This interview took place at the Winter Simulation Conference in Washington, D.C.
Interviewer: Robert G. Sargent
Interview place: Washington, D.C.
Interview date: 2013-12-10
Lee W. Schruben holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as department head from 2001 to 2005. His prior faculty appointments include the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University (1976-2000), where he was awarded the distinguished title of Andrew S. Schultz Jr. Professor of Industrial Engineering, and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the University of Florida (1975-1976). Schruben received his BS from Cornell University (1968), his MS from the University of North Carolina (1973), and his M.Phil. (1974) and Ph.D. (1975) from Yale University.
Schruben is known as a creative researcher who has developed several new statistical analysis methods for simulation. His development of event graphs and related techniques represent significant contributions to modeling methodology. Several of his papers have received awards including the Shewell Award (1978) from the American Society for Quality Control and two publication awards (1980 and 1987) from The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) College on Simulation and Gaming. He has written books on SIGMA (Simulation Graphical Modeling and Analysis) that focus on the use of event graphs for modeling. Among his professional contributions are serving on several editorial boards and holding positions in the TIMS College on Simulation and Gaming including the Chair (1986-1988). Schruben was named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) in 2003 and is a member of several professional honorary societies.