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"Operations Research and Homeland Security: From Models to Implementation"

Dr. Lawrence Wein

Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
Philip McCord Morse Lecturer

March 5, 2009
Reception: 3:00pm
Lecture: 3:30pm
Location: Charles Smithgall Student Services Building, Room 117

Presentation Abstract

Dr. Wein will give a brief description of his research on four topics:

  • homeland security and public health;
  • preparedness and response to a bioterror anthrax attack and to a bioterror attack on the food supply;
  • routes of transmission and infection control for pandemic influenza; and
  • biometrics (e.g., fingerprint matching) to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

He will focus on the modeling, the policy recommendations and the implementation of these recommendations. At the end of the talk, he will draw lessons about policy implementation from these examples and from examples from our other homeland security work, including a bioterror smallpox attack, preventing nuclear weapons from entering the country on a shipping container, preventing nuclear weapons from entering a city, and preventing terrorists from sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border.


Lawrence Wein

Lawrence M. Wein is the Paul E. Holden Professor of Management Science at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and an INFORMS Philip McCord Morse Lecturer. He received a Ph.D. from the Operations Research Department at Stanford University in 1988. He was a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management from 1988 to 2002.

His research interests are in manufacturing and public health. Early in his career, he worked on heavy traffic analysis of queueing models for manufacturing systems, and his research on workload regulating release was implemented widely in the semiconductor industry. Later he worked on a variety of health problems related to kidney transplants, and treatments for HIV (which led to a successful multi-center clinical trial on drug-switching protocols), cancer, Alzheimerís disease and influenza. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, much of his research has focused on homeland security. His most recent work addresses post-traumatic stress disorder in Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers, and space debris.

He was Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research from 2000 to 2005. He has been awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Erlang Prize, the Koopman Prize, the INFORMS Expository Writing Award, the INFORMS Presidentís Award, and the Philip McCord Morse Lectureship. He is an INFORMS Fellow and a M&SOM Fellow.