Maryland Smith’s Bruce L. Golden is the 2019 recipient of the Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science. This is the third lifetime achievement award in less than three years for Golden, who is the France-Merrick Chair in Management Science in Smith’s department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies.
The award, given by the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, recognizes an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to transportation science and logistics, and has influenced the field through writing, teaching, service, and mentoring younger professionals. Golden accepted the award at the group’s annual meeting in Seattle, Oct. 21, 2019.
In 2018, INFORMS honored Golden for his many contributions to the broad field of operations research and management science with the George E. Kimball Medal. He was also selected as the second VeRoLog Fellow (and first non-European) in 2017 by the board of the European Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization for his fundamental and sustained professional contributions to vehicle routing and logistics optimization.
Golden earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1976. His research interests include transportation science and logistics, combinatorial optimization, and healthcare analytics. Golden is the longtime editor-in-chief of the journal Networks. Before that, he was the editor-in-chief of the INFORMS Journal on Computing. He has received numerous research and teaching awards. He has been an INFORMS Fellow since 2004.
Golden has also received many contracts and grants, consulted for top organizations and served on the boards of several Maryland-based tech companies. He also co-founded a business logistics consulting company and vehicle-routing software company, both of which he and his partners grew and sold.