Interim Dean, School of Engineering
areas of expertise: modeling and optimization of transportation systems, intermodalism, large-scale network optimization, airline crew and aircraft scheduling, network flows, integer and linear programming, transportation distribution, logistics, engineering systems, global airline industry program, service network design and operations planning for scheduled transportation systems, systems and transportation, operations research
Cynthia Barnhart serves as the interim dean in the School of Engineering at MIT, as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division, and as co-director of the Operations Research Center.
Barnhart’s research and teaching activities have focused on the development of optimization models and methods for designing, planning and operating transportation systems.
She currently serves or has served as area editor (transportation) for Operations Research, as associate editor for Operations Research and for Transportation Science, as president of the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/ Management Science Forum, as president of the INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Section, as president of INFORMS, and as co-director of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics.
Barnhart has been awarded the Franz Edelman Second Prize for Achievement in Operations and the Management Sciences, the Junior Faculty Career Award from the General Electric Foundation, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the First Prize Award for Best Paper in Transportation Science and Logistics and the INFORMS award for the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science.
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