Taha publishes 50th anniversary edition of “Operations Research”


Courtesy of Hamdy Taha

Since 1971, Operations Research: An Introduction has been widely adopted by academic institutions in the United States and around the world.

Hamdy Taha, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering, published the 50th anniversary edition of Operations research: an introduction. Since its inception in 1971 and now in its 11th edition, the textbook has been widely adopted by academic institutions in the United States and around the world.

the book introduces and teaches the basics of operations research, focusing on the algorithmic and practical implementation of operations research techniques. The goal is to optimize the decision-making process in a multitude of operational environments, including industrial and commercial.

The latest edition introduces new decision-making algorithms for analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

“I have personally taught from previous editions of Operational research and can attest to its excellence,” said Heather Nachtmann, professor of industrial engineering and associate dean for research at the College of Engineering. “Dr. Taha has a rich history at the U of A and among our industrial engineering and operations research communities. We are very proud to call him one of our own.

Taha joined the Department of Industrial Engineering in 1969 and was a popular teacher throughout his career. He retired in 2002 and remains involved in the department, which he calls his “adoptive family”.

Hamdy Taha, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering.

“Dr. Taha is a legend in our department,” said Ed Pohl, professor and chair of industrial engineering. “Many alumni speak so fondly of their experience in Dr. Taha’s operations research course. While on our faculty, Dr. Taha won numerous awards for his teaching, including the university’s best teaching award.It is no surprise that his textbook, which reflects his approach to teaching the subject, has been used by so many people for so long.We are extremely proud of Dr. Taha.

Taha was a senior Fulbright scholar at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain. He has received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research and the Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award, both from the U of A, as well as numerous other research and teaching awards from the College of Engineering.

Taha’s manual has been translated into 10 languages: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Korean, Farsi, Turkish and Indonesian. His peer-reviewed technical articles have been published in management sciences, Operational research, interfaces, Naval research logistics, European Journal of Operations Research, IEEE Transactions, AAIE Journal and Simulation. He is also the author of three other books and several book chapters.

Fluent in three languages, Taha has also held academic positions at Universidad de las Américas in Mexico and Cairo University in Egypt. In 2003, he was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering as an honorary member. His son, Tarek, is a graduate of the U of A’s Department of Industrial Engineering and past president of the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering.

In addition to his teaching and research accolades, Taha was loved by generations of students. A student, who was about to drop out of college due to personal issues, credited Taha with helping him through his struggles. For a long time, Taha and the student met weekly for lunch, with the student talking and Taha listening. Taha helped the student get back on track and complete his studies. Taha and this student continue to be close friends.

“As I meet former industrial engineering students, many fondly remember Dr. Taha as one of their favorite teachers,” said Kim Needy, dean of the College of Engineering. “They remember his journey as difficult, but useful.”

Published by Pearson, Operational research will be available on March 25.

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