1st Edition

Operations Research and Systems Engineering Growth and Transformation Commentaries on the Profession

By Howard Eisner Copyright 2023

    This book presents an overview of operations research and systems engineering and takes a look into both fields on content, histories, contributions, and future directions so a sound career choice can be made for those who might be deciding on a career path. The book also offers how these two fields can be integrated and used in current times and into the future.

    Operations Research and Systems Engineering: Growth and Transformation traces the history of both fields of research as well as offers comments on the importance of both areas of study. By taking a look back with a historical perspective and also looking forward with the presentation of applications currently being used, someone looking to make a sound career choice will be able to decide which area they want to move towards. The book also offers how to integrate both operations research methods with systems engineering concepts and tools and provides a comparison between the two, along with how they can work together in the future.

    The goal of this book is to provide the reader with enough information so they can move forward with their career goals. It is also an ideal book that provides engineers, scientists, and mathematicians with a way to broaden their knowledge and areas of study.

      1. Introduction
      2. Overview of Operations Research
      3. Overview of Systems Engineering
      4. Academic Representations
      5. Systems Engineering: Revisited
      6. Operations Research: Revisited
      7. Common Elements - Operations Research and Systems Engineering
      8. Growth in Systems Engineering and Operations Research
      9. Key Contributions - Operations Research
      10. Key Contributions - Systems Engineering
      11. A Personal Journey
      12. Transformations
      13. Summary


    Howard Eisner spent 30 years in industry and 24 years in academia. In the former he was a working engineer, manager, executive (ORI, Inc) and president of two high -tech companies (Intercon Systems and Atlantic Research Services). In academia he served as professor of engineering management and distinguished research professor in the engineering school of the George Washington University (GWU). At GWU he taught courses in two departments in systems engineering, technical enterprises, project management, modulation and noise and information theory. He has written thirteen books that relate to engineering, management and systems. He has also given lectures, colloquia, and presentations to professional organizations such as INCOSE (international Council on Systems Engineering), government agencies (such as the Department of Defense and NASA) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In 1994, he was given the outstanding achievement award from the GWU Engineering alumni). Dr. Eisner is a life fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of INCOSE and the New York Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi and Omega Rho. various research/honor societies. He received a BEE from the City College of New York (1957), an MS degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University (1958) and a Doctor of Science degree from GWU (1966). Since 2013 he has served as professor emeritus of engineering management and distinguished research professor at the GWU. As such, he has continued to explore advanced topics and write about systems, engineering and management.