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Donald R Smith, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MS, Columbia University

AB, Cornell University

Office: Bey Hall, Room 120

Phone: 732-571-7536


CV URL: Donald Smith CV

Regularly Taught Courses:

Business Modeling & Analysis BM 402

Business Statistics BM 518


Dr. Smith received an AB in Physics (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an Assistant Professor of Operations Research at Columbia University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the Engineering School and the basic quantitative course in the MBA program.

He left Columbia to take a research position at Bell Laboratories where he later became a manager of an Operations Research group, most of whose members had a PhD degree. In 2001 he came to Monmouth University where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing Department and director of the MBA program. At Monmouth, he has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in statistics, operations management, and management science.

He has been active in the operations research professional society (INFORMS) and in particular with the administration of the Franz Edelman award (the premier award for operations research practice) where he has chaired the competition two times, served as a judge nine times, and was the coach of a winning entry.

Dr. Smith’s research area is primarily within stochastic processes (the study of systems governed by probability) and their optimization. He has authored more than 20 articles in the flagship journals of operations research.

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Selected Works:

"A New Proof of the Optimality of the Shortest Remaining Processing Time Discipline," Operations Research, 26, 197-199 (1978).

"Optimal Repairman Allocation - Asymptotic Results," Management Science, 24, 665-674, (1978).

"Optimal Repair of a Series System," Operations Research, 26, 653-662, (1978).

"On a Renewal Decision Problem," Management Science, 24, 562-563, (1978).

"Renewal Decision Problem - Random Horizon," Mathematics of Operations Research, 4, 225-232, (1979), (with C. Derman).

"An Alternative Proof of the IFRA Property of Some Shock Models," Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, 27, 703-707, (with C. Derman).

"Priority Channel Assignment in Tandem DSI," IEEE Transactions on Communications, COM-28, 1802-1808, (1980), (with M. Schwartz and K. Mase).

"Resource Sharing for Efficiency in Traffic Systems," The Bell System Technical Journal, 60, 39-55, (1981), (with W. Whitt).

"Asymptotic Analysis of a Queueing Model with Bursty Traffic," The Bell System Technical Journal, 62, 1433-1453, (1983), (with D. Burman).

"A light Traffic Theorem for Multi-Server Queues," Mathematics of Operations Research, 8, 15-25, (1983), (with D. Burman).

"A model for Special Service Circuit Activity," The Bell System Technical Journal, 62, 2911-2934, (1983).

"Probabilistic Analysis of Interframe Tie Requirements for Cross-Connect Systems," AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Journal, 63, 643-664, (1984), (with C. Monma).

"An Asymptotic Analysis of a Queueing System with Markov-Modulated Arrivals, Operations Research, 34, 105-119, (with D. Burman).

"Resource Sharing for Efficiency Problem Solution," The American Mathematical Monthly, 93, 488-489, (1986), (with W. Whitt).

"Resource Allocation among Competing Activities: A Lexicographic Minimax Approach," Operations Research Letters, 5, 227-231, (1986), (with H. Luss).

"Multiperiod Allocation of Limited Resources: A Minimax Approach," Naval Research Logistics, 35, 491-501, (1988), (with H. Luss).

"A Lexicographic Minimax Algorithm for Multiperiod Resource Allocation," Mathematical Programming, 55, 213-234, (1992), (with R. Klein and H. Luss).

"Engine for Inventory Management," ORMS Today, 34-37, February, 1996, (with A. Bangash and H. Shulman).

"Optimal Use of Hub Facilities: a two hub model with fixed arc costs," (with R.S. Garfinkel, P. S. Sundaraghavan, and C. Noon), Top 4 [Trabajos de Investigacion Operativa] (1996), no 2, 331-343: MR1627953

"Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences," Interfaces, Vol 32 Number 1, 1-4 (with Steven C. Graves) [non-refereed journal appearance indicative of activity of high-value for maintaining currency in the field of applied Operations Research].

"2002 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences," Interfaces, Vol 33 Number 1, 1-4 (with Steven C. Graves) [non-refereed journal appearance indicative of activity of high-value for maintaining currency in the field of applied Operations Research].

"Inventory Requirements Planning at Lucent Technologies," Interfaces, Vol 34, Number 5, 342-352, September-October, 2004.

"Optimal Initial Billing Period," (with R. Scott, III) Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Volume 7, February 2007.

"Applying Merton's Theory of Anomia to Career Disruptions," Michaeline Skiba, Donald R. Smith and Kimball P. Marshall.  Management Research News, Issue 4, Volume 32 (2009), April 4, 2009.

"Coaching versus Traditional Management: Employee Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness"  (with Mosca, Flaming and Buzza), International Leadership Journal, Volume 1 issue 2, March 2009, p 94-106 (Research Note).

Marshall, Susan and Smith, Donald R., "Feedback, Control and the Distribution of Prime Numbers," Susan Marshall and Donald R. Smith, June 2013 (awarded 2014 Allendoerfer Prize from the prestigious MAA, also awarded 2016 Chauvenet Prize for outstanding exposition in Mathematics in any North American Journal in the last three years).