John Fowler, Motorola Professor of Supply Chain Management at the WP Carey School of Business, was recognized in October as an INFORMS Fellow 2021, one of the highest honors in the operations research profession.
Fowler, who began his academic career at Arizona State University in 1995, was named INFORMS Fellow for his significant contributions to solving operational issues in semiconductor manufacturing, supply chains, and healthcare. health ; sustained service to the profession; and dedicated mentoring of students, colleagues and collaborators.
John Fowler, the Motorola Professor of Supply Chain Management at the WP Carey School of Business, has been recognized as an INFORMS Fellow 2021.
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“The selection committee is made up of a body of people who have won the award in the past, including many of the top contributors in the field,” said Fowler, who is a senior sustainability scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. and Innovation at USS. “I am truly honored to be recognized by such a distinguished group of academics and practitioners. ”
One of Fowler’s colleagues who nominated him is INFORMS Fellow Barry L. Nelson, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. .
“I’ve known John for over 25 years,” said Nelson. “John has an international impact that most of us should envy. He has been and continues to be the kind of selfless, high performing individual we seek for an INFORMS Fellow.
To date, Fowler’s body of academic work includes 132 journal publications, and he has been awarded a Google Scholar index hAn h-index is an author-level metric that measures both the productivity and impact of citations from their posts. out of 49, with 8,551 citations. It was supported by 61 scholarships, including 11 from the National Science Foundation. One of his papers was a finalist for the 2014 Daniel H. Wagner Award for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analysis and Operations Research.
Fowler served as chairman of the Supply Chain Management Department from 2011 to 2016, a department ranked # 2 and # 3 for undergraduate and graduate studies, respectively, in Supply Chain and Graduate Programs. logistics by US News & World Report. During his tenure as President, he led or co-led the development of three new degrees: a BA and MA in Global Logistics and an MA in Business Analysis, ranked No. 10 by US News & World Report.
Prior to being President, he was Avnet Professor of Industrial Engineering at ASU. His research interests include the simulation of discrete events, deterministic scheduling and multicriteria decision making.
In 2018, Fowler received the Distinguished Service Award from the INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim), an award given to one person per year. He served two terms on the board of directors of the Winter Simulation Conference sponsored by I-Sim, including as chairman of the board. He was President of Omega Rho from 2010 to 2012, and in 2012 he convinced Nobel Laureate in Economics Edward Prescott to present the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture at the 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Simulation and was the founding editor of IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering.
“John’s strength is in training and mentoring research teams,” said Nelson. “When John and I were research collaborators, I observed how he worked with his doctoral students and fellow professors. His students knew better what they needed to do to be successful than any other student I have met; it’s because John knows what it takes to be successful and takes the time to explain it to his students.
Fowler has advised or co-advised 40 doctoral students, 31 graduate students and eight undergraduate research students during his time at ASU. Its students have pursued successful careers at universities in the United States, China, South Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. His former students have worked for Amazon, Apple, Bayer / Monsanto, Google, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, and Raytheon, among others. One of the notable graduates is Michele Pfund, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at WP Carey School.
“John also has high ethical standards and he passes them on to his students,” Nelson said. “I watched him mentor and encourage junior and senior faculty, boosting their careers with timely advice, strategic funding, and great research ideas that John freely shared.”