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Richard Larson ’65, SM ’67, PhD ’69

Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004 -present

Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004 -present

Richard Larson ’65, SM ’67, PhD ’69
Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004 - present
Director, Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals
Director, Center for Advanced Educational Services 1995 – 2003

Richard Larson is the Mitsui professor in the Engineering Systems Division and a founding director of the New Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals. The majority of his career has focused on operations research as applied to service industries. He is author, coauthor, or editor of six books, and author of more than 85 scientific articles, primarily in the fields of urban service systems, queuing logistics, disaster management, disease dynamics, dynamic pricing of critical infrastructures, education, and workforce planning. Professor Larson's research on queues has resulted not only in new computational techniques, but he has also been covered extensively in the national media and earned him the nickname “Doctor Queue”. Professor Larson celebrates 50 years at the Institute in 2011.

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Scientific analysis of the police force and the spread and treatment of diseases using operations research.
  • Queuing Theory.
  • Distance learning, including the Physics Interactive Video Tutor, MIT World, Learning International Networks Consortium, and Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies.
  • The promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education around the world, including Jordan, Washington, DC, and Pakistan.

 

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