Sheldon Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




Program Director, Operations Research, National Science Foundation (Fall 2012 Summer 2014)

Treasurer (Elected), Institute of Operations Research & the Management Sciences (INFORMS) (1/1/201512/31/2016)



Sheldon's teaching responsibilities are in the areas of discrete event simulation and stochastic modeling (probability, stochastic processes, and queueing theory), at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has teaching experience in the areas of applied statistics and management science.



Sheldon has been an active contributor to the INFORMS Simulation Society (I-SIM), having served as its Treasurer from 7/1994 to 6/1996, on its outstanding publication award committee from 1997-1999, and the Ph.D. Colloquium Coordinator at the 1993 and 1994 Winter Simulation Conferences.  He also served as the Advanced Tutorial Track Coordinator at the 1994 and 1995 Winter Simulation Conferences,  and the Modelware/Software Track Coordinator at the 2002 and 2003 Winter Simulation Conferences.  He has also served on the INFORMS I-SIM membership committee (2000-2002) and the INFORMS Health Applications Section Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services review and selection committee (2006-2007, 2018).  He is a member and elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), member and elected Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and members of the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He served as the IISE Transactions Focused Issue Editor for Operations Engineering and Analysis (2009-2018) and serves as an Editor for the Journal of Transportation Security (2007-Present). He has also served as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing (IJAMC) (2008-2016), as an associate editor for Operations Research (2001-2005), as a guest editor for the IIE Transactions Special Issue on Homeland Security (2005-2006), as a senior editor for Flexible Services and Manufacturing (FSM) Journal (2007-2009), and on the OR/MS Today Committee (2007-2009).  In addition, he serves as a regular reviewer for several operations research, industrial engineering, and applied mathematics journals. He served as the (elected) Treasurer for the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) (2015-2016)



He briefed personnel within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (in the Executive Office of President George W. Bush) (August 2002, Washington, DC) on issues related to aviation security and assessing the cost and benefit of checked baggage screening strategies. He briefed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) on a web-site he co-developed for designing optimal pediatric vaccine formularies (October 2001, Atlanta, Georgia.) He served on committees for the National Academies, including the National Research Council Committee on Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines (2013-2015), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Standing Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Strategic National Stockpile (2015-2017), and the organizing committee for A Workshop on Medical-Product Shortages: Effects on Patient Health and Opportunities to Predict, Prevent, and Respond to Them (2018). He led the NSF-Funded workshop (May 2016, Arlington, VA), Setting a Broader Impacts Innovation Roadmap, in creating new pathways for enhancing Broader Impacts in the Engineering Directorate at the NSF. and as a Program Director in the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation (2012-2014).



Last Updated, 12 November 2018