This interview took place during the Winter Simulation Conference in Washington, D.C.
Interviewer: James R. WIlson
Interview place: Washington, D.C.
Interview date: 2013-12-10
Bruce W. Schmeiser is Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. He received B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Iowa in 1969 and 1971, respectively, and the Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975. He served on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and Purdue University and held visiting appointments at several other institutions. Schmeiser advised twenty doctoral students during a career that is distinguished by his receiving several teaching awards.
Schmeiser is the author of over 125 research papers with the majority in the methodology areas of simulation. Two of his papers received Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) Fortieth Anniversary Landmark Paper Awards in 2007. He was honored with the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) in 2004. Schmeiser’s impressive professional service contributions include substantial editorial responsibilities and leadership roles in the WSC and various simulation societies, including serving as Chair of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) College on Simulation and Gaming (1984-1986). He also served as President of the Omega Rho Honor Society (1996-1998). Schmeiser received several awards for his professional contributions; most notable are the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) College on Simulation Distinguished Service Award (1997) and the WSC James R. Wilson Board of Directors Award (2011). He is a Fellow of both IIE (1997) and INFORMS (2004). In 2014, the INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim) presented Schmeiser with the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award.