Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems
Director, Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals
Dr. Larson received his Ph.D.
The majority of his career has
focused on operations research as applied to services industries.
He is author, co-author or editor of six books and author
of over 75 scientific articles, primarily in the fields
of technology-enabled education, urban service systems (esp.
emergency response systems), queueing, logistics and workforce
planning. His first book, Urban Police Patrol Analysis
(MIT Press, 1972) was awarded the Lanchester
Prize of the Operations Research Society of America
(ORSA). He is co-author, with Amedeo Odoni, of Urban
Operations Research, Prentice Hall, 1981.
He served as President of ORSA,
(1993-4), and is Past-President of INFORMS,
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
He has served as consultant to the World Bank, the United
Nations, Johnson Controls, EDS, United Artists Cinemas,
Union Carbide Corp., Rand Corp., the Kuwait Foundation for
the Advancement of Science, Predictive Networks, WebCT,
Hibernia College in Ireland, Hong Kong University and the
U.S. Department of Justice. With outside companies on which
he serves as board member, most recently Structured
Decisions Corporation, Dr. Larson has undertaken major
projects with Citibank, American Airlines, Actmedia/Turner
Broadcasting, the U.S. Postal Service, the City of New York,
Jenny Craig, Conagra, Diebold, BOC and other firms and organizations.
Dr. Larson's research on queues has not only resulted in
new computational techniques (e.g., the Queue Inference
Engine and the Hypercube Queueing Model), but has also been
covered extensively in national media (e.g., ABC TV's 20/20).
Dr. Larson has served as Co-Director of the MIT
Operations Research Center (over 15 years in that post).
Dr. Larson was first listed in Who's Who in America in 1982.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and
is an INFORMS Founding Fellow. He has been honored with
the INFORMS President's Award and the Kimball Medal.
From 1995 to mid 2003, Dr. Larson
served as Director of MIT's CAES, Center for Advanced Educational
Services. Dr. Larson's position at CAES focused on bringing
technology-enabled learning to students living on the traditional
campus and to those living and working far from the university,
perhaps on different continents. During the years 1995 -
1999 he built the center from two to seven business units,
encompassing MIT's production and R&D capabilities in
educational technologies and its two major lifelong learning
academic programs. His center produced the world's most
ambitious point-to-point distance learning program, the
Singapore MIT Alliance.
He has been invited to give lectures on the future of technology-enabled
education in testimony before the House Committee on Science
(Washington, D.C.) and in North and South America, Asia,
Africa and Europe. He has served as Principal Investigator
of several of MIT's most ambitious technology-enabled learning
programs, including PIVoT
-- the web-based the
Physics Interactive Video Tutor, Masters'
Voices (sponsored by the Ford Motor Company), MIT
World, "Inventing the Global Classroom," "Good
Clinical Practices" and "Fungal
Infections" (the last two sponsored by the Pfizer
Corporation). He is Founding Director of LINC,
Learning International Networks Consortium, an MIT-based
international project that has just held its third international
symposium. Dr. Larson also served as founding co-director
of the Forum the
Internet and the University, a not-for-profit organization
affiliated with the Forum for the Future of Higher Education.
Currently he is founding Director
of MIT's new Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals.
Published by Richard C. Larson
Article on MIT Professional Education course on crisis management taught by Richard Larson and others “Panel draws crisis management lessons from local events” MIT News – July 29, 2013
New publication by Richard Larson and Anna Teytelman (ORC PhD ‘12) addresses how to improve flu vaccine allocation “Allocating flu vaccines to maximize number of people remaining healthy” MIT News – June 14, 2013
Op-ed by Richard Larson about STEM and the education system: “STEM, teachers and the Boston shoe maker” Washington Examiner – August 27, 2011
Letter to the editor from Richard Larson about STEM and free web-based programs: The News-Press (Southwest Florida) – August 15, 2011; The MetroWest Daily News – August 12, 2011
"Torontonians spend 2009 standing in line" Torstar News Service – December 29, 2009
"Surviving holiday shopping lines" FOX 25 – December 9, 2009
Just before “Black Friday,” Richard Larson talks about queue theory: The Boston Globe (November 22, 2009); The Sacramento Bee – November 24, 2009; Talk of the Nation-NPR – November 24, 2009
Richard Larson talks about businesses and flu on WBUR – November 5, 2009
Op-ed by Richard Larson on education as a service industry Service Science – November 1, 2009
Larson talks about improving checkout lines The Wall
Street Journal – August 19, 2009
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