held the position of director of Landauer Inc. from 1992 until 2007.

Eppen earned a PhD in operations research from Cornell University in 1964, a master of science in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1960, a bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota in 1958, and an associate in arts degree in pre-engineering from Austin Junior College in 1956.

Eppen was awarded the Francqui Medal by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1979. He was awarded an honorary doctor of economics by the Stockholm School of Economics in May 1998.


Coauthors: F. J. Gould and C. Schmidt. Introductory Management Science, Prentice-Hall, Inc.; 1993 (4th Edition), 1991 (3rd Edition) , 1989 (2nd Edition), 1984 (1st Edition).

Coauthor: F. J. Gould. Quantitative Concepts for Management-Decision Making without Algorithms, Prentice-Hall, Inc.; 1989 (3rd Edition), 1985 (2nd Edition), 1979 (1st Edition).

Coauthors: D. Metcalfe and M. Walters. The M.B.A. Degree, Chicago Review Press, October 1979.

Selected Publications