Ph.D., Operations Research,
Massachusetts Institute of
Bruce Golden received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the
University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctoral degrees from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the University
of Maryland Business School in 1976 and served as a Department Chairman from
1980 to 1996. Currently, Bruce is the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science
in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His
research interests include heuristic search, combinatorial optimization,
networks, and applied operations research. Bruce has received numerous awards,
including the Thomas L. Saaty Prize (1994 and 2005), the University of Maryland
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award (2000), the INFORMS Award for the Teaching
of OR/MS Practice (2003), and the INFORMS Computing Society Prize (2005). He was
named an INFORMS Fellow in 2004. Since 1999, Bruce has served as Editor-in-Chief
of NETWORKS. Before that, he was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS Journal on
In addition, Bruce has received numerous contracts and grants, has consulted
for a wide variety of organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors of
several high-tech companies based in Maryland. In 1980, he founded a management
consulting company with several colleagues. The focus was on business logistics.
Clients included IBM, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S.
Army, Federal Express, Toyota, DuPont, and many others. In the late 1980’s,
Bruce co-founded a second company, specializing in the design and sales of
vehicle routing software. He and his partners successfully grew these companies
and sold them in late 1998.