Alan R. Washburn

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Operations Research
2009 Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1965

Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: Glasgow Hall 204
(831) 656-3127 DSN: 756-3127
Fax: (831) 656-2595
Email: awashburn@nps.edu

Photo of Alan R. Washburn, Professor of Operations ResearchAlan Washburn received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1965. He has taught and done research in the Operations Research Department since 1970, before which he was employed by the Boeing Company for five years. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and holds the Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his research and tutorial notes on several topics of importance to the Department of Defense. He is the author of over 50 scientific publications, including two books, and is the coauthor of a third book.. His research at the Naval Postgraduate School is almost entirely military, emphasizing problems that employ search theory, game theory or both. Washburn is a member of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and the National Academy of Engineering. He has developed or helped to develop several tactical decision aids, and holds a SECRET clearance. He is the recipient of several awards and prizes.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Applied Probability
  • Search and Detection
  • Optimization
  • Combat Models
  • Game Theory
  • Undersea Warfare

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