This interview took place at the D. H. Hill Library on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Interviewer: Richard E. Nance
Interview place: Raleigh, North Carolina
Interview date: 2013-01-23
James Wilson is a professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at North Carolina State University, where he has worked since 1991. He earned his B.A. from Rice University (1970) in mathematics and his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University (1977, 1979). He served as director of ISE graduate programs at NCSU from 1995 to 1999 and the department head from 1999 to 2007. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin (1979-1984) and Purdue University (1985-1991). Wilson has served on The Institute of Management Sciences College on Simulation as secretary-treasurer (1984-1986); vice president (1986-1988); and president (1988-1990). He is active in the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), having served as proceedings editor (1986); associate program chair (1991); and program chair (1992). He has also served on the WSC Board of Directors co-representing the INFORMS College on Simulation.
In addition to publishing extensively and presenting at conferences, universities, and industrial organizations around the world, Wilson has been widely recognized for his professional contributions to the field. In 1985 he received the Outstanding Simulation Publication Award from The Institute of Management Sciences College on Simulation and the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) College on Simulation in 1995. He also received the UTC Excellence in Teaching Award from the NCSU College of Engineering and the United Technologies Research Center (1996) and the Best Paper Award from IIE (1997, 2006, 2010, 2011). His research interests focus on probabilistic and statistical issues in the design and analysis of large-scale simulation experiments.