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Larry Seiford | Faculty

Larry Seiford

Goff Smith Co-Director, Tauber Institute for Global Operations;

Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

2731 Industrial Operations and Engineering Building
seiford@umich.edu
(734) 764-9422

 

Profile

Larry Seiford's roles as co-director of the Tauber Institute, EGL advisor and professor make him a key player in the academic pursuits of many young engineers. They also enable him to interact with students at various points during their time at the College. "It's incredible the growth that occurs," says Larry. "Typically, members of the faculty don't get those data points. They don't interact with them at multiple different points in time." But Larry has that opportunity, and he is fascinated with the progression of skill and expertise that he witnesses yearly.

"I'm really always so impressed with what they can do," Larry affirms. "These students have accomplished so much at this point in their lives. It is really amazing how talented they are."

Larry has had quite an expansive career in operations engineering. In addition to his years of experience as a professor, he has served as Chair of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and acted as Program Director of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. But his favorite job—indeed, the "best job ever"—is working with the innovative minds at the College of Engineering.

His approach to mentoring reflects the caliber of those students: "I just try to facilitate what they'd like to do and stay out of their way," he admits. That's all they need "to go off and accomplish their miracles."

"These students have accomplished so much at this point in their lives. It is really amazing how talented they are."
Larry Seiford

Certainly, Larry's numerous assignments keep him occupied. But when he's not teaching or mentoring, he does find a few moments to indulge his love of "dark liquids." He roasts his own coffee beans and, while on sabbatical, he even learned how to brew beer. "I decided that I ought to expand to a little chemical engineering," Larry jokes, flashing a smile. An avid beer-enthusiast—"snob," he corrects—Larry's particularly fond of a good microbrew, the darker the better. "You know, the kind you can't see light through!"

While being a beer connoisseur might be one Larry's favorite hobbies, his main focus is making sure the students at the College have access to the best resources out there. He also encourages them to step outside of their comfort zones and recognize that failure is a motivator rather than a deterrent. "They all have leadership skills—they just need to push a little beyond to really get out there."

Short Bio

EDUCATION

The University of Texas, Austin
PhD '77
MA '72

The University of St. Thomas
BA '69

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Chair and Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2000 to present
  • Program Director for Operations Research and Production Systems, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation, 1997 to 2000.
  • Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, (Associate Professor, 1986-1991); Adjunct Professor of Management; Adjunct Professor of Mathematics; 1986 to 2000.
  • Associate Professor of Operations Research, Statistics, and Information Systems, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, Graduate School of Business, (Assistant Professor, 1980-1983; on leave 1986-1988), 1983 to 1988.
  • Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Statistics, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, School of Business, 1979-1980.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Faculty of Administrative Studies, 1977-1979. Conducted research and taught graduate courses in management science.
  • Research Associate, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, Center for Cybernetic Studies, 1977. Conducted research in the areas of information-theoretic statistical estimation, mathematical programming and game theory.
  • Assistant or Extension Instructor, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, Department of Mathematics, 1970-1976. Taught courses in College Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Probability and Linear Programming.
  • Consultant, Land Value Dynamics, Houston, TX, 1970. Developed computer programs for the analysis of income property which LVD marketed. Provided technical assistance to the programming staff.
  • Mathematics Teacher, Jefferson Davis High School, Houston, TX, Spring, 1970. Taught high school students.
  • Technical Specialist, Academy Computing Corporation, Houston, TX, 1968-1970. Member of technical support group. Instructed customer classes in Programming Languages and System Commands. Trained machine operators in procedures and controls.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
  • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
  • Fellow, American Society for Quality (ASQ).
  • Member, Sigma Xi Doctor Honoris Causa, Universite de la Mediterranee Aix-Marseille (2000).
  • Lilly Faculty Mentor, University of Massachusetts (1999).
  • Outstanding Advisor Service Award, College of Engineering and Joint Student Engineering Societies, University of Massachusetts, (1997).
  • Nominated for the University Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
  • General Electric Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts (1990).
  • Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow, University of Massachusetts (1987-88).

Publications

For a full list of publications, see Professor Seiford's CV.

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Data Envelopment Analysis: A Comprehensive Text with Models, Applications, References and DEA-Solver Software, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 2000. (with W.W. Cooper, and K. Tone)
  • “Classification Invariance in Data Envelopment Analysis,” in Uncertainty and Optimality: Probability, Statistics & Operations Research, J.C. Misra, editor, World Scientific, Singapore, 2002. Chapter 10, pp. 331-342. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Data Envelopment Analysis: History, Models and Interpretations,” in Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis, W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford and J. Zhu, editors, Chapter 1, pp. 1-39, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. 2004. (with W.W. Cooper and Joe Zhu)
  • “Returns to Scale in DEA,” in Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis, W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford and J. Zhu, editors, Chapter 2, pp. 41-73, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. 2004. (with R.D. Banker, W.W. Cooper, and Joe Zhu)
  • “Sensitivity Analysis in DEA,” in Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis, W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford and J. Zhu, editors, Chapter 3, pp. 75-97, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. 2004. (with W.W. Cooper, Shanling Li, and Joe Zhu)
  • “Congestion: Its Identification and Management with DEA,” in Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis, W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford and J. Zhu, editors, Chapter 7, pp. 177-201, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. 2004. (with W.W. Cooper, H. Deng, and Joe Zhu)
  • Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 2004. (with W.W. Cooper, and Joe Zhu)
  • Introduction to Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Uses with DEA-Solver Software and References, Springer, New York, 2006. (with W.W. Cooper, and K. Tone)
  • Data Envelopment Analysis: A Comprehensive Text with Models, Applications, References and DEA-Solver Software, Second Edition Springer, New York, 2007. (with W.W. Cooper, and K. Tone)

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • “A Unified Additive Model Approach for Evaluating Inefficiency and Congestion with Associated Measures in DEA,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 1, (2000) pp. 1-25. (with W.W. Cooper and Joe Zhu)
  • “Sensitivity and Stability Analysis in DEA: Some Recent Developments,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, Vol. 15, (2001), pp. 217-246. (with W.W. Cooper, S. Li, R.M. Thrall and Joe Zhu)
  • “Slacks and Congestion: Response to a Comment by R. Fare and S. Grosskopf,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Vol. 35, No. 3, (2001), pp. 205-215. (with W.W. Cooper and Joe Zhu)
  • “GOALI: A National Science Foundation University–Industry Liaison Program,” INTERFACES, Vol. 32, No. 2, (2002), pp. 56-62. (with L. Martin-Vega and D. Senich)
  • “Modeling Undesirable Factors in Efficiency Evaluation,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 142, (2002), pp. 16-20. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Value Judgment versus Allocative Efficiency: A Case of Tennessee County Jails,” Journal of Management Sciences and Regional Development, Issue 4, (2002), pp. 89-98. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Context-dependent Data Envelopment Analysis: Measuring Attractiveness and Progress,” OMEGA, Vol. 31, Issue 5, (2003), pp. 397-480. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Returns to Scale in Different DEA Models,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 154, (2004), pp. 345-362. (with Banker, R.D., W.W. Cooper, R.M. Thrall and Joe Zhu)
  • “Models for Performance Benchmarking: Measuring the Effect of e-commerce Activities on Banking Performance,” OMEGA, Vol. 32, Issue 4 (2004), pp. 313-322. (with W. Cook and Joe Zhu)
  • “DEA and its uses in different countries,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol 154, Issue 2, 16 April 2004, pp. 337-344. (with W. Cooper, E. Thanassoulis, and S. Zanakis)
  • “A Response to Comments on Modeling Undesirable Factors in Efficiency Evaluation,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 161, Issue 2, (2005), pp. 579-581. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Notes on Sensitivity and Stability of the Classifications of Returns to Scale in Data Envelopment Analysis: A Comment,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2005, pp. 315-316. (with Joe Zhu)
  • “Some Models and Measures for Evaluating Performances with DEA: Past Accomplishments and Future Prospects,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, Vol. 28, No. 3 (2007), pp. 151-163. (with W. Cooper. K. Tone, and Joe Zhu)

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

  • “A Review of PC-MATLAB,” OR/MS Today, Vol. 12, No. 6, 1985.
  • “MathCAD: The Engineer’s Scratchpad,” OR/MS Today, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1987.
  • “Multi-Criteria Multiple Constraint Levels Program [(M C 2 )],” in Multiple Criteria Decision Methods and Software: A User-Oriented Catalog, (Marc Despontin and Jaap Spronk, eds.), Springer Verlag, Berlin. (To appear.)
  • “Median Consensus Formation,” in Multiple Criteria Decision Methods and Software: A User-Oriented Catalog, (Marc Despontin and Jaap Spronk, eds.), Springer Verlag, Berlin. (To appear.)
  • “Minimum Variance Consensus Formation,” in Multiple Criteria Decision Methods and Software: A User-Oriented Catalog, (Marc Despontin and Jaap Spronk, eds.), Springer Verlag, Berlin. (To appear.)
  • “Capturing and Representing Decision Processes in the Design of an Information System,” Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors Society, September, 1991. (with B. Coury and S. Motte)
  • “Benchmarking and Performance Improvement Tools for Manufacturing and Service Processes,” Proceedings of the 1995 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, La Jolla, CA, January, 1995.
  • “Benchmarking and Performance Improvement Models for Manufacturing and Service Processes,” Proceedings of the 1996 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Alberquerque, NM, January, 1996.
  • “Benchmarking and Performance Improvement Models for Manufacturing and Service Processes,” Proceedings of the 1997 NSF Design and Manufacturing Grantees Conference, Seattle, WA, January, 1997.
  • “Preface, ” in La Methode DEA: analyse des performances, P.-Y. Badillo and J.C. Paradi, editors, Hermes, Paris, 1999. (in French)
  • “IFORS’ Operational Research Hall of Fame: Abraham Charnes,” International Transactions in Operational Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2006, pp. 273-277. (with Fred Phillips)